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4:30 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 …
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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.”
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Trump's Popularity Unchanged After Completion of Mueller Probe
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Obstruction, not collusion, worried Trump's legal team
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee seeks obstruction of justice probe records from DOJ
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE News
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:
Prosecutors drop charges against Jussie Smollett despite believing actor did it  —  “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 …
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 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: TMZ.com and Contemptor
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
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United States Senator Mike Lee:
Remarks on the Green New Deal
Discussion: Common Dreams and Shareblue Media
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
Green New Deal on track to Senate defeat, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
House fails to override Trump veto on southern border emergency  —  President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border survived a critical vote in the House on Tuesday, as Democrats failed to muster the necessary two-thirds majority to override his veto.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Joe Perticone / Business Insider:   Trump's national emergency declaration for a border wall survives after House fails to override veto
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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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  —  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: The Guardian and FOX40
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.
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 …
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC Panel Admits Mueller Report ‘Undercuts Almost Everything’ In Steele Dossier
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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
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
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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Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Once Jailed in Guantánamo, 5 Taliban Now Face U.S. at Peace Talks
David French / National Review:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is in a State of Moral Collapse
Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
Senator Mike Lee, Reagan, a Machine Gun, and a Velociraptor
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House Armed Services chair rejects Pentagon bid to shift $1B toward border wall
Discussion: Axios
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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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
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
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Mueller Madness: The media pundits who got it most wrong