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George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency.  Congress should remove him.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  So it turns out that, indeed, President Trump was not exonerated at all, and certainly not “totally” or “completely,” as he claimed.
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
How We Characterized Michael Cohen's Testimony  —  This Jan. 18, a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Michael Cohen told prosecutors that the president had directed him to lie to Congress, the special counsel's office issued a vague but forceful rebuttal of our story.
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’  —  Late last month President Trump met with a group of Republican senators on Capitol Hill.  He discussed a lot of topics, but his most memorable comment came when he called Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation “two years of bullshit.”
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Mueller's Report Speaks Volumes  —  What's in the special counsel's findings is almost as revealing as what's left out.  —  By the fall of 2017, it was clear that special counsel Robert Mueller, as a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was too conflicted to take a detached look …
CNN:
The Mueller report is shocking  —  (CNN)After a news conference by Attorney General William Barr, Congress and the public can access a redacted version of the Mueller report.  Commentators will weigh in here throughout the day with smart takes on the Mueller report.  The views expressed in this commentary are theirs.
Washington Post:
The Mueller report is the opposite of exoneration
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral
David French / National Review:
The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience
Discussion: NPR, Quartz and The Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Congress Should Impeach William Barr
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
My book report on ‘The Mueller Report’
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox, Slate and The Bulwark
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   This Is What Obstruction Looks Like
New York Times:
A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump met with advisers in the Oval Office in May 2017 to discuss replacements for the F.B.I. director he had just fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions slipped out of the room to take a call.
Discussion: Breitbart and Slate
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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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Mueller Report Won't End Trump's Presidency, But It Sure Makes Him Look Bad  —  In the most memorable scene in the most anticipated government report in recent history, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, takes us inside the Oval Office on May 17, 2017.
Washington Post:
Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms  —  Flanked by two deputies, Attorney General William P. Barr stepped to a microphone on the Justice Department's seventh floor Thursday and spoke in the language of the president who appointed him to the job.
Washington Post:
Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report  —  The moment President Trump learned two years ago that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian election interference, he declared in the Oval Office, “This is the end of my presidency.”
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
Washington Post:
Mueller laid out ‘thorough and compelling’ case of obstruction, but Barr decided Trump wasn't guilty of a crime
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president
Discussion: Boston Globe
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Mueller Report Is Clear: Donald Trump Repeatedly Tried to Obstruct Justice
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, Politico and Axios
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media
Discussion: Vox, CNN, Washingtonian and FactCheck.org
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is calling the actions a ‘kidnapping’ and a flagrant violation of the law  —  Armed rightwing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border …
Discussion: Splinter and ThinkProgress
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
Militia in New Mexico Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint
Discussion: Fox News
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Armed Vigilantes Detain 300 Asylum-Seeking Migrants, Turn Them Over to Border Officials
Discussion: Daily Mail
BBC:
Woman shot dead in Derry after rioting in the city  —  A 29-year-old woman has been shot dead in Londonderry in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”.  —  Dissident Republicans are being blamed for the killing, which happened during rioting after police searches in Derry's Creggan area on Thursday night.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden Is Running for President  —  Joe Biden is running.  The former vice president will make his candidacy official with a video announcement next Wednesday, according to people familiar with the discussions who have been told about them by top aides.  —  Seriously, he's actually made a decision.
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians  —  Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia's leaks.  The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start.  —  Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
In the Mueller Report, Erik Prince Funds a Covert Effort to Obtain Clinton's E-mails from a Foreign State  —  Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater, a former private-security company embroiled in controversy surrounding its use of lethal force against civilians in Iraq …
Discussion: Axios
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Washington Post:
Through email leaks and propaganda, Russians sought to elect Trump, Mueller finds
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Associated Press:
Man who sent white powder to Trump's sons to be sentenced  —  BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for a Massachusetts man who admitted to sending threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump's sons and others.
 
 
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