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6:30 PM ET, May 15, 2019

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Washington Post:
White House will not sign on to Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns  —  The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid U.S. concerns …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: What George W. Bush's economist said about Trump behind closed doors  —  BEHIND THE SCENES ... LARRY LINDSEY, President George W. Bush's National Economic Council director, spoke Tuesday separately to both the elected House GOP leadership and top committee Republicans …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Alabama's governor signs abortion ban into law  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a proposed on Alabama's abortion bill (all times local):  —  Alabama's governor has signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation.  —  Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the measure Wednesday.
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare
Discussion: Florida Politics
David French / National Review:
Alabama and Georgia Are Throwing Down the Gauntlet against Roe. Good.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Dame Magazine
Laurie Kellmann / Associated Press:
Barr asks Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results.  —  The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Barr jokes with Pelosi: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats won't hold contempt floor vote anytime soon
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Barr Trolls Pelosi at the Capitol: ‘Madam Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’
Discussion: Townhall, Washington Post and Raw Story
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential bid  —  Bill de Blasio is not exactly popular back home, but he has a record of progressive accomplishments that allies think will resonate with Democratic voters.  —  WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare …
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Brigid Bergin / Gothamist:
It's Happening: Mayor De Blasio Is Running For President  —  After months of waffling, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to officially launch a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination on Thursday, before making a three-day trip to early battleground states to make his case to voters.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
No ‘do-over’ on Mueller probe, White House lawyer tells House panel, saying demands for records, staff testimony will be refused  —  The letter rejects the committee's standing to investigate President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.  — Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey -  · - 1 hour ago -
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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.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
John Bolton, Far Worse Than You Realize  —  Looking at the escalating (US-created) crisis with Iran, one thing I realize is that a lot of people do not quite know who John Bolton is.  They assume - rightly - that anyone in the Trump orbit must be either a moral weakling, a crazy person or someone with one foot out the door.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump blunders into disaster, Adam Schiff sounds the alarm  —  President Trump's apparent drift toward war with Iran is taking on qualities that seem eerily similar to the run-up to another big armed conflict that Trump once cast as the height of elite corruption and folly.
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump boasts that his looks and brain are better than Biden's  —  President Donald Trump took another dig at former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, claiming the Democratic primary front-runner's looks and mind are less sharp due to age.  —  At 72 and 76, respectively …
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden plans first New York fundraising blitz as a 2020 candidate for president
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Kamala Harris turns the tables on Joe Biden, says he'd be ‘a great running mate’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China  —  Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect U.S. communications networks in a move that gives the federal government broad powers …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump issues executive order paving way for ban on Huawei
Washington Post:
Trump prepares to unveil broad immigration plan but shows no signs of tempering hard line rhetoric  —  President Trump on Wednesday warned again about the dangers of undocumented immigrants, signaling no plans to temper his rhetoric even as he prepares to unveil a broad proposal aimed …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump to unveil immigration plan aimed at changing narrative
Discussion: ABC News
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Kamala Harris/Fox News  —  Scoop: Sen. Kamala Harris Will Not Appear On Fox News For A Town Hall  —  Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear on Fox News for a moderated town hall, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
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.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren't Citizens  —  Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents' marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship.  —  Scott Bixby  —  No parent can ever be fully prepared for the arrival of a new baby.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   The State Department Won't Grant Citizenship To This Same-Sex Couple's Son.  Now They're Fighting In Court.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Arizona Is Emerging as Top 2020 Battleground  —  If Democrats avoid the progressive temptation, they'll have a chance to turn the GOP-friendly state blue in next year's elections.  —  If there's one development that threatens to disrupt the best laid plans of Republicans …
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally says time cost her the Senate race. No, she lost because of Trump
Discussion: Roll Call
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Ignoring Trump's Orders, Hoping He'll Forget  —  On March 29, during a weekend jaunt to Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump announced a major policy decision that surprised top-ranking officials in several government agencies.  The United States was cutting off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the president said.
LobeLog:
Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course  —  A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy.  It is urgent that cooler heads prevail - in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington - to head off the threat of a disastrous war.
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Randall Kennedy / New York Times:
Harvard Betrays a Law Professor — and Itself  —  Misguided students believe that defending Harvey Weinstein makes Ronald Sullivan unfit to be their dean.  Apparently the university agrees.  —  Professor Kennedy teaches law at Harvard.  —  I have been a professor at Harvard University for 34 years.
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. military to build 6 tent cities near border for migrants  —  The tents will likely not be on military bases, and ICE, not the military, will be responsible for migrant detention and custodial support.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is going to provide and build tents to house 7,500 migrants at six locations near the border.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Delta Draws Fire From Sanders, Warren on Union Complaint  — Letter from nine senators accuses airline of ‘corporate greed’  — Delta says employees are better off with ‘direct relationship’  —  The machinists union and a group of U.S. senators including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Gowdy: FBI Cited Articles And Info From Clinton Ally To Corroborate Steele Dossier  — Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy dropped a potential bombshell Tuesday regarding what information the FBI relied on to corroborate claims in the Steele dossier.
Discussion: National Review and Daily Wire
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Administration wants to reimburse Taliban's travel expenses  —  As if ‘life imitating The Onion’ according to one taxpayer advocate  —  Pentagon moves $1.5 billion more to border wall Shanahan's confirmation as Defense secretary seems likely, if bumpy Navy brass gets grilling on defective ships, idle subs, other spending priorities
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
These Conservatives Want To Stop Fighting LGBT People
Discussion: PinkNews
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Launch Fresh Immigration Overhaul Bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Nichola Groom / Reuters:
Trump Interior chief not losing sleep over record CO2 levels
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg Law:
CFPB Official in Racist Blog Post Controversy to Depart
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Cruz to FAA nominee: ‘Be pissed off that 346 people died’
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Jeff Sessions's Grave Conflict of Interest
Discussion: Law & Crime and NB Blog
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Key Democrat to help Lipinski—despite primary threat
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Republican lawmaker Larry Inman accused of trying to sell his vote
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Nelson / ELLE:
Senator Amy Klobuchar Isn't Afraid of Your Stories—Good, Bad, Salad Comb
U.S. Department of Justice:
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck charged with $2,000,000 fraud scheme
Ryan Grenoble / HuffPost:
Here's How Trump's New China Tariffs Will Hit Your Wallet
Discussion: The Verge, Washington Post and Slate
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Complaints grow that Trump staffers are campaigning for their boss
Discussion: IJR
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Fight Over How Trump Fits in With the Other 44 Presidents
Discussion: Balkinization