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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 …
Associated Press:
Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say they want “all of the underlying evidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  But what is all of that evidence?  —  Mueller's team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas …
Discussion: Axios
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says  —  The special counsel grand jury that investigated Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election is “continuing robustly” despite the end of Robert Mueller's probe, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:   Nadler: Barr Won't Commit To Releasing Unredacted Mueller Report And Evidence
Sara Murray / CNN:   Special counsel briefly interviewed Maria Butina, sources say
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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Axios:
Scoop: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense
Washington Post:
Mulvaney pushes the health-care fight Trump wants despite GOP's misgivings
Discussion: Fortune, The Daily Caller and The Week
Washington Post:
Trump pressures wary Republicans to produce replacement for health-care law
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Daily Kos
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Trump wants to drop a neutron bomb on the Affordable Care Act. Over to you, 2020 voters.
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: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Al Jazeera, Gizmodo and Splinter
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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Guy Benson / Townhall:
Whitewash: Cook County Clerk's Office Stunned as Smollett Case File Vanishes From Records System  —  Chicago is still reeling from yesterday's extraordinary development in the Jussie Smollett case, in which the office of the State's Attorney chose to drop all 16 felony charges against the disgraced actor.
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Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:
Exclusive: Chicago Police Department's complete investigative file of Jussie Smollett case
ABC News:
FBI reviewing why charges were dropped against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Washington Post
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
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
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.
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: Axios and Politico
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.
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
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Comey calls Mueller's position on Trump obstruction charges “confusing”  —  Former FBI Director James Comey told NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt in an interview that aired on Wednesday that he thought President Trump may have obstructed justice after his abrupt dismissal in 2017.
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
What's behind all those executive orders Trump loves to sign?  Not much … A seated President Trump handed commemorative pens to his wife, daughter and eight others who hovered around his desk, then theatrically held up for the cameras the latest executive order bearing his oversize signature.
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Wilson / Yahoo News:
Stacey Abrams nixes Biden-Abrams ticket trial balloon: 'You don't run for second place'  —  An idea floated by advisers of Joe Biden to designate Stacey Abrams of Georgia as his running mate before the primaries was dismissed Wednesday by Abrams herself.  —  According to
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 …
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
How CNN misled its viewers  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  In our hyperpartisan world, in which so many people watch only media that will give them news with which they agree, CNN viewers understandably expected the Mueller report to find overwhelming evidence that President Trump colluded, conspired with and is beholden to Russia.
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Self-professed neo-Nazi who drove into Charlottesville crowd pleads guilty to federal hate crimes  —  James A. Fields Jr. rammed his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white-supremacist rally, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 35 others.  He entered his plea in federal court in Charlottesville.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Trump Fed Pick Stephen Moore Owes $75,000 to IRS, Court Document Says  — Moore's wife says the couple is disputing the tax bill  — ‘It was not an attempt at defrauding’ the U.S., she says  —  Stephen Moore, whom President Donald Trump said he'll nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve …
 
 
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