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6:45 PM ET, March 26, 2019

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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: Political Wire
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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 …
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
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit  —  His report was predicated on caring about facts.  Our world is about who can claim victory the quickest.  —  Someday, when we're sitting around the electronic campfires we've lit to pretend-warm the huts in our Mars colonies …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Obstruction, not collusion, worried Trump's legal team
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 …
Chicago Tribune:
After charges dropped, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett says he has ‘been truthful and consistent from day one’
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Conservative Twitter outraged after Smollett charges dropped: ‘Leftist privilege’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:   Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
Washington Post:
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’
Discussion: twitchy.com and POLITICUSUSA
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Obama: Say, Some Of These Liberal Plans Look Kind Of Expensive
Discussion: Fox News, Althouse and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
New York's Rockland County declares measles state of emergency, bans unvaccinated minors from public spaces
Discussion: The Guardian and FOX40
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 …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
'He's doing a victory lap': Rejuvenated Trump pushes aggressive agenda post-Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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 …
Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines again on whether the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power may violate …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
Timothy / Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones is pushing conspiracy theories about the death of a Sandy Hook father who was suing him  —  Jones: “I mean, what happened to this guy?  This whole Sandy Hook thing is, like, really getting even crazier.”  —  Update (3/26/19): This piece has been updated with additional information.
Agence France-Presse:
Maduro blames ‘terrorists’ as new blackout grips Venezuela  —  The sun sets in Caracas during a partial power cut on March 25, 2019  —  Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro blamed “terrorists” for a new, near-nationwide blackout that gripped Venezuela Tuesday, two weeks after a similar outage caused deaths and chaos.
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 …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke is getting all the attention, but Elizabeth Warren's economic policy proposals are leading the 2020 pack  — Warren's plans represent what many financially squeezed voters say they want: a clear and comprehensive accounting of how a would-be president would reduce their burdens.
Discussion: Washington Post
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Former Mattis aide penning ‘shocking’ book that details Mattis-Trump relationship  —  The book will tell how ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis “slow-rolled some of Trump's most controversial measures, with no intention of following through.”  —  WASHINGTON — A close adviser …
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Irish Police Investigating Conor McGregor Over Sex Assault Accusation  —  DUBLIN — Conor McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest star and one of the world's highest-paid athletes, is under investigation in Ireland after a woman accused him of sexual assault in December …
 
 
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Sean Davis / Wall Street Journal:
A Catastrophic Media Failure
James Arkin / Politico:
Luján expected to jump into New Mexico Senate race
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Exclusive: McDonald's to stop lobbying against minimum wage increases
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson loses defamation lawsuit against Jeanine Pirro …
Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
Walmart and the Push to Put Workers on Company Boards
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Once Jailed in Guantánamo, 5 Taliban Now Face U.S. at Peace Talks
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
House fails to override Trump veto on southern border emergency
Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
Senator Mike Lee, Reagan, a Machine Gun, and a Velociraptor
Discussion: The Week and Common Dreams
 Earlier Items: 
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House Armed Services chair rejects Pentagon bid to shift $1B toward border wall
Discussion: TheBlaze, Axios and Raw Story
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
GOP money machine stumbles over fears of putting data in Trump's hands
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump and Republicans ‘on offense’? Nah. It's just the same old gaslighting.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Townhall and The Week
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
An early poll shows Susan Collins with a lead over a likely challenger
David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
BLOOD MONEY: How Qatar Bought Off the Entire DC Establishment
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error
Discussion: Fox News