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3:30 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.”
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!” …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee seeks obstruction of justice probe records from DOJ
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE News
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Obstruction, not collusion, worried Trump's legal team
Discussion: Politico
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC Panel Admits Mueller Report ‘Undercuts Almost Everything’ In Steele Dossier
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Give It Up, Democrats. The Russia Investigation Is Over.
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Newsday
Rich Lowry / New York Post:   The media took it as a sign of guilt when Trump acted like an innocent man
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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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.”
Chicago Tribune:
After charges dropped, ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett says he has ‘been truthful and consistent from day one’  —  A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in February.  Cook County prosecutors on March 26, 2019, dropped all charges against Smollett on disorderly conduct charges.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
George Soros Spent $408k on Kim Foxx, Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case  —  Left-wing billionaire mega-donor George Soros donated $408,000 in 2016 to a super PAC that supported Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office prosecuted — and dropped — the Jussie Smollett case.
Discussion: Contemptor
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
Washington Post:
House Democratic leaders urge focus on health care in wake of Mueller findings
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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United States Senator Mike Lee:
Remarks on the Green New Deal
Discussion: Common Dreams
Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
Senator Mike Lee, Reagan, a Machine Gun, and a Velociraptor
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Trump's national emergency declaration for a border wall survives after House fails to override veto  — The House of Representatives failed to garner enough votes to override President Donald Trump's veto of the resolution crafted to terminate his national emergency declaration.
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:   House fails to override Trump veto on southern border emergency
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.
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
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Obama: Say, Some Of These Liberal Plans Look Kind Of Expensive  —  I've been seeing all sorts of fun and games on social media about how this is the week for owning the libs.  Perhaps so, but they probably weren't expecting to be getting it from Barack Obama.
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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
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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John Harwood / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke is getting all the attention, but Elizabeth Warren's economic policy proposals are leading the 2020 pack
David French / National Review:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is in a State of Moral Collapse
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump administration expands limits on global health funds tied to abortion
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC7
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House Panel Seeks Documents on Rosenstein's Trump Comments
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David Reaboi / Security Studies Group:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends
Discussion: Just Security
New York Times:
In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error
Discussion: Fox News
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore could inflict more long-term damage than any of Trump's other nominations