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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?
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and Politico
Washington Post:
We're drifting toward war with Iran. Trump needs to take a diplomatic way out.
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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Democratic 2020 candidates warn Roe v. Wade at stake after Alabama abortion ban's passage
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
‘A typical male answer’: Only 3 women had a voice in Alabama Senate as 25 men passed abortion ban
Discussion: Vox and ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Alabama Senate passes nation's most restrictive abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for victims of rape and incest
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
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.
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 …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support from millennials: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expanded his lead over a wide field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination …
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
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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 …
New York Times:
Trump Can't Stop Attacking Biden. G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would.
Discussion: National Review and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
Politico:
Gaetz blasts DoD, FBI for handling of Russian hacking investigation  —  MIAMI — Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted the Department of Defense and other federal agencies for their handling of an investigation into Russian election meddling after voter registration systems in his state were breached.
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
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
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
 
 
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Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Lindsey Graham: Border Security Bill May Include Democratic Priorities
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Scott Jennings / Courier-Journal:
The real constitutional crisis is the Democrats' disregard for justice
Bloomberg:
Trump Set to Delay Auto Tariffs Amid EU, Japan Trade Talks
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Jessica Chen Weiss / Washington Post:
What's the response in China to the trade war?
Discussion: Foreign Policy and CNBC
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Our military can help lead the fight in combating climate change
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
The Texas Tribune:
Joaquin Castro's out and MJ Hegar's in but other Democrats are also eyeing John Cornyn's seat
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump wants a 2020 fight over tariffs. That will test the patience of his base.
Discussion: IJR, Fox News and Conservative Review
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Is ‘on the Side of God’
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Salon Media in talks for $5M fire sale in last-ditch effort
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Yesterday Was a Dark Day for the Rule of Law
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
President Trump, Come to Willmar
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
If Congress Won't Act, Trump Will
Discussion: LewRockwell and Raw Story
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls. We should be alarmed.