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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Romney says he is ‘sickened’ by Mueller report  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that he was “sickened” by President Donald Trump's actions described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.  —  In a statement, the Utah Republican said that while it was “good news” there was not enough evidence …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Could Alienate the Voters Republicans Need  —  Beyond all the revelations about Russian entanglements and possible obstruction of justice, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report crystallizes two cardinal rules about governance in Donald Trump's Washington.
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Trump's Post-Mueller Euphoria Gives Way to Anger and Recrimination  — President, aides said to be particular angry at McGahn, Porter  —  On the White House's South Lawn on Thursday, a mob of reporters waited to question Donald Trump about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report …
Discussion: Raw Story
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Another Warning Sign  —  The Mueller report is of course about Russian interference in the 2016 election and about the White House's interference in the resulting investigation.  But I couldn't help also reading the report as a window into the manner of administration that characterizes the Trump era …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The Mueller report isn't just a legal document.  It's also the best book on the Trump White House so far.  —  Review of “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III  —  The Mueller report is that rare Washington tell …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Richard Burr apparently briefed White House on FBI's Russia probe, Mueller report says  —  Burr's spokesperson told NBC News that his “stewardship over the Committee's bipartisan and fact-based investigation over the last two years speaks for itself.”
David French / TIME:
Donald Trump Is Weak and Afraid.  The Mueller Report Proves It  —  French is a TIME columnist.  A lawyer and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, he is a best-selling author whose next book will be The Great American Divorce.  —  We now know for sure what kind of man Donald Trump is.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins: Mueller report includes ‘an unflattering portrayal’ of Trump  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller's report gives an “unflattering portrayal” of President Trump, including an effort to oust the former FBI director from his special counsel role.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Law & Crime
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller failed to do his duty
Discussion: Quartz
Washington Post:
Congressional Democrats examine Erik's Prince statements on 2017 Seychelles meeting for possible perjury  —  Nine days before Donald Trump took the oath of office, Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private military contractor Blackwater and a Trump ally, met in the Seychelles islands …
Discussion: Mercury News, Task & Purpose and Vox
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New York Times:
Mueller Report Likely to Renew Scrutiny of Steele Dossier  —  WASHINGTON — The 35-page dossier, spiced up with tales of prostitutes and spies, sketched out a hair-raising story more than two years ago.  Russian intelligence had used bribery and blackmail to try to turn Donald J. Trump …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped
Discussion: Raw Story
Asha Rangappa / New York Times:
How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic
Discussion: Raw Story, FactCheck.org, Quartz and Vox
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:   The Hustlers and Swindlers of the Mueller Report
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller: Michael Flynn was under FBI investigation before transition calls
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump campaign punishes Don McGahn's law firm  —  The Trump campaign has hired its own in-house attorney for its 2020 reelection bid — shifting future business away from Jones Day, the law firm, that has represented Trump since his first run for president.  —  Campaign officials and advisers cast …
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Washington Post:
Trump blames McGahn after Mueller paints damning portrait with notes from White House aides
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Made One Mistake: He Trusted Bill Barr
Timothy O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Does Mueller Think Trump's Guilty? Read Closely
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic equivocation over impeachment is a moral and political disaster  —  As the political world digests the shocking scale of corruption, misconduct and skirting of criminality detailed in the Mueller report, Democrats have been pushing back on the idea that it's time to initiate an inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump.
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:   If Impeaching Trump Is Pointless, Then Bipartisanship Is Worthless
Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani / ThinkProgress:
Warren, Castro are the first 2020 candidates to call for Trump's impeachment
Mark Hemingway / New York Post:
New York Times hits new low with mortifying Notre Dame correction  —  Just in time for Easter, The New York Times has been forced to run yet another correction that speaks to the paper's profound ignorance regarding the basic beliefs of Christianity.  —  In a Thursday report on the fire at Notre Dame …
New York Times:
Sanders's ‘Slip of the Tongue’ Would Be a Problem in Some White Houses.  Not Trump's.  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — After admitting to investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that she delivered a false statement from the White House podium, Sarah Huckabee Sanders …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’  —  California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar traded Twitter barbs Thursday over a video Hunter posted in which he appeared to suggest he was crossing the southern border into Mexico.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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PDF Association:
A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF  —  What can we learn about the Mueller Report from the PDF file released by the Department of Justice on April 18, 2019?  —  This article offers two things:  — a brief, high-level technical assessment of the document, and
Discussion: The Verge and Fox News
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:   The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
South Florida Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Democratic Lawmakers, Including Ilhan Omar … Lately, Donald Trump fans have enjoyed attacking left-leaning Americans.  Last year, for instance, Miami-area resident Cesar Sayoc sent pipe bombs to prominent liberals around the country and went to jail.
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Man arrested after allegedly making racist death threats against Omar, Tlaib and Booker
Discussion: The Root
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
White House and Congress Set to Spar Over Kushner Security Clearance  —  The White House would like to be in the room when Congressional investigators grill Carl Kline, the official who green-lit Jared Kushner's security clearance.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The White House would like to be in the room …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Screaming Mark Levin Leaves Fox & Friends Speechless with 8 AM Mueller Rant: ‘Ed, You Have No Idea!’  —  Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin stunned the hosts of Fox & Friends this morning after a particularly unhinged rant, in which Levin screamed and cursed about claims of obstruction against President Donald Trump.
New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Fired South Bend's Black Police Chief.  It Still Stings.  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg had been mayor just 13 weeks when he faced a leadership crisis.  —  It was March 2012, and 300 residents of South Bend, Ind., solemnly marched to the Martin Luther King Center …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘Whimsical, uninformed’: French ambassador's parting verdict on Trump  —  Gérard Araud compares regime to court of Louis XIV and warns UK over post-Brexit trade  —  The outgoing French ambassador to the US has compared the Trump administration to the court of King Louis XIV …
Discussion: Washington Press, IJR and The Local
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Prosecutors seek 18-month sentence for Maria Butina in Russian plot to forge ties to U.S. conservative groups
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
GOP primary challenger: Trump is a ‘one-man crime wave’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Craziness at the New York Times
Eric Connor / Greenville News:
Bernie Sanders offers 3 ideas to help battle gentrification while in Greenville
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Nadler Vows ‘Major Hearings’ With Barr, Mueller, Others
John Hudson / Washington Post:
U.S. authorities make first arrest in mysterious raid of North Korea's Embassy in Spain
Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Axios
Clio Chang / Jezebel:
Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan
New York Times:
Joe Biden Begins Taking Money for a 2020 Presidential Campaign
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Re-Read Bill Barr's Infamous Letter With Full Quotes From the Mueller Report