This week on "Sunday Morning" (March 24)

A 2013 file photo of FBI Director Robert Mueller testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

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COVER STORY:
The Mueller Report
After nearly two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and of obstruction of justice in the determination of collusion in the operation, has been wrapped, with a report delivered to the Attorney General. What will this development mean for the continuing criminal, counterintelligence and Congressional investigations into the Trump administration, and further indictments from federal and state prosecutors? 

THE MUELLER REPORT: What its findings may mean for democracy | Watch Video
Through the indictments, convictions and guilty pleas already filed through Robert Mueller's investigation, Russian interference in our elections has been proven. Now, what are we expected to do with the special counsel's investigative findings? Martha Teichner talks with investigative journalist Michael Isikoff and Washington Post opinion editor Michael Duffy about the big picture.  

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THE MUELLER REPORT: Ball now in Attorney General's court (Video)
After receiving the findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's connections with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr spent most of the weekend at the Justice Department with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and a small group of advisers pouring over the final report, making historic decisions about how much of it the public will see. Paula Reid reports.

THE MUELLER REPORT: More legal trouble for Trump | Watch Video
Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe has ended, congressional and state investigations into President Trump's administration and business interests are expected to ramp up. Correspondent Ed O'Keefe talks with law professor Jonathan Turkey and Democratic Senator Christopher Coons about a new phase in the president's legal jeopardy. 

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ALMANAC:
Building the New York City subway | Watch Video
On March 24, 1900 Mayor Robert Van Wyck ceremoniously launched construction of the city's first subway line, commemorated as "Tunnel Day."

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
 The origin of brackets | Watch Video
The NCAA Bracket is a March Madness tradition nearly as popular as the college basketball tournament itself. This year, some 70 million bracket-makers are competing for cash prizes and office bragging rights. And it all started at an unassuming bar in Staten Island, New York, where correspondent Brook Silva-Braga learned of the first Final Four bracket, back in 1977, that would spread to become a national sensation.

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MUSIC:
Brandi Carlile, the "underdog," surrounded by love | Watch Video
Long a best-kept secret, the favorite musician of the "cool kids" has been preparing for her time in the spotlight her whole life. Tracy Smith talks with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and her bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, who discuss their latest album, "By the Way, I Forgive You"; how their special bond formed in the Seattle music scene 14 years ago; and their creation of the Looking Out Foundation.

To hear Brandi Carlile perform "Party of One" (featuring Sam Smith) click on the video player below.

Brandi Carlile - Party Of One feat. Sam Smith (Official Video) by Brandi Carlile on YouTube

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RELIGION: "The Secret Life of Muslims": An education (Video)
From producer Josh Seftel comes this story of Richard McKinney, a former U.S. Marine who plotted to blow up an Islamic Center in Muncie, Ind., and through an unusual turn of events ended up in a place that is utterly surprising.

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PASSAGE:
Three Mile Island nuclear accident, 40 years later | Watch Video
In March 1979, in the worst nuclear power plant accident in U.S. history, a series of mishaps caused the release of radiation from a reactor at the Pennsylvania facility. Jane Pauley looks back. 

       
HARTMAN:
 Mothering a duck (Video)
Steve Hartman catches up with Kylie Brown, of Freeport, Maine, whom he first visited a few years ago to find out why the little girl was so attached to a duck that refused to leave her side.        

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Comedian Kathy Griffin with correspondent Luke Burbank. CBS News

COMEDY: Death threats, cancellations, investigations: Kathy Griffin says she would do it all again | Watch Video
In May 2017 Kathy Griffin's life turned upside-down after the release of a photo of her holding what appeared to be the severed head of President Donald Trump – a joke that became anything but. Her career took a hit, she received death threats, and she found herself under investigation for conspiracy to assassinate the president. But while many people might have taken the opportunity to go into early retirement, Griffin did not. She talks with Luke Burbank about the personal and professional consequences she faced, and why she would do it over again.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Kathy Griffin on receiving death threats
After comedian Kathy Griffin posed for a photo with a mask representing the severed, bloody head of President Donald Trump, she became the subject of death threats. In this web exclusive, she discusses with correspondent Luke Burbank how the FBI informed her that she was under "imminent threat" after her name was shared by "MAGA bomber" Cesar Sayoc with "like-minded people," and how she performed while under threat.

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POSTCARD FROM LONDON: Brexit: The comical political crisis that is no laughing matter | Watch Video
There's a time-honored tradition in Britain: When things are looking really bad, take refuge in humor. They do a satirical, radio comedy show at the BBC, "The Now Show," and, lately, they're finding it's hard to be funnier than the real thing. Mark Phillips reports on how "Brexit" – Great Britain's anticipated-but-not-quite-thought-out exit from the European Union – is screwing up the country.

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COMMENTARY: James Fallows: What history teaches us about uncovering coverups | Watch Video
With the impending release of some, or all, or none of the information uncovered by Robert Mueller in the Special Counsel investigation of Russia and Donald Trump's campaign, The Atlantic writer James Fallows says that courtroom drama-style revelations are not how reality usually works – nor is hiding information in a democracy.

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CALENDAR:
Week of March 25 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports. 

      
NATURE:
Superbloom (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes you to a desert in bloom, at Southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Videographer: Lee McEachern.

WEB EXCLUSIVES:

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Pinyon pines and juniper woodland in Grand Canyon.

NATURE UP CLOSE: Grand Canyon ecosystems
A walk through the national park is a trek through several different ecosystems, each with distinct flora and fauna.


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