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3:50 PM ET, April 18, 2019

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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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Washington Post:
Live updates: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws  —  President Trump, upon first learning of the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, cursed and declared, “this is the end of my presidency,” according to the redacted 400-page report …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Spells Out Trump's ‘Multiple Acts’ to Undermine Russia Probe  — Congress has authority to act on obstruction, Mueller says  — Special counsel didn't find ‘underlying crime’ on collusion  —  Robert Mueller delivered an exhaustive account of President Donald Trump's efforts …
ABC News:
Highlights of Trump's written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions  —  The answers were released as part of the Mueller report.  —  The answers President Donald Trump gave to special counsel Robert Mueller have finally been released as part of the redacted version of the special counsel's report.
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Entitled to the Protections of Impeachment  —  The redacted version of the Mueller Report released on Thursday runs 448 pages.  But its most important implication can be summarized in a single sentence: There is sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice to merit impeachment hearings.
Washington Post:
Mueller report says investigators struggled with whether Trump committed crime of obstruction  —  A detailed report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said investigators struggled with both the legal implications of investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice …
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.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
THE FULL MUELLER REPORT WAS JUST RELEASED.  READ IT HERE  —  The report from special counsel Robert Mueller detailing his nearly 2-year investigation of whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton has finally been released.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Mueller Reveals Trump's Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday …
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and The Verge
Eric Geller / Politico:
FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says  —  The FBI believes that Russian hackers were able to breach “at least one” Florida county government through a spearphishing campaign targeting local election officials, according to special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Burr apparently fed info on FBI's Russia probe to White House, Mueller says
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and Axios
New York Times:
The Mueller Report: Excerpts and Analysis
Lucia Suarez Sang / Fox News:
WATCH: AG Barr spars with a reporter during news conference ahead of Mueller report release
Discussion: RedState
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 10 Trump actions Mueller spotlighted for potential obstruction
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jason Chaffetz / Fox News:   Was Mueller probe driven by political bias against Trump?
David Bossie / Fox News:   Mueller probe was a waste of time and money - No collusion, no obstruction
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Mueller report reveals those surrounding Trump protected him from his own worst instincts
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The attorney general just pre-spun the Mueller report for Trump
Discussion: IJR and Shakesville
John Solomon / The Hill:
The Lesson of Mueller: An innocent man's defense can look like a guilty man's obstruction
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The Justice Department has released the Mueller report. Here's how to read it.
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.
Washington Post:
The National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News  —  The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the travel retailer known for its airport newsstands, according to people familiar with the agreement.
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.”
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller time: Why it might not matter as much as you think  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE REALITIES OF THE MUELLER REPORT ... The big day has finally arrived: Special counsel ROBERT MUELLER'S findings — with an unknown number of redactions — are due to be released later this morning …
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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 …
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.
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
This cafe in India is fully run by acid attack survivors  —  More than 20 years ago, a man hurled acid into Madhu Kashyap's face.  It melted the skin on her cheeks and forehead and partially blinded her in one eye.  —  For years she would not show her scarred face in public.  People stared.
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 …
 
 
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