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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material
Discussion: Axios
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Judge Napolitano: ‘There Is Something There’ on Conspiracy in Mueller Report
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Comey: Mueller findings show Trump lied about FBI, his attempt to destroy the agency failed
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
CBS News:
Mueller report: Majorities across party lines want full report released says CBS News poll
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Nancy Pelosi: 'We Don't Expect to Accept' AG Barr's ‘Interpretation’ of the Mueller Report
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Release the Mueller report now
Sara Murray / CNN:   Special counsel briefly interviewed Maria Butina, sources say
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Adviser and allies warning Trump against issuing pardons  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the special counsel's investigation sparked fresh speculation that President Donald Trump might pardon some of those charged in the probe.  It's also spawned a don't-go-there chorus from some of Trump's closest advisers and GOP allies.
Discussion: Axios
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul: Former Obama CIA chief promoted ‘dossier,’ demands investigation of Obama team  —  Sen. Rand Paul escalated his demand for an investigation into former Obama officials who “concocted” the anti-Trump Russia scandal, revealing that former CIA Director John Brennan was the key figure …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   Trump told Hannity he won't rule out pardoning Michael Flynn and others in first interview since Mueller probe ended
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 …
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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 …
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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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
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination  —  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing” …
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over ad practices
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 …
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: CNN and Politico
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
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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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 …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Twitter is considering labeling Trump tweets that violate its rules  —  London (CNN Business)Twitter is considering labeling tweets that violate its rules but should remain on the platform because they're in the public interest.  —  Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Why The Joe Biden-Stacey Abrams Rumors Won't Go Away  —  What is Stacey Abrams going to do next?  —  It didn't take long, after Abrams' work to expand Georgia's Democratic electorate translated to a near-miss campaign in the state's gubernatorial election, for that question to loom …
Discussion: Breitbart, CBS News and ThinkProgress
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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
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
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
To Barbara Bush, Donald Trump Represented ‘Greed, Selfishness’  —  WASHINGTON — For decades, she was the grande dame of the Grand Old Party, the white-haired, pearl-wearing, tart-tongued Republican matriarch and, in the words of one eulogist, the first lady of the Greatest Generation.
Discussion: TODAY.com, fox8.com and Townhall
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Both a Terrible Place to Work and a Place That Does Terrible Work  —  Controversy has struck the Southern Poverty Law Center, the formidable progressive law firm best known for tracking hate groups in the U.S. Co-founder Morris Dees, President Richard Cohen …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Voice of America:
US to Redraw Maps to Show Golan Heights as Israeli Territory  —  The Trump administration says it will update U.S. government maps to reflect President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.  —  In a Wednesday email responding to questions from VOA Persian …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and Townhall
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris' War On Truancy  —  The “progressive prosecutor” wanted to transform how California responded to students missing school.  Parents like Cheree Peoples wound up paying the price.  —  On the morning of April 18, 2013, in the Los Angeles suburb of Buena Park …
 
 
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Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
2020 candidate Kamala Harris picks up endorsements from five SC Democrats
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Republicans warn Trump to back off economy-wrecking tariffs
Washington Post:
As Grand Rapids awaits Trump, both sides of the political divide find their anger stoked by the Mueller report
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Pompeo repeatedly declines to blame Kim Jong Un personally for human rights abuses
Scientific American:
Why Losing Our Newspapers Is Breaking Our Politics
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Progressive Caucus Slams DCCC Head Cheri Bustos for Her Assault on Primary Challengers
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
How CNN misled its viewers
Discussion: Breitbart
U.S. Department of Justice:
Multi-Agency Investigation Results in Charges Against 18 Members and Associates of Violent White Supremacist Gang
Discussion: Splinter
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
What's behind all those executive orders Trump loves to sign? Not much
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Former CIA leaders give ‘briefing book’ to 2020 candidates to counteract ‘fake news’ and ‘foreign election interference’
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Turns on Sebastian Gorka After He Calls Them ‘Garbage’
CNN:
Terry McAuliffe leaning toward jumping into 2020 race
Discussion: Splinter