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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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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
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Democrats largely give up on impeachment in wake of Mueller report
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and RedState
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Russian lobbyist at Trump Tower meeting ‘happy and relieved’ Mueller probe over
Discussion: Washington Post
Rich Lowry / New York Post:   The media took it as a sign of guilt when Trump acted like an innocent man
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
William Barr has made this a win for Moscow
ABC News:
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett charges dropped; actor says he has been ‘truthful and consistent since day one’  —  ‘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” …
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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 …
Chicago Sun-Times:
Charges dropped against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett  —  Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a hate-crime attack against himself.  —  The actor was indicted March 8 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly hiring …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
House Democratic leaders urge focus on health care in wake of Mueller findings
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Pelosi says Barr believes Trump is ‘above the law’
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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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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
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Ignore the media's Trump-Russia recriminations. Look at the big picture instead.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Reckoning Finally Arrives for the Trump Resistance
Discussion: emptywheel, Townhall and NB Blog
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.
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.
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Washington Post:   Stephen Moore edges closer to Fed seat as key GOP lawmakers express support
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
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, 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
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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends  —  WASHINGTON — Swept up by authorities after the Sept. 11 attacks, Adham Hassoun, a Palestinian computer programmer who lived in Florida, served 15 years in prison for sending support to Islamist militants abroad.
Discussion: Just Security
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 …
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Paranoid Center  —  The Russia panic shows us how a paranoid style can take root in the heart of the American establishment.  —  Over the last three years, since Brexit and the Trumpening and the general rise of disreputable forces in Western politics, there has been a steadily boiling elite panic …
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Inside Kamala Harris's Small-Dollar Fund-Raising Operation
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
GOP money machine stumbles over fears of putting data in Trump's hands
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Can President Trump block his critics on Twitter? Federal appeals court will consider that today.
Discussion: The Root
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Panel Seeks Documents on Rosenstein's Trump Comments
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
David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
BLOOD MONEY: How Qatar Bought Off the Entire DC Establishment
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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
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error
Discussion: Fox News
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