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12:55 PM 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.”
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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!” …
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump and Republicans ‘on offense’?  Nah.  It's just the same old gaslighting.  —  Have we really learned nothing from the first two years of the Trump presidency?  —  Welcome to the new narrative: President Trump and Republicans are “turning the tables” and going “on offense” …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC Panel Admits Mueller Report ‘Undercuts Almost Everything’ In Steele Dossier  —  The two journalists most closely linked to the Steele dossier acknowledged Monday that the Democrat-funded document was debunked by the Mueller investigation, which found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and RedState
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
William Barr has made this a win for Moscow
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 …
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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.
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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Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett charges dropped: ‘I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,’ actor tells the press.  —  ‘I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.’  —  In a stunning move, prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against …
Discussion: The Wrap
Andy Grimm / Chicago Sun-Times:
Charges dropped against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett  —  Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett at a surprise court hearing.  —  The actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring two men to attack him in a staged hate-crime attack near …
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.
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Panel Seeks Documents on Rosenstein's Trump Comments  — Democrats join Republicans in request to Justice Department  — Rosenstein reportedly considered secretly recording president  —  The House Judiciary Committee backed a Republican effort to look into claims …
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New York Times:
Barr's Declaration on Trump Puts Justice Dept. Back in Political Crucible
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account To Build Border Fence  —  The Department of Defense is shifting $1 billion from a military personnel account to build a 57-mile fence at the southern U.S. border, saying the funds were freed up after some service branches fell short of their recruiting goals.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Associated Press:
Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Pentagon announces $1 billion transfer for border barriers, angering Democrats
Discussion: CNN, The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Bloomberg
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, Fortune, Bloomberg, Vox and Refinery29
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Kamala D. Harris / Washington Post:
Our teacher pay gap is a national failure. Here's how we can fix it.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, IJR and VICE News
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Kamala Harris details plan to boost teacher pay by an average of $13,500
Discussion: Shakesville
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
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Quartz
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
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 …
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.
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 …
David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
BLOOD MONEY: How Qatar Bought Off the Entire DC Establishment  —  The new film “Blood Money” deals with how the tiny Gulf Emirate of Qatar funds lobbyists, media outlets, think tanks to advance its agenda in Washington at the expense of the US and our allies.
 
 
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Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
How to Leave the Trump White House With a Million Dollar Parachute
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
An early poll shows Susan Collins with a lead over a likely challenger
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Syracuse University awards political journalism prize to NY Times, GQ writer
Discussion: Daily Wire
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
Segregation Has Been the Story of New York City's Schools for 50 Years
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House set for failure on vote to overturn Trump's border emergency veto
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends
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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: Jezebel and New York Post
U.S. Department of Justice:
Duke University Agrees to Pay U.S. $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
German billionaire family that owns Einstein Bros. Bagels admits Nazi past
Discussion: Fortune, BBC and The Week