John T. Bennett in Roll Call –
Amid Democrats’ criticism, is Barr trying to protect Trump or the office he occupies?
A distraught Trump “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f—ed,’” according to notes Jody Hunt, Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, provided to Mueller’s team.
From Robert Farley and Eugene Kiely of FactCheck.org –
The Russia report released April 18 contradicts President Donald Trump’s claims that special counsel Robert Mueller had two conflicts of interest that prevented Mueller from conducting an impartial investigation:
And some scientists think we wouldn’t want to even if we could.
from Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight –
Shortly before killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques, the man arrested for the Christchurch massacre posted an online manifesto that alluded to the “Great Replacement” — a racist demographic theory that stokes fears of white people becoming, effectively, extinct.
Within hours of the shootings, this act of terrorism inspired by a conspiracy theory had already gone on to birth conspiracy theories about itself. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh speculated that the shooter was a secret leftist hoping to use the attack to smear the reputation of the political right.
That a single tragedy could be so tangled in conspiracy mongering should be no surprise at this point.
Analysis: The special counsel’s findings reveal three years of actions by the president that critics say rattle the very foundations of the American system of governance.
From Jonathan Allen of NBC News –
The first volume of the two-part, 448-page report details how Trump and his allies solicited, encouraged, accepted and benefited from the assistance provided by America’s most storied foreign adversary as part of a multi-front assault on American democracy
The other lays out comprehensive evidence that the president may have obstructed justice through what Mueller described as a “pattern of conduct” that included firing FBI Director Jim Comey, trying to remove Mueller, publicly praising and condemning witnesses, and seeking to limit the scope of the probe.
By Daniel Kolitz in the New Republic –
An unscrupulous, money-hungry marketing industry helped define the millennials, often with wildly inept results. And now it’s getting to work on the next cohort.