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1:35 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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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.
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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Rush Limbaugh Rages at Bret Baier About Russia, the Media, Immigration: ‘We Are Being Invaded!’
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump tests post-Mueller vengeance campaign
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Shakesville
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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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: National Review, Lawfare and MSNBC
NBC News:
House Democrats increasingly troubled by Barr's plan for Mueller report
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Even Congress Might Not Get the Full Mueller Report
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and Washington Post
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump may not be a Russian agent. He's just a Russian stooge.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:   Trump's pick for top DOJ job to withdraw over ties to abortion rights group
Washington Post:
Democrats say they will accuse Barr of a ‘coverup’ if he delivers incomplete Mueller report
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.
Discussion: CNN, Roll Call and New York Post
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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: Vox, Politico, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:   NEW: State prosecutors' bar “condemns” Foxx's “misleading,” “Inaccurate,” “abnormal” handling of Smollett case
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Linda McMahon to resign as head of Small Business Administration  —  Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, is planning to announce as soon as Friday that she's stepping down, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  McMahon is expected to rejoin the private sector.
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.
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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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Private housing companies are forcing military families into silence if they want their problems addressed  —  Thom Tillis was angry.  —  During a March 7th Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the Republican senator from North Carolina told each of the military service chiefs and secretaries …
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: CNN and Mediaite
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.
Anna North / Vox:
Do male candidates get more coverage than women?  It's complicated.  —  TV networks spent more time on Beto O'Rourke than Elizabeth Warren.  The question is why.  —  A Vanity Fair cover.  Reporters mobbing campaign stops.  Multiple references to “stardom.”
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Clients of Trump-Tied Lobbying Firm Ballard Partners Keep Spending at Trump Properties  —  Since President Trump took office, visiting and spending money at his properties—especially his Washington, DC hotel—has emerged as an apparent influence strategy.  It comes as no surprise …
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: Mercury News and Mashable
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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Washington Post:
Stephen Moore, who once ran a political group fined $350,000, wants to take the Fed in a direction Trump supports
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Steve Bannon predicts Harris-Beto ticket has ‘best shot’ at beating Trump
Discussion: Axios, Shakesville and USA Today
The Daily Beast:
‘You Keep Telling Me That’: How Michael Flynn Kissed Up to Russia's Ambassador
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump to welcome Egypt's al-Sisi to the White House
Bloomberg:
U.S. Readying Russia Sanctions for U.K. Poison Attack, Sources Say
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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McConnell inches closer to nuclear option
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The Man Trying to Make Sense of Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now
CNN:
New documents raise questions over State Dept. move to rescind honor for Trump critic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Bloomberg
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In subpoena fight, Trump lawyer told Mueller: 'You want to do it, you've got yourself a war'
Discussion: The Byron York Show