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3:55 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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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 …
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 …
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Another Warning Sign  —  The Mueller report is of course about Russian interference in the 2016 election and about the White House's interference in the resulting investigation.  But I couldn't help also reading the report as a window into the manner of administration that characterizes the Trump era …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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.
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.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped  —  Officials say they're still looking into whether any Americans helped the Russians interfere in the 2016 election, or are still compromised by Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's …
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander-in-chief
Timothy O'Brien / Bloomberg:   Does Mueller Think Trump's Guilty? Read Closely
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   The Mueller Report Could Alienate the Voters Republicans Need
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:   The Hustlers and Swindlers of the Mueller Report
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Mueller didn't charge Trump — but his report is a brutal indictment
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’  —  California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar traded Twitter barbs Thursday over a video Hunter posted in which he appeared to suggest he was crossing the southern border into Mexico.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ken Stone / Times of San Diego:
Rep. Hunter Hops Border Barrier — But Not Into Mexico as Video Suggests  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter posted a video Thursday showing himself at the “grand border wall in Yuma, Arizona.”  He says: “It looks pretty tough to cross.  Let me see if I can do it.”  —  He swings his legs …
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Militia in New Mexico Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint
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.
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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: IJR and The Local
Yara Bayoumy / The Atlantic:   The French Ambassador Is Retiring Today. Here's What He Really Thinks About Washington.
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
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.
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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 …
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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New York Times:
Joe Biden Begins Taking Money for a 2020 Presidential Campaign  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has begun accepting financial donations for a 2020 presidential campaign, an unambiguous sign that he intends to begin his challenge to President Trump within days.
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity  —  Some Microsoft employees are openly questioning whether diversity is important, in a lengthy discussion on an internal online messaging board meant for communicating with CEO Satya Nadella.  —  Two posts on the board criticizing …
Discussion: The Verge
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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Elizabeth Llorente / Fox News:
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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Mike Pence / Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence: Congress must act to end the crisis on our border
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There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump Is More Dangerous Than Ever.
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Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Report Describes a Businessman President Indifferent to Facts, Unwilling to Take on Tough Tasks
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
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Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Axios
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Discussion: Gothamist
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
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Christopher Buskirk / New York Times:
Barr Is Right About Everything. Admit You Were Wrong.