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Lori Jhons / Kay Ivey:
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act  —  MONTGOMERY - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed HB314.  —  Upon signing the bill, Governor Ivey released the following statement:
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The corporations backing Alabama's war on women  —  On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a draconian bill that would effectively ban all abortions in the state.  The radical legislation would be a dramatic step backward for women's rights and gender equality — banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
Discussion: NPR
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.  —  Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left before a Friday deadline to pass bills.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama's abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’  —  Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson decried Alabama's new abortion ban as “extreme,” saying on his show on Wednesday that the state legislature has “gone too far.”  —  Alabama's law …
Shannon Dingle / USA Today:
I was 12 years old and pregnant. Alabama's abortion ban bill would punish girls like me.
Discussion: Slate, Glamour and Talking Points Memo
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
How 3 Other States Are Attacking Abortion Rights After Alabama's Ban
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The very political pattern of Trump's pardons  —  Trump pardons his own hagiographer and a family ‘friend’ who criticized Mueller.  —  President Trump's pardons were self-serving before, and they became even more so Wednesday night, after he pardoned two prominent conservatives who had already completed their sentences.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump pardons billionaire friend Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him  —  Black was convicted in 2007 on fraud charges, including alleged embezzlement, and obstruction of justice.  — Colby Itkowitz -  ·  —  The Fix  — The Fix - Analysis  —  Alabama's abortion ban will make abortion a key issue in 2020.
Ben White / Politico:
Grassley on what Trump really believes on trade  —  Editor's Note: This edition of Morning Money is published weekdays at 8 a.m. POLITICO Pro Financial Services subscribers hold exclusive early access to the newsletter each morning at 5:15 a.m. To learn more about POLITICO Pro's comprehensive …
Discussion: CNBC and New York Post
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump pardons billionaire fraudster who wrote glowing book about him
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.
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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 …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
A 17-year-old politics junkie scooped Bill de Blasio on news of his own presidential launch
Discussion: Power Line, Politico and Mediaite
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Democrats seek out offense on culture wars
Discussion: Axios, Politico and The Week
Washington Post:
Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran  —  The Trump administration has been on high alert in response to what military and intelligence officials have deemed specific and credible threats from Iran against U.S. personnel in the Middle East.
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New York Times:
Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea
William J. Burns / The Atlantic:   We Led Successful Negotiations With Iran. Trump's Approach Isn't Working.
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Iran Obsession Has Made War Much More Likely
Discussion: LobeLog
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 …
Washington Post:
Toddler apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border dies after weeks in hospital  —  A 2½-year-old Guatemalan boy apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border died Tuesday night in El Paso after several weeks in the hospital, according to the Guatemalan Consulate and another person with direct knowledge of the case.
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
A Two-Year-Old Boy Detained At The Border Has Died After Weeks In The Hospital
Discussion: Splinter
Roque Planas / HuffPost:   How Fox News Anointed Trump's Pick For ICE Chief
Silvia Foster-Frau / Houston Chronicle:   'Didn't want to wait'  —  Nine Central American migrants faced …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
‘Get Scavino in here’: Trump's Twitter guru is the ultimate insider  —  Shortly after President Donald Trump announced plans to yank U.S. troops out of Syria last December, a group of lawmakers came to the White House to talk him out of the idea, which critics called a threat to national security.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Dianne Feinstein's phone told us
Discussion: New York Times and Roll Call
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
After Pelosi Says She Has a ‘Little Jail,’ Barr Asks, ‘Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’  —  WASHINGTON — It's not every day in Washington that the attorney general dares the speaker of the House to lock him up.  —  But as he mingled backstage with V.I.P.s at an event honoring law enforcement officers …
Discussion: Althouse and Law & Crime
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Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
Democrats' obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crime
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump won't stop coining nasty nicknames for his foes — but the media must stop amplifying them.  —  I was talking to an acquaintance recently about Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign.  —  He liked the Massachusetts Democrat's detailed policies and was impressed with her recent CNN town hall presentation.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
It's Time to Reduce Corporate Influence at the Pentagon  —  I've made the short trip between the Washington DC airport and the United State Senate more times than I can count — sometimes just barely catching my flight back to Boston, Bailey and Bruce.
Discussion: Vox and Washington Times
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Silver Bulletpoints: Why Did All The White Guys Stampede Into The Race So Late?  —  Today is Thursday, May 16, 2019, which means we have 538 days4 worth of #content to bring you until the 2020 presidential election.  In today's edition of Silver Bulletpoints, we'll ask the age-old question …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump lawyers adopt Jim Jordan's playbook to fight Dem oversight  —  Rep. Jim Jordan has frequently defended President Donald Trump on cable news and gone to the mat for him on Capitol Hill.  Now, the Ohio Republican's hard-line playbook is making its way into federal court.
Discussion: Raw Story
Stacey Abrams / New York Times:
Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression  —  As more people of color claim political power, efforts to block them will accelerate — unless we act.  —  Ms. Abrams is the founder of the voting rights group Fair Fight Action.  —  ATLANTA — In the mid-1960s, when my father was a teenager, he was arrested.
Discussion: IndieWire
Associated Press:
Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says He Isn't Blocking Mueller's Testimony to Congress  —  Attorney General William Barr denied he is standing in the way of special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress.
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Kasich adviser will lobby against potential Russia sanctions  —  John Weaver, the top strategist for John Kasich's presidential campaign in 2016, has registered as a foreign agent and plans to lobby against potential sanctions on Russia.  —  Weaver signed a contract last month to lobby …
Paul Waugh / HuffPost UK:
One Million Londoners Set To March Against Trump During UK State Visit, New YouGov Poll Suggests  —  YouGov/Queen Mary University London survey shows huge opposition  —  More than a million Londoners look set to protest at Donald Trump's visit to the UK after a new poll found 13% …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
What's Our China Endgame?  —  We need to deflate Beijing's ambitions, without bursting them.  —  “My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic,” Ronald Reagan told his adviser Richard Allen in January 1977, four years before he became president.
CNN:
Elizabeth Warren is rejecting Fox News, but most of her rivals aren't  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made a bold statement this week: She publicly rejected an invitation to participate in a town hall on Fox.  She said the conservative network is a “hate-for-profit racket” …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
How Hillary Clinton's Press Secretary Self-Radicalized and Became a Resistance Leader
Bloomberg:
Macron's Answer to Trump's Threat: Europe Won't Block Huawei
Jonathan Tamari / Philly.com:
Joe Biden chooses Philadelphia for 2020 presidential campaign headquarters
Jessica Valenti / Medium:
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Have No Idea How Women's Bodies Work
Discussion: Slate, POLITICUSUSA and Vanity Fair
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
A Full Presidential Pardon
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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Cruz warns ‘Space Force’ needed to prevent space pirates
Discussion: Task & Purpose and Mediaite
Nylah Burton / Jewish Currents:
The Forward's “Both Sides” Approach Has Failed
Zogby Analytics:
The Zogby Poll®: Trump's job approval tops 50%; A majority of Millennials approve of Trump …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Power Line
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How the Republicans Built a Presidency Above the Law for Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Reuters:
China's Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Behind Twitter's Plan To Get People To Stop Yelling At One Another
Discussion: The Week
ProPublica:
Intuit CEO in Internal Video: Hiding Free TurboTax Was In “Best Interest of Taxpayers”
Discussion: YouTube