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Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Critical Part of Mueller's Report That Barr Didn't Mention  —  On Sunday afternoon, Attorney General Bill Barr presented a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions that contained a few sentences from Mueller's final report, one of which directly addressed the question …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Popularity Unchanged After Completion of Mueller Probe  —  President got no bounce with the voters after attorney general said he was cleared of collusion  —  President Donald Trump told reporters at the Capitol that the Mueller report “could not have been better.”  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Discussion: Political Wire
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
The White House will get the Mueller report before the public does in case it wants to make redactions, Barr says  — Attorney General William Barr will send the special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is guilty — of being unfit for office  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  Very little was surprising about the conclusion of the special counsel's investigation.  For one thing, it wasn't surprising that Robert S. Mueller III's probe prompted great commotion …
Discussion: Common Dreams and CNN
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit
Chicago Sun-Times:
Emanuel calls dropping charges against Jussie Smollett a ‘whitewash of justice’  —  In a highly unusual decision, prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a hate-crime attack against himself — a move that Mayor Rahm Emanuel later called a “whitewash of justice.”
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ABC News:
‘Whitewash of justice’: Mayor lashes out after Smollett charges dropped  —  “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”  —  In a stunning move, prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday despite acknowleging Smollet fabricated …
Chicago Tribune:
After charges dropped, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett says he has ‘been truthful and consistent from day one’
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Conservative Twitter outraged after Smollett charges dropped: ‘Leftist privilege’
John Hickenlooper / Washington Post:
The Green New Deal sets us up for failure.  We need a better approach.  —  John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is former governor of Colorado and is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, and yet we have a president who is taking us in the wrong direction.
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’
Discussion: twitchy.com and POLITICUSUSA
Bloomberg:
Trump Tried to Undo North Korea Penalty, Contrary to U.S. Account  — President tweeted that he withdrew North Korea sanctions  — U.S. officials talked Trump out of move, devised cover story  —  President Donald Trump last week intended to reverse sanctions imposed …
Washington Post:
Trump complains to senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much hurricane relief funding  —  President Trump complained in a private lunch Tuesday with Senate Republicans about the amount of disaster aid designated for Puerto Rico, as lawmakers prepare for a standoff over funds …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
'He's doing a victory lap': Rejuvenated Trump pushes aggressive agenda post-Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
HUD inspector general's office says it'll look into whether White House interfered with Puerto Rico disaster aid
Discussion: Axios, Mother Jones, The Week and Daily Kos
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just handed Democrats their best 2020 issue  —  When you're the opposition party, much of what the administration does will make you angry, even horrified, but you often struggle to make the public share your outrage.  Yet every once in a while …
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CNN:
Trump administration now says entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down
Michael Gold / New York Times:
New York Suburb to Declare Measles Emergency, Barring Unvaccinated Children From Public  —  Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, will declare a state of emergency and bar minors who are unvaccinated against measles from being in public places, the latest effort to fight New York State's worst measles outbreak in decades.
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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
New York's Rockland County declares measles state of emergency, bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces
Discussion: The Guardian and FOX40
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species  —  WASHINGTON — After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
GOP congressman quotes Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump's adversaries as liars  —  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump's detractors as Nazis, but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler's writings.
Timothy / Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones is pushing conspiracy theories about the death of a Sandy Hook father who was suing him  —  Jones: “I mean, what happened to this guy?  This whole Sandy Hook thing is, like, really getting even crazier.”  —  Update (3/26/19): This piece has been updated with additional information.
Molly Ball / TIME:
These Ordinary Americans Discussed the Mueller Investigation.  Here's Their Surprising Consensus  —  As Washington waited with bated breath for the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, a group of Iowa voters tried to figure out what they thought of it all.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines again on whether the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power may violate …
Sean Davis / Wall Street Journal:
A Catastrophic Media Failure  —  America's blue-chip journalists botched the Russia story from its birth to its final breath Sunday.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Betsy DeVos: Deep cuts to Special Olympics, student programs are warranted  —  WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday defended deep cuts to programs meant to help students and others, including eliminating $18 million to support Special Olympics, while urging Congress to spend millions more on charter schools.
Washington Post:
Why NASA's historic all-female spacewalk isn't happening  —  NASA has aborted its mission for its first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station because there are not enough spacesuits of the best size to fit both female astronauts, the agency said.
New York Times:
‘I, Too, Was a Survivor’: Senator McSally Ends Years of Silence  —  Martha McSally became the first American woman to fly in combat.  But years before, she had been attacked by one of her own.  —  WASHINGTON — The Air Force of three decades ago was a challenging place for women …
Discussion: NBC News
James Arkin / Politico:
Luján expected to jump into New Mexico Senate race  —  Rep. Ben Ray Luján is expected to run for Senate in 2020, abandoning a chance to move up the rung in House leadership, according to multiple people close to the New Mexico Democrat.  —  It is a sharp change of course …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Dominique Mosbergen / HuffPost:
Pentagon Transfers $1 Billion In Funding For Trump's Border Wall  —  Democratic lawmakers have slammed the move as undermining military readiness and a violation of congressional appropriations.  —  The Pentagon notified Congress on Monday that it transferred $1 billion in military personnel funding …
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House Armed Services chair rejects Pentagon bid to shift $1B toward border wall
Discussion: TheBlaze, Raw Story and Axios
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Palantir wins competition to build Army intelligence system  —  The Army has chosen Palantir Technologies to deploy a complex battlefield intelligence system for soldiers, according to Army documents, a significant boost for a company that has attracted a devoted following in national security circles …
John Solomon / The Hill:
US embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  While the 2016 presidential race was raging in America, Ukrainian prosecutors ran into some unexpectedly strong headwinds as they pursued an investigation into the activities …
Peter Kiefer / Hollywood Reporter:
Commentator Andrew Sullivan Jeered at Hollywood Inclusion Event  —  Attendees at the morning panel included actresses Amy Landecker, Michaela Watkins and Sophia Bush, plus showrunners Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Jenji Kohan.  —  At an event billed as 'A Day of Unreasonable Conversation …
 
 
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Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Finally, a Resolution That Actually Condemns Anti-Semitism
Discussion: Daily Wire
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Border Patrol releasing immigrant families into US instead of transferring to ICE
Discussion: IJR
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Exclusive: McDonald's to stop lobbying against minimum wage increases
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson loses defamation lawsuit against Jeanine Pirro …
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
Walmart and the Push to Put Workers on Company Boards
Agence France-Presse:
Maduro blames ‘terrorists’ as new blackout grips Venezuela
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Irish Police Investigating Conor McGregor Over Sex Assault Accusation
John Harwood / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke is getting all the attention, but Elizabeth Warren's economic policy proposals are leading the 2020 pack
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
David French / National Review:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is in a State of Moral Collapse
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
GOP money machine stumbles over fears of putting data in Trump's hands
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error
Discussion: Fox News