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2:50 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 …
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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U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq:
Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq  —  Home الصفح ة الرئي سية |  Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq  —  Event: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees …
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How would you explain the Democratic investigations to a Washington outsider?
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.”
Brian Faler / Politico:
Mnuchin suggests Trump tax-return fight headed for court
Discussion: Political Wire
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Every Anti-Abortion Move the GOP Has Made for Years Is Paying Off at Once  —  Stripping voter rights.  Rigging the Supreme Court.  Dull procedural tricks.  It's all paying off at once.  — The Supreme Court's Liberals Are Warning Us That Roe v. Wade Is in Mortal Danger
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare
Discussion: Florida Politics
New York Times:
Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State
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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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support …
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
USA Today:   Access to Donald Trump is not the same as transparency
NBC News:
Republicans seize on culture debates, but sometimes it backfires
New York Times:
Trump Can't Stop Attacking Biden. G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would.
Discussion: National Review and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Instapundit and PJ Media Home
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Melinda Henneberger / USA Today:
Harvard ditched US values of due process and diverse opinion in Harvey Weinstein case
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally says time cost her the Senate race.  No, she lost because of Trump  —  Opinion: Arizona's appointed senator is engaged in wishful thinking about last year's Senate race and if she doesn't figure that out soon, she will lose again.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Roll Call
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Arizona Is Emerging as Top 2020 Battleground
Discussion: National Review
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
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
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘This is a war for our culture’: Sebastian Gorka anguished by gay wedding on ‘Arthur’  —  Sebastian Gorka, the former Breitbart editor and White House aide, goes live every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time on the Salem Radio Network.  —  On Tuesday, he provided a new raison d'etre for …
Rebecca Nelson / ELLE:
Senator Amy Klobuchar Isn't Afraid of Your Stories—Good, Bad, Salad Comb  —  Amy Klobuchar announced her run for president last February while standing outside in the middle of a snowstorm.  It was a badge of honor for the third-term Minnesota senator and native of the state …
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Fight Over How Trump Fits in With the Other 44 Presidents  —  It's not just an academic question.  The intense argument over where he belongs tells us a lot about where we're headed.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.
Discussion: Balkinization
Scott Jennings / Courier-Journal:
The real constitutional crisis is the Democrats' disregard for justice  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right: We are in the midst of a “constitutional crisis.”  It has nothing to do with President Donald Trump's jousting with Congress over subpoenas, however; the crisis is fully …
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Our military can help lead the fight in combating climate change  —  Last year, Hurricane Florence ripped through North Carolina, damaging Camp Lejeune.  Hurricane Michael tore through Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, leaving airplane hangars that housed our fifth-generation aircraft shredded and largely roofless.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What happened to the Trump counterintelligence investigation?  House investigators don't know.  —  But not for lack of asking.  —  A few weeks before he was fired by President Trump in May 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Just Security
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the courts stop the insanity?  —  President Trump is using the Justice Department in unprecedented, partisan ways and asserting ludicrously aggressive and unprecedented claims of executive power.  The question is whether — in some cases, at least — the courts will stop him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Complaints grow that Trump staffers are campaigning for their boss  —  A Trump appointee displayed a “Make America Great Again” hat at her Housing and Urban Development office.  —  A top official at the Office of Management and Budget used his official Twitter account to promote President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.
Discussion: IJR
Jim Acosta / CNN:
GOP senators ‘underwhelmed’ with Kushner's legal immigration plan, sources say  —  Does Kushner's immigration plan stand a chance?  —  Washington (CNN)Participants at a meeting between Republican senators and White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller found …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ryan Grenoble / HuffPost:
Here's How Trump's New China Tariffs Will Hit Your Wallet  —  “There will be price hikes at Target, Costco, Home Depot and Walmart,” predicted one analyst.  —  Last Friday, at the direction of President Donald Trump, U.S. trade representatives increased tariffs from 10 to 25 percent …
Discussion: The Verge, Washington Post and CNBC
 
 
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Conrad Black / New York Sun:
Democrats Start To Perceive Debacle They Face
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats won't hold contempt floor vote anytime soon
U.S. Department of Justice:
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Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Lindsey Graham: Border Security Bill May Include Democratic Priorities
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Politico:
Gaetz blasts DoD, FBI for handling of Russian hacking investigation
Jessica Chen Weiss / Washington Post:
What's the response in China to the trade war?
Discussion: Foreign Policy and CNBC
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump claims he's seen piles of dead bald eagles underneath windmills: ‘You see them all over the place’
Discussion: HillReporter.com
 Earlier Items: 
The Texas Tribune:
Joaquin Castro's out and MJ Hegar's in but other Democrats are also eyeing John Cornyn's seat
Discussion: RedState
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Salon Media in talks for $5M fire sale in last-ditch effort
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Moot courts, job interviews and potluck parties: A look inside Mueller's office
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
President Trump, Come to Willmar
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Now Defending War Crimes
Discussion: Washington Post
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
If Congress Won't Act, Trump Will
Discussion: Raw Story and LewRockwell
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls. We should be alarmed.