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12:35 PM ET, April 19, 2019

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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:
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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”  —  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.
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: Daily Wire
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment
Discussion: IJR and USA Today
David Brooks / New York Times:   It's Not the Collusion, It's the Corruption
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them.
Wall Street Journal:   Cohen Told Investigators Trump Was Willing to Travel to Russia During Race in Pursuit of Tower Deal
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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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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump Beat the Rap, but Mueller Uncovered a Historic Scandal
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Mueller report shows Russians, Trump camp were friends with benefits. Collusion by another name?
John Bowden / The Hill:   Blackwater founder Erik Prince helped fund effort tied to obtaining Clinton's emails
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
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.
Discussion: Crooked Media, CNN and Shareblue Media
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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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Mediaite
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Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘Whimsical, uninformed’: French ambassador's parting verdict on Trump
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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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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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.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Possible 2020 contender Michael Bennet gets clean bill of health after cancer treatment  —  Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is contemplating jumping in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race, has been given a clean bill of health after undergoing surgery to remove cancer, his office said in a statement.
 
 
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