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4:15 PM ET, May 26, 2018


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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Go All-Out to Avoid Disaster in California House Races  —  IRVINE, Calif. — National Democrats, confronting mushrooming political chaos across Southern California, are pouring millions of dollars into congressional races to avert a self-inflicted disaster that could undermine their chances at taking control of the House.
Washington Post:
Ireland votes to overturn its abortion ban, ‘culmination of a quiet revolution,’ prime minister says  —  DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish have swept aside one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the developed world in a landslide vote that reflects Ireland's emergence as a socially liberal country …
Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura / New York Times:
Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban in Rebuke to Catholic Church  —  DUBLIN — Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world's more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.
Ireland ends abortion ban as ‘quiet revolution’ transforms country
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Paul Hannon / Wall Street Journal:
Ireland's Vote to Legalize Abortion Reflects a Nation in Transition
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Trump's actions on North Korea have consequences.  Here's a list of them.  —  By Anne Applebaum Columnist May 25 at 7:55 PM Email the author Follow @anneapplebaum  —  It was mocked when it first appeared a few days ago.  But now the White House commemorative coin — the one struck to mark …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North and South Korean Leaders Meet in Bid to Salvage U.S. Talks  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, met unexpectedly with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday to discuss salvaging a canceled summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Moon Meet Amid Uncertainty Over U.S. Summit
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:   North and South Korean leaders hold surprise 2nd summit
Los Angeles Times:
How plans for a North Korea summit collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Julieta Martinelli / Nashville Public Radio:
As He Heads Back To Prison, A Nashville Man Says ‘Goodbye’ To The New Life He Hoped To Build … When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he'd spent almost half his life behind bars.  But in a rare move …
Hot Air:
Mr. President, Commute This Man's Sentence  —  Something for you to chew on to start the long holiday weekend.  If you're not in the mood to read, no problem.  There's a radio segment at the link too.  —  Matthew Charles was convicted of drug and weapons charges in the mid-90s.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Who killed Bobby Kennedy?  His son, RFK Jr., doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.  —  LOS ANGELES — Just before Christmas, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pulled up to the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego that holds nearly 4,000 inmates.
Discussion: Raw Story
Christina Caron / New York Times:
Woman Fatally Shot by Border Patrol Agent Came to U.S. Seeking Work, Family Says  —  The aunt of the woman shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent last week after crossing the border illegally near Laredo, Tex., has a message for the United States: “Don't treat us like animals.”
Discussion: New York Magazine
Border Patrol slightly changes account of undocumented woman's fatal shooting  —  (CNN)United States Customs and Border Protection on Friday released a slightly different account of a border agent's fatal shooting of an undocumented migrant near Laredo, Texas, raising new questions about what actually happened.
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump calls family separation policy ‘horrible’ in tweet  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday urged voters to pressure Democrats into accepting an immigration deal on his terms, appearing to cite his own administration's “horrible” policy of stepping up the separation of families held at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems as if maybe the White House doesn't really want to talk to the press
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Elon Musk, the Donald of Silicon Valley  —  He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions.  He can't handle criticism.  He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it.  He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn't kept.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Politico and New Republic
Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit:
Hillary Clinton Dons Heavy Coat and Scarf in Sweltering 90° Boston Heat  —  What is Hillary Clinton hiding?  —  On Friday, Hillary Clinton stepped out into the sweltering Boston, MA heat in a heavy coat and scarf.  —  Hillary Clinton dons heavy coat and scarf in Boston in sweltering heat
Discussion: Althouse, NTK Network and
Riley Yates / Morning Call:
Neighbor gets state prison for hate crimes against black family: 'It's been hell,' victim says  —  Of The Morning Call  —  For years, Antonio and Biafra Baker said they lived in fear in their own home, beset by a neighbor in Bethlehem Township who would hurl racial epithets and other vile language at them and their two young sons.
Discussion: Raw Story
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious!  —  MICHAEL CAPUTO'S FAVORITE novel is Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, the story of the Devil's visit to Moscow in the 1930s and all the oddball characters who surround him.  When the future Trump campaign official …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
‘Reparations Happy Hour’ Invites White People to Pay for Drinks  —  In Portland, Ore., organizers of the “Reparations Happy Hour” invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived, a small but symbolic gift mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend.
Discussion: Althouse
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
In the Trump Era, We Are Losing the Ability to Distinguish Reality from Vacuum  —  The Trump Presidency is an age of unanswerable questions and lose-lose propositions.  How is one to maintain sanity, decency, and a measure of moral courage?  In a pair of thoughtful essays in Slate …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Spy Name Games  —  The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government's intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus.  —  'I  —  sn't it a fact that you're a scumbag?  Our contretemps over the nomenclature of government informants has me unable to shake this arresting moment from my memory.
Discussion: Power Line
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
Publix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg  —  The supermarket chain Publix on Friday announced that it would suspend its political contributions to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for Florida governor, after being faced …
What Separating Migrant Families at the Border Actually Looks Like  —  Trump's inhumane border policy is tearing families apart and traumatizing children.  —  A Honduran boy in a Texas detention facility in 2014.  Photo by John Moore/Getty  —  Earlier this month, when Attorney General …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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David Montero / Los Angeles Times:
‘Why am I going to die today?’: The words of first responders to deadly Las Vegas shooting
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DHS Chooses Late Friday Afternoon to Announce 15,000 more H-2B Visas
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David Marcus / The Nation:
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers
Discussion: Power Line
Mitty Mirrer / New York Times:
Letters From the Children of Fallen Service Members to the Parents They Lost
David Brody / CBN News:
Exclusive Video: Vice President Pence Tells Pastors: ‘Share The Gospel!’
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
James Comey Tells Conan O'Brien Trump's ‘SpyGate’ Claim Is Just ‘Made Up’
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
In Anti-Bias Training, Starbucks Enlists Hip-Hop Artist Common, Chairman Howard Schultz
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump says he'll spare Chinese telecom firm ZTE from collapse, defying lawmakers
Miranda Katz / Wired:
How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort's ex-son-in-law's attorneys quit over unpaid bills and ‘lack of candor’
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone to Associate: “Prepare to Die”
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and MSNBC