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8:50 PM ET, July 24, 2019


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Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
MSNBC public editor: The Chuck Todd show  —  After former Special Counsel Robert Mueller' testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, Chuck Todd managed to demonstrate, with uncharacteristic brevity, his basic misunderstanding of the requirements of his job:
New York Times:
Analysis of Mueller's Congressional Hearing  —  Mueller's Congressional Hearing  —  Former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III testified before Congress after two years of near-total silence.  Our reporters provided context and analysis during the hearing.
Discussion:, NB Blog and CNSNews
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Republicans Used Mueller's Conservatism to Discredit Him  —  Robert Mueller's performance in two House hearings must have badly shaken the bipartisan cult that had grown around him for two years.  Even accounting for the difficulty of precisely answering verbal questions about long text in real time …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Wire
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 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘Euphoria’: White House, GOP exult after a flat Mueller performance  —  The tense opening moments of former special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill gave way to an early sense of relief at the White House, where aides were quietly celebrating what they viewed …
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
“A Bit Of A Dud” — Some Democrats Said The Mueller Hearings Didn't Live Up To Expectations  —  WASHINGTON — The day finally arrived: DC bars opened early, interns who had camped out in the Capitol overnight filled the room, and dozens of cameras were set.  All eyes were on former special …
Discussion: Vox
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
LIVE UPDATES: Trump not exonerated, Mueller testifies, could be charged after leaving office  —  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 …
Here's what surprised us during the Mueller testimony — and 4 other takeaways  —  It's over.  After months of anticipation, Robert Mueller has finally testified on Capitol Hill.  —  Over five-plus hours of testimony, Mueller regularly deflected and refused to answer lawmakers' questions …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Bob Mueller is struggling’  —  House Democrats caught wind of Robert Mueller's reluctance earlier this year: the special counsel may not be “up to” testifying after he concluded his Russia probe.  —  The chatter was second-hand and cryptic.  Staffers negotiating to get Mueller to appear …
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Robert Mueller testimony on Trump and Russia: Devastating facts that point to impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   Here's A List Of Alleged Mueller Leaks A GOP Congressman Created. It's Weak.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Michael Cohen responds to Mueller testimony from prison: ‘The American people deserve more!’
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Welcome to our live analysis! 👋
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller's finally done. Here's how his probe lives on.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:   Republicans Take Their Shot at Mueller—And Narrowly Miss
POLITICO Playbook: How to think about today's Mueller extravaganza
Discussion: Detroit News, Axios and National Review
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Trump campaign on Mueller's testimony: ‘A disaster for Democrats’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller, in occasionally halting testimony, points to foreign interference and offers some sharp criticism of Trump
Discussion: CNN and Big Think
The Permanent Select Committee …:
July 24 Nunes Opening Statement for Mueller Hearing
Discussion: Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House Multiple Times in Early '90s  —  A Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date back to the president's earliest days in the White House.  —  Days after Jeffrey Epstein's arrest …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Trump Must Face Suit Over Alleged Multilevel Marketing Fraud  —  President Donald Trump, his company and three of his children must face a class-action lawsuit in which people claim they were scammed into spending money on fraudulent, multilevel marketing ventures and a dubious live-seminar program …
Discussion: Washington Press
Washington Post:
Trump vetoes Congress's attempt to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia  —  President Trump on Wednesday vetoed three resolutions that Congress passed to stop several arms sales benefiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which the president pushed through without congressional approval.
Discussion: The White House and Axios
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
No shower for 23 days: U.S. citizen says conditions were so bad that he almost self-deported  —  Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, spent 23 days in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he almost opted to self-deport.
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Federal judge issues preliminary injunction blocking Trump asylum restrictions at southern border  —  U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in California issued the preliminary injunction blocking the new asylum restrictions after grilling Justice Department lawyers.
Discussion: Townhall
Ashraf Khalil / Associated Press:
Judge won't block US asylum restrictions at southern border
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
South Korea: North Korea fires 2 projectiles into sea  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Thursday, South Korea's military said, the first launches in more than two months as North Korean and U.S. officials work to restart nuclear diplomacy.
North Korea launches two projectiles
Discussion: Townhall
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.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Poll: Biden has 7-point lead over 2020 field, Warren follows in second place  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has a 7-point lead over the Democratic presidential primary field, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday, retaining his lead compared to the previous survey.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
China Hints Its Troops Could Be Used to Quell Hong Kong Protests  —  BEIJING — Warning that protests convulsing Hong Kong were crossing a line, China hinted broadly on Wednesday that it was prepared to use military force in the territory if necessary to retain Beijing's control.
Discussion: The Stranger
Will China send in troops to stamp out protests in Hong Kong?
Robert Moore / Texas Monthly:
Autopsy Offers Jarring New Details About the Death of a 16-Year-Old Guatemalan Boy  —  Days after he was supposed to be in a children's shelter, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died of the flu near the toilet in his Border Patrol holding cell.  —  After a sixteen-year-old Guatemalan boy died …
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
House approves new rules to stop robocallers
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Tensions Between Bernie Sanders and MSNBC Boil Over
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Wire
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Seeks $300,000 Commitment To Buy Ads in Next Democratic Debate (EXCLUSIVE)
David Frum / The Atlantic:
What If They're Not Coming for the Jews This Time?
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic fundraising committees decline to say whether they will donate or give back Jeffrey Epstein contributions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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