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4:35 AM ET, May 17, 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: Mother Jones, Raw Story and The Week
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Washington Post:
Judge orders public release of what Michael Flynn said in call to Russian ambassador  —  A federal judge on Thursday ordered that prosecutors make public a transcript of a phone call that former national security adviser Michael Flynn tried hard to hide with a lie: his conversation with a Russian ambassador in late 2016.
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
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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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Manu Raju / CNN:
Administration's uneven handling of Iran intelligence leaves some in Congress fuming
Discussion: Raw Story and Informed Comment
Washington Post:   Top Trump administration officials update Congress on Iran as lawmakers' frustration grows
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Told Aides He Doesn't Want War With Iran
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Post-Roe America Won't Be Like Pre-Roe America.  It Will Be Worse.  —  The new abortion bans are harsher than the old ones.  —  This week, Alabama's governor signed legislation banning most abortions without exceptions for rape or incest, with sentences of up to 99 years in prison for abortion providers.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
New York Times:
Frustrated House Democrats Pin Their Hopes on Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats, frustrated by President Trump's efforts to stonewall their investigations and eager to stoke public anger about the president's behavior, are pinning their diminishing hopes on Robert S. Mueller III.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Schiff: House Intel to consider ‘enforcement action’ against Barr
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Schiff plans ‘enforcement action’ against DOJ over Mueller
Discussion: The Week
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress' demands: ‘A joke’
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: Raw Story
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
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Here's proof that Donald Trump's claim about financial disclosures being superior to tax returns is false
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Suzanne Lynch / The Irish Times:
Donald Trump trip to Ireland in doubt amid venue disagreement  —  White House indicates US president may visit Scotland after questions raised over Doonbeg use  —  Disagreement over the location of a possible meeting between US president Donald Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has thrown …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Revokes $929 Million for California High-Speed Rail  —  Transportation Department follows through on threat after state scaled back plans for troubled project  —  The Trump administration carried out its threat to cancel nearly $1 billion in funding …
Discussion: CNBC and Daily Wire
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 in Staten Island received text messages …
Discussion: Splinter and Rolling Stone
Drew Magary / The Concourse:
The Night The Lights Went Out  —  Or dare I say... given away?  I am the least reliable narrator when it comes to the story of my brain exploding.  This is because, from the time right before I suffered a freakish brain hemorrhage last year to the time I regained full consciousness roughly two weeks later, I remember nothing.
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Panhandle county that backed Trump among Russian hacking victims  —  TALLAHASSEE — Russian hackers breached a county elections department in the Florida Panhandle where voters turned out heavily for President Donald Trump in 2018, according to a report confirmed by POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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.
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.
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
Washington Post:
Trump's plan to take over Fourth of July celebration opposed by D.C. mayor  —  D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said she opposes President Trump's plan to put himself at the center of a redesigned Fourth of July celebration in the nation's capital, expressing concerns about what could be major …
Discussion: CNN
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Democrats Seek Review of Russian Investment in Kentucky  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers called on the Trump administration on Thursday to review an investment in Kentucky by a Russian aluminum company that they say has raised concerns about Russian influence on the economy and national security of the United States.
 
 
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Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Bill de Blasio's 2020 presidential run a bad idea for ‘unmitigated disaster’ mayor, Scaramucci says
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Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Qatar Contacted Kevin McCarthy About Ambassador Nomination The Same Day Trump Pulled Nominee
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
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
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Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
Actually, ‘sharia law’ is kinda fine with first-trimester abortion
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
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Washington Post:
Trump wants his border barrier to be painted black with spikes. He has other ideas, too.
Discussion: Splinter, Axios and Boing Boing
Politico:
Trump on Buttigieg standing with his husband onstage: 'I think it's good'
Discussion: Washington Post
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC's Ali Velshi Shuts Down Hugh Hewitt: 'Hugh, Just Stop, For Heaven's Sake!'
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband's DOJ account
Discussion: twitchy.com
Washington Post:
EPA watchdog suggests agency recover $124,000 in Pruitt's ‘excessive’ travel expenses
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite