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  • Prosecutors Suspect Manafort Pulling Another Fast One
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 06:21 PM

    “Prosecutors suspect Paul Manafort might be trying to secretly claw back about a million dollars he agreed to hand over to the government for his financial crimes — and he could be using the same type of shell company at the core of his legal problems to fake a loan,” CNN reports.

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  • Pelosi Will Reject Classified Briefing on Mueller Report
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:49 PM

    “Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Saturday she’ll rebuff any efforts by the Justice Department to reveal details of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in a highly classified setting — a tactic she warned could be employed to shield the report’s conclusions from the public,” Politico reports.

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  • A Catastrophe for the News Media
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:29 PM

    Matt Taibbi: “For years, every pundit and Democratic pol in Washington hyped every new Russia headline like the Watergate break-in… The story hyped from the start was espionage: a secret relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian spooks who’d helped him win the election…”

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  • Democrats Plot Ways to Force Release of Mueller Report
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 11:25 AM

    “House Democrats are huddling Saturday to strategize how to force special counsel Robert Mueller’s potentially explosive findings into the open — a possible drag-out legal fight that could consume Washington for months,” Politico reports.

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  • Recording Shows Oil Executives Laughing at Trump Access
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 09:09 AM

    Politico: “The recording gives a rare look behind the curtain of an influential oil industry lobbying group that spends more than $1 million per year to push its agenda in Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

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  • The End of the Mueller Investigation
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 08:37 PM

    Benjamin Wittes: “The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph. Yes, in the best-case scenario for the president, Mueller is not proceeding further because he lacks the evidence to do so.

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  • Census Will Undercount Millions of Latinos
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 04:51 PM

    A new Harvard study finds the Trump administration’s proposal to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census could lead to an undercount of some 4.2 million among Hispanics, “costing their communities federal aid and political representation,” Reuters reports.

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  • Bonus Quote of the Day
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 02:59 PM

    “There is not even the pretense of a national security process. Hard to imagine what would occur if there were a real crisis.”

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  • America’s Changing Religious Landscape
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 02:44 PM

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  • A Deep Dive Into Three Key House Races
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 01:41 PM

    For members: The new edition of Inside Elections.
    This issue includes a deep dive on Georgia’s 6th District (where Republicans are trying to retake ground in the Atlanta suburbs), Arizona’s 1st District (where Republicans are searching for a strong challenger to take on the Democratic congressman in a rural district), and Pennsylvania’s 12th, which will host a special election next month in a GOP-leaning seat.

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  • O’Rourke Connects with Voters Intent on Winning
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:47 PM

    Texas Tribune: “South Carolina may well have a reputation of fueling political grudges borne out of decades of dirty politics. But when former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke traveled here on Friday and Saturday, the message from the locals could not have been more emphatic: They want to defeat Donald Trump in 2020, and they have no interest in sour grapes from also-rans.”
    “It was a message the candidate was already selling.”

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  • Two Reclamation Projects for Democrats
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:56 PM

    David Remnick: “The emergency that the Trump Presidency represents leaves the Democratic Party’s cast of candidates with a singular responsibility—to win the election—and two colossal reclamation projects. The first involves the environment.

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  • Mueller Findings May Come Tonight
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 01:02 PM

    Attorney General William Barr is pushing to reveal the principal conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as early as Saturday evening, an administration official familiar with the process tells Fox News.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Quote of the Day
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 11:26 AM

    “Sounds like it’s over for us but of course it’s not over until it’s over.”
    — Rudy Giuliani, quoted by Axios, on the release of the Mueller report.

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  • Trump’s Legal Threat Is Far From Over
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 10:10 AM

    “Even as the special counsel, Robert Mueller, submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of his work, all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Data Breach Hits 2.5 Million Disaster Survivors
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 07:07 PM

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared personal addresses and banking information of more than 2 million U.S. disaster survivors in what the agency acknowledged Friday was a “major privacy incident,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Still Waiting for the Mueller Report
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 04:21 PM

    Speculation has been rampant that special counsel Robert Mueller would deliver his report on the Russia probe today, the New York Times reports.
    Said Rudy Giuliani: “They said it was going to be at noon or 12:30… It’s not going to be Saturday, so they’ve got to do it today.”

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  • U.S. Posts Largest Monthly Budget Deficit Ever
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 03:02 PM

    “The U.S. posted its biggest monthly budget deficit on record last month, amid falling corporate and individual tax revenue and increasing federal spending,” Bloomberg reports.
    “The budget gap widened to $234 billion in February, compared with a fiscal gap of $215.2 billion a year earlier.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Reverses New Sanctions on North Korea
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 01:31 PM

    Donald Trump tweeted that he has ordered the reversal of sanctions against North Korea that were announced just today by his own Treasury Department.

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  • Trump Names Stephen Moore to Fed Board
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 12:38 PM

    President Trump announced that he planned to nominate 2016 campaign adviser Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve board, the AP reports.
    Moore wrote a book called Trumponomics and is a vocal critic of Fed chairman Jerome Powell.

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  • Top Bush Adviser Opposes Moore Nomination to Fed
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:39 PM

    Greg Mankiw, an economics professor at Harvard who served as an adviser to both George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, writes that senators should “do their job” and ensure Stephen Moore is not confirmed as a Fed governor.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mueller Report Isn’t Main Topic on Campaign Trail
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 04:22 PM

    “For Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday, it wasn’t quite campaigning as usual after the delivery of a long-awaited report from the special counsel roiled Washington over the weekend. But it was pretty close,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Mueller’s Findings Will Remain Confidential for Another Day
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 02:38 PM

    “It looks like Washington will have to hold its breath a little longer. Atty. Gen. William Barr on Saturday apparently decided he was not ready to provide Congress with a summary of the “principal conclusions” from the Russia investigation,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

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  • Collusion Delusion
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 11:30 AM

    Mike Allen says there are two forms of “collusion delusion” as President Trump’s legal team believes the immediate threat to the presidency has passed with the delivery of the Mueller report to Attorney General William Barr:

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  • Democrats Unify Against McConnell’s Effort to Divide Them
    Saturday - 03/23/2019 - 09:13 AM

    “Senate Republicans are trying to elevate the ideas and personalities of House Democrats in a bid to divide the opposition into the rising liberal stars, the party’s presidential contenders and its more mainstream lawmakers,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Here’s What We Know About the Mueller Report
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 06:13 PM

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  • Mueller Delivers Report to Attorney General
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 05:03 PM

    Special counsel Robert Mueller “has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Democrats Move to Preserve Mueller Information
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 02:42 PM

    “The Democratic chairs of the six House committees investigating potential abuse of power by President Trump and his campaign’s business and alleged foreign ties will ask several executive branch agencies to preserve information they provided to special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Is Trump Upset with Fox News?
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 01:21 PM

    President Trump took questions from several reporters on the White House South Lawn, but ignored John Roberts of Fox News, “avoiding eye contact with him until he started walking away and glared at him,” ABC News reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A Politically Successful Policy Catastrophe
    Friday - 03/22/2019 - 12:42 PM

    Andrew Sullivan: “That’s one way of putting it. Let us count the ways. On trade, we have a record deficit in goods — precisely the opposite of what Trump promised.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share