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New York Times:
Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction  —  WASHINGTON — The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government's 2016 election interference …
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New York Times:
Number of Lines: 6  —  The Special Counsel obtained a number of indictments and convictions of individuals and entities in connection with his investigation, all of which have been publicly disclosed.  During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Question the Mueller Report Has Not Answered  —  Good news, America.  Russia helped install your president.  But although he owes his job in large part to that help, the president did not conspire or collude with his helpers.  He was the beneficiary of a foreign intelligence operation …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
emptywheel:
How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump  —  Attorney General William Barr just engaged in utterly cowardly dereliction of duty.  —  During his confirmation hearing, Barr confirmed that things Trump has done are obstruction  —  When we were awaiting …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Barr's Startling and Unseemly Haste  —  We cannot yet see the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.  But we can see its shadow in the four-page letter Barr sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Sunday afternoon.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Cloud Over Trump's Presidency Is Lifted  —  WASHINGTON — For President Trump, it may have been the best day of his tenure so far.  The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over his presidency was all but lifted on Sunday with the release of the special counsel's conclusions …
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Many Problems With the Barr Letter  —  By unilaterally concluding that Trump did not obstruct justice, the attorney general has made it imperative that the public see the Mueller report.  —  Mr. Katyal is a law professor at Georgetown.  He drafted the special counsel regulations under which Robert Mueller was appointed.
Discussion: Slate
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Can Take a Victory Lap, But It's a Partial One  —  “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  —  President Donald Trump scored a significant political and legal victory on Sunday.  —  Attorney General William Barr …
Washington Post:
Mueller's punt on obstruction question throws issue into the political arena  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's decision that he could not conclude whether President Trump's attacks on the Russia investigation amounted to obstruction of justice illustrates the difficulty in proving such a charge …
CNN:
Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump  —  (CNN)The special counsel's office deliberated at length with Justice Department officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report letter from Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress; describes ‘two main’ Russian efforts to influence the election; no conclusion on justice obstruction  —  The report doesn't conclude Trump committed a crime and doesn't exonerate him.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Trump Aided and Abetted Russia's Attack.  That Was Treachery.  Full Stop.  —  The scandal may not be a crime.  It's a betrayal.  —  On Sunday afternoon Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress noting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conclusion of Mueller probe raises anew criticisms of coverage  —  And now comes the reckoning for the mainstream news media and the pundits.  —  After more than two years of intense reporting and endless talking-head speculation about possible collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Discussion: Politico, The Atlantic and USA Today
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:   Mueller's Unknown Reasoning Could Endanger American Democracy in 2020
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
Washington Post:
‘No collusion!’ goes from a defiant mantra to a rallying cry for Trump's reelection
Discussion: One America News Network and Axios
Washington Post:   Mueller finds no conspiracy with Russia but does not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice
Blake Hounshell / Politico:   Trump Didn't Collude With Russia. So Why Does He Love Putin So Much?
Washington Post:
Trump did not collude with Russia. But he's wrong to say Mueller exonerated him.
Discussion: Breitbart and Mercury News
Associated Press:
AP PHOTOS: Mueller flashes smile as world awaits his report
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:   End of Mueller probe a boost for Trump, a warning for Democrats
David French / National Review:
Barr's Letter Contains Unambiguously Good News for the U.S.
Discussion: Vox, Instapundit and RealClearPolitics
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
March Mueller Madness shows the system that worked in Watergate is broken today
Discussion: RT, The Atlantic and The Daily Caller
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Carl Bernstein Defends The Press: ‘One Of The Great Reporting Jobs In History’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: Townhall
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   Brian Stelter Defends Media Coverage of Mueller Probe From ‘Rookie’ Attacks: 'Don't Be Fooled By the Partisans'
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Nadler: DOJ withholding underlying evidence of Mueller report would be ‘equivalent to a cover-up’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Monique O. Madan / miamiherald:
Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself, police confirm  —  A second Parkland shooting survivor has killed himself, Coral Springs police confirmed on Sunday.  —  Investigators told the Miami Herald that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night.
Marcy Oster / Jerusalem Post:
WOMEN'S MARCH LEADER BLAMES ‘AMERICAN JEWISH ESTABLISHMENT’ FOR CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS  —  (JTA) — A co-leader of the Women's March shared a post blaming the “American Jewish Establishment” for its role in the attacks on two New Zealand mosques, and then apologized.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The 2020 Democrats Trumpworld fears most  —  President Trump has publicly boasted that he could beat any of his 2020 Democratic challengers.  But privately, several members of the Trump campaign see a few who could pose a threat to his re-election, and are in the early stages of building out their strategy for attack.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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