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1:45 PM ET, May 9, 2019


 Top Items: 
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship for Violating Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has seized a North Korean shipping vessel in response to violating American-led sanctions, the Justice Department announced Thursday, a move that is certain to escalate tensions already on the rise between …
Discussion: 38 North and Fox News
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South's Military Says  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, the South Korean military said, an escalation from the North's most recent weapons test just five days ago.
Discussion: CNN, BBC, Shakesville, Fox News and The Week
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
U.S. seizes North Korean coal ship, accuses Pyongyang of violating sanctions
Discussion: Political Wire
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:   Kim Jong Un wanted ‘famous’ US basketball players as part of denuclearization deal: Sources
CBS Boston:
White House Website Welcomes ‘The Boston Red Socks’  —  BOSTON (CBS) - It looks like someone on the White House staff doesn't know much about Boston or baseball.  —  The Boston Red Sox will meet with President Trump at the White House Thursday afternoon to celebrate their 2018 World Series championship.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House imposes new rules on reporters' credentials, raising concerns about access
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Washington Post:
'The moment we're in': United as baseball champions, Boston Red Sox are divided by Trump
Discussion: CNN, The Nation and Boston Globe
New York Times:
Pelosi Declares Nation Is in a ‘Constitutional Crisis’  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the United States was in a “constitutional crisis” and warned that House Democrats might move to hold more Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress if they continued …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Pelosi: Trump has created a “constitutional crisis” over the Mueller report
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Breitbart
Nick Visser / HuffPost:   House Intelligence Committee Subpoenas William Barr Over Mueller Documents
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-Intelligence Analyst Charged With Leaking Information to a Reporter
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Former intelligence analyst charged with leaking drone details to news outlet
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump's inner circle frustrated by son's subpoena  —  Washington (CNN)Members of President Donald Trump's inner circle are frustrated that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., multiple sources tell CNN.  —  Those close to Trump are exasperated …
Discussion: Axios,, The Root and Raw Story
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mulvaney says it was ‘bad form’ for Senate Republicans not to inform him about Donald Trump Jr. subpoena
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Goes On Extended Rant About Subpoena Of Don Jr.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
After shouting match breaks out, Alabama Senate reverses course and tables controversial abortion vote  —  After a fight broke out, the Alabama Senate on Thursday voted to table a controversial bill to criminalize abortions by making preforming the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years imprisonment.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Alabama Senate passes nation's strictest abortion bill, making performing the procedure a felony with few exceptions  —  The bill needs Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's (R) approval before it becomes law.  —  Conservative governors and legislators are using new highly restrictive abortion laws …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
‘Shoot them!’:  Trump laughs off a supporter's demand for violence against migrants  —  A roar rose from the crowd of thousands of Trump supporters in Panama City Beach on Wednesday night, as President Trump noted yet again that Border Patrol agents can't use weapons to deter migrants.
William Cummings / USA Today:
‘Only in the Panhandle’: Trump chuckles when audience member suggests shooting migrants
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
Watch President Trump Laugh Over a Comment About Shooting Migrants
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
Charles Leerhsen / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Trump, the billion-dollar loser — I was his ghostwriter and saw it happen  —  On Tuesday, the New York Times scooped the world on the news that from 1985 to 1994, Donald Trump incurred the biggest business losses of any single taxpayer in American history.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez want to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent  —  They have been reaching record levels as the Fed raised key interest rates and the industry prepares for the next recession.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will introduce legislation …
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders Team Up on Bank Legislation
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Secret U.S. Missile Aims to Kill Only Terrorists, Not Nearby Civilians  —  Weapon doesn't explode, but brandishes knives to shred target; it was used in high-profile strikes in 2017 and this year  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has developed a specially designed, secret missile …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
He Founded ‘Students for Trump.’ Now He Could Face Jail Time for Impersonating a Lawyer.  —  On the eve of the last presidential election, NBC's “Nightly News” broadcast featured two skinny college students in jackets and ties, discussing the future of American politics.
Discussion: Jezebel and
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Trump says John Kerry should be prosecuted for talking to Iran  —  President Donald Trump said on Thursday that John Kerry “should be prosecuted” for allegedly violating the Logan Act through his conversations with Iran, escalating a feud between his administration and the former secretary of State.
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Pompeo cancels stop in Greenland
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.
Haley Sweetland Edwards / TIME:
‘I Have a Plan for That.’ Elizabeth Warren Is Betting That Americans Are Ready for Her Big Ideas  —  Voters encountering Elizabeth Warren on the presidential campaign trail these days often seem surprised.  After a packed gathering at an elementary school in Concord, N.H., in April …
Discussion: Shakesville
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
GOP state legislator attacks vaccine scientist on Twitter, accusing him of self-enrichment, ‘sorcery’  —  A Texas state legislator unleashed a vilifying attack on a leading vaccine scientist Tuesday, accusing the doctor of “sorcery.”  —  It started with a report published Monday …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of the House  —  The Democrats' generic ballot edge endures, at least for now, but they shouldn't get their hopes up on redistricting  —  The Center for Politics is hiring a new coordinator of media relations who will help with the Crystal Ball and broader communications efforts at the Center.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Trump Bigger Factor than Obama for 2020 Dem Primary Voters  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the clear front-runner for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Democratic primary, according to the first Monmouth University Poll of Granite State primary voters in the 2020 cycle.
Discussion: Political Wire
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. officials: Iran official OK'd attacks on American military  —  Intelligence revealed Iran told some proxies and surrogates they could go after American military targets in the region, say 3 U.S. officials.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. decision to surge additional military forces …
Discussion: New York Post
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Mystery Delays Push Divisive Supreme Court Issues Into Election Year  — Cases on deportation, abortion, same-sex wedding cakes delayed  — Supreme Court faces massive term during presidential campaign  —  In January the Supreme Court appeared poised to act on President Donald Trump's bid …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Viktor Orbán's War on Intellect  —  On a relentlessly gray Budapest morning, Michael Ignatieff took me to the rooftop of Central European University's main building.  The newly erected edifice is all glass, sharp angles, exposed steel, and polished wood.
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
What's on Iowans' minds going into 2020 caucuses?  A look at 300 questions they asked candidates in April
Discussion: Political Wire
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame to run for Congress in New Mexico
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Beast
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
“I Don't Know Who ‘I’ Am”: Bernie Sanders' Brutally Honest Mayoral Memos
David Marchese / New York Times:
Howard Stern Says He's Changed. How Much?
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Acting as his own attorney, Philly man is acquitted of murder after nearly 13 years in prison
John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
Don't Scrap the Test, Help Black Kids Ace It
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Facebook auto-generates videos celebrating extremist images
Discussion: Washington Post
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Biden Echoes Libertarians' Call on Occupational Licensing
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Who Were the Mueller Report's Hired Guns?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Anna Sanders / New York Daily News:
Ruben Diaz Sr. says reporting sexual harassment would make him a ‘rat’ during Council training session
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke Has Hired The “Unsung Hero” Of Obama's First Campaign
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Kyle Rempfer / Military Times:
H.R. McMaster says the public is fed a ‘war-weariness’ narrative that hurts US strategy
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
This Is What It Sounds Like Hiding In A Dark Classroom During A School Shooting