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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.
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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
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Democratic 2020 candidates warn Roe v. Wade at stake after Alabama abortion ban's passage  —  Contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday sharply criticized the Alabama Senate's passage of the country's strictest abortion ban, casting it as a severe blow to women's rights.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
‘A typical male answer’: Only 3 women had a voice in Alabama Senate as 25 men passed abortion ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Alabama state Democrat says near-total abortion bill passage ‘raped women last night’
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Full Feed
HuffPost:
Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Bill
Discussion: Vox, Boing Boing and Washington Post
The Guardian:
These 25 Republicans - all white men - just voted to ban abortion in Alabama
Discussion: Common Dreams and VICE News
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?
Washington Post:
We're drifting toward war with Iran. Trump needs to take a diplomatic way out.
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Signal and Politico
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.
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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New York Times:
Trump Can't Stop Attacking Biden. G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support …
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Republicans seize on culture debates, but sometimes it backfires
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.
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: Daily Wire
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John Solomon / The Hill:
State Department's red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
William Barr Delivers Chilling Message to FBI for Trump
Discussion: Breitbart and The Mahablog
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Lawmakers grill FAA chief over safety questions involving Boeing 737 Max 8  —  Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of the Federal Aviation Administration over how his agency handled the safety certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 following two crashes that left more than 340 people dead.
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
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
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
Brian Faler / Politico:
Mnuchin suggests Trump tax-return fight headed for court  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested today that he will reject House Democrats' subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns, and that the issue is headed for the courts.  —  Appearing before a Senate panel …
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Moot courts, job interviews and potluck parties: A look inside Mueller's office  —  The Weissmann calendar entries show a mix of the mundane with the legally complex.  —  Newly disclosed documents give fresh hints of what daily life was like inside special counsel Robert Mueller's office during …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump claims he's seen piles of dead bald eagles underneath windmills: ‘You see them all over the place’  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that he had seen dead bald eagles “all over the place” because of energy-producing windmills.  —  “You are under assault,” Trump told a group of natural gas workers in Connecticut.
Discussion: HillReporter.com
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Now Defending War Crimes  —  It's not just bluster anymore.  —  During the March 3, 2016 Republican debate, Donald Trump proudly proclaimed something that he had only hinted at before: He endorsed war crimes.  Bret Baier noted that “almost 100 foreign policy experts” …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jessica Chen Weiss / Washington Post:
What's the response in China to the trade war?  —  Here are three things to watch.  —  U.S.-China trade talks ended Friday without a deal.  The United States increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, and Beijing retaliated Monday by announcing it would enact new tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.
Discussion: Foreign Policy and CNBC
 
 
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