It’s Friday, March 22. “I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. §600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters,” Attorney General William Barr wrote in a letter to congressional committee members on Friday.
The Man, the Myth: Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. In the years since, Mueller turned into something of a mythical figure to many Americans on the left—someone onto whom they’ve projected their greatest hopes about Trump’s wrongdoings, Megan Garber writes.
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Decentralized: Medical facilities across the U.S. all have their own method for collecting patient information, which can lead to confused doctors and bad care for patients. And fixing the problem has so far proved impossible.
Victorious?: President Donald Trump announced that he’s reversing U.S. sanctions imposed on North Korea just yesterday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump “likes Chairman Kim” and thinks the sanctions are unnecessary. Sanders also told reporters on Air Force One that ISIS territory has been “100 percent eliminated” in Syria. (President Trump has declared victory over the terrorist group before but, then as now, the question remains: Does less physical land actually signify defeat?)
Time’s Up: Two months ago, the U.S. announced that it would recognize Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela as part of an effort to pressure the country’s current president, Nicolás Maduro, to step down. But with Maduro still clinging to power, the international community’s options are dwindling.
John Oliver’s Weak Case for Callout Culture(Conor Friedersdorf)
“One could argue that Oliver was holding Leno “accountable” for jokes he told in the 1990s that now seem cruel and unfunny. But Oliver could’ve criticized the old jokes while still treating Leno as he treats himself: as an imperfect but not malign comic who told jokes that are regrettable in hindsight.” → Read on.