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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: CNN, Politico, The Week, Mediaite and Quartz
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller's Investigation Erases a Line Drawn After Watergate  —  WASHINGTON — After Watergate, it was unthinkable that a president would fire an F.B.I. director who was investigating him or his associates.  Or force out an attorney general for failing to protect him from an investigation.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Mother Jones
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Debunking Three Myths About Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report  —  William Barr's missive purporting to briefly summarize Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was, as the Washington Post pointed out, mischaracterized by cable news.  Given the language of Barr's carefully lawyered letter, this is somewhat to be expected.
Discussion: The Federalist, FiveThirtyEight and NPR
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:   How long has Mueller known there was no Trump-Russia collusion?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, the left's powerhouse on cable, won't let the Mueller probe go.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
James Comey says he is confused by Mueller's decision on obstruction  —  “The entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions,” the former FBI chief said.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former FBI Director James Comey told an audience …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
‘Undoubtedly there is collusion’: Trump antagonist Adam Schiff doubles down after Mueller finds no conspiracy  —  President Trump, emboldened by the special counsel's determination he was not part of a criminal conspiracy to sway the 2016 election, has an early target as he seeks recompense from his critics …
James Ball / The Atlantic:
Expectations for the Mueller Report Were Set Too High  —  For more than a year, many members of the American media treated Robert Mueller as if he were in the entertainment business, and the Mueller report as if it were the season finale of U.S. politics, one that would deliver a shocking twist.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Popularity Unchanged After Completion of Mueller Probe
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House Obamacare reversal made over Cabinet objections  —  The Trump administration's surprising move to invalidate Obamacare on Monday came despite the opposition of two key cabinet secretaries: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Bill Barr.
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The Daily Beast:
‘WTF Is Wrong With Them’: Republicans Horrified as Trump Goes After Obamacare Again  —  Basking in the best week of his presidency, Trump decided to re-engage the issue that's vexed him the most.  —  Over the past 24 hours, Republican officials have watched in horror as the Trump administration …
Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Shanahan Says ‘Of Course’ He Wants to Be Defense Secretary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
What Happens if Obamacare Is Struck Down?
Washington Post:
Trump surprises Republicans — and pleases Democrats — with push to revive health-care battle
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Mother Jones
Susan Page / USA Today:
Barbara Bush: Did she still consider herself a Republican?  'I'd probably say no today.'  —  Barbara Bush, in a forthcoming book, had given up on the Republican Party.  Susan Page expounds upon the story from her book, “The Matriarch.”  —  CONNECT  —  EXCLUSIVE: This story is adapted …
Los Angeles Times:
For Michael Avenatti, a luxury lifestyle built on a purported house of cards  —  Long before he was Stormy Daniels' lawyer, well before he was accused of trying to shake down Nike for millions of dollars, Michael Avenatti was an Orange County plaintiff's attorney living a luxe life adorned with fast cars …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The op-ed that got Stephen Moore his Fed nomination is based on two major falsehoods  —  President Trump reportedly chose Stephen Moore for one of the vacancies at the Federal Reserve Board after reading a Wall Street Journal op-ed Moore wrote attacking the Fed.
Discussion: Raw Story and Alt-M
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Doha Madani / NBC News:
Betsy DeVos grilled in Congress over proposed elimination of Special Olympics funding  —  “What is it that we have a problem with, with children who are in special education?” a Democratic representative asked the education secretary.  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggled …
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Chicago Tribune:
Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass  —  Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after all charges were dropped in his disorderly conduct case on March 26, 2019.  (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)
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Chicago Sun-Times:
Emanuel calls dropping charges against Jussie Smollett a ‘whitewash of justice’
Nancy Cook / Politico:
How Frank Luntz went from Trump enemy to White House insider  —  Frank Luntz had long been a loyal Republican insider — until Donald Trump came along.  During the 2016 campaign, Luntz openly criticized Trump, who attacked the storied pollster as a “low class snob” and called for Fox News to dump him from its airwaves.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside the Trump campaign's plan of attack  —  Some candidates haven't even formally announced their decision to run yet, but President Trump's re-election campaign is already gathering ammunition to use against his opponents and mapping out the regions where he is weakest.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
He's Trump's Point Man on Iran—and Under Investigation  —  Brian Hook is driving an aggressive Iran policy... while he and several other officials have to deal with a far-reaching probe into allegations of political reprisal.  —  This should be a good time to be Brian Hook.
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
NRA Wades Into Debate Over Violence Against Women Act  —  A handful of disputes, including over VAWA, have exposed rifts within the GOP on gun issues.  —  Congress arrived to work Tuesday greeted by 10-foot tall letters facing the Capitol's East Front spelling out a stark message from gun-control advocates …
Discussion: Bearing Arms
David Harris / Orlando Sentinel:
Boeing 737 Max makes emergency landing at Orlando International Airport  —  A promotional video for the Boeing 737 MAX 10, which was designed to be the most profitable single-aisle aircraft with lower seat costs.  Federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving the plane model.
Discussion: CNBC and The Points Guy
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
John Roberts, Legislator  —  A new book tells of political horse-trading at the Supreme Court.  —  During a 10-day break for the Supreme Court in April 2012, several justices left Washington to give lectures or take short vacations.  But both John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy remained in Washington …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Almost half in new poll still say Trump, Russia colluded  —  Almost half the Americans surveyed in a new poll still say they believe that President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, despite a summary of the special counsel's investigation that said there was no evidence to support that finding.
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Raw Story
Ernst Pfauth / The Correspondent:
An update from Amsterdam: here's how we're building The Correspondent  —  At the end of last year, 45,888 people from over 130 countries contributed $2.6 million to launch The Correspondent, the global expansion of our Dutch journalism platform.  —  In this update, I'll share how we're preparing …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Vote ‘Present’ on Climate  —  Democrats are upset they had to vote on their own Green New Deal.
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Waters: Deutsche Bank providing Trump financial records for House probe  —  The chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun providing records of its dealings with President Trump for the panel's probe into the president's finances.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Zack Stanton / Politico:
PBS chief: ‘I wish I knew’ why Trump wants to defund us
Discussion: Axios
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
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Caroline Kitchener / The Lily:
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The Babylon Bee:
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media coverage vs. reality in the Democratic primary race
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Jack Blanchard / Politico:
Tory Euroskeptics signal shift toward Theresa May's Brexit deal
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Federal judge ends North Carolina ban on abortions after 20 weeks
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Let's not lose sight of the real scandal: Trump was elected with Russia's help
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Charles S. Clark / GovExec.com:
House Panel Clears Bill to Pressure President on Inspector General Vacancies
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Second judge blocks parts of Wisconsin GOP lame-duck laws limiting Democrats' power
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Solomon / The Hill:
US embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Palantir wins competition to build Army intelligence system
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Exclusive: McDonald's halts lobbying against minimum wage hikes
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
Bannon Says Russia Probe Set Back Efforts to Work With Moscow
Discussion: Talking Points Memo