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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Sara Murray / CNN:   Special counsel briefly interviewed Maria Butina, sources say
CNN:
Prominent Democratic lawyer Greg Craig close to being charged in case stemming from Mueller probe  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors are close to bringing charges against Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, in a case that originated …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller swiftly closes up shop  —  The docket sheet hanging outside a federal courtroom on Wednesday morning still listed Robert Mueller's prosecutors.  But they were nowhere to be found at the hearing.  —  Welcome to the post-Mueller world.  —  In a matter of days the special counsel …
Associated Press:
Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material
Discussion: Axios
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:   Nadler: Barr Won't Commit To Releasing Unredacted Mueller Report And Evidence
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 …
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The what's-going-on presidency  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE WHAT'S-GOING-ON PRESIDENCY ... OVER THE LAST WEEK, the TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has taken several tactical and political steps that would be seen, in any other administration, as such massively stupid political blunders …
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 …
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Michael Cohen testified Trump submitted false insurance claim for bathroom ceiling fresco
Discussion: New York Times, Vox and CNN
Washington Post:
Mulvaney pushes the health-care fight Trump wants despite GOP's misgivings
Discussion: Fortune, The Daily Caller and The Week
Axios:
Scoop: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense
Washington Post:
Trump pressures wary Republicans to produce replacement for health-care law
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Daily Kos
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump vows to release FISA docs now that Mueller probe is concluded, slams ‘treasonous’ FBI  —  President Trump, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Wednesday night with Fox News' “Hannity,” vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) …
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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 …
Bryan Lowry / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's pick for Federal Reserve had hand in creation of Brownback tax ‘experiment’  —  President Trump's likely nominee for the Federal Reserve's board of governors helped shape the deep tax cuts that were blamed for years of budget shortfalls under former Gov. Sam Brownback.
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Ally Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Landed Pentagon Contract Months After Trump's Election  —  Falwell has used Liberty-owned Freedom Aviation for personal, business, and political travel.  Now it's selling jet fuel to the Pentagon.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Elijah Cummings Seeks 10 Years of Trump's Financial Records  —  The move further escalates the war over how much information about the president's past dealings will find their way into public view.  —  House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has requested ten years …
Discussion: The Stranger
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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 and Axios
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Huawei Security ‘Defects’ Are Found by British Authorities  —  LONDON — A British review of Huawei found “significant” security problems with the Chinese company's telecommunications equipment, a conclusion that supports a United States effort to ban it from next-generation wireless networks.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg just got his best national poll so far  —  Buttigieg discusses a possible presidential first 03:02  —  (CNN) — The Mayor Pete Buttigieg mini-boomlet has officially arrived.  —  Buttigieg just scored his highest Democratic primary national poll number to date at 4% of Democrats …
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
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
Mark Pulliam / City Journal:
Blacklisting Chick-fil-A  —  In San Antonio, a popular fast-food chain becomes the target of a progressive crusade.  —  Texas  —  The Social Order  —  No one is surprised when cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Seattle enact policies driven by the latest progressive imperatives.
Discussion: Mercury News
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
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Ex-con Grimm could create the wildest House race of 2020  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Michael Grimm is trying to come back from the dead — again.  —  The former Republican congressman and tax felon told POLITICO in an interview that he's very close to launching the second bid for his old seat in as many years.
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
2020 candidate Kamala Harris picks up endorsements from five SC Democrats  —  COLUMBIA — Five prominent South Carolina Democrats, including three state lawmakers, are getting behind U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in her presidential bid, offering an early boost to the California Democrat in a critical early-voting primary state.
Amy for America:
Amy's Plan to Build America's Infrastructure  —  Amy is proposing a bold, trillion-dollar plan to rebuild America's infrastructure, invest in our future, and create millions of good-paying American jobs.  —  President Trump is asking Congress for $200 billion for infrastructure …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Republicans warn Trump to back off economy-wrecking tariffs
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As Grand Rapids awaits Trump, both sides of the political divide find their anger stoked by the Mueller report
Scientific American:
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The Lost Art of American Diplomacy
Washington Post:
Self-professed neo-Nazi who drove into Charlottesville crowd pleads guilty to federal hate crimes
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Names TCW's Marc Stern, a Major GOP Donor, to Kennedy Center Board
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
What's behind all those executive orders Trump loves to sign? Not much
Discussion: Raw Story
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Some Wisconsin lame-duck laws back in place after appeals court rules
Discussion: Axios and WTOP
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris' War On Truancy
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Judge strikes down Medicaid work rules in Arkansas, Kentucky
Discussion: Vox, The Week and New York Times
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Former CIA leaders give ‘briefing book’ to 2020 candidates to counteract ‘fake news’ and ‘foreign election interference’
Discussion: Political Wire