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CNN:
From ‘total exoneration’ to ‘total bullsh**’: Trump lingers on damning report  —  Washington (CNN)By the time President Donald Trump had passed through the prime rib buffet at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to sit for dinner with family and a top aide, the damning picture Robert Mueller's report painted of his presidency had become clear.
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Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Top 10 things the media got wrong about ‘collusion’ and ‘obstruction’  —  The prestige press has some explaining to do — for subjecting the nation to a long, cruel ordeal named “collusion” and “obstruction.”  Almost two years and millions of column inches later, special counsel Robert Mueller …
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 …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Conservatives Should Thank Mueller  —  A scrupulous report saved an unscrupulous president.  —  For the better part of two years, Donald Trump and his partisans did everything they could to denigrate and discredit Robert Mueller and his investigation.  —  They're not done yet.
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: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
New York Times:
Giuliani Attacks McGahn's Account to Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, attacked the credibility of a former White House counsel on Friday, saying his account of how Mr. Trump told him to remove the special counsel was inaccurate.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks
Jennifer Taub / Slate:
Don McGahn Not Listening to Donald Trump Doesn't Absolve the President of a Crime
Discussion: ABC
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why was Trump so afraid of the Mueller investigation? We may never know.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
Forget Roy Cohn, Future Presidents Would Ask 'Where's My Bill Barr?'
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
New York Times:
The Mueller Report and the Danger Facing American Democracy
Discussion: Press Herald and Raw Story
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins: Mueller report includes ‘an unflattering portrayal’ of Trump
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Beast and Law & Crime
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
In a Functional Country, We Would Be on the Road to Impeachment
Discussion: The Atlantic and Vox
Washington Post:
How a legal dispute between Mueller and Barr drove the end of the special counsel's probe  —  For nearly two years, the public, Congress and the White House waited to learn if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would find that President Trump had committed crimes.
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
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Anna Dubenko / New York Times:
A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report  —  If some of the revelations in Robert S. Mueller III's long-awaited report sound familiar, it's because many of them were previously published by The New York Times and other news outlets.  —  Times Insider explains …
New York Times:   A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump's Attacks on the Justice Department
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump aides worry Sarah Sanders' collapsed credibility will drag the White House down even more: report  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller revealed in his report that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted under oath that she had lied to the American people as part …
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Timothy Meads / Townhall:
CNN's April Ryan Accuses Mike Huckabee Of Inciting Violence After He Quotes Her Saying Sarah …
Discussion: Mediaite
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:   Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias
New York Times:
Sanders's ‘Slip of the Tongue’ Would Be a Problem in Some White Houses. Not Trump's.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bonchie / RedState:
CNN's April Ryan Says Sarah Sanders' Head Should Be “Lopped Off”
Lawfare:
The Mueller Report Demands an Impeachment Inquiry  —  Here is, as Bill Barr might call it, “the bottom line”: The Mueller Report describes, in excruciating detail and with relatively few redactions, a candidate and a campaign aware of the existence of a plot by a hostile foreign government …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The Democratic base is angry as hell’: Cory Booker's message of love falls flat  —  SIOUX CITY, IOWA — Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the White House in February on a message of love and unity, painting himself as an inspirational leader who would help a polarized America find common ground.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Times:
Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet  —  Workers at a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations.  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — When Boeing broke ground …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘I Do Not Remember’: Trump Gave a Familiar Reply to the Special Counsel's Queries  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has boasted at various points that he has “one of the great memories of all time” or even “the world's greatest memory.”  —  But the world's greatest memory failed him repeatedly …
Kyle Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
After 40 Years, C-Span's Founder Signs Off  —  Brian Lamb, the man who put Congress on live television, reflects on the results and explains why the Supreme Court ought to be next.  —  Washington  —  'Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town," says Brian Lamb, in his usual Midwestern deadpan. "
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed News:
“Fixer Upper” Is Over, But Waco's Transformation Is Just Beginning  —  HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines helped convert a sleepy Texas town into a tourist mecca.  But not everyone agrees on what Waco's “restoration” should look like.  —  There are dozens of new stores in Waco, Texas …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mueller's report proves why Trump loves Fox News — and why he needs it now more than ever  —  It's no secret that Fox News and the Trump administration are deeply entwined with each other: They are the conjoined twins of misinformation.  —  So it hardly raised an eyebrow when the president took …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Armed Mexican Soldiers Disarm, Question U.S. Soldiers on Texas Side of Border  —  A group of armed Mexican soldiers detained and disarmed a pair of U.S. soldiers on the U.S. side of the Texas border with Mexico.  The U.S. soldiers were eventually released and their weapons returned.
 
 
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