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10:10 PM ET, March 28, 2019

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New York Times:
Mueller Report Exceeds 300 Pages, Raising Questions About Four-Page Summary  —  WASHINGTON — The still-secret report on Russian interference in the 2016 election submitted by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, last week was more than 300 pages long, according to American officials …
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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.
Washington Post:
A Mueller mystery: How Trump dodged a special counsel interview — and a subpoena fight  —  It was March 2018, nearly 10 months into his Russia investigation, when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a man of few words, raised the stakes dramatically in a meeting with President Trump's lawyers …
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Intel Republicans dismiss Mueller's intelligence findings before seeing them  —  House Intelligence Committee Republicans concluded a year ago that the Trump campaign exercised “poor judgment,” “took ill-considered actions” and at times acted “inconsistent with U.S. national security interests.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:   Trump Says He Asked Senators for ‘Spectacular’ Plan to Replace Obamacare
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Jussie Smollett's Attorney: Nigerian Brothers May Have Been Wearing Whiteface During Attack  —  Actor Jussie Smollett's attorney suggested the Osundairo brothers, two Nigerian men who claim Smollett hired them to stage a hate crime, may have been wearing “whiteface” during the incident.
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Hannah Yasharoff / USA Today:
Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins  —  ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate-crime attack, was dropped of all charges by prosecutors.  How does the FBI define a hate-crime attack?  We explain.  —  CONNECT
Chicago Tribune:
Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she ‘did not formally recuse herself’
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” …
Discussion: RedState, Fox News, Daily Wire and Mediaite
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Associated Press:
Only black reporters allowed in Georgia mayoral race event  —  SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending — unless they were African-American.  —  The Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try …
CNN:
Exclusive: Puerto Rico governor warns White House: 'If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth'  —  (CNN)Tensions are escalating between President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico's governor over disaster relief efforts that have been slow in coming for the still-battered island after Hurricane Maria.
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CNN:
Sources to CNN: During Puerto Rico visit, Trump talked about using nuclear football on North Korea
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. lawmakers unveil bill to make Puerto Rico 51st state, as Trump escalates feud with island officials
Discussion: CNN, New York Post, Axios and Politico
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed News:
Matt Gaetz Has Been Trump's Biggest Defender Against Impeachment.  So Now What?  —  WASHINGTON — Three weeks ago, Matt Gaetz's purpose in Congress was clear.  “This place sucks,” he told BuzzFeed News, but he wasn't going anywhere.  President Donald Trump, to whom the Florida Republican …
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NBC News:   House Democrats increasingly troubled by Barr's plan for Mueller report
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pelosi urges Democrats to take a ‘deep breath’ — and takes charge of her party
Discussion: Slate, Breitbart and NBC News
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
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Focus on Rural America:
March 2019 Poll Results  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead among Democratic Iowans who intend to participate in the 2020 Democratic caucus, but his lead over Bernie Sanders has diminished.  Six candidates make up a second tier: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker …
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
The one big takeaway from every 2020 Democratic primary poll
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
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: TheBlaze, The Resurgent and 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: WTVR-TV
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
House Chairman Demands Briefing on Kushner's Trip to Saudi Arabia  —  Chairman Engel's request comes after reports that key U.S. officials were kept out of meetings with the Saudis.  —  A key House committee is demanding a briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Jared Kushner's trip …
Pew Research Center:
Majority Says Trump Has Done ‘Too Little’ to Distance Himself From White Nationalists  —  Wide partisan gap in Pelosi's early job rating  —  The public's views of Donald Trump have changed little over the course of his presidency - and this is the case for opinions about whether Trump …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Florida Mayor Wayne Messam announces 2020 presidential bid  —  (CNN)Wayne Messam, the little-known mayor of Miramar, Florida, announced Thursday that he is running for president, launching a campaign that will look to accomplish the unlikely: Turning the mayor of the 140,000-person town into the next president of the United States.
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
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Jessie Liu withdraws nomination for No. 3 Justice Dept. spot  —  Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who President Trump recently tapped to serve as the the Justice Department's third-ranking official, has withdrawn her name from consideration, instead planning to serve …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Plastic Bags to Be Banned in New York State  —  ALBANY — New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales.  —  The ban, which is expected to be part of the state's budget bills that are slated to be passed by Monday …
Discussion: USA Today, Slate and CBS New York
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Is Trump Keyser Söze — Or Inspector Clouseau?  —  Maybe the president brilliantly played the media.  Or maybe we just played ourselves.  —  Maybe we've had this all wrong.  —  Maybe Donald Trump isn't just some two-bit con artist who lucked his way into the White House thanks to an overconfident opponent.
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 …
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
New York Times:
Wells Fargo C.E.O. Timothy Sloan Abruptly Steps Down  —  Timothy J. Sloan, the embattled chief executive of Wells Fargo, abruptly stepped down on Thursday as one of the country's largest banks struggles to recover from a series of self-inflicted scandals.  —  Mr. Sloan took over the top job …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Quartz
 
 
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The Hill:
Pelosi, Dems unveil bill to bind Trump to Paris climate accord
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Taylor / ABC News:
Senate panel approves GOP budget plan
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
LGBT Workers At The Justice Department Said They're Quitting Amid “Declining Morale,” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Swamp creature crashes Interior pick's hearing
Discussion: ABC News, IJR and CNN
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
House Dems expand voter suppression probe to Kansas and Texas
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nellie Ohr: ‘I Favored Hillary Clinton’
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 Earlier Items: 
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
FBI to Hand Comey Memos on Trump Over to Judge Weighing Release
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
The Liberal Case Against Bernie
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
In Vulgar Diatribe, Cuomo Aide Calls 3 Female Lawmakers ‘Idiots’
Discussion: Splinter
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Oliver North Showed Republicans the Way Out
Allan Smith / NBC News:
NBC News: First Democratic debate set for Miami, June 26-27
Discussion: Politico and Axios