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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.
Discussion: Slate
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New York Times:
Read Attorney General William Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report  —  The letter, by Attorney General William P. Barr, details the main findings of the special counsel's two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  — Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Cloud Over Trump's Presidency Is Lifted  —  WASHINGTON — For President Trump, it may have been the best day of his tenure so far.  The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over his presidency was all but lifted on Sunday with the release of the special counsel's conclusions …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Question the Mueller Report Has Not Answered  —  Good news, America.  Russia helped install your president.  But although he owes his job in large part to that help, the president did not conspire or collude with his helpers.  He was the beneficiary of a foreign intelligence operation …
Discussion: Quartz, The Hill and The Moderate Voice
emptywheel:
How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump  —  Attorney General William Barr just engaged in utterly cowardly dereliction of duty.  —  During his confirmation hearing, Barr confirmed that things Trump has done are obstruction  —  When we were awaiting …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Dan B / Washington Post:
For Democrats, the Mueller report turns their politics upside down  —  For President Trump, the finding by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that there was no coordination or conspiracy involving Trump campaign officials or associates and the Russians, despite myriad contacts that have been documented, was a sweet moment.
Discussion: NPR and Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Trump Obstructed Justice, He Can't Be Exonerated  —  The summary of Robert Mueller's report, given to Congress by Attorney General William Barr, asserts that President Trump engaged in a number of actions that impeded the investigation.  At the same time, it concludes that Trump's campaign …
Discussion: The Week and Slate
New York Times:
Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction  —  WASHINGTON — The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government's 2016 election interference …
CNN:
Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump  —  (CNN)The special counsel's office deliberated at length with Justice Department officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conclusion of Mueller probe raises anew criticisms of coverage  —  And now comes the reckoning for the mainstream news media and the pundits.  —  After more than two years of intense reporting and endless talking-head speculation about possible collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
New York Times:
No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’  —  A Trump-friendly attorney general's letter doesn't do justice to the special counsel's investigation.  Release his whole report.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Barr's Startling and Unseemly Haste  —  We cannot yet see the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.  But we can see its shadow in the four-page letter Barr sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Sunday afternoon.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Can Take a Victory Lap, But It's a Partial One  —  “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  —  President Donald Trump scored a significant political and legal victory on Sunday.  —  Attorney General William Barr …
Discussion: The Resurgent, RedState, Vox and The Week
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump, falsely accused of collusion, faces new onslaught of obstruction accusations
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller is done. What's next for Washington
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
William Saletan / Slate:
Bill Barr's Weasel Words
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi wins breathing room on impeachment after Mueller findings
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Breitbart
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Trump Aided and Abetted Russia's Attack. That Was Treachery. Full Stop.
Discussion: Townhall
Reuters:
Kremlin says ready to improve ties with U.S. after Mueller report
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump claims vindication, eyes vengeance
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Mueller delivers a ‘gift’ to Trump for 2020 election
Washington Post:
Mueller's punt on obstruction question throws issue into the political arena
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:   Mueller's Unknown Reasoning Could Endanger American Democracy in 2020
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Trump Didn't Collude With Russia. So Why Does He Love Putin So Much?
Discussion: Just Security and The Atlantic
Washington Post:
Trump did not collude with Russia. But he's wrong to say Mueller exonerated him.
David French / National Review:
Barr's Letter Contains Unambiguously Good News for the U.S.
Discussion: Vox, RealClearPolitics and Instapundit
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report letter from Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress; describes …
Dara Lind / Vox:
Donald Trump isn't being charged with obstruction — but Mueller didn't exonerate him
Washington Post:   Mueller finds no conspiracy with Russia but does not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Carl Bernstein Defends The Press: ‘One Of The Great Reporting Jobs In History’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: Townhall
Marcy Oster / Jerusalem Post:
WOMEN'S MARCH LEADER BLAMES ‘AMERICAN JEWISH ESTABLISHMENT’ FOR CHRISTCHURCH ATTACKS  —  (JTA) — A co-leader of the Women's March shared a post blaming the “American Jewish Establishment” for its role in the attacks on two New Zealand mosques, and then apologized.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Eager to Court Jews (and Fracture Democrats), Republicans Push Bills on Anti-Semitism  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats hoped to put their wrenching intraparty debate over anti-Semitism to rest when they passed a catchall antibigotry resolution in the House this month, but Senate Republicans …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Hoyer delivers strong defense of U.S.-Israel alliance in veiled rebuke of Rep. Omar
Discussion: Splinter
Associated Press:
New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque  —  ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.  —  Nobody was hurt, and members …
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Andrew Johnson / KNSD-TV:
Suspect of Possible Arson Attack at Escondido Mosque Leaves Note Referencing New Zealand Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: NBC News and New York Post
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal  —  Of the many outrageous allegations revealed by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out.  —  Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or her children into elite schools.
Victoria Quested / 10 daily:
Egg Boy Exclusive Interview: ‘What I Did Was Not The Right Thing’  —  It was the crack heard around the world — and now it's time to hear from the boy himself.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Project's Hamish Macdonald, William Connolly — otherwise known as ‘Egg Boy’ …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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