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5:40 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.
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 …
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed News:
Matt Gaetz Has Been Trump's Biggest Defender Against Impeachment. So Now What?
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Washington Post:   A Mueller mystery: How Trump dodged a special counsel interview — and a subpoena fight
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Did Mueller really find ‘no evidence’ of Trump-Russia collusion?
Discussion: Vox, Politico, Hullabaloo and New York Times
Associated Press:
Mueller's evidence is likely a massive amount of material
Discussion: National Review and Axios
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
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.
Hannah Yasharoff / USA Today:
Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The one big takeaway from every 2020 Democratic primary poll  —  The 2020 Democratic primary won't really start until Joe Biden runs — or doesn't.  —  What do you know, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading another 2020 Democratic presidential primary poll with roughly 30 percent of the vote.
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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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com, Fox News and Bloomberg
Harry Enten / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg just got his best national poll so far
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
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump befuddles his allies with ambitious legislative agenda
Discussion: Observer and Vanity Fair
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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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.
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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: The Resurgent and Raw Story
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 …
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
The Liberal Case Against Bernie  —  With a dangerous lunatic in the White House, voting for Sanders is too big a risk.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders's presidential candidacy poses a conundrum for progressives.  Not since 1936, when Franklin Roosevelt said that he “welcomed” …
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ClickHole:   Major Pivot: Bernie Sanders Has Become Staunchly Capitalist After Tasting Mountain Dew Code Red …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser, Mediaite and CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
In Vulgar Diatribe, Cuomo Aide Calls 3 Female Lawmakers ‘Idiots’  —  [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
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
FBI to Hand Comey Memos on Trump Over to Judge Weighing Release  —  The FBI was ordered to let a judge review copies of former director James Comey's memos about his interactions with President Donald Trump before he was fired to determine whether to release them, as media organizations seek to make the documents public.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nellie Ohr: ‘I Favored Hillary Clinton’  — Former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr told Congress in October that she “favored” Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.  — Nellie Ohr, whose husband is DOJ official Bruce Ohr, detailed her work for Fusion GPS …
Discussion: Fox News
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan retiring, shares jump  —  The CEO of Wells Fargo is stepping down.  —  Tim Sloan, who took over as chief executive of the bank in 2016, will retire, the bank said in a press release Thursday.  Allen Parker will take over as Interim CEO and president.
 
 
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Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
House Dems expand voter suppression probe to Kansas and Texas
Nathan Thrall / New York Times:
How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Peter Davies / Mexico News Daily:
‘Mother of all migrants’ caravans' is forming up in Honduras: interior secretary
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Republican Party Has an Older Voters Problem
Discussion: New Republic
Eric Curl / Savannah Morning News:
Two black candidates for Savannah's mayor attend meeting that bars white reporters
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pelosi urges Democrats to take a ‘deep breath’ — and takes charge of her party
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Top UAE minister urges strategic shift in Arab-Israel ties; boycott was mistake
MSNBC:
I'm ‘very inclined’ to run for president, says senator
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
The FCC Has Fined Robocallers $208 Million. It's Collected $6,790.
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
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Michael Cohen testified Trump submitted false insurance claim for bathroom ceiling fresco