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12:30 AM ET, March 25, 2019

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New York Times:
Read Attorney General William Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report  —  The letter, by Attorney General William P. Barr, details the main findings of the special counsel's two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  — Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler …
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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.
Discussion: Slate
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 Hill, Quartz and The Moderate Voice
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 …
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: Raw Story, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Slate
William Saletan / Slate:
Bill Barr's Weasel Words  —  All the ways the attorney general is spinning the Mueller report to protect Trump.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on the Russia investigation, and Republicans are gloating.  They claim a four-page letter from Attorney General William Barr …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox and Refinery29
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 …
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
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Trump Aided and Abetted Russia's Attack. That Was Treachery. Full Stop.
Discussion: Townhall
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:   Mueller's Unknown Reasoning Could Endanger American Democracy in 2020
Washington Post:
‘No collusion!’ goes from a defiant mantra to a rallying cry for Trump's reelection
Discussion: One America News Network and Axios
Blake Hounshell / Politico:   Trump Didn't Collude With Russia. So Why Does He Love Putin So Much?
David French / National Review:
Barr's Letter Contains Unambiguously Good News for the U.S.
Associated Press:
AP PHOTOS: Mueller flashes smile as world awaits his report
Washington Post:
Trump did not collude with Russia. But he's wrong to say Mueller exonerated him.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Carl Bernstein Defends The Press: ‘One Of The Great Reporting Jobs In History’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:   Mueller finds no conspiracy with Russia but does not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   Brian Stelter Defends Media Coverage of Mueller Probe From ‘Rookie’ Attacks: 'Don't Be Fooled By the Partisans'
Monique O. Madan / miamiherald:
Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself.  Here's what leaders are doing about it  —  After a second Parkland shooting survivor died by suicide in a week's span, Florida's emergency chief is calling for the state Legislature to dispatch more mental health resources for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community.
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.
Associated Press:
New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque  —  ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.  —  Nobody was hurt, and members …
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Andrew Johnson / KNSD-TV:
Suspect of Possible Arson Attack at Escondido Mosque Leaves Note Referencing New Zealand Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: New York Post
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal  —  Of the many outrageous allegations revealed by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out.  —  Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or her children into elite schools.
 
 
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