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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Comparing Barr's Excerpts With Mueller's Report  —  Attorney General William P. Barr sent a letter to Congress last month citing brief fragments from the Mueller report.  Now that the document is public, his selections are coming under scrutiny.  —  When Attorney General William P. Barr sent Congress …
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, I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel's Office.
Lawfare:
What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis  —  “Really the best day since he got elected,” said Kellyanne Conway, the president's counselor, about a day on which 400 pages dropped into the public's lap describing relentless presidential misconduct and serial engagements between his campaign and a foreign actor.
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.
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.
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 …
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
The Obstruction Case Against Trump that Barr Tried to Hide  —  For nearly a month, the American public has been under the impression, thanks to a four-page “summary” by Attorney General William Barr, that Robert Mueller could not decide whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice because of …
Claire Spellberg / Decider:   Stephen Colbert Slams Trump After Mueller Report: “That's Not How an Innocent Person Reacts”
Abe Greenwald / New York Post:   The Mueller report just left egg on Democrats' faces
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Discussion: Instapundit and Daily Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump Beat the Rap, but Mueller Uncovered a Historic Scandal
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and USA Today
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   House Dems in talks with DOJ for Mueller testimony
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free
Discussion: Fox News
David Brooks / New York Times:   It's Not the Collusion, It's the Corruption
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
In the Mueller Report, Erik Prince Funds a Covert Effort to Obtain Clinton's E-mails from a Foreign State
Discussion: Axios
Greg Miller / Washington Post:   As the Russia investigation ends, experts see two years of American political dysfunction as a win for Putin
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media
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.
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NBC10 Boston:   Buttigieg to Join Stop & Shop Workers on the Picket Line in Malden
Michael Hirsh / Foreign Policy:
How Trump Practices ‘Escalation Dominance’  —  “You have restraint on your side.  He has no restraint.  So you lose,” says outgoing French Ambassador Gérard Araud.  —  Following in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville, Gérard Araud has made a study of the United States …
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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: The Local
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.
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Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Mueller report reveals Sarah Sanders lied for Trump. It's time for her to resign.
Discussion: Slate, The Resurgent and Raw Story
CBS News:
Mueller report fallout: Sarah Sanders says Trump never asked her to lie
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
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats Are Hoping You Don't Understand What “Impeachment” Entails  —  Focusing on how it would “fail” in the Senate is a handy way to duck responsibility for a full investigation into the Trump administration.  —  Add to Pocket  —  The 1974 vote in the House of Representatives to give …
Discussion: The Federalist, Vox and Breitbart
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic equivocation over impeachment is a moral and political disaster
Discussion: Crooked Media, CNN and Roll Call
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
This baby got measles because of anti-vaxers  —  (CNN)Fainy Sukenik believes in vaccines, and her four children are up to date on all their shots.  —  That's why she's furious that her baby got measles.  Too young to be vaccinated, 8-month-old Shira Goldschmidt developed complications from the virus and had to be hospitalized.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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