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11:40 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 …
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.”
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
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump-Russia collusion did affect an American election — the one in 2018
Discussion: Breitbart
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Blames ‘Treasonous’ Critics for Russia Inquiry
Discussion: DC Bluedot
Zachary Basu / Axios:
6 House chairmen demand Barr release Mueller report by April 2
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
New York Times:   Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Serious journalists should be proud of — not bullied over — their Russia reporting
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Vox and Townhall
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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.
CNN:   Trump administration now says entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down
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
republicanleader.senate.gov:
‘No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction’  —  '[T]he American people hired this president to clean up the mess of the preceding eight years.  That's exactly what we've set about doing.  And the results are clear.  The nation is clearly better off than it was two years ago.
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Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:
CNN is still sitting outside Mueller's office
Discussion: Breitbart and Front Page Magazine
Zachary Basu / Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution to release full Mueller report
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Splinter
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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: The Week
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
 
 
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CNN:
Pentagon notifies Congress $1 billion authorized to begin new wall construction
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Stacey Abrams group seeks ‘Fair Count’ of 2020 Census
TMZ.com:
Elizabeth Warren's Energized By Campaign Trail, Runs to Catch Train
ABC News:
Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn faces $5 million in legal fees amid pardon buzz: Source
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations
Discussion: New York Times and Quartz
U.S. Department of Justice:
Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related …
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Retraction Watch
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Green New Deal litmus test makes it harder to deal with climate change
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
DeVos launches investigation into college admissions scandal
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Roiled by Staff Uproar, Civil Rights Group Looks at Intolerance Within
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Rep. Mo Brooks compares Democrats, media to Hitler
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Congestion Pricing in Manhattan, First Such Plan in U.S., Close to Approval
Discussion: Gothamist
ProPublica:
Romanian Prime Minister Is Staying at Trump's D.C. Hotel
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico faces food-stamp crisis as Trump privately vents about federal aid to Hurricane Maria-battered island
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Daily Kos