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10:20 PM ET, March 26, 2019

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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: Mediaite, Common Dreams and CNN
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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.
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: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“There Was No Market for Skepticism”: Surprise Mueller Ending Stuns MSNBC—But the Resistance Show Will Go On  —  “There are shows that built their identity around” Russia and Mueller, says one journalist at the network.  “Where does that go?”  But others say Trump is the once and future ratings draw.
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 …
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, the left's powerhouse on cable, won't let the Mueller probe go.  —  Rachel Maddow, the queen of collusion, is not backing down.  —  A day after Attorney General William P. Barr said special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III hadn't found collusion between President Trump's campaign …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:   James Comey says he is confused by Mueller's decision on obstruction
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Buoyant Carter Page roams Capitol Hill after Mueller wraps up
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Conservative Twitter outraged after Smollett charges dropped: ‘Leftist privilege’
Chicago Tribune:
After charges dropped, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett says he has ‘been truthful and consistent from day one’
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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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.
Washington Post:
Trump surprises Republicans — and pleases Democrats — with push to revive health-care battle
Discussion: Political Wire, Mother Jones and Vox
The Daily Beast:
‘WTF Is Wrong With Them’: Republicans Horrified as Trump Goes After Obamacare Again
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Bloomberg
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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Washington Post:
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Splinter and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
HUD inspector general's office says it'll look into whether White House interfered with Puerto Rico disaster aid
Discussion: Axios and Mother Jones
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones is pushing conspiracy theories about the death of a Sandy Hook father who was suing him  —  Update (3/26/19): This piece has been updated with additional information.  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones made a series of conspiratorial comments following the death of Jeremy Richman …
Discussion: NPR, New York Times, Common Dreams and NIMH
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Trump's pick of Moore for Fed sparks concern among bankers  —  President Donald Trump's choice of former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve Board is stirring misgivings among some bankers, who worry that the conservative economist would erode the Fed's political independence.
NBC News:
Second man found dead in Democratic donor Ed Buck's apartment also OD'd on meth  —  Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck's apartment after Gemmel Moore, 26, died there in July 2017.  —  The second man found dead in the span of two years in political activist and prominent Democratic …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Cheollima Civil Defense:
Facts About Madrid - Información Sobre Madrid  —  Embassies around the world run by the current Pyongyang regime are not like the traditional diplomatic, commercial, and cultural outposts of legitimate governments that serve their nation's interests and respect international norms.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
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Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
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Associated Press:
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John Harwood / CNBC:
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Peter Kiefer / Hollywood Reporter:
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