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8:35 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 unnamed person “connected to ... Congress” allegedly attempted to influence former national security adviser Michael Flynn's willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe …
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
New York Times:
Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides …
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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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Washington Post:
Trump's plan to overhaul legal immigration draws cool reception
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress' demands: ‘A joke’
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Trump to meet with President of Swiss Confederation as Iran tensions heighten
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Here's proof that Donald Trump's claim about financial disclosures being superior to tax returns is false
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Popular Information:   The corporations backing Alabama's war on women
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: Axios, Breitbart, Daily Kos and New Republic
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans will lose the ‘reasonableness’ fight on abortion
Discussion: Foreign Policy, CNN and Reuters
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Schiff: House Intel to consider ‘enforcement action’ against Barr  —  Barr has defied a House Intel subpoena for the unredacted Mueller report.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Thursday that the panel will consider an “enforcement action” …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate confirms Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rod Rosenstein at DOJ
Rod Rosenstein:   “I Was Always on the Same Team”
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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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Trump, de Blasio: Both look in mirror and see a president
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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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
Paul Goldberger / New York Times:
I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102  —  I. M. Pei, the Chinese-born American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, has died.  He was 102.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Latest Financial Disclosure Was Just Released  —  President Donald Trump's latest personal financial disclosure was just released, showing that Trump, who already owed more money than any other president in history, borrowed millions more in 2018.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Axios
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 …
 
 
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Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
Actually, ‘sharia law’ is kinda fine with first-trimester abortion
Mad Dog PAC:
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Washington Post:
Trump's plan to take over Fourth of July celebration opposed by D.C. mayor
Discussion: CNN
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Ralph Palmieri has managed the Washington, D.C. office of a federal contractor that does business …
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Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Congress Allows Bad Faith Actor To Derail Hearing On Hate, Again
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Pence income: No bounce from Marlon Bundo
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Pelosi condemns merit-based immigration reform as Trump unveils proposal
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband's DOJ account
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
White Supremacy Beyond a White Majority
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
De Blasio, Etc.: Why Are So Many Implausible Democrats Running?
Discussion: Washington Post
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Extended term for Trump? No way, most Americans say
Associated Press:
Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections