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On Politics: With Mueller Inquiry Over, Trump Goes on the Offensive – The New York Times

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On Politics: With Mueller Inquiry Over, Trump Goes on the Offensive

March 25, 2019

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.

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President Trump and his Republican allies vowed to pursue and even punish those responsible for the Russia investigation now that the special counsel’s inquiry has concluded without implicating him. Mr. Trump said some of them had done “treasonous” things.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, reached no conclusion about whether Mr. Trump had obstructed justice — it was Attorney General William P. Barr who cleared him of that offense. Democrats seized on that, portraying Mr. Barr’s decision as a hasty, dubious intervention on behalf of the president who installed him.

The tight-lipped Mr. Mueller is poised to return to civilian life, still a figure of mystery and fascination.

The outcome of the special counsel’s inquiry means the 2020 race is likely to revolve around Mr. Trump’s performance in office, not how he won in the first place.

Democrats won control of the House largely by arguing that Congress needs to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions and lower the cost of health care. Today, Democratic leaders are set to unveil an incremental approach to fulfilling those promises.

The House will try to override the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency and rescue Congress’s bipartisan bid to block his national emergency declaration. Democrats are focusing on military projects threatened by a diversion of funds for border wall construction.

Mr. Trump signed a proclamation formally recognizing Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights during a meeting at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The decision reverses decades of American policy.

Politically, North Carolina is evenly split. But Republicans drew maps that gave them 10 of the state’s 13 House seats in the 2018 midterms. Are they allowed to do that? The Supreme Court is about to decide.

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, who worked for President Barack Obama in 2012, was one of the most sought-after Democratic operatives of the 2020 election cycle. Now she’ll be Beto O’Rourke’s campaign manager.

Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, the heir to a powerful dynasty of Western Democrats, will not seek re-election in 2020. A diverse generation of young Democrats may now compete to succeed him.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against Mr. Trump, was arrested on Monday as federal prosecutors filed charges accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

A co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees, was investigated twice for “inappropriate conduct” before he was fired. Now the crusading anti-hate empire is plagued by internal conflict.

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Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.

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