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11:20 AM ET, May 16, 2019

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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.
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  —  In 2015, Trump assured Conrad Black he “won't forget” his support for him.  He followed through on his promise.  —  On Wednesday, President Donald Trump followed through on a campaign promise he made to Conrad Black …
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
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 …
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
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
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
A Two-Year-Old Boy Detained At The Border Has Died After Weeks In The Hospital  —  AUSTIN, Texas — A two-year-old boy from Guatemala who was detained by US agents at the border died Tuesday night after being hospitalized for weeks in Texas, Guatemalan consulate officials said.
Discussion: Splinter
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Washington Post:
Toddler apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border dies after weeks in hospital
Roque Planas / HuffPost:   How Fox News Anointed Trump's Pick For ICE Chief
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.
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.
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Walter Dellinger / Washington Post:
Democrats' obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crime
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 …
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
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.
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
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
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'We won't tell you': DeSantis, a onetime firebrand, is stonewalled by the FBI  —  TALLAHASSEE— Gov. Ron DeSantis shaped his political identity in Congress by taking on the FBI and criticizing its Russia investigation.  —  But as Florida governor, not only has DeSantis toned down the FBI bashing, he's even doing the bureau's bidding.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Florida Politics and IJR
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.
New York Daily News:
Trump snubs Statue of Liberty museum opening to roll out immigration plan in D.C.  —  President Trump is ditching Thursday's opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum because he doesn't want to hobnob with New York Dems, opting instead to stick with a more receptive right-wing crowd in the Rose Garden …
 
 
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Half of 10 Biggest Federal Law Agencies Lack Permanent Chiefs
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's defense of the 1994 crime bill's role in mass incarcerations
Discussion: The Root and CNN
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
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
A Full Presidential Pardon
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Cruz warns ‘Space Force’ needed to prevent space pirates
Discussion: Daily Wire, Task & Purpose and Mediaite
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
ProPublica:
Intuit CEO in Internal Video: Hiding Free TurboTax Was In “Best Interest of Taxpayers”
Discussion: YouTube