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2:15 PM ET, April 19, 2019

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Timothy O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Does Mueller Think Trump's Guilty? Read Closely
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump Beat the Rap, but Mueller Uncovered a Historic Scandal
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
Discussion: Politico
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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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 …
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Sarah Sanders grilled on her contradictory statements highlighted in Mueller report  —  The report found that Sanders' claims were “not founded on anything.”  —  In a tense exchange on “Good Morning America,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to defend statements …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Discussion: Instapundit and Daily Wire
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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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:   Re-Read Bill Barr's Infamous Letter With Full Quotes From the Mueller Report
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic equivocation over impeachment is a moral and political disaster
Discussion: Crooked Media, Rolling Stone and CNN
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and USA Today
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
David Brooks / New York Times:   It's Not the Collusion, It's the Corruption
Britain Eakin / courthousenews.com:
Trump Feared End of Presidency, Mueller Report Recounts
Discussion: Missoula Current
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Biden hires over a dozen senior advisors from Obama administration for 2020 campaign: Sources
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
Discussion: The Local
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: IJR
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CBS News:
Mueller report fallout: Sarah Sanders says Trump never asked her to lie
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Report Describes a Businessman President Indifferent to Facts, Unwilling to Take on Tough Tasks  —  President Trump's aides avoided controversial orders without directly rebuffing the requests, the report shows  —  President Trump in June 2017 gave his former campaign manager a directive …
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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