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Washington Post:
Alabama Senate passes nation's most restrictive abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban virtually all abortions in the state — including for victims of rape and incest — sending the strictest law …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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New York Times:
Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman's constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
Discussion: Scroll.in and Boing Boing
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest  —  The Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote.  The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest.  —  The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Jeremy Gray / al.com:
Alabama abortion ban vote: Nation's strictest abortion law passes, no exceptions for rape, incest  —  FEATURED UPDATES  —  After several hours of contentious debate, the Alabama Senate tonight voted 25-6 to pass what many say will be the strictest abortion ban in the nation.
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:   Legislator Pushing Abortion Ban in Alabama Says He's Not ‘Smart Enough to Be Pregnant’
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:   Alabama abortion bill: Senate passes near-total abortion ban, sends to Governor Kay Ivey
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Supreme Court Reporter Defines the Threat to Abortion Rights
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Alabama Senate bans nearly all abortions, including rape cases
New York Times:
Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump's New Claims of Threats From Iran  —  WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday …
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Accuses Bolton, MSNBC, CNN of Agitating War Against Iran: ‘It Is Chilling’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested National Security Advisor John Bolton and news outlets like CNN and MSNBC are agitating the U.S. toward war with Iran, calling their actions amid …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kremlin says Pompeo didn't ease Moscow concerns  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):  —  The Kremlin's spokesman says U.S. Secretary …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war
Discussion: Home Page Rotator
New York Times:
House Panel Investigates Obstruction Claims Against Trump Lawyers  —  WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel's inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Strikes Deal for ‘Limited’ Interview With Intelligence Committee  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for the president's eldest son to sit for a private interview with senators in the coming weeks …
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
House panel opens inquiry into claims Trump legal team edited Michael Cohen's testimony
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Trump Can't Stop Attacking Biden.  G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump has struggled to explain the difficulty of negotiating a trade agreement with China, he has embraced a side argument: A Democratic president would only agree to a worse deal.
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Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Mark Cuban leaves open possibility of running for president as an independent
Discussion: Breitbart
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U. S. judge voices doubt on Trump bid to block House subpoena for financial records  —  A federal judge in Washington expressed astonishment Tuesday at arguments raised by President Trump's lawyers seeking to block his accounting firm from turning over years of financial records …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Signals Skepticism About Trump's Bid to Block Subpoena for Financial Records
Discussion: Balkinization
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Trump's not claiming executive power. He's going for divine right.
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
William Barr Delivers Chilling Message to FBI for Trump  —  A third probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, even to pacify the paranoid president, may cause real harm.  —  If you come at the king, you best not miss.  —  That's the message Attorney General William Barr is sending to FBI agents …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Mahablog
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Michael Wolff finishes “Fire and Fury” sequel, “Siege”  —  Axios has learned that Michael Wolff — who enraged President Trump with his international bestseller “Fire and Fury,” about pandemonium in the first-year White House — will be out June 4 with a sequel, “Siege: Trump Under Fire.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Every Anti-Abortion Move the GOP Has Made for Years Is Paying Off at Once  —  Stripping voter rights.  Rigging the Supreme Court.  Dull procedural tricks.  It's all paying off at once.  — The Supreme Court's Liberals Are Warning Us That Roe v. Wade Is in Mortal Danger
Discussion: The Guardian, New Republic and VICE
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp postpones film event in LA amid ‘heartbeat’ bill fallout
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's prized Doral resort is in steep decline, according to company documents, showing his business problems are mounting  —  Late last year, in a Miami conference room, a consultant for President Trump's company said business at his prized 643-room Doral resort was in sharp decline.
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: Washington Post, Axios and Raw Story
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Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Romney casts lone GOP vote against Trump judicial pick because of a ‘disparaging’ comment about Obama
Discussion: Big League Politics
Washington Post:
'I don't see him crying uncle': Trump believes China tariffs will help him win reelection  —  President Trump is telling advisers and close allies that he has no intention of pulling back on his escalating trade war with China, arguing that clashing with Beijing is highly popular …
Discussion: New Republic, Axios and POLITICUSUSA
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Associated Press:
Trump's defense of tariffs based on dubious claims
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Atlantic
John Solomon / The Hill:
State Department's red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant  —  In all Washington investigations, the essential questions become who knew it and when did they know it.  —  In the case of FBI informant Christopher Steele and the credibility of his now-disproven …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
At the N.R.A., a Cash Machine Sputtering  —  As the gun rights group lavished pay and perks on its leaders and partners, fueling infighting, it increasingly relied on its own charity for funds.  Tax experts have questions.  —  The tantalizing leaks have spilled out in the weeks since …
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
The Rot Is Irreversible  —  Disease is reversible—rot isn't.  Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib brought the disease of anti-Semitism into the upper echelons of the Democratic Party when they were elected in November.  The party could have fought the disease.  It chose instead to nurture it.
Washington Post:
Kushner skirts GOP senators' key questions on his immigration plan  —  President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faced pointed questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators Tuesday — and failed to offer solutions to some key concerns …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris escalates gun control agenda  —  Kamala Harris' unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding.  —  At a presidential campaign event Wednesday in New Hampshire, Harris will pledge to take executive action banning the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons …
Los Angeles Times:
In San Francisco, police target a journalist — and flout the law  —  It isn't just journalists who should be outraged over what happened to freelance videographer Bryan Carmody in San Francisco last Friday: Police handcuffed him while they searched his home in an apparent bid to identify a confidential source.
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
Sununu announces he'll run for reelection as governor, not for US Senate, in 2020
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The Daily Beast:
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Justin Wise / The Hill:
3 Florida radio stations to broadcast Trump speeches every hour until 2020 election
Discussion: Splinter and Orlando Sentinel
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
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New York Times:
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Magnanimity, Thy Name Is Tlaib
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
New York Times:
This Gen X Mess  —  The tech, music, style, books, trends …
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history
Discussion: New Republic
CNN:
Exclusive photos reveal children sleeping on the ground at Border Patrol station