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9:05 AM ET, March 26, 2019

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David Brooks / New York Times:
We've All Just Made Fools of Ourselves — Again  —  The awful corruption of scandal politics.  —  “You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our elections.”
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New York Times:
Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him  —  The sense of mourning started to take hold over the weekend, after Attorney General William Barr said that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, had not found coordination between President Trump's campaign …
Washington Post:
Democrats largely give up on impeachment in wake of Mueller report  —  Many Democrats conceded Monday that the possibility of impeachment proceedings against President Trump is over, at least for now — marking a dramatic retreat in the wake of the conclusion by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
NBC News:
House committee chairs demand full Mueller report by April 2 deadline  —  In a letter to Attorney General Barr, the Democratic lawmakers said his summary of the special counsel's report “is not sufficient for Congress.”  —  WASHINGTON — Six Democratic committee chairs in the House sent …
emptywheel:
Rod Rosenstein Didn't Even Clear Trump on All the Topics He Hired Mueller to Investigate  —  As I have noted, the William Barr memo everyone is reading to clear Trump and his flunkies of a conspiracy with Russia actually only clears the Trump campaign and those associated with it of conspiring …
Discussion: Just Security, RedState and NB Blog
New York Times:
As Special Counsel, Mueller Kept Such a Low Profile He Seemed Almost Invisible  —  WASHINGTON — Most Friday nights as he conducted his investigation, Robert S. Mueller III drove seven miles from his offices by the Capitol to Salt & Pepper, a dimly lit, mostly empty restaurant near his home …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Obstruction, not collusion, worried Trump's legal team
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump-Russia collusion did affect an American election — the one in 2018
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Barr's Declaration on Trump Puts Justice Dept. Back in Political Crucible
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
William Barr has made this a win for Moscow
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Discussion: Raw Story, National Review and Newsday
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Mueller told Barr, Rosenstein 3 weeks ago he would not make decision on obstruction
Discussion: MSNBC, Shakesville and RedState
republicanleader.senate.gov:
‘No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction’
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Trump administration now says entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down  —  (CNN)The Trump administration on Monday said the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down, in a dramatic reversal.  —  In a filing with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said it agreed …
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
In shift, Trump administration backs judge's ruling that would kill Obamacare  —  The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be thrown out, signaling a shift in the Justice Department's position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Justice Department sides with court ruling Obamacare invalid  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  —  The move is an escalation of the Trump administration's legal battle against the health care law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rep. Cheri Bustos / The Hill:   Washington Republicans are STILL attacking your health care
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Mueller Madness: The media pundits who got it most wrong  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has definitively put to rest the collusion theory of President Trump's election.  That's not a little embarrassing for the many journalists, talking heads, celebrities and instant-experts who spent …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
NBC News:
Mike Pence talked Dan Coats out of quitting the Trump administration  —  Whenever Trump is souring on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whom he calls “Mister Rogers,” Pence encourages him to stick with Coats.  —  WASHINGTON — The country's intelligence chief was on the verge …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
After Mueller Report, News Media Leaders Defend Their Work  —  There have been tipping points and bombshells, walls closing in and turning points.  And there have been so, so many declarations of “The beginning of the end!” that the comedian John Oliver had a recurring “We got him!” …
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Washington Post:
Pentagon announces $1 billion transfer for border barriers, angering Democrats  —  The Pentagon announced Monday night that it has authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to build additional barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that drew sharp objections from Democratic lawmakers.
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CNBC:
Stormy Daniels' ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion scheme against Nike, embezzling client's money, defrauding bank  — Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to reveal damaging claims about the sneaker giant.
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Wall Street Journal:
Attorney Avenatti Arrested, Charged With Bank Fraud, Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Ruben Gallego, averting primary bloodbath, won't run for the Senate  —  Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2020's special election, he told The Arizona Republic on Monday, clearing the path for retired astronaut Mark Kelly to take on incumbent Republican …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution to release full Mueller report  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a non-binding resolution to make special counsel Robert Mueller's full report public.  —  The big picture: The resolution was passed unanimously in the House …
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
German billionaire family that owns Einstein Bros. Bagels admits Nazi past  —  The German family whose holding company owns controlling stakes in companies such as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger and Einstein Bros. Bagels profited from the horrors of the Nazi regime …
Discussion: Fortune and The Week
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Former Trump Adviser Says He Didn't Lie to FBI  —  George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who helped trigger what became the Mueller investigation, says in a new book he didn't lie to investigators, contradicting what he told a federal judge under oath.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Scientific Research Misconduct  —  Duke University has agreed to pay the government $112.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting applications …
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Retraction Watch
TMZ.com:
Elizabeth Warren's Energized By Campaign Trail, Runs to Catch Train  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is in great shape to run ... and not just for President in 2020.  —  Senator Warren outran reporter Adam Glyn with ease Monday afternoon, booking it through NYC's Penn Station on her way to catch a train …
Discussion: New York Post
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations  —  President Trump has made a lot of ill-advised nominations.  But perhaps no single choice could inflict more long-term damage than the one he announced Friday: Stephen Moore, Trump's pick to join the Federal Reserve Board.
Discussion: New York Times and Quartz
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Have Tapes of Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Plotting With Co-Conspirators  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Military prosecutors say they have tapes of telephone calls between the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and three of his accused co-conspirators talking …
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error  —  During flight simulations recreating the problems with the doomed Lion Air plane, pilots discovered that they had less than 40 seconds to override an automated system on Boeing's new jets and avert disaster.
Douglas Ernst / Washington Times:
Ex-CIA chief offers mea culpa on Trump: 'I don't know if I received bad information'  —  Former CIA chief John O. Brennan now says his months of attacks on President Trump may have been based on “bad information.”  —  One of the president's harshest critics had a muted tone on Monday …
 
 
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Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Despite Mueller's findings of no collusion, freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib is privately urging …
Discussion: National Review
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Happy Anniversary, Bernie! (Well, sort of.)
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Looming 2020 deadline triggers wild chase for cash
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“The first day of a new presidency”: Lindsey Graham talks how Trump handled Mueller weekend
Discussion: Raw Story
Tucker Doherty / Politico:
The gerrymandered maps headed to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris' teacher pay price tag: $315B
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ABC News:
Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn faces $5 million in legal fees amid pardon buzz: Source
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Majority say they're open to re-electing Trump
Discussion: RedState and Power Line
Tom McTague / Politico:
House of Commons takes control of Brexit
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won't be about 2016
Discussion: CounterPunch and Raw Story
New York Times:
Congestion Pricing in Manhattan, First Such Plan in U.S., Close to Approval
Discussion: Gothamist
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Hires Former Obama Aide as Campaign Manager