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5:50 AM ET, May 16, 2019


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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama's abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’  —  Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson decried Alabama's new abortion ban as “extreme,” saying on his show on Wednesday that the state legislature has “gone too far.”  —  Alabama's law …
David French / National Review:
Alabama and Georgia Are Throwing Down the Gauntlet against Roe.  Good.  —  For two generations the Roe decision has distorted American politics.  Now the states are fighting back.  —  We are witnessing the beginnings of an anti-abortion legislative revolution in Red America.
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.
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Alabama's abortion ban will make abortion a key issue in 2020.  Which party does that help?  —  On Tuesday, the Alabama legislature voted to ban nearly all abortions, including for victims of rape and incest.  It's the strictest abortion regulation in the country, one that clearly runs afoul of Roe v. Wade.
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed News:
Cory Booker Vows To Make Roe V. Wade The Law Of The Land As President
Discussion: Townhall, KTLA and ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran  —  The Trump administration has been on high alert in response to what military and intelligence officials have deemed specific and credible threats from Iran against U.S. personnel in the Middle East.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump pardons billionaire friend Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him  —  Black was convicted in 2007 on fraud charges, including alleged embezzlement, and obstruction of justice.  — Colby Itkowitz -  ·  —  The Fix  — The Fix - Analysis  —  Alabama's abortion ban will make abortion a key issue in 2020.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Conrad Black: Trump pardons convicted fraudster who wrote flattering book  —  Former media mogul who owned Daily Telegraph spent more than three years in prison on fraud charges  —  Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator before being sent to prison for fraud …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
A Full Presidential Pardon  —  The two counts for which I have just received a presidential pardon, and of which I was “convicted” in 2011, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously vacated them, only to have a self-serving appellate judge reinstate them, were for wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
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 …
Washington Post:
White House will not sign on to Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns
Sara Fischer / Axios:
White House launches tool for social media censorship complaints
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 …
Zak Hudak / CBS News:   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential run
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
Democrats' obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crime  —  Walter Dellinger was head of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996.  —  I have become increasingly concerned about how the country has received the Mueller report.
Washington Post:
House Democrats fall in line with Pelosi's no-impeachment strategy despite Trump's defiance
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
No ‘do-over’ on Mueller probe, White House lawyer tells House panel, saying demands for records …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Top FBI officials were ‘quite worried’ Comey would appear to be blackmailing Trump  —  Senior FBI officials were concerned then director James Comey would appear to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump - using tactics notoriously associated with J.Edgar Hoover - when he attended a fateful Jan. 6 …
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
Jim Comey's own words justify Bill Barr's review
Discussion: Townhall, Hot Air and Daily Wire
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Kasich adviser will lobby against potential Russia sanctions  —  John Weaver, the top strategist for John Kasich's presidential campaign in 2016, has registered as a foreign agent and plans to lobby against potential sanctions on Russia.  —  Weaver signed a contract last month to lobby …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
After Pelosi Says She Has a ‘Little Jail,’ Barr Asks, ‘Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’  —  WASHINGTON — It's not every day in Washington that the attorney general dares the speaker of the House to lock him up.  —  But as he mingled backstage with V.I.P.s at an event honoring law enforcement officers …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Laurie Kellmann / Associated Press:   Barr asks Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’
Washington Post:
Toddler apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border dies after weeks in hospital  —  A 2½-year-old Guatemalan boy apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border died Tuesday night in El Paso after several weeks in the hospital, according to the Guatemalan Consulate and another person with direct knowledge of the case.
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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Immigration Plan Emphasizes Immigrants' Skills Over Family Ties  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump will unveil on Thursday a plan to overhaul parts of the nation's immigration system that would impose new security measures at the border and significantly increase the educational …
Discussion: NBC News, Splinter and The Week
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump to unveil immigration plan aimed at changing narrative
Discussion: ABC News and TheBlaze
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas used money from the Help America Vote Act to help pay for its botched voter citizenship review  —  The expenditure appears to comply with the federal law, but Democratic lawmakers say it flies in the face of the act's initial purpose to improve elections and voter access.
Discussion: Axios
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker indicted for trying to trade his vote for cash, lying to the FBI, authorities say  —  The text message, which allegedly offered up a lawmaker's vote in exchange for cash, ended with a famous five-word phrase: “We never had this discussion.”  —  But a federal grand jury has accused …
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Cruz warns ‘Space Force’ needed to prevent space pirates  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said this week that it was important to fund President Trump's proposed “Space Force” in order to prevent possible space pirates.  —  “Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized …
Discussion: Mediaite
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS never been coy about his desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  While that pledge has faced setbacks in Congress, his administration has managed to gut Obamacare by other means, like cutting financial support.
Silvia Foster-Frau / Houston Chronicle:
'Didn't want to wait'  —  Nine Central American migrants faced dire peril when their makeshift rafts capsized in the rain-swollen Rio Grande.  Border Patrol agents were their only hope.  —  Nine Central American migrants faced dire peril when their makeshift rafts capsized in the rain-swollen Rio Grande.
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis  —  The Metropolitan Museum of Art said on Wednesday that it would stop accepting gifts from members of the Sackler family linked to the maker of OxyContin, severing ties between one of the world's most prestigious museums …
Intuit CEO in Internal Video: Hiding Free TurboTax Was In “Best Interest of Taxpayers”  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
CREW Requests Ron DeSantis NDA on Election Interference  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly met with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security following the revelation in the Mueller Report “that ‘at least one’ Florida county had its election information accessed by Russian hackers in 2016.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“You Have to Have a Plan to Deal with Them”: How the Media Fell Out of Love with Beto O'Rourke  —  Parsing the the factors (privilege, intersectionality, more press scrutiny, strategic miscalculation, multiple opponents, Vanity Fair) that contributed to O'Rourke's early-season swoon.
Discussion: Washington Times
Zogby Analytics:
The Zogby Poll®: Trump's job approval tops 50%; A majority of Millennials approve of Trump; Nearly half of Generation Z voters approve of Trump; Trump is winning back Hispanic, Independent, college educated and urban voters … A new Zogby Poll® of 852 likely voters nationwide in the U.S. …
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How the Republicans Built a Presidency Above the Law for Donald Trump  —  Yesterday, attorneys for President Trump made an astonishing argument in federal court.  Congress had no right to look at Trump's tax returns, they argued, because it had no right to investigate or even expose matters relating …
Discussion: Washington Post and Balkinization
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Jessica Valenti / Medium:
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Have No Idea How Women's Bodies Work
Discussion: Glamour, Slate and Vanity Fair
Nylah Burton / Jewish Currents:
The Forward's “Both Sides” Approach Has Failed
New York Times:
In Flood-Hit Midwest, Mayors See Climate Change as a Subject Best Avoided
Fox Business:
Howard Schultz delays decision on 2020, Biden the factor
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Obama ad-maker signs on with Buttigieg
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Trump readies up to $20B more in aid to rescue farmers from trade war
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because ... Racism
Discussion: New York Post and TheBlaze
China's Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Behind Twitter's Plan To Get People To Stop Yelling At One Another
Max Smith / WTOP:
Jefferson Davis Highway name changed in Arlington
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
These Conservatives Want To Stop Fighting LGBT People
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Administration wants to reimburse Taliban's travel expenses
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Jeff Sessions's Grave Conflict of Interest
Discussion: Law & Crime
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Key Democrat to help Lipinski—despite primary threat
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
John Bolton, Far Worse Than You Realize