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11:10 PM ET, May 14, 2019

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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
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
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 …
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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: Boing Boing
Kate Smith / CBS News:   Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:   Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion
Jeremy Gray / al.com:
Alabama abortion ban vote: Nation's strictest abortion law passes, no exceptions for rape, incest
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Legislator Pushing Abortion Ban in Alabama Says He's Not ‘Smart Enough to Be Pregnant’
Discussion: Politico
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:
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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
I asked Democratic candidates if they'd restore press briefings. Here's what they said.
Discussion: ABC News
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘A hate-for-profit racket’: Warren refuses Fox town hall invite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders support among young voters drops sharply
Discussion: Politico, IJR and twitchy.com
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden to Woman Who Says Trump is ‘An Illegitimate President’: ‘I Absolutely Agree’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Townhall
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
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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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Banal Complicity of Rod Rosenstein
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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Associated Press:
Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war
Discussion: Home Page Rotator
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US
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 …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Trump's not claiming executive power. He's going for divine right.
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
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 …
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Washington Post:
White House explores new farmer bailout plan as U.S.-China trade war heats up
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
US-China trade war spurs unease on Capitol Hill
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: Axios, Washington Post 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
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.
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 …
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
NRA Board Members Say New President Lied About Disclosing Financial Troubles
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 …
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Magnanimity, Thy Name Is Tlaib  —  I think she was trying to be nice.  Or, if not nice, magnanimous—or what she believed to be magnanimous.  —  The problem with what Rep. Rashida Tlaib said over the weekend about Jews and Palestinians is precisely this—precisely that she meant to be nice.
Discussion: Instapundit
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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 …
CNN:
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.
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).
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
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: Political Wire
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
 
 
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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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New York Times:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Rhonda Colvin / Washington Post:
House Democrats plan marathon public reading of Mueller report
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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Alice Rivlin, budget maestro who ‘helped save Washington’ in fiscal crisis, dies at 88
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Adam Clark / New Jersey Online:
Rutgers students vote to slash funding for student paper. Daily Targum could shut down.
John Paul Stevens / The Atlantic:
The Supreme Court's Worst Decision of My Tenure
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
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