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3:30 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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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 …
Associated Press:
Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material
Discussion: National Review and Axios
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pelosi urges Democrats to take a ‘deep breath’ — and takes charge of her party
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller swiftly closes up shop
Discussion: Law & Crime
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Attorney general expected to miss deadline for giving Mueller report to Congress, will not commit …
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
The Economist:
Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, the alt-right sage without the rage  —  The controversial commentator talks to The Economist about Western values, disappointment with Trump and moral clickbait  —  EVERYTHING ABOUT Ben Shapiro is polished.  His answers are smooth.  His appearance is neat.
Discussion: Hit & Run, twitchy.com and The Wrap
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   For the media, “alt-right” is the new “neo-conservative”
Jared Marcel Pollen / Quillette:   The Right Side of History—A Review
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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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
U.S. lawmakers unveil bill to make Puerto Rico 51st state, as Trump escalates feud with island officials
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
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Dylan Scott / Vox:   The one big takeaway from every 2020 Democratic primary poll
Harry Enten / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg just got his best national poll so far
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff smacks back at Republicans calling for him to resign  —  The House Intelligence Committee devolved into bitter infighting Thursday, as all nine Republicans demanded Chairman Adam Schiff resign his post and the California Democrat responded with a blistering account of “evidence of collusion” …
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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.
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Adviser and allies warning Trump against issuing pardons
Discussion: Axios
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Maddow, other MSNBC hosts see ratings drop, Fox up
Chicago Tribune:
Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she ‘did not formally recuse herself’  —  Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at City Club of Chicago on Jan. 24, 2019.  (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)  —  Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, facing intense criticism …
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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.
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 and The Resurgent
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Twitter considering labeling Trump tweets that violate rules  —  A Twitter executive on Wednesday said the company is considering a new feature that will label tweets from politicians, including President Trump, when they violate Twitter rules.  —  Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
NBC News: First Democratic debate set for Miami, June 26-27  —  Details on the venue, moderators and timing will be announced at a later date, the debate's host said in a release.  —  The first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential primary will be held on June 26 and 27 in Miami …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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.
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 …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Oliver North Showed Republicans the Way Out  —  Belligerence, shamelessness and partisanship can take you far.  —  Watergate, the modern template for an impeachment-worthy scandal, has informed much of the coverage of the Russia scandal, from congressional inquiries to the special counsel's investigation …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Michael Cohen testified Trump submitted false insurance claim for bathroom ceiling fresco  —  Aloha Power People and welcome to Thursday.  Tips, comments, recipes?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The Investigations  —  THE FRESCO: President Trump …
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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” …
MSNBC:
I'm ‘very inclined’ to run for president, says senator  —  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Col., joins Morning Joe to discuss health care, election reform and his odds of running for president.
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Trump to pick Fox News contributor for new State Dept spokeswoman  —  Morgan Ortagus will replace Heather Nauert, an ex-Fox News anchor who was Trump's pick for new U.N. ambassador but withdrew herself from consideration.  —  The Trump administration has chosen counterterrorism expert …
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
‘Idiots,’ Preceded by Profanity: Cuomo Aides Bash 3 Female Lawmakers  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  ALBANY — A debate over Albany's ingrained culture of shadowy fund-raising has erupted into open warfare among the state's Democrats …
Discussion: CBS New York
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Trump just gave a huge gift to an alleged billion dollar Medicare fraudster
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Eric Holder Clarifies
Discussion: Fox News
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Top UAE minister urges strategic shift in Arab-Israel ties; boycott was mistake
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
The FCC Has Fined Robocallers $208 Million. It's Collected $6,790.
ClickHole:
Major Pivot: Bernie Sanders Has Become Staunchly Capitalist After Tasting Mountain Dew Code Red …
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Jared Kushner called Walmart to get job for first woman freed by First Step Act
Discussion: IJR
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: What bugs voters most about taxes? Rich not paying enough
 Earlier Items: 
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
USA Today Blacklists The Federalist For The Crime Of Getting The Trump-Russia Story Right
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
BuzzFeed News:
Italy Is Ground Zero For The War On Women — Which Is Why These Far-Right Groups Are Meeting There
Discussion: New York Times
CNBC:
Trump administration approves secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mark Pulliam / City Journal:
Blacklisting Chick-fil-A  —  In San Antonio, a popular fast …
Discussion: Mercury News
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Exclusive: NRA Official Sought Sandy Hook Hoaxer To Question Parkland Shooting, Emails Show