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11:40 AM ET, May 15, 2019

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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: The Week and Politico
Washington Post:
We're drifting toward war with Iran. Trump needs to take a diplomatic way out.
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and The Daily Signal
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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 …
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
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
‘A typical male answer’: Only 3 women had a voice in Alabama Senate as 25 men passed abortion ban
Discussion: The Guardian and ThinkProgress
HuffPost:
Alabama Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Abortion Bill
Discussion: Vox, Boing Boing and Washington Post
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.
NBC News:
Republicans seize on culture debates, but sometimes it backfires  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Culture debates have united Republicans over the last two decades …
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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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump boasts that his looks and brain are better than Biden's
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
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.”
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Michael Wolff has written a Trump sequel. It's called ‘Siege’ and will be out on June 4
Discussion: The Big Lead
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 …
Discussion: NPR
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   I asked Democratic candidates if they'd restore press briefings. Here's what they said.
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Yesterday Was a Dark Day for the Rule of Law  —  When Lindsey Graham told Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a subpoena from Senate Intelligence, he told him to commit a crime.  But that's not even the worst of it.  —  The degradation of Senator Lindsey Graham should no longer surprise us.
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Strikes Deal for ‘Limited’ Interview With Intelligence Committee
New York Times:
House Panel Investigates Obstruction Claims Against Trump Lawyers
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.
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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: The Gateway Pundit
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
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Washington Post:
Kushner skirts GOP senators' key questions on his immigration plan
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Splinter
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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
'I don't see him crying uncle': Trump believes China tariffs will help him win reelection  —  President Trump is telling advisers and close allies that he has no intention of pulling back on his escalating trade war with China, arguing that clashing with Beijing is highly popular …
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump wants a 2020 fight over tariffs. That will test the patience of his base.
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
Adam Rogers / Wired:
‘Heartbeat’ Bills Get the Science of Fetal Heartbeats All Wrong  —  LAST WEEK, GEORGIA governor Brian Kemp—the narrow winner over Stacey Abrams in a contentious, sketchy election last year—signed into law a ban on abortions after more than six weeks of pregnancy.
Discussion: Althouse, Big Think and New Republic
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
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
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Lindsey Graham wants to hold toddlers in jail at the border for 100 days  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to jail immigrant children for way longer than currently allowed by law.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to change the immigration law so that immigrant toddlers and children …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Breitbart
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
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
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Salon Media in talks for $5M fire sale in last-ditch effort  —  Salon Media Group, a one-time digital darling, has fallen on hard times.  It lost its CEO of the past three years last week and appears to be on the brink of a deal to sell itself for a fire sale price of $5 million.
Discussion: The Wrap
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What happened to the Trump counterintelligence investigation? House investigators don't know.
Discussion: Just Security
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
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Is ‘on the Side of God’
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If Congress Won't Act, Trump Will
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls. We should be alarmed.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris escalates gun control agenda
Discussion: Fox News and twitchy.com
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Accuses Bolton, MSNBC, CNN of Agitating War Against Iran: ‘It Is Chilling’
Discussion: twitchy.com
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
The Rot Is Irreversible
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