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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election  —  Good Morning.  Thank you all for being here today.  —  On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation …
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New York Times:
White House and Justice Dept. Officials Discussed Mueller Report Before Release  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III's findings will be public on Thursday, but some of them will not be news to President Trump.  —  Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Says He Lacks Confidence to Clear Trump on Obstruction  — Congress has authority to act on obstruction, Mueller says  — Special counsel didn't find ‘underlying crime’ on collusion  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he lacked confidence to clear Donald Trump of obstruction …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and CNN
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller Report Is Released: Live Updates  —  The Justice Department has released a redacted version of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who investigated Russian election interference, any ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump when told of appointment of special counsel Mueller, said: ‘This is the end of my presidency,’ report says  —  A team of Post reporters is reading the redacted Mueller report, which was just made public.  This page will update frequently with key findings as we go through the document.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Mueller report: What witnesses expect ahead of its release  —  Mueller witnesses and their lawyers say that they expect the special counsel's report to include a mass of detailed scenes in which President Trump lashed out about Mueller, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and the FBI.
Washington Post:
Mueller report will be lightly redacted, revealing detailed look at obstruction of justice investigation  —  The Justice Department plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's 400-page report Thursday, offering a granular look at the ways …
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Maxine Waters calls Barr a ‘lackey and a sycophant’ for Trump
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
THE FULL MUELLER REPORT WAS JUST RELEASED. READ IT HERE
Discussion: RedState and American Greatness
David Bossie / Fox News:   Mueller probe was a waste of time and money - No collusion, no obstruction
ABC News:
Attorney General William Barr defends Trump's actions, handling of Mueller report ahead of its release
Discussion: Axios, Joe.My.God. and IJR
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The Justice Department has released the Mueller report. Here's how to read it.
Discussion: Medium and Washington Examiner
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller time: Why it might not matter as much as you think
NBC News:
Congress to receive the redacted Mueller report at 11 a.m. Thursday
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
CONGRESS BRACES FOR MUELLER MADNESS — …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Report: Christopher Steele Refusing To Meet With DOJ Inspector General, Which Is Scrutinizing Ex-Spy's Dossier
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Australia Says It's “Ready To Confirm” A Key Meeting That Led To The Investigation Into Trump's Russia Links  —  Heavily-redacted documents released to BuzzFeed News show Australia's former high commissioner wrote a three-page cable to the United States about his London meeting with a Trump campaign adviser.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and New York Post
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?  —  With political power comes rhetorical responsibility.  —  Spot the problem with the quoted remarks:  —  (1) The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was “something some people did.”  —  (2) Last month's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was “something someone did.”
Discussion: Michigan Advance and PJ Media Home
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.  —  The organization's leadership is focussed on external threats, but the real crisis may be internal.  —  This winter, members of the National Rifle Association—elk hunters in Montana, skeet shooters in upstate New York …
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program  —  Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content  —  Facebook's controversial factchecking program is partnering with the Daily Caller, a rightwing website …
New York Post:
Man nabbed after walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with gas cans, lighters  —  A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.  —  Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church …
New York Times:
HUD Moves to Limit Public Housing Aid for Undocumented Immigrants  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed a rule on Wednesday night intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving federal housing assistance, the latest step in its efforts to ramp up enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
HUD moves to cancel illegal immigrants' public housing access
Discussion: IJR and Front Page Magazine
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
O'Rourke confronts cable TV drought  —  Beto O'Rourke, traveling the country doing a head-snapping number of presidential campaign events, had just finished an extended version of his stump speech Wednesday when a self-described cable news devotee confronted the former congressman over his absence from her TV screen.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Adam Schiff: The Media's Pin-Up Doll  —  There are times that even The Onion—the popular satirical newspaper—can't compete with the outlandish coverage produced by allegedly legitimate news publications.  Newsweek magazine's front-cover swoon over Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) this week is one such example.
Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Population declines: New Yorkers fleeing in greater numbers, Census shows  —  That mansion you saw in Orlando doesn't mean all of Florida's wealthy families live near Disney.  Check out some of the most affluent towns in America according to the American Community Survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Report: U.S. declines again in press-freedom index, falls to ‘problematic’ status  —  For the third time in three years, the United States' standing in an annual index of press freedom declined, a result the report's authors attributed to President Trump's anti-press rhetoric and continuing threats to journalists.
New York Times:
North Korea Tests New Weapon  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea said on Thursday that it test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what appeared to be a warning from Kim Jong-un to President Trump that unless once-promising negotiations with Washington resume, the two countries could again be on a collision course.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Associated Press:
North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon
Discussion: Futurism
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Pence, Buttigieg and the debate over ‘conversion therapy’  —  “If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade.  And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand.  That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and IJR
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The two problems with the assumption that the economy will boost Trump in 2020  —  Jim Messina was Barack Obama's campaign manager in 2012 when the former president won reelection.  On Wednesday, Messina spoke with ABC News' Jonathan Karl about the reelection bid of Obama's successor.
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Tells Aides: ‘Keep an Eye’ on Fox News, Make Sure It Stays Loyal to Me
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Washington Post
 
 
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