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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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The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The ‘Fat Lady Has Sung’  —  Republicans say the report is a slam dunk for the president—while Democrats claim the fight has only just begun.  —  Trumpworld spent Sunday doing the unthinkable: using Robert Mueller to dunk on Democrats.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Barr Goes Beyond Mueller in Clearing Trump on Obstruction, Drawing Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — Over the 22 months of their inquiry, Robert S. Mueller III's investigators examined countless documents and interviewed dozens of witnesses, including some of the highest-ranking lawyers and aides in the White House …
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week:
CNN is still sitting outside Mueller's office
Discussion: Breitbart and Front Page Magazine
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On collusion, Mueller sent sign after sign, yet some would not see
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Bob Bauer / New York Times:
Trump's Shamelessness Was Outside Mueller's Jurisdiction
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam J. White / Commentary:
The Ironies of Mueller's Endgame
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 …
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
CNN analyst Mark Geragos said to be Avenatti's alleged co-conspirator  —  The alleged co-conspirator in an extortion case against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is believed to be CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos.  —  Geragos, 61, was not named in the criminal complaint against Avenatti.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Michael Avenatti's flash-in-the-pan celebrity perfectly fit Trump's Washington
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Attorney Michael Avenatti charged with extortion by federal prosecutors in New York
Discussion: Townhall, IJR and The Root
Associated Press:   Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Michael Avenatti Accused in Nike Extortion Attempt
Discussion: Althouse
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI expected to brief House and Senate ‘Gang of 8’ on Mueller's counterintel findings  —  Attorney General Barr's summary of the Mueller probe is silent about whether investigators found Trump or any associate was influenced by Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — Two senior U.S. officials told NBC News …
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John McLaughlin / OZY:   Ex-CIA Chief: Dems Shouldn't Retry Mueller's Case
Katie Galioto / Politico:   Mystery firm fighting Mueller won't get Supreme Court appeal
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't hear appeal from company resisting Mueller subpoena
Discussion: Reuters, New York Times, Politico and CNN
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Mystery Company in Mueller Subpoena Fight Loses at Top Court
Discussion: Politico
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: Raw Story and New York Times
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
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:   New Mexico Senate: Udall Announces Retirement; Democrats Favored to Retain Seat
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
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 …
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
New York Rep. José Serrano has Parkinson's, won't seek re-election  —  New York Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano announced Monday that he has Parkinson's disease and will not seek re-election in 2020.  —  The 75-year-old said he plans to finish his current term …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Congressman José E. Serrano:
After 45 Years of Public Service, Congressman Serrano Not Seeking Reelection in 2020
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Moore Says Fed's Pivot Validates Criticism of Interest-Rate Increases  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore, the president's latest pick for a Fed board seat, said the central bank's recent policy pivot shows that he was right to criticize its December interest-rate increase.
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 …
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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ProPublica:
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Monica Klein / The Intercept:
The DCCC Is Trying to Put Me Out of Business — and I'm a Democrat.
Discussion: Splinter
Chris Curtis / YouGov:
Corbyn and May both hit new favourability lows
Discussion: Political Wire and Guido Fawkes
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
A Trump Republican says he'll challenge Susan Collins from the right in 2020
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Will the Supreme Court End Gerrymandering? Arguments Begin This Week
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Atlantic and CNN
Daily Mail:
Trump faced the cameras on Sunday as he took a victory lap on hearing the news he had been exonerated …
Discussion: The New Neo, Instapundit and USA Today
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