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10:55 AM ET, March 29, 2019

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NBC News:
House Democrats increasingly troubled by Barr's plan for Mueller report  —  House majority staff members described their frustration with the attorney general.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are on a collision course with Attorney General William Barr as it appears increasingly unlikely …
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: After Barr Letter, Overwhelming Majority Wants Full Mueller Report Released  —  Days after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report, overwhelming majorities of Americans want the full report made public …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
‘Lock them up’?  Trump's attention turns to his enemies list  —  Analysis: At the president's first rally since the attorney general announced he wouldn't be prosecuted, Trump went on offense against Democrats, media.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump identified the enemies of his state Thursday night.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Week and The Atlantic
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Our President of the Perpetual Grievance  —  “The Russian hoax is finally dead,” President Trump declared on Thursday night, at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  “The collusion delusion is over.”  Trump, though, was not over it, and he was definitely not moving on.
Just Security:
The Missing Piece of the Mueller Investigation  —  Gaming out the counterintelligence part of Mueller's probe  —  Americans are fiercely divided about one aspect of the Mueller investigation: the prospect that President Donald Trump committed a crime—such as conspiracy with Russians …
Discussion: MSNBC, Booman Tribune and Vox
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Even Congress Might Not Get the Full Mueller Report
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and Vox
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump tests post-Mueller vengeance campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:   Trump Mocks and Jeers Media, Calls For Revenge as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Them Up!’
Washington Post:
‘The Russia hoax is finally dead’: At Michigan rally, Trump declares victory in Mueller investigation
Discussion: Shakesville
Washington Post:
Democrats say they will accuse Barr of a ‘coverup’ if he delivers incomplete Mueller report
Lee Roupas / ilpba.org:
IPBA Statement on Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal  —  The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association serves as the voice for nearly 1,000 front line prosecutors across the State who work tirelessly towards the pursuit of justice.  The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State's Attorney's handling …
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Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:   NEW: State prosecutors' bar “condemns” Foxx's “misleading,” “Inaccurate,” “abnormal” handling of Smollett case
Hannah Yasharoff / USA Today:
Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The blue state Trump thinks he can flip in 2020  —  President Donald Trump is muscling into a blue state where Democrats are reeling: Virginia.  —  With a tenuous grip on states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the president is looking for opportunities to expand his electoral playing field.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to Trump: Health care's all yours
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Chasten Buttigieg Is Winning the 2020 Spouse Primary  —  Maybe the most noteworthy thing about Chasten Buttigieg's sudden internet fame is that he has a public profile at all.  At this stage in a presidential race, most candidates' spouses are ornamental figures, taken gingerly out of the storage box …
Discussion: Mashable
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Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Is Pete Buttigieg Just Another White Male Candidate, or Does His Gayness Count as Diversity?
Politico:
UK can't escape Irish backstop with no-deal Brexit  —  No deal is no escape from the Northern Ireland backstop.  —  The U.K. will face firm preconditions for any talks with the EU following a no-deal Brexit, European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr told ambassadors at a meeting in Brussels today.
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Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed:
The European Union Thinks The UK Is Left With Two Choices After The Last 24 Hours Of Brexit Chaos
Discussion: Leave.EU
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Exclusive: Key Trump health official spends millions on GOP-connected consultants  —  The Trump appointee who oversees Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare quietly directed millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts to Republican communications consultants during her tenure atop the agency …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Nominee For No. 3 At Justice Department Withdraws After Backlash From GOP Senators  —  President Trump's pick to serve as third in command at the Justice Department, overseeing health care and immigration cases, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday evening amid backlash …
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:   Trump's pick for top DOJ job to withdraw over ties to abortion rights group
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘Clearly an end-run’: Federal judge rejects Trump's health care plan to go around Obamacare  —  A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration's push to make health insurance plans available outside the Affordable Care Act that avoid the requirements …
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In subpoena fight, Trump lawyer told Mueller: 'You want to do it, you've got yourself a war'  —  Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation without ever interviewing President Trump.  The two sides wrangled over the issue for much of the Mueller investigation …
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Washington Post:
Trump's North American trade deal at risk of stalling in Congress  —  President Trump's effort to rework a major trade deal with Canada and Mexico is showing signs of faltering on Capitol Hill, straining under a variety of angry complaints from lawmakers of both parties who won't commit to backing the plan.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
President Donald Trump reverses course on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Less than a month after proposing a federal budget that would have cut Great Lakes cleanup money from $300 million to $30 million, President Donald Trump pledged to provide the full $300 million during a campaign rally in Michigan.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and Toledo Blade
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Donald Trump's management style: He loves to put aides in their place  —  After 24 hours of brutal coverage of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' defense of scrapping funding for the Special Olympics, President Trump stepped in to claim he was saving a program his own budget had threatened.
Discussion: Mediaite and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
The Taxman Is (Not) Coming After You  —  The federal government is ignoring the easy part of the solution to its fiscal problems — collecting billions of dollars in unpaid taxes.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.
Allison McCann / New York Times:
The Man Trying to Make Sense of Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now  —  LONDON — By day, Jon Worth works as a communications consultant for European politicians.  By rest-of-his-day he makes Brexit flowcharts — 27 versions since January, to be exact.
Ben Westcott / CNN:
George Clooney calls for hotel boycott over Brunei LGBT death penalty  —  (CNN)Film star George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine hotels because of their links to Brunei, where homosexual acts will from next week be punishable by death.  —  In an opinion piece written for Deadline …
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
 
 
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CNN:
New documents raise questions over State Dept. move to rescind honor for Trump critic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Bloomberg
Dana Loesch / Real Clear Politics:
CNN's Parkland Townhall Sought to Inflame, Not Inform
BBC:
BBC pays damages to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko over report
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Post
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops execution because of religious concerns, a contrast to last month
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Daily Beast
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The Constitution and the President's Tweets
Discussion: Raw Story and WREG-TV
Washington Post:
In small towns across the nation, the death of a coal plant leaves an unmistakable void
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS to ask Congress for sweeping authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children
Discussion: Axios
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks
Discussion: Splinter and WTVR-TV
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
College student accuses former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder of sexual harassment
Eric Curl / Savannah Morning News:
Two black candidates for Savannah's mayor attend meeting that bars white reporters