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6:05 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 …
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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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Barr jokes with Pelosi: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats won't hold contempt floor vote anytime soon
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Barr Trolls Pelosi at the Capitol: ‘Madam Speaker, Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’
Discussion: Raw Story, Townhall and Washington Post
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.”
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump blunders into disaster, Adam Schiff sounds the alarm  —  President Trump's apparent drift toward war with Iran is taking on qualities that seem eerily similar to the run-up to another big armed conflict that Trump once cast as the height of elite corruption and folly.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, National Review and Raw Story
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Calls Alabama Abortion Ban ‘An Extreme Law’  —  The Alabama abortion ban sent to the governor's desk Tuesday is even too severe for televangelist Pat Robertson, who called it an “extreme law.”  —  “I think Alabama has gone too far, they've passed a law that would give …
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David French / National Review:
Alabama and Georgia Are Throwing Down the Gauntlet against Roe. Good.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Dame Magazine
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare
Discussion: Florida Politics
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential bid  —  Bill de Blasio is not exactly popular back home, but he has a record of progressive accomplishments that allies think will resonate with Democratic voters.  —  WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Brigid Bergin / Gothamist:
It's Happening: Mayor De Blasio Is Running For President  —  After months of waffling, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to officially launch a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination on Thursday, before making a three-day trip to early battleground states to make his case to voters.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden plans first New York fundraising blitz as a 2020 candidate for president  —  KEY POINTS  — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is likely to be invited and hedge fund manager Jim Chanos is set to attend.  — During the 2016 presidential campaign cycle, donors throughout the state combined …
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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
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.
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 …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump issues executive order paving way for ban on Huawei
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
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.
LobeLog:
Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course  —  A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy.  It is urgent that cooler heads prevail - in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington - to head off the threat of a disastrous war.
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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.
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: BuzzFeed News and Raw Story
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Delta Draws Fire From Sanders, Warren on Union Complaint  — Letter from nine senators accuses airline of ‘corporate greed’  — Delta says employees are better off with ‘direct relationship’  —  The machinists union and a group of U.S. senators including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren …
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 …
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. military to build 6 tent cities near border for migrants  —  The tents will likely not be on military bases, and ICE, not the military, will be responsible for migrant detention and custodial support.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is going to provide and build tents to house 7,500 migrants at six locations near the border.
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: Law & Crime and NB Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Trump prepares to unveil broad immigration plan but shows no signs of tempering hard line rhetoric  —  President Trump on Wednesday warned again about the dangers of undocumented immigrants, signaling no plans to temper his rhetoric even as he prepares to unveil a broad proposal aimed …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Launch Fresh Immigration Overhaul Bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Nichola Groom / Reuters:
Trump Interior chief not losing sleep over record CO2 levels
Discussion: Political Wire
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
President Trump to unveil new immigration plan in speech Thursday
Discussion: Axios
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
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Republican lawmaker Larry Inman accused of trying to sell his vote
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Nelson / ELLE:
Senator Amy Klobuchar Isn't Afraid of Your Stories—Good, Bad, Salad Comb
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 Slate
Scott Jennings / Courier-Journal:
The real constitutional crisis is the Democrats' disregard for justice
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Complaints grow that Trump staffers are campaigning for their boss
Discussion: IJR
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the courts stop the insanity?
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Fight Over How Trump Fits in With the Other 44 Presidents
Discussion: Balkinization
U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq:
Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq