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NBC News:
House Democrats increasingly troubled by Barr's plan for Mueller report  —  House majority staff members described their frustration with the attorney general.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are on a collision course with Attorney General William Barr as it appears increasingly unlikely …
Discussion: CNN
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Inside Trump's Strategy to Use Mueller on the Campaign Trail  —  It's been just four days since the president learned that Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion, but Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's lawyer, is no longer in the mood to celebrate.  He's thrilled about the outcome, of course, as is his client.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Intel Republicans dismiss Mueller's intelligence findings before seeing them
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Under partisan fire, Adam Schiff presents his case without apology
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to Trump: Health care's all yours  —  Mitch McConnell has no intention of leading President Donald Trump's campaign to transform the GOP into the “party of health care.”  —  “I look forward to seeing what the president is proposing and what he can work out with the speaker,” …
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Post
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘Clearly an end-run’: Federal judge rejects Trump's health care plan to go around Obamacare  —  A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration's push to make health insurance plans available outside the Affordable Care Act that avoid the requirements …
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:   Trump Says He Asked Senators for ‘Spectacular’ Plan to Replace Obamacare
Lee Roupas /
IPBA Statement on Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal  —  The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the State who work tirelessly towards the pursuit of justice.  The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State's Attorney's handling …
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Hannah Yasharoff / USA Today:
Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Jussie Smollett's Attorney: Nigerian Brothers May Have Been Wearing Whiteface During Attack
New York Times:
Trump Tells Grand Rapids Rally: ‘The Russian Hoax Is Finally Dead’  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — President Trump, fresh off what he claims was “total vindication” in the special counsel's Russia investigation, told supporters here Thursday he had vanquished a corrupt cabal of Democrats …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:   Trump Mocks and Jeers Media, Calls For Revenge as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Them Up!’
Washington Post:
‘The Russia hoax is finally dead’: At Michigan rally, Trump declares victory in Mueller investigation
Discussion: Politico
Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed:
The European Union Thinks The UK Is Left With Two Choices After The Last 24 Hours Of Brexit Chaos  —  BuzzFeed News has seen a diplomatic note of an EU27 ambassadors meeting on Thursday that states that the UK's remaining options are no-deal or a long delay to Brexit.
Discussion: Leave.EU
UK can't escape Irish backstop with no-deal Brexit
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
How Donald Trump inflated his net worth to lenders and investors  —  Reporter covering the Trump family and its business interests.  —  and Jonathan O'Connell  —  Reporter covering economic development with a focus on commercial real estate and the Trump Organization
Washington Post:
Trump's North American trade deal at risk of stalling in Congress  —  President Trump's effort to rework a major trade deal with Canada and Mexico is showing signs of faltering on Capitol Hill, straining under a variety of angry complaints from lawmakers of both parties who won't commit to backing the plan.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In subpoena fight, Trump lawyer told Mueller: 'You want to do it, you've got yourself a war'  —  Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation without ever interviewing President Trump.  The two sides wrangled over the issue for much of the Mueller investigation …
Eric Curl / Savannah Morning News:
Two black candidates for Savannah's mayor attend meeting that bars white reporters  —  Race was front and center on Wednesday night during a meeting coordinated to garner support for just one black candidate in Savannah's mayoral election.  —  With signs stating “Black press only” …
Exclusive: Key Trump health official spends millions on GOP-connected consultants  —  Seema Verma employs a team of private consultants who write her speeches, polish her brand and travel with her across the country.  —  The Trump appointee who oversees Medicare, Medicaid …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump moves to turn Virginia red amid Democratic meltdown  —  The president's political team is using the state's elections this year as a test of whether Trump has a shot at flipping the state in 2020.  —  President Donald Trump is muscling into a blue state where Democrats are reeling: Virginia.
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Is Pete Buttigieg Just Another White Male Candidate, or Does His Gayness Count as Diversity?  —  It's been two months since South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the formation of his presidential exploratory committee, and the national profile of his fledgling candidacy has steadily risen.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Donald Trump's management style: He loves to put aides in their place  —  After 24 hours of brutal coverage of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' defense of scrapping funding for the Special Olympics, President Trump stepped in to claim he was saving a program his own budget had threatened.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and VICE News
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Laura Ingraham Guest Says Trans People Will ‘Destroy’ Gender Norms to Create ‘New Species’—'Human and Part Machine'  —  A guest on The Laura Ingraham Podcast has claimed that transgender people are trying to use social engineering to create a new species, with the host speculating whether …
Discussion: alicublog, Boing Boing and The Root
Washington Post:
In small towns across the nation, the death of a coal plant leaves an unmistakable void  —  ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio — The barges floating down the Ohio River no longer deliver coal to the two power plants that have stood here for decades, twin sentinels looming over this rural county east of Cincinnati.
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block a Trump administration initiative banning bump stocks, the attachments that enable semiautomatic rifles to fire in sustained, rapid bursts.  —  The court's action …
Discussion: Splinter and WTVR-TV
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS to ask Congress for sweeping authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children  —  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's proposal will also include more money for detention beds and the ability to hold families in detention longer than currently permitted.
Discussion: Axios
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops execution because of religious concerns, a contrast to last month  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday night stopped the execution of a Texas inmate because the state refused his request to have a Buddhist spiritual adviser with him in the death chamber.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Daily Beast
Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
Leaked emails reveal Facebook's intense internal discussion over Alex Jones' ‘anti-Semitic’ post on Instagram  — Business Insider has obtained a lengthy Facebook email chain in which executives discuss Alex Jones' future on Instagram and removing an inflammatory post.
New York Times:
The Constitution and the President's Tweets  —  Should the First Amendment prohibit officials from retaliating against constituents on social media?  Some courts are saying yes.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.
Discussion: Raw Story and WREG-TV
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party Has an Older Voters Problem  —  Voting Republican has become an activity analogous to watching an episode of Matlock with a tall glass of Metamucil: ordinary for the elderly, but a marker of eccentricity among the young.  —  In 2016, Donald Trump commanded the support …
The Economist:
Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, a radical conservative  —  The controversial commentator talks to The Economist about Western values, disappointment with Trump and moral clickbait  —  Editor's note (March 28th 2019): This article has been changed.  A previous version mistakenly described Mr Shapiro as an …
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Nathan Thrall / New York Times:
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
In Vulgar Diatribe, Cuomo Aide Calls 3 Female Lawmakers ‘Idiots’
Discussion: NY State of Politics and Splinter