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5:25 PM ET, May 14, 2019


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Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘A hate-for-profit racket’: Warren refuses Fox town hall invite  —  Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders support among young voters drops sharply  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has seen his support drop sharply among the young voters that have powered his rise in Democratic politics, according to a new poll.  —  The survey from Morning Consult finds that Sanders's support among people between …
Discussion: IJR and
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
LindseyGrahamResign trends on Twitter  —  Calls for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to resign began trending on Twitter Tuesday morning after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman encouraged President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., to plead the Fifth.  —  Graham on Monday said Trump Jr …
WCIV:   #LindseyGrahamResign trending after Trump Jr. comments
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell defends Burr amid Trump Jr. subpoena fallout
Discussion: Raw Story
Geoff Earle / Associated Press:
Trump says it's ‘very unfair’ that Don Jr should have to testify again after it is revealed …
Discussion: Politico
Los Angeles Times:
It's John Bolton's world.  Trump is just living in it  —  John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor, is leading the United States in a dangerous direction.  —  In February, it was Bolton who reportedly pressed Trump to take an uncompromising line on denuclearization …
New York Times:
White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War
New York Times:   It's Time for the Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to Talk
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:   Emails Show Tom Barrack Pitched Wilbur Ross on Middle East Plan
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump says he'd ‘absolutely’ send troops to the Middle East
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Trump's lawyers question Congress' power to investigate him, battle House over demand for financial records  —  WASHINGTON - Lawyers for President Donald Trump and the House clashed Tuesday in federal court over the extent of Congress' power to investigate him in the first legal test …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge grills Trump attorney in subpoena case  —  A federal judge raised pointed doubts Tuesday about arguments by President Donald Trump's legal team that a Democratic effort to subpoena Trump's financial records was an invalid exercise of congressional power.
Discussion: Law & Crime, ABC News, Raw Story and Axios
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib Blames ‘Racist Idiots’ for Criticizing Her Historical Illiteracy on Holocaust  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) blamed “racist idiots” on Monday for criticizing her false historical narrative about Palestinian Arabs assisting Jews after the Holocaust.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Magnanimity, Thy Name Is Tlaib
Discussion: Instapundit
Benny Morris / The Atlantic:
Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong
Aaron Freedman / The Guardian:
The right is crying wolf on antisemitism. That's endangering Jews | Aaron Freedman
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Romney rejects Trump judicial pick who smeared Obama  —  Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator to vote against one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees on Tuesday.  And he did so in part to defend former President Barack Obama.  —  Romney cast the lone GOP “no” …
Discussion: Big League Politics and Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   Romney breaks with GOP to oppose Trump's judicial pick who called Obama ‘un-American impostor’
Shahien Nasiripour / Bloomberg:
Trump Tower Is Now One of NYC's Least-Desirable Luxury Buildings  — Most condo owners who sold since 2016 have recorded a loss  — ‘No one wants in that building,’ says one former owner  —  Trump Tower, once the crown jewel in Donald Trump's property empire, now ranks …
Stephanie Wilkinson / Washington Post:
I own the Red Hen restaurant that asked Sarah Sanders to leave.  Resistance isn't futile.  —  Stephanie Wilkinson is the co-owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Va.  —  “Hello Intolerant, intellectually-challenged, psychotic, socialists!  —  Your so-called business is in jeopardy.
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
CIA, FBI, Director of National Intelligence working with Attorney General Barr to review Russia probe origins  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr is working closely with the CIA to review the origins of the Russia investigation and surveillance issues surrounding Donald Trump's …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Banal Complicity of Rod Rosenstein
Jack Crowe / National Review:   CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance
Washington Post:
White House explores new farmer bailout plan as U.S.-China trade war heats up  —  White House officials are scrambling to come up with a new bailout plan to placate furious farmers after President Trump's initial idea of donating unused crops to poor countries came under scrutiny, people briefed on the planning said.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's long trade war  —  Senior administration officials tell Axios that a trade deal with China isn't close and that the U.S. could be in for a long trade war.  —  The state of play: A senior administration official said the differences between the two sides are so profound that …
Steve Bullock / YouTube:
Fair Shot  —  About a hundred years ago, this was “the richest hill on earth.”  —  The men who owned it were called kings.  —  With their money, they bought politicians; attacked unions, exploited workers, and left us all with a toxic reminder of what happens when our democracy is put up for sale.
Michael Woodel / Missoulian:
Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces 2020 bid for US Senate
Discussion: ABC News
Dems plead with Steve Bullock to abandon White House bid for Senate
Discussion: The Week and The Atlantic
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
The Navy's probe into sky penis  —  It prompted viral guffaws from some and online outrage from others.  —  There are shot glasses commemorating the event and it birthed memes ahead of the annual Army-Navy game.  —  But the inside story of how an EA-18G Growler jet crew drew a penis across …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history  —  Over the weekend, the climate system sounded simultaneous alarms.  Near the entrance to the Arctic Ocean in northwest Russia, the temperature surged to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).
Allen West / The Old School Patriot:
Statement Regarding the NRA  —  It has become very apparent that I need to speak out about what is happening at the National Rifle Association.  —  I am in my second term as a Board member, and I am deeply concerned about the actions and statements being made.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
NRA Board Members Say New President Lied About Disclosing Financial Troubles
Discussion: Big League Politics and The Trace
Exclusive photos reveal children sleeping on the ground at Border Patrol station  —  (CNN)Photos obtained exclusively by CNN show migrants at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station over the weekend, many of whom are children, sleeping on the ground on rocks and covered by Mylar blankets.
New York Times:
This Gen X Mess  —  The tech, music, style, books, trends, rules, films and pills that made Gen X ... so so-so.  —  Like many things considered “cool,” Gen X is pretty exclusive.  You had to be born between 1965 and 1980 to get in to this gloomy, goofy club of forgotten middle children, and only about 65 million of us were.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Top aide to Labor Secretary to depart after clash with White House  —  The top aide to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is leaving the Trump administration after a clash with White House officials who regarded him as personally difficult and an impediment to President Trump's deregulatory agenda …
John Paul Stevens / The Atlantic:
The Supreme Court's Worst Decision of My Tenure  —  District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized an individual right to possess a firearm under the Constitution, is unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision that the Supreme Court announced during my tenure on the bench.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis ‘not allowed’ to disclose which two Florida counties were hacked by Russians
Discussion: Florida Politics
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Why did right-wing troll Charles C. Johnson want to meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross?  —  The year 2018 was not an especially auspicious one for Charles C. Johnson,  —  the Boston Globe has deemed “one of the country's most notorious Internet trolls.”  —  In June, Johnson agreed to pay $25,000 to
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Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Beto O'Rourke on ‘The View’ acknowledges initial campaign missteps, tackles ‘privilege’
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pompeo, Lavrov butt heads over Russian election meddling
Joshua Sharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Georgia Insurance Commissioner indicted in fraud case
Discussion: Political Wire
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
The DOJ won't say why Rudy Giuliani hasn't registered as a foreign agent under FARA law
Reps. Omar and Schakowsky: We must confront threat of white nationalism — together
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Beat Republicans Last Year Plan to Keep Their Seats
Harry Enten / CNN:
Joe Biden's early state polling looks more like those of past winners than losers
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Is there a Capitol jail where Democrats could lock up Trump aides who refuse to testify?
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Democrats should be shouting Trump's trade failures from the rooftops
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
The Guardian:
Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Legal Bills Raise ‘All Sorts of Red Flags’
Discussion: Raw Story