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8:20 AM ET, May 16, 2019


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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 …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Democrats seek out offense on culture wars  —  Remember when candidate Donald Trump warned that we're going win so much, “you're going to be so sick and tired of winning?”  —  President Donald Trump's supporters now see a trade war with China and a possible actual war with Iran on the horizon.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
A 17-year-old politics junkie scooped Bill de Blasio on news of his own presidential launch  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had it all planned out — a stunt inside Trump Tower on Monday, an announcement on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Thursday and, from there, outings in Iowa …
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Zak Hudak / CBS News:   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential run
Lori Jhons / Kay Ivey:
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act  —  MONTGOMERY - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed HB314.  —  Upon signing the bill, Governor Ivey released the following statement:
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 …
Shannon Dingle / USA Today:
I was 12 years old and pregnant. Alabama's abortion ban bill would punish girls like me.
Discussion: Slate, Glamour and Talking Points Memo
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.
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Iran Obsession Has Made War Much More Likely
Discussion: LobeLog
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:
Trump pardons fraudster Conrad Black after glowing biography  —  Former media mogul who owned Daily Telegraph spent more than three years in prison  —  Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator before being jailed for fraud, has been pardoned by Donald Trump …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   A Full Presidential Pardon
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
‘Get Scavino in here’: Trump's Twitter guru is the ultimate insider  —  Shortly after President Donald Trump announced plans to yank U.S. troops out of Syria last December, a group of lawmakers came to the White House to talk him out of the idea, which critics called a threat to national security.
POLITICO Playbook: What Dianne Feinstein's phone told us
Discussion: and Raw Story
Sara Fischer / Axios:
White House launches tool for social media censorship complaints
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Company owned by Brazilian crooks received $62 million in Trump bailout cash meant for struggling U.S. farmers  —  The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned …
Jonathan Tamari /
Joe Biden chooses Philadelphia for 2020 presidential campaign headquarters  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden will base his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, setting up in a city where he has deep ties and in a state that is central to his strategy.  —  A formal announcement is expected Thursday …
Discussion: Political Wire
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Biden will base 2020 campaign headquarters in Philadelphia
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Althouse and Law & Crime
Laurie Kellmann / Associated Press:   Barr asks Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’
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
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.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump won't stop coining nasty nicknames for his foes — but the media must stop amplifying them.  —  I was talking to an acquaintance recently about Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign.  —  He liked the Massachusetts Democrat's detailed policies and was impressed with her recent CNN town hall presentation.
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: CNN, Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Silver Bulletpoints: Why Did All The White Guys Stampede Into The Race So Late?  —  Today is Thursday, May 16, 2019, which means we have 538 days4 worth of #content to bring you until the 2020 presidential election.  In today's edition of Silver Bulletpoints, we'll ask the age-old question …
Stacey Abrams / New York Times:
Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression  —  As more people of color claim political power, efforts to block them will accelerate — unless we act.  —  Ms. Abrams is the founder of the voting rights group Fair Fight Action.  —  ATLANTA — In the mid-1960s, when my father was a teenager, he was arrested.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Missouri Senate passes strict abortion bill  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local):  —  Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
What's Our China Endgame?  —  We need to deflate Beijing's ambitions, without bursting them.  —  “My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic,” Ronald Reagan told his adviser Richard Allen in January 1977, four years before he became president.
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.
Discussion: YouTube
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says He Isn't Blocking Mueller's Testimony to Congress  —  Attorney General William Barr denied he is standing in the way of special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress.
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
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 …
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
China's Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist  —  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it is adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List” - a move that bans the telecom giant from buying parts …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Khashoggi fiancee criticizes Trump's response to killing of Saudi journalist
Jessica Valenti / Medium:
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Have No Idea How Women's Bodies Work
Discussion: Slate, Vanity Fair and POLITICUSUSA
Nylah Burton / Jewish Currents:
The Forward's “Both Sides” Approach Has Failed
Zogby Analytics:
The Zogby Poll®: Trump's job approval tops 50%; A majority of Millennials approve of Trump …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Power Line
Silvia Foster-Frau / Houston Chronicle:
'Didn't want to wait'  —  Nine Central American migrants faced …
CREW Requests Ron DeSantis NDA on Election Interference
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Obama ad-maker signs on with Buttigieg
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How the Republicans Built a Presidency Above the Law for Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Trump readies up to $20B more in aid to rescue farmers from trade war
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Behind Twitter's Plan To Get People To Stop Yelling At One Another
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Administration wants to reimburse Taliban's travel expenses
Discussion: The Week and Axios
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