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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: Hullabaloo, Breitbart and Slate
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Mueller report updates: Nadler subpoenas full findings; top Judiciary Republican calls it ‘overbroad’  —  The president and his supporters sought to turn a page, as Democrats issued a subpoena for the full special counsel's report that detailed what they said was “alarming” behavior.
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN, NPR, Quartz, The Week, Mediaite and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment  —  The Mueller report's defense of Trump: exculpatory incompetence, misplaced rage.  —  The most generous reading of Robert Mueller's report, the one pushed by President Donald Trump's own defenders, is, in fact, profoundly damning.
Discussion: Althouse, IJR and USA Today
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.
Claire Spellberg / Decider:
Stephen Colbert Slams Trump After Mueller Report: “That's Not How an Innocent Person Reacts”  —  The Mueller report may have been heavily redacted, but the “Harm to Ongoing Matters” didn't stop late night hosts from delivering their collusion-themed jokes Thursday night.
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Trump thought Mueller would be ‘the end of my presidency.’ It should be
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Mother Jones
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Nadler subpoenas DOJ for full version of the Mueller report
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Mueller report shows Russians, Trump camp were friends with benefits. Collusion by another name?
Abe Greenwald / New York Post:   The Mueller report just left egg on Democrats' faces
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency
David Brooks / New York Times:   It's Not the Collusion, It's the Corruption
Washington Post:
Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report
Washington Post:   Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other
Discussion: Washington Post
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral
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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Associated Press:   Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week
Stephanie K. Baer / BuzzFeed News:
A 29-Year-Old Journalist Was Killed In What Northern Ireland Police Are Calling A “Terrorist Incident”  —  A 29-year-old journalist was killed Thursday night amid riots in Northern Ireland, her colleagues said, in what police are calling a “terrorist incident.”
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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
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.
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
Mir Sabbir / BBC:
Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Burned to death for reporting sexual harassment  —  Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh.  Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.  —  Her courage in speaking …
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
 
 
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