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Bill Bramhall

A wide range of topics made headlines this week, including developments in the Jussie Smollett story, the findings from the Mueller report and the 2020 election.

After almost two years, special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into accusations that the Trump 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to secure the election, a topic heavily pushed by Democrats. It was also covered intensely by the media.

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Dana Summers

Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of the more than 300-page report to Congress, saying the investigation did not find members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia.

The report didn't find that Trump had committed a crime, but is not an exoneration, Barr said.

Lisa Benson

Some are asking for the entire report to be released. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a vote to release the Mueller report.

Chan Lowe

Criticism has been aimed at the Democrats and media for overemphasizing what the report could find.

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Scott Stantis

Jussie Smollett is back in the news after Chicago prosecutors announced they would drop all charges against the "Empire" actor.

Scott Stantis

Smollett is accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself. Police still believe he is responsible for staging the attack, but prosecutors gave no reason why they are abandoning the case.

The move has sparked harsh criticism, even from other Chicago officials. It's been called a disgrace to justice and the whole incident has been described as "a tremendous blow" to the city.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made headlines for proposingcuts to Special Olympics funding by 12 percent.

The proposal has been met with harsh criticism and outrage, but DeVos defended her position.

Bill Bramhall

Democrats are being targeted for the large amount of promises they're bringing to the 2020 election. Commentators and columnists have been quick to point out that many are unrealistic and perhaps impossible.

Lisa Benson

Also this week, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has been accused of extorting Nike, and Thursday marked Opening Day for the MLB.

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Bill Bramhall