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3:15 PM ET, May 9, 2019


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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.
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Kim Jong Un wanted ‘famous’ US basketball players as part of denuclearization deal: Sources  —  Ahead of the second summit in Hanoi, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un requested as part of the agreement between the countries moving forward that the U.S. send “famous basketball players” …
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
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
U.S. seizes North Korean coal ship, accuses Pyongyang of violating sanctions
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
U.S. seizes North Korean ship suspected of violating U.N. sanctions
Discussion: CNBC
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.
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.
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House imposes new rules on reporters' credentials, raising concerns about access
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Goes On Extended Rant About Subpoena Of Don Jr.  —  Taken aback by the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena issued to Donald Trump Jr., President Trump on Thursday defended his son, leaning on special counsel Robert Mueller's report to do so.  —  “I was very surprised.
Discussion:, Hullabaloo and Axios
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 …
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: TheBlaze, WHNT-TV and 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
Mike Cason /
Chaos erupts as Alabama Senate strips rape exception from abortion ban, delays vote
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Intelligence Analyst Charged with Disclosing Classified Information  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An indictment was unsealed today charging a former intelligence analyst with illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter.
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-Intelligence Analyst Charged With Leaking Information to a Reporter
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
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
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.
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Trump actually laughed at rallygoer's call for border agents to shoot illegal immigrants
Discussion: IJR and VICE News
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 …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
“I Don't Know Who ‘I’ Am”: Bernie Sanders' Brutally Honest Mayoral Memos  —  Sometime in the mid-1980s, about halfway through his eight-year tenure as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders flipped to a fresh page in a yellow legal pad and poured out his crippling sense of doubt.
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: CNN and Shakesville
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.
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: The Bulwark, Jezebel and
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 …
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: Washington Post and Breitbart
New York Times:
Two Suspected Russian Agents Among 14 Convicted in Montenegro Coup Plot  —  A court in Montenegro on Thursday found 14 people, including two Russians suspected of being spies, guilty of plotting a coup in 2016 to prevent the tiny Balkan country from joining NATO.
Discussion: Balkan Insight
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
One out of every 11,600 people in San Francisco is a billionaire  —  Statistics like this throw into sharp relief the challenge for Silicon Valley and its leaders in 2019.  —  If you want to run into a celebrity, you go to Hollywood.  If you want to run into a billionaire, you should move to San Francisco.
Listen to TurboTax Lie to Get Out of Refunding Overcharged Customers  —  TurboTax successfully lobbied to keep the IRS from offering free tax prep.  Now it's pretending the government already does it. … The makers of TurboTax have long been luring customers into paying for a service …
Discussion: Above the Law
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.
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
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Some House members considering taking a pay raise this year  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Some senior House lawmakers, frustrated by a decade of frozen congressional salaries, are quietly exploring whether to accept an annual pay raise that they've shunned since Barack Obama was first president.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Al Green Claps Back After Trump Mentions Him In Rally Speech: ‘If No One Else Will Bring You To Justice, I Will’  —  The morning after President Donald Trump mentioned Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green at a rally, Rep. Green took to the floor of the House with a blistering response …
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.
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden brings in massive cash haul at Hollywood fundraiser that draws donors from across the country  — Joe Biden rakes in over $700,000 on Wednesday at a Hollywood fundraiser, one of the biggest hauls so far in the former vice president's campaign to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
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.
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Kendra Pierre-Louis / The Open Notebook:
Navigating Newsrooms as a Minority
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Downgrades ‘No Obstruction’ To ... ‘Essentially No Obstruction’
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
Yes, Christians Can Support Trump Without Risk to Their Witness
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Gottheimer responds to unprovoked attack from Tlaib
Associated Press:
Three Mile Island nuclear plant to proceed with closure
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
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Notes on the State of the House
Discussion: TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: The Root
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Who Were the Mueller Report's Hired Guns?
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