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10:10 AM ET, March 26, 2019

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David Brooks / New York Times:
We've All Just Made Fools of Ourselves — Again  —  The awful corruption of scandal politics.  —  “You have a president who, in my opinion, beyond a shadow of a doubt, sought to, however ham-handedly, collude with the Russian government, a foreign power, to undermine and influence our elections.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Obstruction, not collusion, worried Trump's legal team  —  By the time Martin and Jane Raskin joined Trump's defense, Mueller's prosecutors were rarely asking probing questions about Russia, sources said.  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's lawyers — including the ones who don't appear …
New York Times:
Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him  —  The sense of mourning started to take hold over the weekend, after Attorney General William Barr said that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, had not found coordination between President Trump's campaign …
Washington Post:
Democrats largely give up on impeachment in wake of Mueller report  —  Many Democrats conceded Monday that the possibility of impeachment proceedings against President Trump is over, at least for now — marking a dramatic retreat in the wake of the conclusion by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
NBC News:
House committee chairs demand full Mueller report by April 2 deadline  —  In a letter to Attorney General Barr, the Democratic lawmakers said his summary of the special counsel's report “is not sufficient for Congress.”  —  WASHINGTON — Six Democratic committee chairs in the House sent …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Critical Part of Mueller's Report That Barr Didn't Mention
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
William Barr has made this a win for Moscow
New York Times:
Barr's Declaration on Trump Puts Justice Dept. Back in Political Crucible
Discussion: The Nation and American Greatness
emptywheel:
Rod Rosenstein Didn't Even Clear Trump on All the Topics He Hired Mueller to Investigate
Discussion: Just Security, RedState and NB Blog
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump-Russia collusion did affect an American election — the one in 2018
Discussion: Breitbart
Joyce White Vance / Washington Post:
One person the Mueller report didn't ‘exonerate’? Vladimir Putin.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Larry Hogan says Mueller report makes no difference to his potential 2020 challenge to Trump
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won't be about 2016
Discussion: CounterPunch and Raw Story
republicanleader.senate.gov:
‘No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction’
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Trump administration now says entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down  —  (CNN)The Trump administration on Monday said the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down, in a dramatic reversal.  —  In a filing with a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said it agreed …
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
In shift, Trump administration backs judge's ruling that would kill Obamacare  —  The Trump administration on Monday said it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be thrown out, signaling a shift in the Justice Department's position and alarming Democrats who vowed to oppose the move.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Justice Department sides with court ruling Obamacare invalid
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Now Trump Wants Judges To Throw Out The Entire Affordable Care Act
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and ACA Signups
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The Trump administration wants all of Obamacare overturned by the courts
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
After Mueller Report, News Media Leaders Defend Their Work  —  There have been tipping points and bombshells, walls closing in and turning points.  And there have been so, so many declarations of “The beginning of the end!” that the comedian John Oliver had a recurring “We got him!” …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Reckoning Finally Arrives for the Trump Resistance  —  With Mueller's investigation over, Democrats, the news media and the national security state have a lot to answer for.  —  “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated …
NBC News:
Mike Pence talked Dan Coats out of quitting the Trump administration  —  Whenever Trump is souring on Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whom he calls “Mister Rogers,” Pence encourages him to stick with Coats.  —  WASHINGTON — The country's intelligence chief was on the verge …
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Mueller Madness: The media pundits who got it most wrong  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has definitively put to rest the collusion theory of President Trump's election.  That's not a little embarrassing for the many journalists, talking heads, celebrities and instant-experts who spent …
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Pentagon announces $1 billion transfer for border barriers, angering Democrats  —  The Pentagon announced Monday night that it has authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to build additional barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that drew sharp objections from Democratic lawmakers.
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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.
Discussion: al.com
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error  —  During flight simulations recreating the problems with the doomed Lion Air plane, pilots discovered that they had less than 40 seconds to override an automated system on Boeing's new jets and avert disaster.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
German billionaire family that owns Einstein Bros. Bagels admits Nazi past  —  The German family whose holding company owns controlling stakes in companies such as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger and Einstein Bros. Bagels profited from the horrors of the Nazi regime …
Discussion: Fortune and The Week
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations  —  President Trump has made a lot of ill-advised nominations.  But perhaps no single choice could inflict more long-term damage than the one he announced Friday: Stephen Moore, Trump's pick to join the Federal Reserve Board.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Quartz
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Former Trump Adviser Says He Didn't Lie to FBI  —  George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who helped trigger what became the Mueller investigation, says in a new book he didn't lie to investigators, contradicting what he told a federal judge under oath.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Douglas Ernst / Washington Times:
Ex-CIA chief offers mea culpa on Trump: 'I don't know if I received bad information'  —  Former CIA chief John O. Brennan now says his months of attacks on President Trump may have been based on “bad information.”  —  One of the president's harshest critics had a muted tone on Monday …
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Despite Mueller's findings of no collusion, freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib is privately urging colleagues to join effort to impeach Trump  — Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has sent a letter asking her fellow Democrats to join a resolution urging the House Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Ruben Gallego, averting primary bloodbath, won't run for the Senate  —  Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2020's special election, he told The Arizona Republic on Monday, clearing the path for retired astronaut Mark Kelly to take on incumbent Republican …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris' teacher pay price tag: $315B  —  Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposed Tuesday spending a staggering $315 billion over 10 years to boost teacher pay, a move that would have an immediate pocketbook impact on a large and influential group of voters who are in high demand.
Discussion: Vox, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Week and Refinery29
New York Times:
As Special Counsel, Mueller Kept Such a Low Profile He Seemed Almost Invisible  —  WASHINGTON — Most Friday nights as he conducted his investigation, Robert S. Mueller III drove seven miles from his offices by the Capitol to Salt & Pepper, a dimly lit, mostly empty restaurant near his home …
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Have Tapes of Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Plotting With Co-Conspirators  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Military prosecutors say they have tapes of telephone calls between the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and three of his accused co-conspirators talking …
overcast.fm:
Trump, Inc. Goes Beyond Collusion … In this Trump, Inc. podcast extra, we talk about what we know, what we don't know and what we still want to know after Attorney General William Barr gave his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.  Collusion was never the only thing.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Scientific Research Misconduct  —  Duke University has agreed to pay the government $112.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting applications …
Discussion: NPR, CNN and Retraction Watch
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Paranoid Center  —  The Russia panic shows us how a paranoid style …
Laura Kayali / Politico:
European Parliament approves copyright reform
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House set for failure on vote to overturn Trump's border emergency veto
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends
Peter Kiefer / Hollywood Reporter:
Commentator Andrew Sullivan Jeered at Hollywood Inclusion Event
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pompeo warns Russia about its military presence in Venezuela
Discussion: Reuters
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Obama cautions freshman House Democrats about the price tag of liberal policies
Discussion: Fox News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Happy Anniversary, Bernie! (Well, sort of.)
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Looming 2020 deadline triggers wild chase for cash
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“The first day of a new presidency”: Lindsey Graham talks how Trump handled Mueller weekend
Discussion: Raw Story
Tucker Doherty / Politico:
The gerrymandered maps headed to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic
TMZ.com:
Elizabeth Warren's Energized by Campaign Trail, Runs to Catch Train
Discussion: New York Post
ABC News:
Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn faces $5 million in legal fees amid pardon buzz: Source
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Hires Former Obama Aide as Campaign Manager
Wall Street Journal:
Attorney Avenatti Arrested, Charged With Bank Fraud, Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike