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2:45 PM ET, March 26, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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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.”
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Russian lobbyist at Trump Tower meeting ‘happy and relieved’ Mueller probe over
Discussion: Politico
Rich Lowry / New York Post:   The media took it as a sign of guilt when Trump acted like an innocent man
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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CNN:
Pelosi says Barr believes Trump is ‘above the law’  —  Pelosi stands by comment that Trump may be compromised by Russia  —  (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a private meeting Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr's words cannot be taken at face value …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Dan Diamond / Politico:
In shift, Trump administration backs judge's ruling that would kill Obamacare
Washington Post:
House Democratic leaders urge focus on health care in wake of Mueller findings
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee seeks obstruction of justice probe records from DOJ
Discussion: VICE News
Associated Press:
Jussie Smollett's attorneys say all criminal charges dropped  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped.  —  Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes …
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ABC News:
Stunning twist in Smollett ‘hoax’ attack case as charges dropped; top cop ‘furious’  —  ‘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 …
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.”
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 …
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC Panel Admits Mueller Report ‘Undercuts Almost Everything’ In Steele Dossier
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
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.
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.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Obama cautions freshman House Democrats about the price tag of liberal policies  —  Former president Barack Obama gently warned a group of freshman House Democrats Monday evening about the costs associated with some liberal ideas popular in their ranks, encouraging members to look at price tags, according to people in the room.
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Obama Warns New House Dems That Liberal Policies Like the Green New Deal Are Very Expensive
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Stephen Moore edges closer to Fed seat as key GOP lawmakers express support  —  A number of key Senate Republicans are expressing openness to confirming conservative economist Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve's board of governors, a positive sign for the White House as aides gauge support for the controversial pick.
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
New York's Rockland County declares measles state of emergency, bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces  —  Unvaccinated minors will be barred from public places in Rockland County.  —  A county in New York has declared a state of emergency after more than 100 people have been diagnosed with measles.
Discussion: FOX40
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House Armed Services chair rejects Pentagon bid to shift $1B toward border wall  —  House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith on Tuesday rejected a Pentagon move to shift $1 billion in funding for more Southern border barriers, and warned Pentagon leaders of stiff budget consequences if it unilaterally shifts the money.
Discussion: Axios
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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 …
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: NBC News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Vox, Refinery29 and Fortune
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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.
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
GOP money machine stumbles over fears of putting data in Trump's hands  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican Party's efforts to build a small-dollar donation machine to keep up with the Democrats has hit a wall: a deep mistrust of President Trump and his campaign among Republican operatives.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
House fails to override Trump veto on southern border emergency
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump administration expands limits on global health funds tied to abortion
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Former Mattis aide penning ‘shocking’ book that details Mattis-Trump relationship
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Inside Kamala Harris's Small-Dollar Fund-Raising Operation
Discussion: Political Wire
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Discussion: Just Security
New York Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related …