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9:40 PM ET, May 16, 2019

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NBC News:
Flynn told Mueller people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct probe  —  The communications could have affected “his willingness to cooperate,” special counsel Robert Mueller wrote in court filings.  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prosecutors: Person ‘connected to’ Congress tried to influence Flynn's cooperation with Mueller  —  An unidentified person “connected to ... Congress” allegedly tried to influence former national security adviser Michael Flynn's willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Testimony to Congress Stalled by Executive-Privilege Claim  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before a House panel has been stalled partly due to discussions on whether the White House's assertion of executive privilege would limit his testimony, according to people familiar with the matter.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Flynn assisted in Mueller's obstruction and WikiLeaks investigations  —  As part of his guilty plea, President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn assisted special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigations into the Trump campaign's discussions of WikiLeaks …
Discussion: Raw Story
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn Helped Robert Mueller in WikiLeaks, Obstruction Probes  —  Trump's former national security adviser is said to have given Mueller details on private conversations about WikiLeaks ‘to which only a select few people were privy.’  —  President Trump's former national security …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Moves Fueled Iran's Aggression, U.S. Intel Says  —  “Most of the activities that the Iranians are undertaking are in response to our very aggressive posture in the region,” one member of the House Intelligence Committee said.  —  Trump administration hawks have spent …
Discussion: New York Times and USA Today
Manu Raju / CNN:
Administration's uneven handling of Iran intelligence leaves some in Congress fuming
Discussion: Raw Story and Informed Comment
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Told Aides He Doesn't Want War With Iran
CNN:
Trump reports making at least $434 million in 2018  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump made at least $434 million in 2018, according to his annual financial disclosure released Thursday by the White House.  —  That includes $40.8 million from his Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Hotels, Golf Clubs and Resorts Saw a $35 Million Income Drop in 2018
Discussion: ABC News, OpenSecrets.org and The Week
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress' demands: ‘A joke’
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Here's proof that Donald Trump's claim about financial disclosures being superior to tax returns is false
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump's plan to overhaul legal immigration draws cool reception
Bloomberg:
Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Bidens  — Hunter Biden, Burisma not targets, despite Giuliani's pleas  — Long-running investigation said to focus on another Ukrainian  —  Ukraine's prosecutor general said in an interview that he had no evidence of wrongdoing …
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Ukrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
You can tell which side is running scared on abortion bans  —  You can tell which side of the aisle is optimistic about the politics of the abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and elsewhere.  When asked about the Alabama ban, Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) (who lost her race for Senate …
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Lori Jhons / Kay Ivey:
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion
Discussion: al.com, The Daily Signal and Hullabaloo
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Republicans' Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive  —  WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country's …
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios, Daily Kos and New Republic
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans will lose the ‘reasonableness’ fight on abortion
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Common Dreams
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats are badly blowing it against Trump.  A brutal new TV ad shows how.  —  Nancy Pelosi has succeeded in stifling impeachment talk.  The Post reports that the House Speaker privately told Democrats to stick to policy and forget about an impeachment inquiry, and not a single Democrat uttered a word in protest.
Paul Goldberger / New York Times:
I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 102  —  I. M. Pei, who began his long career designing buildings for a New York real estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, died early Thursday at his home in Manhattan.  He was 102.
Mad Dog PAC:
Flynn Case Update LORDY HE HAD TAPE(s)  —  As many of you may know earlier today I asked Claude to “tease out” the following Flynn Update.  For the record and should you be inclined...  I've written 39+ entries about:  —  Flynn, Flynn Intel Group, Marshall Plan, Mark Lamber, Cohen, EDVA …
Washington Post:
EPA watchdog suggests agency recover $124,000 in Pruitt's ‘excessive’ travel expenses  —  The Environmental Protection Agency should consider recovering nearly $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the agency's inspector general recommended Thursday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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NBC News:
Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt spent nearly $124,000 on ‘excessive airfare,’ agency says
Discussion: Splinter
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Schiff: House Intel to consider ‘enforcement action’ against Barr  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Thursday that the panel will consider an “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr for defying the chairman's subpoena for special counsel …
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Associated Press:
Schiff plans ‘enforcement action’ against DOJ over Mueller
Discussion: The Week
Richard Morgan / Washington Post:
We asked ambassadors where they eat when they're homesick.  We did not expect Taco Bell and Ikea.  —  In our stateless capital, everyone handles the hunger of homesickness differently.  Most of us have our take-me-home go-tos, whether we're transplants from Texas or Thailand, Ohio or Oman.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Company owned by Brazilian crooks received $62 million in Trump bailout cash meant for struggling U.S. farmers  —  The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned …
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background  —  New score comes as college admissions decisions are under scrutiny  —  The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background …
The Daily Caller:
Trump Plans To Invoke Insurrection Act To Boot Illegal Immigrants  —  President Donald Trump is planning on using the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the United States, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  According to multiple senior administration officials …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Politico:
Trump on Buttigieg standing with his husband onstage: 'I think it's good'  —  President Donald Trump said in an interview that he has no problem with Pete Buttigieg being openly gay and standing with his husband onstage, saying, “I think it's good.”  —  Fox News' Steve Hilton asked Trump whether …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Buttigieg says he's not peaking too soon
Discussion: Axios
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC's Ali Velshi Shuts Down Hugh Hewitt: 'Hugh, Just Stop, For Heaven's Sake!'  —  MSNBC host Ali Velshi tussled with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt Thursday afternoon over escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Iran.  —  “I believe the most important aspect …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ali Winston / New York Times:
‘Not a Big Deal,’ Police Commander Said as Eric Garner Died  —  The revelation provoked gasps at the disciplinary hearing for the officer who applied a chokehold to Mr. Garner, who died after exclaiming “I can't breathe.”  —  A police commander reacted with seemingly little concern …
Washington Post:
Trump wants his border barrier to be painted black with spikes.  He has other ideas, too.  —  The barrier that President Trump wants to build along the Mexico border will be a steel bollard fence, not a concrete wall as he long promised, and the president is fine with that.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Bill de Blasio / YouTube:
Working People First |  Bill de Blasio 2020  —  When we put working families first in New York City, the city got stronger.  That can happen for our country, too.  Learn about my candidacy for president of the United States of America to put working families first.
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband's DOJ account  —  Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told her husband she was deleting emails sent from his government account.  —  The revelation comes as both Ohrs remain under intense scrutiny for their ties to Fusion GPS …
Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
Actually, ‘sharia law’ is kinda fine with first-trimester abortion  —  This week, Alabama moved forward in implementing the nation's strictest abortion ban.  A favorite line of attack from the Left is to claim the religious right is imposing sharia law.
 
 
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