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10:55 AM ET, May 18, 2019


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Flynn contacted GOP Mueller critic while cooperating with special counsel  —  Why Mueller cares about Michael Flynn (2018)  —  Washington (CNN)While he was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn contacted at least …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Amid cooperation bid, Flynn messaged top Mueller critic in Congress
Discussion: Hot Air
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller's House testimony likely off until at least June
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump blames Obama for not warning him about Michael Flynn. Which Obama did.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Acting secretary blocked Stephen Miller's bid for another DHS shakeup  —  An attempt by President Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller to engineer a new shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security was blocked this week by Kevin McAleenan, the department's acting secretary …
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Mediaite
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion.
Discussion: and Fortune
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Dem Louisiana governor prepared to sign fetal ‘heartbeat’ ban
Discussion: Fox News and
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysterical
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Abortion Is Morally Good  —  Abortion, Bill Clinton once said …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual  —  Joe Biden dares to take offense at those who specialize in being offended.  —  Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no empathy” for “the younger generation” that “tells me how tough things are” resurfaced on social media.
Discussion: Vox
Mara Gay / New York Times:
When Will Eric Garner Get Justice?  —  Mayor de Blasio owes Mr. Garner's family — and the city — answers.  —  Ms. Gay is a member of the editorial board.  —  As Eric Garner lay dying, he was gasping for air and bleeding in his neck and eyes.  The arm of a New York City police officer was pressed hard against his throat.
Discussion: Reason and VICE News
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio admits first debate may be out of reach
Michael Heath / Bloomberg:
Ex-Australian PM Abbott Loses Seat in ‘Unprecedented’ Defeat  — Controversial minister is defeated by former Olympic skier  — Predicted ‘stupendous’ victory for Coalition in upbeat speech  —  Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been soundly defeated in his formerly ultra-safe seat …
Discussion: BBC and The Guardian
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result
Sam Coates / The Times & The Sunday Times:   Boris Johnson crushes leadership rivals in poll of Tory members
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Trump Administration Defies Tax Return Subpoena  —  Federal law says Congress can have the documents.  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says no.  —  WASHINGTON ― Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the administration will not comply with a subpoena for copies …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Fran Lebowitz Apologizes After Telling Bill Maher U.S. Should Give Donald Trump To Saudis Who Killed Khashoggi  —  Fran Lebowitz said she regrets that “everyone misinterpreted” her comment onb Bill Maher's Real Time Friday night, when she suggested the U.S. turn President Donald Trump …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
This month's abortion laws are anything but conservative  —  “First, do no harm” — the timeless admonition to new doctors — gets about as close to the core of conservative philosophy as four words can.  A conservative measures twice before cutting, heeds the doctrine of unintended consequences …
Discussion: Splinter and Mother Jones
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
‘I Did My Best to Stop American Foreign Policy’: Bernie Sanders on the 1980s  —  In an interview, one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination discusses his long-held opposition to war and his support for socialist leaders.  —  As Burlington's mayor from 1981 to 1989 …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden heads to Philadelphia to give pitch on uniting the country  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden will head to Philadelphia Saturday, for the third and final phase of his presidential campaign rollout — making his pitch to unite the country.  —  Biden will hold his first campaign rally …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:   Joe Biden makes leadership hires for 2020 Iowa caucus campaign
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Barr Again Casts Doubt on Russia Inquiry's Origins, Aligning With Trump's Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — When Attorney General William P. Barr described the early stages of the Russia investigation as “spying” on the Trump campaign, he prompted questions about whether he had used that word spontaneously …
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Associated Press:
In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate
Discussion: The Week
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Arson Suspected in Three Fires At Jewish Centers  —  Fires at Jewish centers in Massachusetts were deliberately set, authorities now believe.  Two were an hour apart, and two struck one house the same week.  —  Police responded to reports of fires two Massachusetts cities Thursday night.
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Researchers Say Many Of The Brexit Party's Twitter Followers Aren't Behaving Like Genuine Voters  —  High volumes.  Short intervals.  Odd times of day.  Twitter thinks this is the online behaviour of regular British voters, but researchers have raised doubts.
Channel 4 News:   Nigel Farage's funding secrets revealed
Constance Grady / Vox:
The Mueller report holds the top 3 slots on the New York Times best-seller list  —  And the rest of the week's best writing on books and related subjects.  —  Welcome to Vox's weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet's best writing on books and related subjects.
Fedor Indutny /
Mayor Pete and the Order of the Kong: How Buttigieg's Harvard pals helped spur his rise in politics  —  A tired-looking Senator Ted Kennedy was nearing the end of a question-and-answer session with students at Harvard's Institute of Politics when a young man in a white button-down shirt approached the microphone.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans take $400k from casino mogul accused of sexual assault  —  The national Republican Party has accepted nearly $400,000 in donations from disgraced ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn — a move that comes just over a year after he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting employees over a decade-long period.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Wants to Destroy the Best Schools Poor Urban Kids Have  —  Bernie Sanders today is announcing the foundation of his K-12 education plan, which is to crack down on public charter schools.  If enacted, the Sanders plan would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations …
Chester Dawson / Bloomberg:
Toyota Rebukes Trump for Sending Message That Carmaker ‘Not Welcomed’ in U.S.  — Japanese company criticizes national security threat finding  — Warns consumers will be biggest losers if quotas are imposed  —  Toyota Motor Corp. rebuked President Donald Trump's declaration …
Discussion: Featured News | Hub and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
DHS Urges Cybersecurity Staff to ‘Deploy’ to Border Instead  —  Employees are encouraged to set aside their cybersecurity work to head to the border because ‘serving the needs of the homeland is the cornerstone of what we do.’  —  The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency …
Discussion: Axios
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John Binder / Breitbart:
Trump Plan Mandates E-Verify, Protecting U.S. Jobs for Americans
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
The U.S. sanctions a key organizer of the murder of Boris Nemtsov
Adam Mill / American Greatness:
How the FBI Broke the Rules Using Christopher Steele
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
How Europe's ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Where women call the shots
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump risks credibility with policy that veers between threats and inaction
Washington Post:
No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated
Discussion: Mercury News
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden's Son …
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Kansas City Star:
Kansas' Kobach is weighing a Senate bid. National Republicans are ready to stop him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anatoly Kurmanaev / New York Times:
Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say
Discussion: Fox News