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8:05 AM ET, May 15, 2019

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Washington Post:
Alabama Senate passes nation's most restrictive abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban virtually all abortions in the state — including for victims of rape and incest — sending the strictest law …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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New York Times:
Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the case that recognized a woman's constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
Discussion: Scroll.in and Boing Boing
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest  —  The Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban in a 25 to 6 vote.  The legislation provides no exceptions for rape or incest.  —  The bill now heads to Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican.
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Every Anti-Abortion Move the GOP Has Made for Years Is Paying Off at Once
Discussion: The Guardian, New Republic and VICE
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:   Legislator Pushing Abortion Ban in Alabama Says He's Not ‘Smart Enough to Be Pregnant’
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:   Alabama abortion bill: Senate passes near-total abortion ban, sends to Governor Kay Ivey
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Alabama Senate bans nearly all abortions, including rape cases
New York Times:
Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump's New Claims of Threats From Iran  —  WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday …
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Accuses Bolton, MSNBC, CNN of Agitating War Against Iran: ‘It Is Chilling’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested National Security Advisor John Bolton and news outlets like CNN and MSNBC are agitating the U.S. toward war with Iran, calling their actions amid …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kremlin says Pompeo didn't ease Moscow concerns  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):  —  The Kremlin's spokesman says U.S. Secretary …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump administration considers responses to potential Iranian attacks, including troop increase
Discussion: Slate, The Week and Shareblue Media
Associated Press:
Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war
Discussion: Home Page Rotator
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 …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Strikes Deal for ‘Limited’ Interview With Intelligence Committee  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for the president's eldest son to sit for a private interview with senators in the coming weeks …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How would you explain the Democratic investigations to a Washington outsider?
Discussion: Politico
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
House panel opens inquiry into claims Trump legal team edited Michael Cohen's testimony
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Trump Can't Stop Attacking Biden.  G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump has struggled to explain the difficulty of negotiating a trade agreement with China, he has embraced a side argument: A Democratic president would only agree to a worse deal.
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Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Mark Cuban leaves open possibility of running for president as an independent
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
U. S. judge voices doubt on Trump bid to block House subpoena for financial records  —  A federal judge in Washington expressed astonishment Tuesday at arguments raised by President Trump's lawyers seeking to block his accounting firm from turning over years of financial records …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Signals Skepticism About Trump's Bid to Block Subpoena for Financial Records
Discussion: Balkinization
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Trump's not claiming executive power. He's going for divine right.
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
William Barr Delivers Chilling Message to FBI for Trump  —  A third probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, even to pacify the paranoid president, may cause real harm.  —  If you come at the king, you best not miss.  —  That's the message Attorney General William Barr is sending to FBI agents …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Mahablog
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.”
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
State Department's red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant  —  In all Washington investigations, the essential questions become who knew it and when did they know it.  —  In the case of FBI informant Christopher Steele and the credibility of his now-disproven …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
At the N.R.A., a Cash Machine Sputtering  —  As the gun rights group lavished pay and perks on its leaders and partners, fueling infighting, it increasingly relied on its own charity for funds.  Tax experts have questions.  —  The tantalizing leaks have spilled out in the weeks since …
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
The Rot Is Irreversible  —  Disease is reversible—rot isn't.  Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib brought the disease of anti-Semitism into the upper echelons of the Democratic Party when they were elected in November.  The party could have fought the disease.  It chose instead to nurture it.
Washington Post:
Kushner skirts GOP senators' key questions on his immigration plan  —  President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, faced pointed questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators Tuesday — and failed to offer solutions to some key concerns …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
I asked Democratic candidates if they'd restore press briefings.  Here's what they said.  —  It has now been more than two months since presidential press secretary Sarah Sanders has held a scheduled, on-the-record briefing for White House reporters.  —  Briefings had been a near-daily event …
Discussion: ABC News
John Harwood / CNBC:
Rep. Jerry Nadler: We're ‘probably’ not headed for impeachment, but Trump is making it ‘increasingly difficult’ to avoid  —  Trump's impeachment would start with this man: Rep. Jerry Nadler  —  KEY POINTS  — Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., sat down with CNBC's John Harwood to discuss …
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Congressional Inaction Is Emboldening Trump  —  It took Rudy Giuliani less than a month after the release of the Mueller report to begin colluding.  In a buoyant interview with The New York Times on May 9, President Trump's personal lawyer unveiled his plans to push the incoming Ukrainian government …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris escalates gun control agenda  —  Kamala Harris' unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding.  —  At a presidential campaign event Wednesday in New Hampshire, Harris will pledge to take executive action banning the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons …
Justin Wise / The Hill:
3 Florida radio stations to broadcast Trump speeches every hour until 2020 election  —  A media company that operates multiple radio stations in Florida has vowed to broadcast portions of President Trump's speeches every hour of every day until the 2020 election.
Discussion: Splinter and Orlando Sentinel
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 within several government agencies.  The United States was cutting off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the president said.
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls.  We should be alarmed.  —  Nearly two dozen Democrats are seeking votes for president.  Apparently, there's no such thing as too many.  —  But some officials think there are too many voters.  —  The number of names purged from voting rolls …
 
 
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
New York Times:
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Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
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Discussion: New Republic