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5:45 AM ET, May 15, 2019


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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
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: and Boing Boing
Jeremy Gray /
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.
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.
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:   Legislator Pushing Abortion Ban in Alabama Says He's Not ‘Smart Enough to Be Pregnant’
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Supreme Court Reporter Defines the Threat to Abortion Rights
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:   Alabama abortion bill: Senate passes near-total abortion ban, sends to Governor Kay Ivey
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Alabama Senate bans nearly all abortions, including rape cases
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 …
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
John Santucci / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to appear for closed door session with Senate Intel committee
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Mark Cuban leaves open possibility of running for president as an independent
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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:
Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war
Discussion: Home Page Rotator
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:   U. S. judge voices doubt on Trump bid to block House subpoena for financial records
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
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: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Trump's defense of tariffs based on dubious claims
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Atlantic
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
US-China trade war spurs unease on Capitol Hill
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
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Trump to lay out immigration policy in coming days -senators
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Romney casts lone GOP vote against Trump judicial pick because of a ‘disparaging’ comment about Obama
Discussion: Big League Politics
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.
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis ‘not allowed’ to disclose which two Florida counties were hacked by Russians  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis said two counties had their elections information accessed, but the hackers weren't able to change or “manipulate” any data.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis met with the FBI …
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 …
Justin Wise / The Hill:
3 Florida radio stations to broadcast Trump speeches every hour until 2020 election  —  A media company that operates multiple radio stations in Florida has vowed to broadcast portions of President Trump's speeches every hour of every day until the 2020 election.
Discussion: Splinter and Orlando Sentinel
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
I asked Democratic candidates if they'd restore press briefings.  Here's what they said.  —  It has now been more than two months since presidential press secretary Sarah Sanders has held a scheduled, on-the-record briefing for White House reporters.  —  Briefings had been a near-daily event …
Discussion: ABC News
The Daily Beast:
A Dark Money Group Is Running Stunningly Racist Elizabeth Warren Ads in Order to Kill a Casino  —  An Ohio-based operative is behind the effort to tie Elizabeth Warren to a Massachusetts casino project.  And they're getting exceptionally dirty in doing so.  —  A racist ad targeting …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Before Ethiopian Crash, Boeing Resisted Pilots' Calls for Aggressive Steps on 737 Max  —  Weeks after the first fatal crash of the 737 Max, pilots from American Airlines pressed Boeing executives to work urgently on a fix.  In a closed-door meeting, they even argued that Boeing should push authorities …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Newly surfaced recording details how pilots pressed Boeing after Lion Air crash, requested FAA records
Discussion: ABC News
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
Sununu announces he'll run for reelection as governor, not for US Senate, in 2020
Discussion: Fox News
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Gershom Gorenberg / Washington Post:
With the U.S. turning its back on refugees, my family's history seems impossible to repeat
Rhonda Colvin / Washington Post:
House Democrats plan marathon public reading of Mueller report
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp postpones film event in LA amid ‘heartbeat’ bill fallout
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies At Age 88
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Magnanimity, Thy Name Is Tlaib
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
John Paul Stevens / The Atlantic:
The Supreme Court's Worst Decision of My Tenure
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
This Gen X Mess  —  The tech, music, style, books, trends …
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
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