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7:50 AM ET, May 9, 2019


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Scoop: Senate Intel subpoenas Trump Jr. over Russia matters  —  The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation, sources with direct knowledge told Axios.
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
House Intelligence Committee Subpoenas William Barr Over Mueller Documents  —  Another House panel voted Wednesday to advance an effort to hold the attorney general in contempt over his refusal to release the special counsel's full report.  —  The House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump administration looks other way on China's detention of Uighurs as trade talks break down  —  Good morning, Power People and welcome back.  Reach out, sign up, forward this email to your friends.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  🚨: “South Korea's military …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Jr. Is Subpoenaed by Senate Committee in Russia Probe
Discussion: Axios, Washington Times and Raw Story
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Maddow wants to know why Trump Jr. is being brought into ‘clarify’ testimony when others were prosecuted
Washington Post:   Donald Trump Jr. subpoenaed by Senate panel for further testimony on campaign's Russia contacts
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Schiff: The case for impeachment hearings is getting stronger
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Judiciary Committee votes to hold AG Bill Barr in contempt
Discussion: MSNBC, Politico, Slate, Breitbart and The Week
Washington Post:
A frustrated Trump questions his administration's Venezuela strategy  —  President Trump is questioning his administration's aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy …
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
McMaster blasts former colleagues as ‘danger to the Constitution’  —  Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster accused some of his former White House colleagues on Wednesday of being “a danger to the Constitution” because they are either trying to manipulate President Donald Trump to push …
POLITICO Playbook: How long can Dems hold back on impeachment?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING ... LITTLE ROCKET MAN ... AP/SEOUL: “South Korea: North Korea fires an unidentified projectile”: “North Korea on Thursday fired at least one unidentified projectile from the country's western area …
Kyle Rempfer / Military Times:
H.R. McMaster says the public is fed a ‘war-weariness’ narrative that hurts US strategy  —  War in Afghanistan can be sustained, but the narrative of a war-weary American public is hurting that effort, former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said Wednesday.
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:   Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster: Some Trump Advisers Are a ‘Danger to the Constitution’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The White House revoked my press pass.  It's not just me — it's curtailing access for all journalists.  —  For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   White House imposes new rules on reporters' credentials, raising concerns about access
New York Times:
It's Time to Break Up Facebook  —  The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg  —  was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.  We met at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood.
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes: It's time to break up Facebook
Discussion: New York Times
Trump to Ask Supreme Court to Prevent Nationwide Injunctions  — Administration has previously attemped to curb injunctions  — High court hasn't ruled on question because policies upheld  —  Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration will ask the U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Pence slams district court rulings against Trump policies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Trump administration intends to challenge the right of federal district courts to issue rulings blocking nationwide policies, arguing that such injunctions …
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
N. Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected short-range missiles from the country's western area, South Korea's military said, the North's second weapons launch in the last five days and a possible warning …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says
Discussion: NPR and Washington Post
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
This Is What It Sounds Like Hiding In A Dark Classroom During A School Shooting  —  “Attention please.  Lockdown.  Block lights.  Out of sight.  Attention please.  Lockdown.  Block lights.  Out of sight.  Attention please.  Lockdown.  Block lights.  Out of sight.”
New York Times:
Colorado School Shooting Victim Died Trying to Stop the Gunman  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — It was three days before the last day of school, and the students inside Ms. Harper's English classroom were whiling away the last period of the day watching “The Princess Bride” when one of their classmates walked in late and pulled out a gun.
Discussion: Althouse
Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Kendrick Castillo, killed in STEM School shooting, sacrificed himself to save others, his father says
Darrell Smith / Sacramento Bee:
The Twitter conspiracy that sabotaged a small-town California festival: 'It's pretty nutty'  —  Organizers say a knot of online conspiracy theories that their tiny Northern California charter school's fundraiser would be the target of a terror plot forced them to cancel their annual festival this weekend out of safety concerns.
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California overhauls sex education guidance for teachers  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and giving advice to help LGBT teenagers navigate relationships and practice safe sex.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Facing a Trump Stonewall, Democrats Struggle for Options to Compel Cooperation  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats, infuriated by President Trump's stonewalling, are struggling to mount a more aggressive campaign to compel him to cooperate with their investigations — a push that could include …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Mysteries of Kamala Harris  —  No Vanity Fair or Time magazine covers for her.  Why is that?  —  There's nothing terribly surprising about how Elizabeth Warren's campaign is playing out.  She's scoring big points for her seriousness, reflected in a raft of detailed policy proposals.
Associated Press:
Pompeo cancels stop in Greenland  —  LONDON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled a visit to Greenland to return to Washington amid an escalation of tensions with Iran.  —  Pompeo had been due to wrap up a trip to Europe on Thursday with a stop in Greenland aimed at promoting the Trump administration's Arctic policies.
David Siders / Politico:
Biden: Democratic field will shrink rapidly early next year  —  LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden predicted Wednesday that the field of Democratic presidential candidates would be “winnowed out pretty quickly” next year, dismissing concerns that a lengthy and contentious primary could weaken the party's nominee.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Buttigieg is the only top 2020 candidate not offering staffers health care yet  —  The campaign offers stipends so workers can buy insurance on their own, in contrast to several 2020 rivals who are providing health care to workers, according to an NBC News review.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ann Schmidt / Fox News:
Amy Klobuchar's Fox News town hall: 4 takeaways to know  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke at a Fox News town hall in Milwaukee, Wis., on Wednesday evening.  —  The 58-year-old presidential hopeful discussed her campaign and her reputation as a moderate Democrat and how she plans to stand out in the crowded Democratic field.
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
Watch President Trump Laugh Over a Comment About Shooting Migrants  —  Trump rallies are not traditionally the place for decorum.  But on Wednesday evening, at a rally in the Florida Panhandle, an audience member said the xenophobic quiet part loud, responding to a line from the president on immigration.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Murray / Denver Post:
Denver first in U.S. to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms  —  Psilocybin possession would remain illegal but would become police's “lowest law-enforcement priority”  —  Denver is poised to become the first city in the nation to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.
BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke Has Hired The “Unsung Hero” Of Obama's First Campaign  —  The low-profile Democratic lawyer who played a central role in Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's election campaigns, and who literally wrote the book on the obscure and crucial art of delegate selection, has gone to work for Beto O'Rourke.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump political machine sets massive fundraising target  —  President Donald Trump's outside political machine is setting a $300 million fundraising goal and is pitching major GOP donors on a plan to target six swing states that are likely to decide the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the group's blueprint.
Discussion: Political Wire and Contemptor
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
‘Fake News Victims’ Meet With Twitter and Facebook  —  ON PAPER, THEY would seem to have little in common.  Tun Khin is a human rights activist who advocates for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in his home country of Myanmar.  Jessikka Aro is a Finnish journalist who exposed the Russian propagandists …
Greg Myre / NPR:
FBI Is Investigating 850 Cases Of Potential Domestic Terrorism  —  The FBI is investigating some 850 cases of domestic terrorism and considers it serious and persistent threat, the FBI's Michael McGarrity told the House Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday.
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
He Founded ‘Students for Trump.’ Now He Could Face Jail Time for Impersonating a Lawyer.
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Ohio Legislature Considering An Abortion Bill That Is More Restrictive Than The “Heartbeat Bill”
Discussion: Jezebel
Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
Nipsey Hussle had a plan to beat gentrification — in South L.A. and across the U.S.
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill letting more teachers carry guns in school
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Hires Nine Regional Directors for 2020 Election
Kaya Yurieff / CNN:
Instagram still doesn't have vaccine misinformation under control
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending
Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
How one reporter got the Sandra Bland cell phone video
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Only one 2020 Democrat fully grasps the threat Trump poses
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Salon