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3:50 AM ET, April 20, 2019

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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Romney says he is ‘sickened’ by Mueller report  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that he was “sickened” by President Donald Trump's actions described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.  —  In a statement, the Utah Republican said that while it was “good news” there was not enough evidence …
Bloomberg:
Trump's Post-Mueller Euphoria Gives Way to Anger and Recrimination  — President, aides said to be particular angry at McGahn, Porter  —  On the White House's South Lawn on Thursday, a mob of reporters waited to question Donald Trump about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report …
Discussion: Raw Story
David French / TIME:
Donald Trump Is Weak and Afraid.  The Mueller Report Proves It  —  French is a TIME columnist.  A lawyer and senior fellow at the National Review Institute, he is a best-selling author whose next book will be The Great American Divorce.  —  We now know for sure what kind of man Donald Trump is.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Could Alienate the Voters Republicans Need  —  Beyond all the revelations about Russian entanglements and possible obstruction of justice, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report crystallizes two cardinal rules about governance in Donald Trump's Washington.
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Richard Burr apparently briefed White House on FBI's Russia probe, Mueller report says  —  Burr's spokesperson told NBC News that his “stewardship over the Committee's bipartisan and fact-based investigation over the last two years speaks for itself.”
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
The Mueller report isn't just a legal document.  It's also the best book on the Trump White House so far.  —  Review of “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III  —  The Mueller report is that rare Washington tell …
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins: Mueller report includes ‘an unflattering portrayal’ of Trump  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller's report gives an “unflattering portrayal” of President Trump, including an effort to oust the former FBI director from his special counsel role.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Law & Crime
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller failed to do his duty
Discussion: Quartz
Mark Penn / The Hill:   Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon
New York Times:
Mueller Report Likely to Renew Scrutiny of Steele Dossier  —  WASHINGTON — The 35-page dossier, spiced up with tales of prostitutes and spies, sketched out a hair-raising story more than two years ago.  Russian intelligence had used bribery and blackmail to try to turn Donald J. Trump …
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Asha Rangappa / New York Times:
How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic
Discussion: Raw Story, FactCheck.org and Quartz
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller: Michael Flynn was under FBI investigation before transition calls
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:   The Hustlers and Swindlers of the Mueller Report
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump campaign punishes Don McGahn's law firm  —  The Trump campaign has hired its own in-house attorney for its 2020 reelection bid — shifting future business away from Jones Day, the law firm, that has represented Trump since his first run for president.  —  Campaign officials and advisers cast …
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Washington Post:
Trump blames McGahn after Mueller paints damning portrait with notes from White House aides
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Made One Mistake: He Trusted Bill Barr
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Impeachment Process Against Trump  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday called for the Democratic-led House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, making her the most prominent Democrat to move toward ousting the president …
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Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani / ThinkProgress:
Warren, Castro are the first 2020 candidates to call for Trump's impeachment
New York Times:
Sanders's ‘Slip of the Tongue’ Would Be a Problem in Some White Houses.  Not Trump's.  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — After admitting to investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that she delivered a false statement from the White House podium, Sarah Huckabee Sanders …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mark Hemingway / New York Post:
New York Times hits new low with mortifying Notre Dame correction  —  Just in time for Easter, The New York Times has been forced to run yet another correction that speaks to the paper's profound ignorance regarding the basic beliefs of Christianity.  —  In a Thursday report on the fire at Notre Dame …
Washington Post:
Congressional Democrats examine Erik's Prince statements on 2017 Seychelles meeting for possible perjury  —  Nine days before Donald Trump took the oath of office, Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private military contractor Blackwater and a Trump ally, met in the Seychelles islands …
Discussion: Mercury News, Vox and Task & Purpose
PDF Association:
A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF  —  What can we learn about the Mueller Report from the PDF file released by the Department of Justice on April 18, 2019?  —  This article offers two things:  — a brief, high-level technical assessment of the document, and
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:   The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks
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 and Daily Kos
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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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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Man arrested after allegedly making racist death threats against Omar, Tlaib and Booker
Discussion: The Root
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
White House and Congress Set to Spar Over Kushner Security Clearance  —  The White House would like to be in the room when Congressional investigators grill Carl Kline, the official who green-lit Jared Kushner's security clearance.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The White House would like to be in the room …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Connor / Greenville News:
Bernie Sanders offers 3 ideas to help battle gentrification while in Greenville  —  The West End is Greenville's epicenter for the pressures of gentrification, and it was from that platform Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke on what he considers solutions …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Screaming Mark Levin Leaves Fox & Friends Speechless with 8 AM Mueller Rant: ‘Ed, You Have No Idea!’  —  Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin stunned the hosts of Fox & Friends this morning after a particularly unhinged rant, in which Levin screamed and cursed about claims of obstruction against President Donald Trump.
 
 
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Prosecutors seek 18-month sentence for Maria Butina in Russian plot to forge ties to U.S. conservative groups
Discussion: Raw Story
Lucia Suarez Sang / Fox News:
Man who sent powder-filled letters to Trump sons gets probation
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com and twitchy.com
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
GOP primary challenger: Trump is a ‘one-man crime wave’
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Craziness at the New York Times
John Hudson / Washington Post:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
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New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Fired South Bend's Black Police Chief. It Still Stings.
Discussion: The Atlantic