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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On  —  IF PRESIDENT DONALD Trump isn't guilty of obstruction of justice, who ever could be?  Special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, made public Thursday in redacted form, outlined over nearly half of those pages …
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New York Times:
The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long.  You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.  —  The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, produced a report of more than 400 pages that painted a deeply unflattering picture of President Trump but stopped short of accusing him of criminal wrongdoing.
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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Mueller report ropes in Senate GOP  —  The Senate GOP found itself ensnared in special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday, with new revelations about Sen. Richard Burr's communications with the White House and details about a GOP aide's quest to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails.
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral  —  The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 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 findings: 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories.  He Obliterated Them.  —  The two-pronged conspiracy theory that has dominated U.S. political discourse for almost three years - that (1) Trump, his family and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mueller's report paints a damning portrait of Trump's presidency  —  The Trump presidency long has been an exercise in normalizing extraordinary behavior, with President Trump repeatedly stretching the limits of what is considered appropriate conduct by the nation's chief executive.
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt  —  The most remarkable thing about special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report is how blithely the prosecutor reversed the burden of proof on the issue of obstruction.  —  To be sure, President Trump's conduct outlined on this score isn't flattering, to put it mildly.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems run from impeachment post-Mueller  —  Robert Mueller's report reveals a stunning array of new allegations against President Donald Trump.  But one thing remains the same: House Democrats are ducking any talk of impeachment.  —  After interviews with 15 lawmakers Thursday …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — To Donald Trump, the start of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looked alarmingly like the end of his presidency.  So he tried to stop it.  —  His months-long effort pushed the boundaries …
Discussion: KATC-TV
Washington Post:
The Mueller report is the opposite of exoneration  —  THE REPORT of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is not what the American public had been led to expect.  As Attorney General William P. Barr said last month, the special counsel found little evidence of a coordinated plot between Russia …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:   Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Left Office
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:   A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It.
Discussion: Vox, National Review and The Bulwark
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Mr. Mueller's Damning Report
Discussion: USA Today
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
My book report on ‘The Mueller Report’
ABC News:
Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Ways William Barr Misled The Public About The Mueller Report
Discussion: Daily Wire and emptywheel
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   This Is What Obstruction Looks Like
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems accuse Barr of misleading Congress and public
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
ABC News:
Highlights of Trump's written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump Obstructed Justice
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The Mueller Report by the Numbers
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
10 episodes where Trump might have obstructed justice
Discussion: New Republic and Fox News
The Intercept:
Annotating Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Redacted Report
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump's Allies Don't Expect Him To Go Off On Aides Who Gave Mueller Damaging Information — At Least For Now
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
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Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Bret Stephens Did Something to Ilhan Omar's Quote  —  The Worst Thing We Read This Morning™ While We Weren't Listening to the Barr Report  —  Bret Stephens, the New York Times opinion columnist and expert on proper journalistic behavior, wrote a column to join in the condemnation …
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.
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Mueller Report Bolsters Claims That Russia Penetrated Election Systems in Florida  —  Last summer, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) drew skepticism and ridicule from the media and Republicans when he claimed that Russian hackers had gained access to local election systems in his state.
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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Eric Geller / Politico:
FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
 
 
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