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10:15 PM ET, March 25, 2019

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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Democrats rally behind Schiff amid withering GOP assault  —  Democrats raced to defend House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Monday amid a withering Republican assault on his credibility following special counsel Robert Mueller's finding that there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
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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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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: NB Blog, The Guardian and Slate
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blocked a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be released publicly.  —  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump-Russia collusion did affect an American election — the one in 2018  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  Now that we know for sure that special counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. intelligence community and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees found no evidence …
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:   Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him
republicanleader.senate.gov:   ‘No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction’
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Serious journalists should be proud of — not bullied over — their Russia reporting
The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The ‘Fat Lady Has Sung’
Washington Post:
Democrats largely give up on impeachment in wake of Mueller report
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:
CNN is still sitting outside Mueller's office
Discussion: Breitbart and Front Page Magazine
Washington Post:
Trump and his allies plan to use Barr's summary of Mueller report as a cudgel against critics
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Blames ‘Treasonous’ Critics for Russia Inquiry
Discussion: Lawfare and DC Bluedot
Zachary Basu / Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution to release full Mueller report
Discussion: Raw Story, Reuters and Breitbart
Zachary Basu / Axios:
6 House chairmen demand Barr release Mueller report by April 2
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
Peter Zeidenberg / The Daily Beast:
It's Not Barr's Call to Clear Trump. Show Us the Mueller Report.
Discussion: Politico, Contemptor and The Week
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 is arrested on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to reveal negative publicity.
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Wall Street Journal:
Attorney Avenatti Arrested, Charged With Bank Fraud, Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike  —  Attorney Michael Avenatti, who seized the spotlight last year as a lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Monday and charged in two federal cases with wire fraud …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested on Federal Bank Fraud and Wire Fraud Charges  —  LOS ANGELES - Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging he embezzled a client's money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business …
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 …
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Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:   Ruben Gallego Passes on Arizona Senate Run
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won't be about 2016  —  Robert S. Mueller III's report is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive's unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin's, is more a dereliction of taste …
Discussion: Raw Story, Foreign Policy and NPR
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats, here's what to remember about Mueller
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and Mercury News
Manu Raju / CNN:
Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia dossier over to FBI  —  (CNN)GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he told the late Sen. John McCain to turn over the dossier of Trump-Russia allegations to the FBI, pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertions that the Arizona Republican helped fan …
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Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:   Apologies to President Trump
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.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Sater Eyed Trump Moscow Tower to Launder Cash, BTA Bank Says  — BTA's lawsuit comes as Sater is set to testify before Congress  — Sater accused in complaint of helping to launder $40 million  —  This week, New York developer Felix Sater is set to testify before Congress about his role …
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Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:   Sater Had Laundering Plans for Moscow Trump Tower, Bank Says
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 …
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James Arkin / Politico:
Sen. Tom Udall won't seek reelection in 2020
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Hires Former Obama Aide as Campaign Manager  —  Beto O'Rourke has hired a former top aide to Barack Obama to be his campaign manager, installing a seasoned political strategist to take the helm of what has so far been a skeletal organization effectively overseen by Mr. O'Rourke himself.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
New York Buzzes Over a Mayor Mulling a 2020 Bid (Buttigieg, Not de Blasio)  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Near the High Line in Manhattan, more than 250 people gathered at The Park restaurant last week to hear about a Democratic mayor's long-shot bid for the presidency.
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 …
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Majority say they're open to re-electing Trump  —  A majority of registered voters in a new poll say they would consider voting President Trump into a second term.  —  Fifty-four percent in the Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday said they would think about voting for Trump …
Discussion: RedState and Power Line
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
DeVos launches investigation into college admissions scandal  —  The Education Department has opened investigations into eight universities tied to the sweeping college admissions and bribery scandal unveiled by federal prosecutors earlier this month, according to individuals familiar with the investigation.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
 
 
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
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Tom McTague / Politico:
House of Commons takes control of Brexit
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Rep. Mo Brooks compares Democrats, media to Hitler
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politics.theonion.com:
William Barr Declares Mueller Investigation Fully Exonerates Members Of Reagan Administration …
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ProPublica:
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Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Moore Says Fed's Pivot Validates Criticism of Interest-Rate Increases
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
A Trump Republican says he'll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Daily Kos
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
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