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CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority says Trump not exonerated of collusion after Barr's summary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Though President Donald Trump has claimed “complete and total exoneration” based on Attorney General William Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference …
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: ‘There Is Something There’ on Conspiracy in Mueller Report  —  ‘There is something there, but it is not enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,’ the Fox News senior judicial analyst said Wednesday.  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says  —  The special counsel grand jury that investigated Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election is “continuing robustly” despite the end of Robert Mueller's probe, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
CBS News:
Mueller report: Majorities across party lines want full report released says CBS News poll  —  More than 3 in 4 Americans, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats, think the full Mueller report should be released to the public.  But the partisan splits that have long marked …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:   Nadler: Barr Won't Commit To Releasing Unredacted Mueller Report And Evidence
Sara Murray / CNN:   Special counsel briefly interviewed Maria Butina, sources say
New York Times:
In Divided White House, Trump Sided With Mulvaney in Push for Nullifying Health Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's surprise decision to press for a court-ordered demolition of the Affordable Care Act came after a heated meeting in the Oval Office on Monday …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story, CNN and Politico
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Axios:
Scoop: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense  —  Reflecting widespread concerns within his party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has told President Trump he disagrees with the Trump administration's attempt to get the entire Affordable Care Act thrown out in court.
Washington Post:
Mulvaney pushes the health-care fight Trump wants despite GOP's misgivings
Discussion: Fortune, The Daily Caller and The Week
Washington Post:
Trump pressures wary Republicans to produce replacement for health-care law
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Trump wants to drop a neutron bomb on the Affordable Care Act. Over to you, 2020 voters.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Exclusive: NRA Official Sought Sandy Hook Hoaxer To Question Parkland Shooting, Emails Show  —  NRA official Mark Richardson emailed a day after the Parkland shooting to say the shooter “was not alone.”  —  An official with the National Rifle Association corresponded with a prominent Sandy …
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Gives OK to Sell Nuclear Tech to Saudis  —  Want to help the erratic, murderous Saudi regime develop nuclear technology?  That's OK with the Department of Energy.  —  The U.S. Department of Energy has approved six authorizations for U.S. companies seeking to conduct nuclear related work …
Discussion: Splinter and Gizmodo
Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:
Exclusive: Chicago Police Department's complete investigative file of Jussie Smollett case  —  CWBChicago is posting the complete Chicago Police Department investigative file on the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” investigation that we have received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Democrats make new push for 10 years of Trump's financial records  —  The House Oversight and Reform Committee is seeking 10 years of President Donald Trump's financial records from an accounting firm, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.  —  The Democrat-led committee asked Mazars USA …
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Elijah Cummings Seeks 10 Years of Trump's Financial Records
Discussion: The Stranger
Motherboard:
Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism  —  After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy, and will direct users who try to post that content to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups.
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Facebook:
Standing Against Hate  —  Today we're announcing a ban on praise …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Multi-Agency Investigation Results in Charges Against 18 Members and Associates of Violent White Supremacist Gang  —  Charges Include Murder in Aid of Racketeering, Kidnapping, Assault and Firearms Offenses  —  Multiple members and associates of a white supremacist gang known as the 1488s …
Discussion: Splinter
CNN:
Terry McAuliffe leaning toward jumping into 2020 race  —  (CNN)Terry McAuliffe is moving closer to a 2020 presidential run, Democrats close to the former Virginia governor tell CNN.  —  McAuliffe has been telling Democratic allies that he is leaning toward jumping into the Democratic …
Discussion: Splinter
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Turns on Sebastian Gorka After He Calls Them ‘Garbage’  —  Q fans once loved Gorka, now they think he's part of the deep state … Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka is no stranger to conspiracy theories.  In January, for example, he suggested that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was secretly dead.
Christopher Wilson / Yahoo News:
Stacey Abrams nixes Biden-Abrams ticket trial balloon: 'You don't run for second place'  —  An idea floated by advisers of Joe Biden to designate Stacey Abrams of Georgia as his running mate before the primaries was dismissed Wednesday by Abrams herself.  —  According to
The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Trump-Russia Ratings Fizzle: ‘Time to Pivot to 2020’  —  The Mueller report and its potential implications have driven the network's coverage—and monster ratings—for two years.  Now it's ended with a whimper, leaving execs in a bind.  —  Attorney General William Barr's short …
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Resistance Media Weren't Ready for This
Discussion: Washington Post and patribotics
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
What's behind all those executive orders Trump loves to sign?  Not much … A seated President Trump handed commemorative pens to his wife, daughter and eight others who hovered around his desk, then theatrically held up for the cameras the latest executive order bearing his oversize signature.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Progressive Caucus Slams DCCC Head Cheri Bustos for Her Assault on Primary Challengers  —  The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has met with the top brass at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and pushed back hard against a new party policy to blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers.
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris' War On Truancy  —  The “progressive prosecutor” wanted to transform how California responded to students missing school.  Parents like Cheree Peoples wound up paying the price.  —  On the morning of April 18, 2013, in the Los Angeles suburb of Buena Park …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Five Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago would cover Betsy Devos's proposed Special Olympics cuts  —  It's not Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's fault that her department has to cut its budget.  That's a mandate coming down from her boss, President Trump.  —  But DeVos is the one to make specific recommendations …
Bloomberg:
Trump Fed Pick Stephen Moore Owes $75,000 to IRS, Court Document Says  — Moore's wife says the couple is disputing the tax bill  — ‘It was not an attempt at defrauding’ the U.S., she says  —  Stephen Moore, whom President Donald Trump said he'll nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve …
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Comey calls Mueller's position on Trump obstruction charges “confusing”  —  Former FBI Director James Comey told NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt in an interview that aired on Wednesday that he thought President Trump may have obstructed justice after his abrupt dismissal in 2017.
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
How CNN misled its viewers  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  In our hyperpartisan world, in which so many people watch only media that will give them news with which they agree, CNN viewers understandably expected the Mueller report to find overwhelming evidence that President Trump colluded, conspired with and is beholden to Russia.
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Self-professed neo-Nazi who drove into Charlottesville crowd pleads guilty to federal hate crimes  —  James A. Fields Jr. rammed his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white-supremacist rally, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 35 others.  He entered his plea in federal court in Charlottesville.
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
And the winner of The Post's Mueller Madness bracket is...  SEE ALSO  —  We have a national champion . . . of lousy “collusion” punditry.  —  It was a tough bracket, featuring some of the biggest names in the prestige press, late-night comedians, ­C- and D-list celebs …
Discussion: New Republic and IJR
Dylan Scott / Vox:
6 key moments from Cory Booker's CNN town hall  —  Booker said he would “absolutely” consider issuing mass commutations and pardons for federal marijuana offenses.  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has struggled to break through in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary.
Discussion: Politico
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Some Wisconsin lame-duck laws back in place after appeals court rules … (Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  MADISON - Some of the lame-duck laws limiting the power of Gov. Tony Evers went back into effect Wednesday when an appeals court overruled a Dane County judge who invalidated them last week.
Discussion: Axios and mprnews.org
Scientific American:
Why Losing Our Newspapers Is Breaking Our Politics  —  Study finds newspaper closures are linked to partisanship  —  Last month, staffers at The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, experienced the latest low point in the American newspaper business: days after mourning the loss of their editor …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Pompeo repeatedly declines to blame Kim Jong Un personally for human rights abuses  —  On multiple occasions now, both Trump and Pompeo have opted to blame the regime rather than Kim personally.  And on Wednesday, Pompeo got testy about it.  —  When the president you serve speaks glowingly …
El Paso Times:
CBP commissioner visits El Paso border, says immigration system at ‘breaking point’  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said the border has hit it's “breaking point” during a visit to El Paso.  —  A huge influx of Central American migrants has made the El Paso Sector …
Parul Sehgal / New York Times:
At 82, Glenda Jackson Commands the Most Powerful Role in Theater  —  “King Lear” has long been the crowning performance for actors who know how to dominate a stage.  As a longstanding member of Parliament, Jackson has unique insight into authority.  —  It has been a bitter season.
Discussion: Althouse
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Judge strikes down Medicaid work rules in Arkansas, Kentucky  —  A federal judge today blocked new work requirements on Medicaid recipients for a second time, dealing another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to reshape the safety net health care program.
Discussion: Vox
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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