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3:40 PM ET, May 14, 2019

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New York Times:
White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON — At a meeting of President Trump's top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops …
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Los Angeles Times:
It's John Bolton's world. Trump is just living in it
New York Times:   It's Time for the Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to Talk
USA Today:
Trump is edging toward a disastrous war with Iran. Stop the brinksmanship: Murphy & Himes
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump says he'd ‘absolutely’ send troops to the Middle East
New York Times:
Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Banal Complicity of Rod Rosenstein  —  President Trump's progress in corrupting the Department of Justice — and, to some extent, the entire federal government — into a weapon of his autocratic aspirations relies on the acquiescence of figures like Rod Rosenstein.
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart and RedState
Jack Crowe / National Review:   CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance
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.”
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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: twitchy.com
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 …
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.
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Benny Morris / The Atlantic:
Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong
Discussion: Fathom and Algemeiner.com
Aaron Freedman / The Guardian:
The right is crying wolf on antisemitism. That's endangering Jews | Aaron Freedman
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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 …
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
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Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Trump's lawyers question Congress' power to investigate him, battle House over demand for financial records
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Geoff Earle / Associated Press:
Trump says it's ‘very unfair’ that Don Jr should have to testify again after it is revealed his high-publicity subpoena came after he backed out of TWO scheduled interviews behind closed doors  — Republican Intel chair Sen. Richard Burr told colleagues Trump Jr. backed out twice before his panel issued the subpoena
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
LindseyGrahamResign trends on Twitter
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and The Guardian
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 …
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” …
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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).
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 …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Official: Initial US assessment blames Iran for ship attacks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An American military team's initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives Sunday to blow large holes in four ships anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official said Monday.
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Reuters:
Saudi Arabia says oil facilities outside Riyadh attacked
Discussion: CNBC, Jerusalem Post and Breitbart
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Legal Bills Raise ‘All Sorts of Red Flags’  —  Ollie North claims the NRA faces unfathomably high legal expenses.  Experts say his concerns are serious.  ‘The IRS would definitely be interested in it,’ one tells The Daily Beast.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  “One hundred thousand dollars a day?
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Washington Post:
Before Trump's purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests  —  In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump can't admit he enacted a new tax  —  President Trump cannot admit that the short-term effects of his tariff war hurt Americans.  He had to stop insisting China pays the tariffs when his economic adviser Larry Kudlow contradicted him on Fox News.  Trump then decided that we just buy stuff elsewhere …
New York Post:
Anthony Weiner released from Bronx halfway house  —  Anthony Weiner wrapped up the last leg of his prison sentence for sexting an underage girl on Tuesday morning, walking out of a Bronx halfway house a free man.  —  “It's good to be out,” the disgraced former congressman said.
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Joe Biden's early state polling looks more like those of past winners than losers  —  Biden bolts to the top of Democratic rankings  —  (CNN)Former vice president Joe Biden is enjoying a large lead in national primary polls.  Primaries, of course, aren't all conducted at once …
Michael Woodel / Missoulian:
Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces 2020 bid for US Senate  —  Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced Monday that he will seek nomination for next fall's U.S. Senate election in Montana.  —  Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
Why isn't Rudy Giuliani registered as a foreign agent?  —  Amid last week's furor about Rudy Giuliani pledging to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine — and Giuliani's claim that he wanted to “meddl[e] in an investigation” regarding Biden's son in Ukraine — was a small, buried detail that may yet unravel Giuliani's entire plan.
 
 
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Joshua Sharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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CNN:
Reps. Omar and Schakowsky: We must confront threat of white nationalism — together
Just Security:
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
The Guardian:
Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: The Appeal, Townhall and New York Times
David Siders / Politico:
‘When Biden announced, everything changed’
Discussion: Fox News and Axios