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Good Friday morning!

These are the stories I am watching for Friday April, 19.

Fox News is reporting TRUMP, SUPPORTERS REPEAT CALL TO INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS: President Trump and his legal team declared victory after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report was released, with the president repeating his “no collusion” mantra and saying “this should never happen to another president again” … “I’m having a good day, too, it’s called ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’” he said in remarks for the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, at the White House. “There never was by the way, and there never will be.” Trump also added, “This should never happen to another president again, this hoax, it should never happen to another president again.” He also promised “to get to the bottom of these things,” hinting at calls for the origins of the two-year investigation to be reviewed.

MY TAKE: Read my tweet from yesterday.

Axios reports: the “Drip Drip” helped Trump. Mueller’s report has lots of new color and detail, but no revelations stunning enough to change anyone’s mind — pro or con — about President Trump.

The main thrust of many of the events outlined in the report — in both its obstruction and collusion facets — had already been revealed by diligent reporters, Axios’ Shane Savitsky points out. The N.Y. Times’ Maggie Haberman tweeted that the report “affirms most of the real-time reporting that the NYT and other outlets did, reporting the White House sought to undermine at the time.”

The long view, from the WashPost’s Dan Balz: Mueller examined “basic questions about political campaigns, political operatives, presidential candidates and presidents, along with the overriding issue of foreign interference in America’s democracy and the president’s reaction to it.”

“The details in the report buttress the earlier findings by the U.S. intelligence community of Russian meddling with the intent of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.” “It is a finding the president has never fully embraced, repeatedly equivocating as to whether Russians were responsible, for reasons that remain unclear.”
“Imagine reading this report cold,” the N.Y. Times’ Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman write in their takeaways.

“If the American public or members of Congress were learning these things for the first time, the political fallout would normally be devastating.” “Trump may have benefited by the steady drip of news stories he has so loudly criticized.”

MY TAKE: The game is over but Democrats remain on the field wanting a few more outs before the lights go off.  Problem is, there’s no collusion or obstruction. Meaning, there’s nobody to play against.  How long until they put the bats down and exit the stadium.

The WSJ reports: Dispute over training imperils the return of the 737 MAX. A rift between the U.S. and Canada is growing over how to ensure the safety of Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX planes, as Ottawa’s focus on additional pilot training could lead to a delay in getting the jet back in the air.

MY TAKE: I’ll drive instead thank you.

EXTRA: Trump tweet Friday morning and my response….


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