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3:10 PM ET, May 16, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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Washington Post:
Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran
CNN:
Trump to meet with President of Swiss Confederation as Iran tensions heighten
Discussion: Big League Politics
New York Times:
Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea
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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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
What could change Pelosi's mind on impeachment?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump pardons billionaire fraudster who wrote glowing book about him
Ben White / Politico:
Grassley on what Trump really believes on trade
Discussion: CNBC and New York Post
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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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
A 17-year-old politics junkie scooped Bill de Blasio on news of his own presidential launch  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had it all planned out — a stunt inside Trump Tower on Monday, an announcement on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Thursday and, from there, outings in Iowa …
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.
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Gigi Sukin / Axios:
EPA watchdog recommends agency recoup $124K for Pruitt's “excessive” travel costs
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Top House Republican McCarthy says he opposes Alabama abortion law  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he opposes a new Alabama law that outlaws virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, arguing that it “goes further than I believe.”
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Alabama Abortion Law Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Planned Parenthood  —  1. Alabama  —  I know: Who would have thought that the state party organization that gave us this guy would come up with an abortion bill designed to piss off everyone in America.  —  Thanks, Alabama.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Televangelist Pat Robertson: Alabama's abortion ban is ‘extreme’ and has ‘gone too far’
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.
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Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Israel
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:   Facebook says Israeli company used fake accounts to target African elections
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:
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 …
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.
Popular Information:
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.
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
De Blasio, Etc.: Why Are So Many Implausible Democrats Running?  —  The party has created incentives for hopeless candidates to prolong their campaigns.  You can't blame them for trying.  —  Okay, I was wrong.  Earlier this year, I guessed repeatedly that the Democratic presidential field …
Discussion: Washington Post
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
White House Seeks Social Media Sob Stories from Conservative Snowflakes  —  Was someone mean to you on Twitter?  The White House wants to know about it.  As of Wednesday, a new tool on the White House website allows visitors to report suspected “political bias” from social media companies.
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Extended term for Trump?  No way, most Americans say  —  Large majority of Americans support respecting the peaceful transfer of power, according to new UVA Center for Politics-Ipsos poll  —  The lion's share of Americans believes that respecting the results of elections and the peaceful transfer …
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.
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.
Stacey Abrams / New York Times:
We Cannot Resign Ourselves to Dismay and Disenfranchisement  —  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
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
Just Security:
What Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller When He Testifies  —  Robert Mueller's time as special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and links to the Trump campaign was notable for many things, among those his silence.
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 and Axios
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Straight talk about China and corporate America  —  Sen. Marco Rubio is the U.S. Senator best attuned to and most focused on the problem China poses to the U.S. and the world at-large.  At least that's what I infer from his public pronouncements on the subject.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
White Supremacy Beyond a White Majority  —  President Trump is trying to maintain white dominance as the nation's demographics change.  —  The white male racist patriarchy will not be denied.  It is having a moment.  It has its own president.  —  According to a Pew Research Center analysis …
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
Senate's Churn of Confirmations Brings Complaints of a ‘Legislative Graveyard’
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dems perform marathon public reading of Mueller report
Discussion: Politico
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Kirsten Gillibrand's trip to Georgia showcases the changing politics of abortion for Democrats in 2020
Wall Street Journal:
Western Companies Get Tangled in China's Muslim Clampdown
Ali Winston / New York Times:
Medical Examiner Testifies Eric Garner Died of Asthma Caused by Officer's Chokehold
Discussion: Rolling Stone
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's defense of the 1994 crime bill's role in mass incarcerations
Discussion: Townhall, The Root and CNN
The Daily Beast:
How Hillary Clinton's Press Secretary Self-Radicalized and Became a Resistance Leader
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump lawyers adopt Jim Jordan's playbook to fight Dem oversight
Discussion: Raw Story
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
It's Time to Reduce Corporate Influence at the Pentagon
Discussion: Vox and Washington Times
Paul Waugh / HuffPost UK:
One Million Londoners Set To March Against Trump During UK State Visit, New YouGov Poll Suggests
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
What's Our China Endgame?