Robert Mueller, Londonderry, Sylvia Hatchell: Your Friday Briefing


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We’re covering the many angles on the release of the special counsel’s report, new details about the man arrested at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and the resignation of a longtime coach at the University of North Carolina.

The release of the special counsel’s report on Thursday brought claims of validation from both the White House and Democrats, but questions about Russia’s efforts to influence American democracy and whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice appear far from resolved. Here are the latest updates.

Attorney General William Barr held a news conference shortly before releasing the report, in which he presented it in the best possible light for President Trump and repeatedly insisted that it showed “no collusion.” We compared the full report with the four-page letter summarizing its contents that Mr. Barr released last month.

Mr. Trump himself said that he was “having a good day,” before heading to Mar-a-Lago for the Easter weekend.

The Democrats: Party leaders have been reluctant to initiate impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, but since the report’s release, some lawmakers appeared determined to pursue several lines of inquiry and to hear from Robert Mueller himself. Our chief Washington correspondent explains.

The Daily: On today’s episode, two reporters who have been covering the special counsel’s investigation discuss the report.

Partisan reads: Writers across the political spectrum responded.

Facebook and other platforms have clamped down on the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, but other groups that the U.S. has classified as terrorist organizations, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, continue to spread their messages online.

Avoiding direct threats of violence, the groups mostly post images of parades and religious celebrations, and videos of speeches by their leaders. They also use media organizations or local charities to post content for them.

Closer look: Depending on one’s perspective, the groups can be considered political organizations, and if they don’t post overtly violent material, they arguably merit different treatment.

Elisabeth Calvarin, who helps lead that agency, the Commission Nationale de Toponymie, explained that the hyphen differentiates place names from proper nouns.