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2:20 PM ET, July 24, 2019


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Live Analysis of Mueller's Congressional Hearing  —  Mueller's Congressional Hearing  —  Former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is testifying before Congress after two years of near-total silence.  Our reporters are providing instant context and analysis.
Discussion: NB Blog and
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Welcome to our live analysis!  👋  —  As former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress, watch our livestream, and follow POLITICO reporters Darren Samuelsohn, Josh Gerstein, Natasha Bertrand, Blake Hounshell and Eliana Johnson's latest analysis.
Washington Post:
Live: Mueller dismisses Trump's characterization of Russian investigation: ‘It is not a witch hunt’  —  This live story is being reported by Matt Zapotosky, Karoun Demirjian, Rachael Bade, Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger, Shane Harris, Devlin Barrett, John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez and Rachel Weiner.
POLITICO Playbook: How to think about today's Mueller extravaganza  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THERE'S NO WAY to adequately encapsulate the gravity of today's pair of hearings with ROBERT MUELLER.  They're absolutely huge politically, substantively and optically.
Discussion: Detroit News, Axios and Washington Post
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
LIVE UPDATES: Republicans slam Mueller for not answering  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller is on Capitol Hill for historic testimony before lawmakers in back-to-back House hearings on his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller walks back explosive part of testimony  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller walked back his most explosive testimony Wednesday, after he initially suggested he didn't indict President Donald Trump because of a technical Justice Department policy — a crucial reversal that marked an unsteady day of testimony.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Confused performance by Mueller raises questions about handling of investigation  —  It took just minutes for Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee to turn into a painful exercise when it became clear the 74 year-old special counsel had difficulty handling …
Discussion: Townhall, emptywheel and Daily Wire
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
How Bill Barr Ran Circles Around Bob Mueller  —  The special counsel is likely to wind up as just another person with good intentions who got body-slammed by a savvier political operative wearing a sheriff's badge.  —  Robert Mueller, an unusually honorable and admirable law-enforcement official …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
8 key takeaways from Robert Mueller's testimony  —  (CNN)The big day is underway.  After months of legal wrangling — and more than 100 days after the release of his report detailing Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election — former special counsel Robert Mueller …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Robert Mueller soon may be exposed as the ‘magician of omission’ on Russia  —  While most of the political world focused its attention elsewhere, special prosecutor John Durham's team quietly reached out this summer to a lawyer representing European academic Joseph Mifsud …
New York Times:
Robert Mueller Testifies to Congress: Live Updates  —  A reluctant Mueller reiterated that President Trump “was not exculpated.”  —  RIGHT NOW Robert S. Mueller III is answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee.  —  The partisan war over Robert S. Mueller III's investigation …
CBS News:
Mueller testifies before Congress on special counsel report — live updates  —  Former special counsel Robert Mueller is giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question him about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's efforts to curtail that investigation.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Mueller's team indicates to Democrats he will not read report's text if asked
Discussion: Politico and Axios
The Daily Beast:
Mueller to Congress: Trump Could Be Charged With a Crime After He Leaves Office
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Robert Mueller said he was ‘not familiar’ with Fusion GPS. How is that possible?
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Mueller says he is ‘not familiar’ with Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier
Discussion: Big League Politics
Washington Post:
The administration's last-minute attempt to bully Mueller is offensive
Discussion: The Guardian
NBC News:
Live Blog / Mueller testimony: Live updates from the congressional hearing
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
‘A lack of urgency’: Democrats frustrated as House investigators struggle to unearth major revelations about Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ginsburg: ‘I Am Very Much Alive’  —  Toggle more options  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview Tuesday that she does not favor proposals put forth by some Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated changing the number of Supreme Court justices if the Democrats win the presidency.
Chase Madar / BuzzFeed News:
Ilhan Omar's Anti-Semitism Is Becoming A Load-Bearing Myth For American Politics  —  When House Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about the Israel lobby took over the news cycle earlier this year, they struck some as innocuously accurate, others as impolitic, while for others they were outrageous and inflammatory.
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
The House Voted To Condemn The Boycott Israel Movement Over Protests From Reps. Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib
Toby Young / Quillette:
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man: A Profile of Boris Johnson  —  I first set eyes on Boris Johnson in the autumn of 1983 when we went up to Oxford at the same time.  I knew who he was since my uncle Christopher was an ex-boyfriend of his mother's and he had told me to keep an eye out for him …
Scott Wolford / Washington Post:
With Boris Johnson in charge, will the U.K. face escalating international crises?
Discussion: Politico
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Theresa May says Brexit ‘can be new beginning’ for UK as she steps down as PM
Elizabeth Spiers / New Republic:
Beyond Pelosi  —  Every time I see Nancy Pelosi patiently spell out the higher political wisdom of refraining from impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, I think of Alan Greenspan.  That's obviously not because the speaker of the House and the famously tight-lipped former Fed chair …
Steven Overly / Politico:
FTC strikes $5B Facebook settlement against fierce Democratic objections  —  The FTC on Wednesday officially unveiled its $5 billion data privacy settlement with Facebook — adding to the outrage of Democratic lawmakers and regulators who called the provisions far too mild to hold …
Project Veritas:
Current Sr. Google Engineer Goes Public on Camera: Tech is “dangerous,” “taking sides”  —  Insider: “It's time to decide, do we run the technology, or does the technology run us?”  —  “I really don't buy the idea that big tech is politically neutral.”  —  “Are we going to just let the …
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Joe Biden for President:
Justice - Joe Biden for President  —  The Biden Plan for Strengthening America's Commitment to Justice Equality, equity, justice - these ideas form the American creed.  We have never lived up to it and we haven't always gotten it right, but we've never stopped trying.
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Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws
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New York Sun:
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Democrats worry Mueller will be a ‘snooze fest,’ while Trump claims falsely he can ‘do whatever I want’
Discussion: Reason, Slate and Hullabaloo
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