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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 …
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.
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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 …
U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq:
Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump blunders into disaster, Adam Schiff sounds the alarm
Laurie Kellmann / Associated Press:
Barr asks Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results.  —  The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
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David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Barr Trolls Pelosi at the Capitol: ‘Madam Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’  —  Attorney General William Barr asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) if she brought “handcuffs” for him Wednesday at the Capitol, following her accusing him of lying to Congress earlier this month.
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall and Washington Post
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Barr jokes with Pelosi: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Barr teases Pelosi, asks if she brought her handcuffs on sidelines of DC event
Discussion: Daily Wire
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats won't hold contempt floor vote anytime soon
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
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.”
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
Associated Press:   Alabama vote moves abortion to the center of 2020 campaign
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Kamala Harris/Fox News  —  Scoop: Sen. Kamala Harris Will Not Appear On Fox News For A Town Hall  —  Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear on Fox News for a moderated town hall, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
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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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden expands lead over rivals for 2020 U.S. presidential nomination despite lack of support …
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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.
Washington Post:
Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China  —  Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect U.S. communications networks in a move that gives the federal government broad powers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Arizona Is Emerging as Top 2020 Battleground  —  If Democrats avoid the progressive temptation, they'll have a chance to turn the GOP-friendly state blue in next year's elections.  —  If there's one development that threatens to disrupt the best laid plans of Republicans …
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Martha McSally says time cost her the Senate race. No, she lost because of Trump
Discussion: Roll Call
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
President Trump to unveil new immigration plan in speech Thursday  —  President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new immigration plan in a speech Thursday afternoon, the latest attempt by the administration to follow through on a campaign promise to overhaul America's immigration system.
Discussion: Axios
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CBS News:
Trump honors fallen officers at Capitol Hill memorial service
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Splinter
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.
Brian Dickerson / Detroit Free Press:
West Michigan lawmaker: Abortion ‘should be painful’  —  Alabama's legislature passed a near-total abortion ban.  The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey.  —  CONNECT  —  Do women who undergo late-term abortions suffer as much as God wants them to?  —  State Sen. Kim LaSata doesn't think so.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Republican lawmaker Larry Inman accused of trying to sell his vote
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
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: National Review and 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 …
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:
Jeff Sessions's Grave Conflict of Interest  —  Last year, in March 2018, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions enlisted his subordinates to lie on his behalf that he did not know he was under federal investigation when he fired then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe—an investigation initiated …
Discussion: Townhall, Hot Air, Law & Crime and NB Blog
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Key Democrat to help Lipinski—despite primary threat  —  U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a fellow Illinoisan and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is slated to star at a fundraiser for the Southwest Side congressman.  —  By On Politics  —  As Southwest Side congressman Dan …
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
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
 
 
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Nichola Groom / Reuters:
Trump Interior chief not losing sleep over record CO2 levels
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pence pays homage to Lugar, symbol of a pre-Trump era of GOP internationalism
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Graham unveils proposal to address ‘crisis’ at the border
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg Law:
CFPB Official in Racist Blog Post Controversy to Depart
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Cruz to FAA nominee: ‘Be pissed off that 346 people died’
Marie Patino / Bloomberg:
U.S. Births Fell to Lowest Level in 32 Years in 2018
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 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck charged with $2,000,000 fraud scheme
Ryan Grenoble / HuffPost:
Here's How Trump's New China Tariffs Will Hit Your Wallet
Discussion: The Verge, Washington Post and CNBC
Politico:
Gaetz blasts DoD, FBI for handling of Russian hacking investigation
Scott Jennings / Courier-Journal:
The real constitutional crisis is the Democrats' disregard for justice
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the courts stop the insanity?
Discussion: Raw Story
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