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4:35 PM ET, May 16, 2019

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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
CNN:
Trump's irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy
Discussion: Jewish Currents and The Guardian
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 …
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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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.
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort took a financial hit last year
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
This teen journalist got the scoop on Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and VICE News
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans will lose the ‘reasonableness’ fight on abortion
Discussion: Common Dreams, New York Times and CNN
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.
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NBC News:   Former AG Eric Holder sees ‘grounds for impeachment’ in Mueller report
Rod Rosenstein:   “I Was Always on the Same Team”
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dems perform marathon public reading of Mueller report
Discussion: Politico
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
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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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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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:
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Pence income: No bounce from Marlon Bundo  —  As it turns out, literary trilogies involving vice presidential pets are not money makers.  —  Marlon Bundo, the beloved pet bunny of Vice President Mike Pence's family, has his own Instagram account, his own acronym (BOTUS) and three children's books documenting his time in Washington.
Jill Filipovic / The Guardian:
Alabama's abortion ban shows the chilling effect of Brett Kavanaugh's appointment  —  The goal of anti-abortion campaigners is to overturn Roe v Wade.  With today's radical, activist, rightwing supreme court, they may succeed  —  There is a war on American women.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Vanity Fair
 
 
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Trump unveils plan to overhaul the legal immigration system
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Khashoggi's fiancée pleads with U.S. to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for journalist's murder
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
We're Laughing At Trump, Not With Him  —  He's not actually funny.
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Acting Out in Tehran  —  The taunts and threats are signs …
Washington Post:
Wake up, Republicans. Even corporations are calling for action on climate change.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Pelosi condemns merit-based immigration reform as Trump unveils proposal
Discussion: Axios
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Kirsten Gillibrand's trip to Georgia showcases the changing politics of abortion for Democrats in 2020
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Straight talk about China and corporate America
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Western Companies Get Tangled in China's Muslim Clampdown
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
Ben White / Politico:
Grassley on what Trump really believes on trade
Discussion: CNBC and New York Post
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Silver Bulletpoints: Why Did All The White Guys Stampede Into The Race So Late?
Washington Post:
Toddler apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border dies after weeks in hospital