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12:15 PM ET, March 25, 2019

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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.
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
William Barr Punked The Media About The Mueller Report  —  Long before Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his investigation, the public record was littered with detail—from indictments and investigative reports and the president's comments and his son's inbox—showing that the Trump campaign …
Associated Press:
Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump's re-election weapon  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, the fight over the “witch hunt” is only just beginning.  —  Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation into Trump's campaign is over, it's being transformed …
Discussion: WTOP
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Trump Obstructed Justice, He Can't Be Exonerated  —  The summary of Robert Mueller's report, given to Congress by Attorney General William Barr, asserts that President Trump engaged in a number of actions that impeded the investigation.  At the same time, it concludes that Trump's campaign …
Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump's Shamelessness Was Outside Mueller's Jurisdiction  —  A demagogic president can walk right up to the edge of committing a crime, so long as he operates brazenly in public view.  —  Mr. Bauer is a professor of practice and distinguished scholar in residence at New York University School of Law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan B / Washington Post:
For Democrats, the Mueller report turns their politics upside down  —  For President Trump, the finding by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that there was no coordination or conspiracy involving Trump campaign officials or associates and the Russians, despite myriad contacts that have been documented, was a sweet moment.
Discussion: NPR and Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
It's Bigger Than Mueller and Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
William Barr Has Some Explaining to Do
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Trump Wins!”: The President, the Mueller Report, and Our New Political Normal
Discussion: WBUR and National Review
New York Times:
Barr Clears Trump of Obstruction After Mueller Demurs
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Legal experts question William Barr's rationale for exonerating Trump
Discussion: RedState
Boston Herald:   In wake of Robert Mueller's report, don't celebrate — investigate
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Mueller probe doesn't totally exonerate Trump
Discussion: New Republic
New York Times:
Read Attorney General William Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report
Washington Post:
‘No collusion!’ goes from a defiant mantra to a rallying cry for Trump's reelection
Lawfare:
What to Make of Bill Barr's Letter
CNN:
Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump, falsely accused of collusion, faces new onslaught of obstruction accusations
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   ‘Collusion’ now exposed as nothing more than Trump-haters' opioid dream
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Barr's Startling and Unseemly Haste
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Serious journalists should be proud of — not bullied over — their Russia reporting  —  It should be no surprise to anyone that President Trump's reaction to the Mueller report is to attack reporters for doing their jobs.  —  That's exactly what he has been doing for years.
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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Mueller and the Conspiracy Around the Corner  —  We get more agitated by the anticipation of political revelations than by the actual findings.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Over the weekend, Washington and much of America participated in a spectacle that's become familiar during …
Discussion: The Resurgent
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 …
Nicholas Rondinone / Hartford Courant:
Father of Sandy Hook victim Avielle Richman found dead at Edmond Town Hall after apparent suicide  —  The father of Avielle Richman, one of 20 first-grade students and six educators killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting, was found dead of an apparent suicide at Edmond Town Hall early Monday, police said.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Splinter and Jezebel
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Rob Polansky / WFSB-TV:
Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead  —  NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) - The body of a man whose child was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was found in Newtown.  —  According to police, 49-year-old Jeremy Richman died of an apparent suicide at Edmond Town Hall, which is a theater and banquet venue on Main Street.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Udall:
A message to New Mexico from Tom:  —  When I first ran for Senate, I promised that I would give my all for the people of New Mexico.  And I reminded myself that this Senate seat is not my seat.  It is New Mexico's seat.  —  I was proud to serve as New Mexico's Attorney General …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Is Done.  Now Probe the Real Scandal  —  Americans deserve a full accounting of the missteps of Comey and the FBI.
Discussion: RedState, Power Line and Instapundit
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Buttigieg surges to third place in new Iowa poll  —  South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) surged into third place in a poll of the Iowa caucus released Sunday.  —  Eleven percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers surveyed by Emerson Polling said they would pick Buttigieg to be their 2020 presidential nominee.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
McCarthy demands Schiff step down as intel chairman  —  Republicans clamored for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's head Monday, demanding he give up his gavel or resign from Congress as part of their campaign of revenge against Democrats who pursued and promoted allegations …
Christopher Buskirk / Spectator USA:
Devin Nunes: hero of the republic  —  Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller concluded his investigation by exonerating President Trump of collusion with Russian forces during the 2016 election.  Investigating that supposed collusion is the reason he was appointed and his final report declared …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Possible pardons for Trump associates not discussed: White House
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Whataboutism, Trump, Hillary, and Covington
Discussion: Washington Post, Townhall and Politico
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Steny Hoyer swipes at Ilhan Omar's ‘dual loyalty’ remarks at AIPAC event
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