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The DC: 📃 Mueller: Trump campaign did not 'conspire or coordinate' with Russia, and... Do you support legalizing marijuana?

by Countable | 3.25.19

Welcome to Monday, March 25th, morning and night persons...

No Trump-Russia conspiracy, and not sufficient evidence to prosecute the president for obstruction of justice.

Those are the "principal conclusions" from Robert Mueller's report into his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Attorney General William Barr provided Congress and the public with his summary on Sunday.

Some highlights:

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election. As the report states: '[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.'"
  • “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’"
  • "The Special Counsel's investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in its election interference activities."
  • “The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the special counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public.”

How do you feel about the summary?

On the Radar

Reachin for Free Speechin'

President Trump has signed an executive order meant to promote free speech on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal research and education funds if they fail to protect those rights.

"Today, I am proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research funds," Trump said, adding that if schools don’t comply "it will be very costly."

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, argued the move is a fix for a non-existent problem and he doesn't "want to see Congress or the President or the department of anything creating speech codes to define what you can say on campus."

Do you support an order requiring colleges to support free speech?


80 percent of respondents support the “basic tenets of net neutrality,” finds a new poll by Comparitech.

These tenets included classifying internet service providers (ISPs) as “telecommunications” services, and prohibiting ISPs from blocking access, degrading transmissions, and slowing the speed of content. 

The poll was taken shortly after Democrats introduced the "Save the Internet Act.”

What are the findings?

Do you support net neutrality?

Under the Radar

Up (Percentages) in Smoke

61 percent of Americans – across all age groups, regions, and political affiliations - believe marijuana should be legalized, according to the General Social Survey. The poll, which has been tracking the support for legal marijuana since 1973, found:

  • 70 percent of Americans aged 18-34 support legalization
  • 42 percent of interviewees over 65 are pro-pot
  • 69 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents, and 42 percent of Republicans are in favor of legalizing weed

Who’s not in favor of legalization? The Drug Enforcement Agency. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, meaning they consider it to have a high potential for abuse no acceptable medical uses.

Should pot should be legalized? Here's how you've answered so far:

Add your vote here.

Facebook Crack

Recently, Countable CEO Bart Myers shared how media execs can take back their audiences and thrive again...

We all know the truth: Facebook is not altruistic. They’re not in business to build your business, to send you traffic, to be your friend. They’re in business to return massive shareholder value by giving their users the best experience they know how, and monetizing them to the hilt.

And yet, here we are scratching our heads as we watch the decline of digital media—Buzzfeed, Mic, HuffPo, Vox— just the latest victims to the great Facebook awakening. We saw it happen to Zynga and so many others. But this one? It hurts. It hurts because the media industry saw Facebook as its savior, and initially benefited from the free source of traffic. But then the changes came...

Read Bart's tips about breaking the Facebook addiction cycle here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 12:00pm EDT, the president will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Israel.
  • At 3:00pm EDT, the president will participate in a photo opportunity with the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to provide more humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
  • Voting on a bill to prohibit arms sales to Venezuela's Maduro regime.
  • Voting on a bill to invest in natural gas and energy infrastructure in Central & Eastern Europe to counter Russian influence.

The Senate: In

What You're Saying

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