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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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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 …
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.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
‘Undoubtedly there is collusion’: Trump antagonist Adam Schiff doubles down after Mueller finds no conspiracy
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Resistance Media Weren't Ready for This
John Bowden / The Hill:
Almost half in new poll still say Trump, Russia colluded
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and Raw Story
James Ball / The Atlantic:
Expectations for the Mueller Report Were Set Too High
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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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 William Barr.
The Daily Beast:
‘WTF Is Wrong With Them’: Republicans Horrified as Trump Goes After Obamacare Again
New York Times:   In Divided White House, Trump Sided With Mulvaney in Push for Nullifying Health Act
Nancy Cook / Politico:
How Frank Luntz went from Trump enemy to White House insider
Discussion: ABC News
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Donald Trump is very committed to taking away your health insurance
Susan Page / USA Today:
Barbara Bush: Did she still consider herself a Republican?  'I'd probably say no today.'  —  Barbara Bush, in a forthcoming book, had given up on the Republican Party.  Susan Page expounds upon the story from her book, “The Matriarch.”  —  CONNECT  —  EXCLUSIVE: This story is adapted …
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.
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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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kim Foxx cleans Jussie Smollett up, the Chicago Way  —  The office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, shown speaking Jan. 24, 2019, on Tuesday dropped all charges that actor Jussie Smollett staged a fake attack.  (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
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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David Ingram / NBC News:   Facebook bans white nationalism from platform after pressure from civil rights groups
Los Angeles Times:
For Michael Avenatti, a luxury lifestyle built on a purported house of cards  —  Long before he was Stormy Daniels' lawyer, well before he was accused of trying to shake down Nike for millions of dollars, Michael Avenatti was an Orange County plaintiff's attorney living a luxe life adorned with fast cars …
Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren lays out plan to target corporate agriculture, support family farms  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at some of the nation's largest agribusiness companies, such as Tyson and Bayer-Monsanto, continuing her campaign's assault on corporate consolidation.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
129 seconds that perfectly explain why liberals go wild for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  (CNN)On the day that the Senate rejected — by a vote of 0-57 — the broad strokes of the so-called “Green New Deal,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), one of the leading voices for the legislation …
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David Marcus / The Federalist:   Can Staten Island's Max Rose Save The Democrats From Ocasio-Cortez?
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Five Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago would cover Betsy Devos's proposed Special Olympics cuts
Discussion: Philly.com, Rolling Stone and Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
John Roberts, Legislator  —  A new book tells of political horse-trading at the Supreme Court.  —  During a 10-day break for the Supreme Court in April 2012, several justices left Washington to give lectures or take short vacations.  But both John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy remained in Washington …
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Robert L. Tsai / Politico:   Trump's Travel Ban Faces Fresh Legal Jeopardy
Washington Post:
Theresa May says she will resign as prime minister after she ‘delivers Brexit’  —  BREAKING NEWS: The British leader bowed to pressure from her Conservative Party and said she will resign before the next phase of Brexit talks.  She is seeking to win majority backing for her twice-rejected …
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state's first Muslim woman swears in  —  State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz was on the ninth “Jesus” of her opening prayer in the Pennsylvania statehouse when other lawmakers started to look uncomfortable.  —  Speaker Mike Turzai …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Teen boys rated their female classmates based on looks.  The girls fought back.  —  Yasmin Behbehani had just walked into her third-period health class when her friend asked her if she had seen the list.  —  “There's a list of the girls' names,” her friend Nicky Schmidt …
Discussion: Jezebel
Sean McElwee / New York Times:
People Actually Like the Green New Deal  —  Mitch McConnell's show vote in the Senate on Tuesday rejected the plan, but Republicans may come to regret their mockery.  —  Mr. McElwee is one of the founders of Data for Progress.  —  Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader …
Discussion: Curbed, Common Dreams and Mercury News
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
A job-scarce town struggles with Arkansas's first-in-nation Medicaid work rules  —  Marianna, ARK. — At the center of Court Square in this old Mississippi Delta town, the monument to the county's Confederate dead is inscribed: “No braver bled for a brighter land.  No brighter land had a cause so grand.”
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
U.S. has hit ‘breaking point’ at border amid immigration surge, Customs and Border Protection commissioner says  —  EL PASO — Outside a Border Patrol station overflowing with Central American families, the top U.S. border security official made an urgent appeal to lawmakers Wednesday …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Departing Trump aides failed to disclose next job as law requires  —  Seven former senior Trump aides, including the White House's top ethics official, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose their future employment on financial reports, according to records obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Pompeo declines to say if U.S. still pushing for two-state solution in the Middle East
BuzzFeed News:
Now China Is Detaining Muslims From Other Countries
Jessica Glenza / The Guardian:
Trump's spiritual adviser: relationship with president is ‘assignment’ from God
Discussion: Raw Story
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Republicans are introducing a new paid family leave proposal today.  Here are the details
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Steve King, Facing Backlash From Both Parties, Fights for Political Life
Discussion: Political Wire
Jerry Taylor / Niskanen Center:
An Open Letter to Green New Dealers
Zack Stanton / Politico:
PBS chief: ‘I wish I knew’ why Trump wants to defund us
Discussion: Axios
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside the Trump campaign's plan of attack
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The op-ed that got Stephen Moore his Fed nomination is based on two major falsehoods
Discussion: New York Times, Econlib and Raw Story