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10:45 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 unidentified person “connected to ... Congress” allegedly tried to influence former national security adviser Michael Flynn's willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
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
Washington Post:   Judge orders public release of what Michael Flynn said in call to Russian ambassador
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:   Michael Flynn Helped Robert Mueller in WikiLeaks, Obstruction Probes
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
Discussion: New York Times, USA Today and Axios
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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Hotels, Golf Clubs and Resorts Saw a $35 Million Income Drop in 2018
Discussion: ABC News, OpenSecrets.org and The Week
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Latest Financial Disclosure Was Just Released
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Here's proof that Donald Trump's claim about financial disclosures being superior to tax returns is false
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Ukrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Schiff plans ‘enforcement action’ against DOJ over Mueller  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation …
Discussion: The Week
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress' demands: ‘A joke’
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   Schiff: House Intel to consider ‘enforcement action’ against Barr
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 …
Scott Martelle / Los Angeles Times:
Alabama's antiabortion governor urges respect for life, will oversee a 7th execution  —  When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed that state's obnoxious new bill criminalizing abortion Wednesday afternoon, she offered a little toast to victory on Twitter.  —  Or maybe we should call it a partial victory …
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Lori Jhons / Kay Ivey:
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act
Popular Information:   The corporations backing Alabama's war on women
Paul Goldberger / New York Times:
I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 102  —  I. M. Pei, who began his long career designing buildings for a New York real estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, died early Thursday at his home in Manhattan.  He was 102.
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
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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.
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion  —  Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions.  —  As lawmakers in Alabama this week passed a bill that would outlaw abortion in the U.S. state entirely …
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: Axios and Boing Boing
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 …
Mad Dog PAC:
Flynn Case Update LORDY HE HAD TAPE(s)  —  As many of you may know earlier today I asked Claude to “tease out” the following Flynn Update.  For the record and should you be inclined...  I've written 39+ entries about:  —  Flynn, Flynn Intel Group, Marshall Plan, Mark Lamber, Cohen, EDVA …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Steele Identified Russian Dossier Sources, Notes Reveal  — Christopher Steele told a State Department official a former Russian spy chief and a top Kremlin adviser were involved in an operation to collect compromising information on Donald Trump.  — The State Department official's notes …
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 …
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
HUD's Ben Carson broke law with furniture order, GAO says  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson broke the law when he failed to report an order for a $31,561 dining room table set for his office as well as the installation of an $8,000 dishwasher in the office kitchen …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Suzanne Lynch / The Irish Times:
Donald Trump trip to Ireland in doubt amid venue disagreement
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Sean Hannity: DOJ inspector general FISA abuse probe is 'done and it's devastating'
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Trump's tariffs are equivalent to one of the largest tax increases in decades
Tara Copp / bradenton:
Gene Simmons fights back tears talking about how much his late mother loved America
Discussion: Townhall
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
A Visionary of Public Order
Discussion: Power Line and The Atlantic
Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
Actually, ‘sharia law’ is kinda fine with first-trimester abortion
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Trump on Buttigieg standing with his husband onstage: 'I think it's good'
Discussion: Washington Post
Iyad el-Baghdadi / Washington Post:
I was told I was the target of threats from Saudi Arabia. This is why.
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Congress Allows Bad Faith Actor To Derail Hearing On Hate, Again
Discussion: Reason
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Pence income: No bounce from Marlon Bundo
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
Associated Press:
Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections