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2:45 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Taylor Marsh and WTOP
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
Yes, Trump Obstructed Justice.  And William Barr Is Helping Him Cover It Up.  —  In a letter to House and Senate leaders on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr revealed that he would not charge President Trump with obstruction of justice over his efforts to thwart the investigation …
The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The ‘Fat Lady Has Sung’
Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump's Shamelessness Was Outside Mueller's Jurisdiction
Discussion: Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
Bill Barr's Weasel Words
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:   Nadler begins conversation about timing for Barr appearance on the Hill
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Mystery Company in Mueller Subpoena Fight Loses at Supreme Court
Discussion: Politico
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal from company resisting Mueller subpoena
Discussion: New York Times, Politico, Reuters and CNN
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Trump Wins!”: The President, the Mueller Report, and Our New Political Normal
Discussion: WBUR and National Review
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Mueller probe doesn't totally exonerate Trump
Discussion: New Republic
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:
CNN is still sitting outside Mueller's office
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
It's Bigger Than Mueller and Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Cloud Over Trump's Presidency Is Lifted
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Disappointed Democrats shrug: 2020 election about health care, economy
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion attempt against Nike  — Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenattii is being charged with wire and bank fraud, federal authorities said Monday.  — A press conference is scheduled to discuss the charges against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.
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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 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Attorney Michael Avenatti charged with extortion by federal prosecutors in New York  —  Michael Avenatti, the high-profile attorney and critic of President Trump, was arrested Monday and charged by federal prosecutors with trying to extort Nike by threatening to issue damaging allegations …
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.
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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: New York Times and 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 …
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James Arkin / Politico:
Sen. Tom Udall won't seek reelection in 2020  —  New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall announced that he will not seek reelection in 2020, forgoing the chance for a third term.  —  “The worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the people they represent …
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
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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 …
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
NeverTrump's Complicity in Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax
Discussion: The Federalist and BuzzFeed News
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conclusion of Mueller probe raises anew criticisms of coverage
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON—President Trump is “more than happy” for special counsel Robert Mueller's full report to be released to the public, the White House said Monday, and regards it as a “total exoneration.”  —  “He's more than happy for any of this stuff to come out because he knows exactly …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Reuters:
Possible pardons for Trump associates not discussed: White House
Discussion: Political Wire
Boston Herald:   In wake of Robert Mueller's report, don't celebrate — investigate
Reuters:
Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops: reports  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela's main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Report Has Moscow in Ecstasy, Opening the Way for More Putin Plots
Discussion: CNBC and Raw Story
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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Congressman José E. Serrano:
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Whataboutism, Trump, Hillary, and Covington
Discussion: Washington Post
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post