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7:00 PM ET, March 29, 2019


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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 …
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.
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.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
New Barr letter: Mueller report will be sent to Congress by mid-April
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Breitbart
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Agree On One Thing About The Mueller Report
Discussion: Townhall, Hullabaloo and Fox News
Just Security:
The Missing Piece of the Mueller Investigation
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 …
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. …
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
In Sandy Hook deposition, Alex Jones blames ‘a form of psychosis’ for thinking everything is staged  —  Alex Jones, the Austin-based provocateur embroiled in several lawsuits filed by parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said in a deposition released Friday …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lucy Flores / The Cut:
An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden  —  In 2014, I was the 35-year-old Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada.  The landscape wasn't looking good for my party that year.  There were no high-profile national races to help boost turnout, and after the top candidate bowed …
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 …
Doris Truong / Poynter:
AP Stylebook update: It's OK to call something racist when it's racist
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes  —  At a rally in Michigan, President Trump misstated the findings of the special counsel investigation, misleadingly promised to protect patients with pre-existing conditions and falsely described funding for a restoration program for the Great Lakes.
Discussion: Mediaite
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:   'It'll happen fast': Trump creates problems and then rushes in to solve them
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
GOP Sees Political Peril as Party Scrambles for Health-Care Plan
Discussion: Political Wire
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: What Trump's reversal on the Special Olympics reveals about his presidency
Discussion: The Hill, The Root, Mother Jones and Slate
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Joe Biden Isn't the Answer  —  It's still three months before the first Democratic debate, nearly a year before Super Tuesday, and he hasn't even declared yet, but poll after presidential poll continues to show 76-year-old former vice-president Joe Biden leading an enormous, diverse, and talented Democratic field.
Christopher Rivas / New York Times:
I Broke Up With Her Because She's White  —  When it comes to dating, I'd rather not think about race.  But that's been hard to avoid.  —  O.K., let me just get to it.  I think I broke up with my last girlfriend because she's white.  Actually, no, I definitely broke up with her because she's white.
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.
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: RedState, The Hill and Althouse
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How the mysteries of Khashoggi's murder have rocked the U.S.-Saudi partnership  —  It has been nearly six months since Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, but the aftershocks continue.  The U.S.-Saudi defense and intelligence partnership has been rocked.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
Dara Lind / Vox:
Trump's threats to close the US-Mexico border, explained  —  For once, Trump's tweets might have some basis in reality — but because closing any legal ports of entry would be a disaster, DHS officials say they'll only do it as a last resort.  —  President Donald Trump has occasionally threatened to …
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.
Daily Mail:
TIMELINE OF BUSH'S DECADE-LONG AFFAIR WITH JENNIFER FITZGERALD  —  Early 1970s — Bush is introduced to Jennifer by a mutual friend.  They have flirtatious calls that lead to a romance that carries on for at least 12 years.  —  1974 — President Gerald Ford appoints Bush to Chief of the Liaison Office in China.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Nominee For No. 3 At Justice Department Withdraws After Backlash From GOP Senators  —  Updated at 10: 17 a.m.  —  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 …
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 …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's health care agenda is a legal disaster
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
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 …
The Guardian:
May hopes to hold fourth vote on Brexit deal
Discussion: Quartz, Shakesville and BuzzFeed
Eric Zorn / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kim Foxx will and should lose her job over the Jussie Smollett case  —  Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and her team needed to demonstrate that they take seriously the social damage caused by invented hate crimes.  They failed spectacularly.  (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)
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Alexandria Gouveia / Vogue Arabia:
Ilhan Omar: “To Me, the Hijab Means Power, Liberation, Beauty, and Resistance”
Associated Press:
Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline
Kayla Melson / KTSM-TV:
Autopsy report: Detained Guatemalan girl died of ‘rapidly progressive’ infection
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: Americans more likely to say Ocasio-Cortez is ‘bad’ than ‘good’ for Democrats
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Maria Butina Seeks Speedy Deportation Back to Russia
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Larry Kudlow wants the Fed to cut rates
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Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Steele Dossier Set the Stage for a Mueller Letdown
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Mick Mulvaney Gets His Ass Kicked In His Private Trivia League
Discussion: Jezebel
New York Times:
The Taxman Is (Not) Coming After You  —  The federal government …
Allison McCann / New York Times:
The Man Trying to Make Sense of Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now