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2:05 AM ET, March 27, 2019

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George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is guilty — of being unfit for office  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  Very little was surprising about the conclusion of the special counsel's investigation.  For one thing, it wasn't surprising that Robert S. Mueller III's probe prompted great commotion …
Discussion: The Week, Common Dreams, Mediaite and CNN
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller's Investigation Erases a Line Drawn After Watergate  —  WASHINGTON — After Watergate, it was unthinkable that a president would fire an F.B.I. director who was investigating him or his associates.  Or force out an attorney general for failing to protect him from an investigation.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
James Comey says he is confused by Mueller's decision on obstruction  —  “The entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions,” the former FBI chief said.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former FBI Director James Comey told an audience …
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Times
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“There Was No Market for Skepticism”: Surprise Mueller Ending Stuns MSNBC—But the Resistance Show Will Go On  —  “There are shows that built their identity around” Russia and Mueller, says one journalist at the network.  “Where does that go?”  But others say Trump is the once and future ratings draw.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Popularity Unchanged After Completion of Mueller Probe  —  President got no bounce with the voters after attorney general said he was cleared of collusion  —  President Donald Trump told reporters at the Capitol that the Mueller report “could not have been better.”  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
How long has Mueller known there was no Trump-Russia collusion?  —  Almost from the start, Democrats and their media echo chamber have moved the goal posts on collusion.  The original allegation - the political narrative that the Clinton campaign, through Obama administration alchemy …
New York Times:
For Trump's Aides, Celebratory Dinners and a Hunger for Revenge  —  WASHINGTON — No collusion.  Let's party.  —  After two years spent in a defensive crouch, the president's aides have emerged from their emotional bunkers in celebration of what they say is a total vindication of President Trump.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, the left's powerhouse on cable, won't let the Mueller probe go.  —  Rachel Maddow, the queen of collusion, is not backing down.  —  A day after Attorney General William P. Barr said special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III hadn't found collusion between President Trump's campaign …
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
The White House will get the Mueller report before the public does in case it wants to make redactions, Barr says
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don't Inhabit
Discussion: The Bulwark
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House Obamacare reversal made over Cabinet objections  —  The Trump administration's surprising move to invalidate Obamacare on Monday came despite the opposition of two key cabinet secretaries: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Bill Barr.
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The Daily Beast:
‘WTF Is Wrong With Them’: Republicans Horrified as Trump Goes After Obamacare Again  —  Basking in the best week of his presidency, Trump decided to re-engage the issue that's vexed him the most.  —  Over the past 24 hours, Republican officials have watched in horror as the Trump administration …
Washington Post:
Trump surprises Republicans — and pleases Democrats — with push to revive health-care battle
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just handed Democrats their best 2020 issue
Discussion: The Week, Denver Post and ThinkProgress
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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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.
Chicago Tribune:
Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass
Discussion: EBONY, The Federalist and The Guardian
ABC News:
‘Whitewash of justice’: Mayor lashes out after Smollett charges dropped
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Betsy DeVos grilled in Congress over proposed elimination of Special Olympics funding  —  “What is it that we have a problem with, with children who are in special education?” a Democratic representative asked the education secretary.  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggled …
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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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Washington Post:
Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Senate Democrats Refuse to Vote for the Green New Deal
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The op-ed that got Stephen Moore his Fed nomination is based on two major falsehoods  —  President Trump reportedly chose Stephen Moore for one of the vacancies at the Federal Reserve Board after reading a Wall Street Journal op-ed Moore wrote attacking the Fed.
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Trump's pick of Moore for Fed sparks concern among bankers
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 …
The Daily Beast:
He's Trump's Point Man on Iran—and Under Investigation  —  Brian Hook is driving an aggressive Iran policy... while he and several other officials have to deal with a far-reaching probe into allegations of political reprisal.  —  This should be a good time to be Brian Hook.
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Federal judge ends North Carolina ban on abortions after 20 weeks  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court struck down North Carolina's decades-old ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying any “week- or event-specific” abortion ban is unconstitutional.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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Reuters:   U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
NRA Wades Into Debate Over Violence Against Women Act  —  A handful of disputes, including over VAWA, have exposed rifts within the GOP on gun issues.  —  Congress arrived to work Tuesday greeted by 10-foot tall letters facing the Capitol's East Front spelling out a stark message from gun-control advocates …
Discussion: Bearing Arms
Washington Post:
Trump complains to senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much hurricane relief funding  —  President Trump complained in a private lunch Tuesday with Senate Republicans about the amount of disaster aid designated for Puerto Rico, as lawmakers prepare for a standoff over funds …
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
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.
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Waters: Deutsche Bank providing Trump financial records for House probe  —  The chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun providing records of its dealings with President Trump for the panel's probe into the president's finances.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones is pushing conspiracy theories about the death of a Sandy Hook father who was suing him  —  Update (3/26/19): This piece has been updated with additional information.  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones made a series of conspiratorial comments following the death of Jeremy Richman …
Discussion: NPR, New York Times, Common Dreams and NIMH
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Second judge blocks parts of Wisconsin GOP lame-duck laws limiting Democrats' power  —  Gov. Tony Evers meets with reporters in his office at the Wisconsin State Capitol Thursday.  Evers said he won't move quickly to exercise powers that were eliminated under laws a Dane County judge blocked Thursday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Exclusive: McDonald's halts lobbying against minimum wage hikes  —  Fast-food giant McDonald's boosted congressional Democrats' efforts to hike the minimum wage Tuesday by telling the National Restaurant Association that it will no longer participate in lobby efforts against minimum-wage hikes at the federal, state or local level.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Let's not lose sight of the real scandal: Trump was elected with Russia's help
Charles S. Clark / GovExec.com:
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NBC News:
Second man found dead in Democratic donor Ed Buck's apartment also OD'd on meth
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Palantir wins competition to build Army intelligence system
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Finally, a Resolution That Actually Condemns Anti-Semitism
Discussion: Daily Wire
Sean Davis / Wall Street Journal:
A Catastrophic Media Failure
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James Arkin / Politico:
Luján expected to jump into New Mexico Senate race
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson loses defamation lawsuit against Jeanine Pirro …
Associated Press:
Bannon Says Russia Probe Set Back Efforts to Work With Moscow
New York Times:
‘I, Too, Was a Survivor’: Senator McSally Ends Years of Silence
Discussion: NBC News
John Harwood / CNBC:
Beto O'Rourke is getting all the attention, but Elizabeth Warren's economic policy proposals are leading the 2020 pack
Discussion: Washington Post