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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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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: Washington Post, Breitbart and Slate
New York Times:
Mueller Hints at a National-Security Nightmare  —  The missing piece of the report is a counterintelligence investigation that should set off alarm bells about our democracy and security.  —  Mr. Geltzer is the executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law.
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.
ABC News:
5 key takeaways from special counsel Robert Mueller's report  —  The report is a trove of information about the current presidency.  —  While there will be no legal case brought against President Donald Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, the much-anticipated redacted report …
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump suspected that former White House counsel Don McGahn wore a wire  —  Late in Don McGahn's tenure as White House counsel, President Trump became so suspicious that he wondered aloud whether McGahn was wearing a wire, a source familiar with the president's private conversations told Axios.
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 …
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.
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 …
David French / National Review:
The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience  —  I've finished reading the entire Mueller report, and I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, even I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel's Office.
Discussion: CNN, NPR, Quartz, The Week, Mediaite and Shakesville
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sarah Sanders admitted she lied to the White House press.  Does she have any credibility left?  —  New York (CNN Business)"Not founded on anything" is the new “alternative facts.”  —  The term applies to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and her misleading statements from the press briefing room podium.
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Trump thought Mueller would be ‘the end of my presidency.’ It should be  —  Buried on Page 290 of the long-awaited Mueller report into Russia's 2016 election interference and questions of collusion and cover-up surrounding President Donald Trump was one of those rare peeks behind the curtain …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Mueller report shows Russians, Trump camp were friends with benefits. Collusion by another name?
Washington Post:
Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency
CNN:
The Mueller report is shocking
Washington Post:   Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment
Discussion: Althouse, IJR and USA Today
Associated Press:   Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Mueller Report Is Clear: Donald Trump Repeatedly Tried to Obstruct Justice
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, Politico and Axios
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral
Washington Post:
Mueller laid out ‘thorough and compelling’ case of obstruction, but Barr decided Trump wasn't guilty of a crime
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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 and Breitbart
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Associated Press:
Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce he's running for president next week.  —  That's according to three people with knowledge of Biden's plans.  —  Biden will enter the race as a Democratic front-runner …
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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Stephanie K. Baer / BuzzFeed News:
A 29-Year-Old Journalist Was Killed In What Northern Ireland Police Are Calling A “Terrorist Incident”
Discussion: Splinter
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
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David Brooks / New York Times:   It's Not the Collusion, It's the Corruption
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
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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John Bowden / The Hill:   Blackwater founder Erik Prince helped fund effort tied to obtaining Clinton's emails
Christopher Buskirk / New York Times:
Barr Is Right About Everything.  Admit You Were Wrong.  —  After Trump's vindication, the liberal media and its allies in government should face a reckoning.  I'm not holding my breath.  —  Mr. Buskirk is editor and publisher of the journal American Greatness and a contributing opinion writer.
 
 
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