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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
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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.
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com and Fortune
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.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
New Barr letter: Mueller report will be sent to Congress by mid-April
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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. …
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 …
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 …
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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
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
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
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 …
Discussion: CNBC and One America News Network
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Christopher Condon / Bloomberg:   White House's Kudlow Urges Half-Point Fed Cut, Echoing Moore
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.
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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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's health care agenda is a legal disaster
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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Lee Roupas / ilpba.org:
IPBA Statement on Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Maria Butina Seeks Speedy Deportation Back to Russia  —  Maria Butina says she does not fear torture or persecution in Russia, even though she made a deal to cooperate with the FBI.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Maria Butina has waived her right to try to stay in the United States after serving her sentence, according to new court filings.
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
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 …
 
 
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Steele Dossier Set the Stage for a Mueller Letdown
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump may not be a Russian agent. He's just a Russian stooge.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Mick Mulvaney Gets His Ass Kicked In His Private Trivia League
Discussion: Jezebel
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Steve Bannon predicts Harris-Beto ticket has ‘best shot’ at beating Trump
Discussion: Axios, USA Today and Shakesville
The Daily Beast:
‘You Keep Telling Me That’: How Michael Flynn Kissed Up to Russia's Ambassador
 Earlier Items: 
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Private housing companies are forcing military families into silence if they want their problems addressed
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Rages at Bret Baier About Russia, the Media, Immigration: ‘We Are Being Invaded!’
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
Discussion: Shakesville
Washington Post:
Trump's North American trade deal at risk of stalling in Congress
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Donald Trump's management style: He loves to put aides in their place
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and Mediaite
Politico:
UK can't escape Irish backstop with no-deal Brexit