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9:35 PM ET, May 15, 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 …
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.
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Calls Alabama Abortion Ban ‘An Extreme Law’  —  The Alabama abortion ban sent to the governor's desk Tuesday is even too severe for televangelist Pat Robertson, who called it an “extreme law.”  —  “I think Alabama has gone too far, they've passed a law that would give …
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Alabama Aims Squarely at Roe, but the Supreme Court May Prefer Glancing Blows
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and VICE
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
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
White House launches tool for social media censorship complaints
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 -
Washington Post:
House Democrats fall in line with Pelosi's no-impeachment strategy despite Trump's defiance  —  President Trump, who is refusing to cooperate with more than 20 congressional investigations, instructed current and former aides Wednesday to ignore a House committee's request for documents …
Discussion: Political Wire
Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
Democrats' obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crime
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 …
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.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:   Delta Draws Fire From Sanders, Warren on Union Complaint
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.
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.
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
Fox Business:
Howard Schultz delays decision on 2020, Biden the factor  —  Billionaire businessman and former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has delayed his decision on whether to run for president as an independent as he assesses the possibility of former Vice President Joe Biden capturing …
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.
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.
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.
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: The Week
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump to unveil immigration plan aimed at changing narrative
Discussion: ABC News and TheBlaze
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.
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Administration wants to reimburse Taliban's travel expenses  —  The Trump administration asked Congress earlier this year for funds to reimburse Afghanistan's Taliban for expenses the insurgent group incurs attending peace talks, according to a spokesman for the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Key Democrat to help Lipinski—despite primary threat  —  U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a fellow Illinoisan and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is slated to star at a fundraiser for the Southwest Side congressman.  —  By On Politics  —  As Southwest Side congressman Dan …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Jeff Sessions's Grave Conflict of Interest  —  Last year, in March 2018, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions enlisted his subordinates to lie on his behalf that he did not know he was under federal investigation when he fired then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe—an investigation initiated …
Discussion: Law & Crime and NB Blog
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.
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Balkinization
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because ... Racism
Discussion: TheBlaze and The College Fix
China's Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump lawyers take fight against oversight to ‘astonishing’ lengths
Discussion: Washington Post and Mercury News
Marc Thiessen / Fox News:
Trump didn't start this trade war, China did
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
Max Smith / WTOP:
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren't Citizens
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Raw Story