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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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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.
New York Times:
For Trump's Aides, Celebratory Dinners and a Hunger for Revenge  —  WASHINGTON — No collusion.  Let's party.  —  After two years spent in a defensive crouch, the president's aides have emerged from their emotional bunkers in celebration of what they say is a total vindication of President Trump.
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)
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 …
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
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: Mediaite, The Week, 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.
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and Contemptor
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
How long has Mueller known there was no Trump-Russia collusion?  —  Almost from the start, Democrats and their media echo chamber have moved the goal posts on collusion.  The original allegation - the political narrative that the Clinton campaign, through Obama administration alchemy …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump surprises Republicans — and pleases Democrats — with push to revive health-care battle
Discussion: The Week and Mother Jones
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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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)
Discussion: EBONY, The Federalist and TheBlaze
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
George Soros Spent $408k on Kim Foxx, Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Conservative Twitter outraged after Smollett charges dropped: ‘Leftist privilege’
ABC News:
‘Whitewash of justice’: Mayor lashes out after Smollett charges dropped
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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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.
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Trump's pick of Moore for Fed sparks concern among bankers
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’
Discussion: twitchy.com, POLITICUSUSA and Althouse
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
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.
ABC News:
White House causes confusion in attempt to cover up for Trump rogue tweet reversing North Korea sanctions: Sources  —  The tweet sent members of his staff scrambling to understand — and explain.  —  President Donald Trump's attempt last week to override his own administration's newly …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media coverage vs. reality in the Democratic primary race  —  Mainstream media types and their consumers should all repeat to themselves at least once a day: Ordinary voters are far less excitable than what coverage often suggests.  —  If cable-news coverage matched reality …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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John Harwood / CNBC:   Beto O'Rourke is getting all the attention, but Elizabeth Warren's economic policy proposals are leading the 2020 pack
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
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Federal judge ends North Carolina ban on abortions after 20 weeks  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court struck down North Carolina's decades-old ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying any “week- or event-specific” abortion ban is unconstitutional.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
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Reuters:   U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
Tory Euroskeptics signal shift toward Theresa May's Brexit deal  —  Several Tory arch-Euroskeptic MPs have signaled a shift toward U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement ahead of Wednesday's House of Commons votes on a series of alternative Brexit plans.
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Let's not lose sight of the real scandal: Trump was elected with Russia's help
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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NBC News:
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Sean Davis / Wall Street Journal:
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
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Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson loses defamation lawsuit against Jeanine Pirro …
Associated Press:
Bannon Says Russia Probe Set Back Efforts to Work With Moscow
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Molly Ball / TIME:
These Ordinary Americans Discussed the Mueller Investigation. Here's Their Surprising Consensus
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Gold / New York Times:
New York Suburb to Declare Measles Emergency, Barring Unvaccinated Children From Public
New York Times:
‘I, Too, Was a Survivor’: Senator McSally Ends Years of Silence