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12:20 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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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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   In subpoena fight, Trump lawyer told Mueller: 'You want to do it, you've got yourself a war'
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump tests post-Mueller vengeance campaign
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:   Rush Limbaugh Rages at Bret Baier About Russia, the Media, Immigration: ‘We Are Being Invaded!’
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
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 …
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
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
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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Eric Zorn / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kim Foxx will and should lose her job over the Jussie Smollett case
Discussion: Daily Wire, The Root and Politico
Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:   NEW: State prosecutors' bar “condemns” Foxx's “misleading,” “Inaccurate,” “abnormal” handling of Smollett case
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 …
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
Bloomberg:
U.S. Readying Russia Sanctions for U.K. Poison Attack, Sources Say  — Move is in response to 2018 nerve-agent attack on Skripal  — U.S. official has said sanctions to include banking sector  —  The White House has received a long-awaited package of new sanctions on Russia …
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.
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
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell inches closer to nuclear option  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday moved one step closer to changing the Senate rules to speed up the confirmation of most of President Donald Trump's nominees.  —  The procedural move inches McConnell closer to using the nuclear option.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to Trump: Health care's all yours
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Thursday with the Saudi Arabian prince who lied to senators about his role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.  —  According to the CIA, Prince Khalid bin Salman …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
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.
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.
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
 
 
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David Reaboi / Washington Times:
Railing against Islamophobia, and anti-Trump, too
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Fundraising Letter: We Could Shutter ‘Very Soon’
Allison McCann / New York Times:
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
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Chasten Buttigieg Is Winning the 2020 Spouse Primary
Discussion: Mercury News and Mashable
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court stops execution because of religious concerns, a contrast to last month
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Daily Beast
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