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3:55 PM ET, March 29, 2019

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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.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report will be delivered by ‘mid-April, if not sooner,’ attorney general tells Congress  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia's election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April …
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Justice Dept. expects to release Mueller report to Congress by ‘mid-April, if not sooner’  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department will have special counsel Robert Mueller's report ready to release by “mid-April, if not sooner,” Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Here's the Real Trump-Russia Hoax  —  It's Trump defenders and lefty Russiagate skeptics claiming there is no scandal.  —  There has been much crowing from Trumpsters on the right and Russiagate skeptics on the left about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Just Security:
The Missing Piece of the Mueller Investigation
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump may not be a Russian agent. He's just a Russian stooge.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
AP says the percentage sign now OK when used with a numeral (that's shift+5)  —  Brace yourselves.  —  The AP Stylebook says the percentage sign is now acceptable when paired with a numeral in most cases.  —  On Friday, Stylebook Editor Paula Froke announced the latest round of changes …
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
'It'll happen fast': Trump creates problems and then rushes in to solve them  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  For President Trump, sometimes the easiest problems to solve are the ones created by his own policies.  —  On Thursday, Trump …
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Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Donald Trump's management style: He loves to put aides in their place
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and Mediaite
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: What Trump's reversal on the Special Olympics reveals about his presidency
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones, The Root and Slate
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
We Got Alex Jones' Deposition Video.  It Was A Predictable Disaster For Him.  —  For all his dangerous talk about the Sandy Hook school shooting, Alex Jones couldn't even recall the date it happened.  —  Infowars host Alex Jones was questioned earlier this month for three hours by the lawyer …
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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
How Alex Jones and Infowars Helped a Florida Man Stalk Sandy Hook Families  —  In the world of conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig fueled each other's darkest tendencies.  —  Soon after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Former Trump Family Driver Has Been in ICE Custody for 8 Months  —  When Donald Trump's children and campaign staff arrived in South Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign, they were often greeted at the airport by Zoltan Tamas in a black Cadillac Escalade.
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Linda McMahon to leave Cabinet for Trump 2020 PAC  —  Linda McMahon is stepping down as head of Small Business Administration to chair the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action, according to three people familiar with the move.  —  Trump allies have spent weeks searching for someone …
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 …
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
GOP Sees Political Peril as Party Scrambles for Health-Care Plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's health care agenda is a legal disaster
Discussion: Politico
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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John Bowden / The Hill:
Flake: Better for a Dem to win in 2020 than Trump  —  Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he would rather see a Democrat win in 2020 than have President Trump elected to a second term.  —  Flake made his comments at a debate in New York hosted by the nonprofit Intelligence Squared.
Discussion: Washington Post
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Larry Kudlow wants the Fed to cut rates  —  White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday told Axios that he wants the Federal Reserve to “immediately” cut interest rates by 50 basis points.  —  Why it matters: This mirrors comments by Stephen Moore, who President Trump is expected …
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Christopher Condon / Bloomberg:   White House's Kudlow Urges Half-Point Fed Cut, Echoing Moore
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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Jenni Russell / New York Times:
Is Theresa May the Worst Politician Ever?  —  The British prime minister's deal has failed.  Again.  —  This Op-Ed has been updated to reflect news developments.  —  LONDON — My first attempt to charm Theresa May was eight years ago, in the grand surroundings of the State Dining Room in Downing Street …
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Politico:
UK can't escape Irish backstop with no-deal Brexit
The Guardian:
May hopes to hold fourth vote on Brexit deal
Discussion: Shakesville, Quartz and BuzzFeed
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high  —  You can blame young people for this dry spell, data show  —  The share of U.S. adults reporting no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, underscoring a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Restricting Gun Sales Cost Dick's $150 Million Last Year  —  Last February, when Dick's Sporting Goods boss Ed Stack announced he was restricting gun sales at the country's largest sports retailer, he knew it'd be costly.  —  At the time, Dick's was a major seller of firearms.
Discussion: RedState and Front Page Magazine
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 …
miamiherald:
Trump Tourism: How Charlottesville enabled Cindy Yang to market Mar-a-Lago in China  —  A group of newcomers dressed in black tie with leopard print accents — a dress code dubbed “safari chic” — joined Palm Beach high society at Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 26, 2018.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
YouTube's Product Chief on Online Radicalization and Algorithmic Rabbit Holes  —  Neal Mohan discusses the streaming site's recommendation engine, which has become a growing liability amid accusations that it steers users to increasingly extreme content.  —  It's been called …
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.
 
 
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