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5:30 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.”
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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 …
emptywheel:
Rod Rosenstein Didn't Even Clear Trump on All the Topics He Hired Mueller to Investigate  —  As I have noted, the William Barr memo everyone is reading to clear Trump and his flunkies of a conspiracy with Russia actually only clears the Trump campaign and those associated with it of conspiring …
Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Slate
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday blocked a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be released publicly.  —  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Trump-Russia collusion did affect an American election — the one in 2018  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  Now that we know for sure that special counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. intelligence community and Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees found no evidence …
Discussion: Breitbart
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Reckoning Finally Arrives for the Trump Resistance
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Mueller told Barr, Rosenstein 3 weeks ago he would not make decision on obstruction
Discussion: MSNBC, Shakesville and RedState
republicanleader.senate.gov:
‘No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction’
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:   Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him
New York Times:
Trump and Republicans Seek to Turn the Tables in Post-Mueller Washington
Discussion: RedState, Vox and The Nation
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Democrats rally behind Schiff amid withering GOP assault
Zachary Basu / Axios:
McConnell blocks resolution to release full Mueller report
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Splinter
Washington Post:
Trump and his allies plan to use Barr's summary of Mueller report as a cudgel against critics
Zachary Basu / Axios:   6 House chairmen demand Barr release Mueller report by April 2
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Week and Washington Post
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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.
Discussion: Vox and Townhall
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Justice Department sides with court ruling Obamacare invalid  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  —  The move is an escalation of the Trump administration's legal battle against the health care law.
CNBC:
Stormy Daniels' ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion scheme against Nike, embezzling client's money, defrauding bank  — Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to reveal damaging claims about the sneaker giant.
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Wall Street Journal:
Attorney Avenatti Arrested, Charged With Bank Fraud, Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike
U.S. Department of Justice:
Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested on Federal Bank Fraud and Wire Fraud Charges
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:   Ruben Gallego passes on Arizona Senate run
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: Breitbart and Mediaite
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: The Week
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Thanks to Mueller, 2020 won't be about 2016  —  Robert S. Mueller III's report is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive's unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin's, is more a dereliction of taste …
Discussion: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats, here's what to remember about Mueller
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
TMZ.com:
Elizabeth Warren's Energized By Campaign Trail, Runs to Catch Train  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is in great shape to run ... and not just for President in 2020.  —  Senator Warren outran reporter Adam Glyn with ease Monday afternoon, booking it through NYC's Penn Station on her way to catch a train …
Discussion: New York Post
Manu Raju / CNN:
Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia dossier over to FBI  —  (CNN)GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he told the late Sen. John McCain to turn over the dossier of Trump-Russia allegations to the FBI, pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertions that the Arizona Republican helped fan …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: McCain ‘acted appropriately’ by handing Steele dossier to FBI
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
New York Buzzes Over a Mayor Mulling a 2020 Bid (Buttigieg, Not de Blasio)  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Near the High Line in Manhattan, more than 250 people gathered at The Park restaurant last week to hear about a Democratic mayor's long-shot bid for the presidency.
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
CNN:
Pentagon notifies Congress $1 billion authorized to begin new wall construction  —  What it would take to build Trump's border wall  —  (CNN)The Pentagon notified Congress Monday night that it has authorized the transfer of $1 billion to begin new wall construction along the US-Mexico border …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ABC News:
Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn faces $5 million in legal fees amid pardon buzz: Source  —  The former military man spent 24 days as Trump's national security adviser.  —  Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the Donald Trump adviser who admitted to lying to FBI agents about his Russia contacts …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
 
 
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Katelyn Caralle / Washington Examiner:
Netanyahu skips AIPAC after Gaza rocket hits Israeli home, injuring 7
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Stacey Abrams group seeks ‘Fair Count’ of 2020 Census
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations
Discussion: New York Times and Quartz
New York Times:
Roiled by Staff Uproar, Civil Rights Group Looks at Intolerance Within
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Majority say they're open to re-electing Trump
Discussion: RedState and Power Line
Tom McTague / Politico:
House of Commons takes control of Brexit
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Rep. Mo Brooks compares Democrats, media to Hitler
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Congestion Pricing in Manhattan, First Such Plan in U.S., Close to Approval
Discussion: Gothamist
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Hires Former Obama Aide as Campaign Manager
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
ProPublica:
Romanian Prime Minister Is Staying at Trump's D.C. Hotel
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Media Have Done Irreparable Damage To The Country
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Sater Eyed Trump Moscow Tower to Launder Cash, BTA Bank Says
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico faces food-stamp crisis as Trump privately vents about federal aid to Hurricane Maria-battered island
Discussion: The Week, POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Daily Kos
Nicholas Rondinone / Hartford Courant:
Father of Sandy Hook victim Avielle Richman found dead at Edmond Town Hall after apparent suicide