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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Timothy O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Does Mueller Think Trump's Guilty?  Read Closely … You wouldn't have known from Attorney General William Barr's succinct and misleading four-page summary that fully 21 pages of the 448-page report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, released publicly on Thursday, are devoted to an important …
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.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Another Warning Sign
Discussion: Mother Jones
Abe Greenwald / New York Post:   The Mueller report just left egg on Democrats' faces
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander-in-chief
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Discussion: Instapundit and Daily Wire
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The best defense of Trump is still a damning indictment
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and USA Today
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   How Not to Obstruct Justice  —  Trump gave Mueller a steady stream of ammunition.
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
Philip Elliott / TIME:   Joe Biden Will Announce His Presidential Campaign Next Week, Unless He Doesn't, But He Probably Will
NBC10 Boston:   Buttigieg to Join Stop & Shop Workers on the Picket Line in Malden
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:   FL Man Arrested For Threatening To Murder Several Dems, Including Omar And Tlaib
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
Yara Bayoumy / The Atlantic:   The French Ambassador Is Retiring Today. Here's What He Really Thinks About Washington.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats Are Hoping You Don't Understand What “Impeachment” Entails  —  The 1974 vote in the House of Representatives to give the Judiciary Committee broad subpoena power for its investigation into whether or not President Richard Nixon committed any impeachable offenses passed 410-4.
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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 …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump Beat the Rap, but Mueller Uncovered a Historic Scandal
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Sen. Michael Bennet's cancer surgery was ‘completely successful,’ spokeswoman says
Discussion: Politico
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Re-Read Bill Barr's Infamous Letter With Full Quotes From the Mueller Report  —  Context is everything.  Trump's attorney general is a partisan hack  —  Attorney General William Barr released a letter to Congress on March 24, 2019, purporting to summarize the top-line conclusion of the Mueller report.
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Claire Spellberg / Decider:   Stephen Colbert Slams Trump After Mueller Report: “That's Not How an Innocent Person Reacts”
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating his parole  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter and his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar traded Twitter barbs Thursday over a video Hunter posted where he appeared to suggest he was crossing the southern border into Mexico.
Discussion: Times of San Diego
The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Hires Speechwriter Fired From White House Over White Nationalist Conference  —  Dr. Darren Beattie was pushed out of the administration over his appearance alongside alt-right figures.  Less than a year later, he has a new gig on the Hill.  —  One of President Donald Trump's top …
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico, Axios and Mediaite
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
 
 
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Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump Is More Dangerous Than Ever.
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Report Describes a Businessman President Indifferent to Facts, Unwilling to Take on Tough Tasks
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
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Emily Hopkins / Indianapolis Star:
Scott Pruitt left the EPA mired in scandal. Now he is lobbying Indiana lawmakers.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
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