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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 …
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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.
Nathan Solis / courthousenews.com:   US: Flynn Described Efforts to Interfere With Cooperation
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Testimony to Congress Stalled by Executive-Privilege Claim
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Mad Dog PAC:   Flynn Case Update LORDY HE HAD TAPE(s) updated
Wall Street Journal:
Barr: Review of Origins of FBI's Trump-Russia Probe Could Lead to Rule Changes  —  ‘Government power was used to spy on American citizens,’ Barr says  —  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—Attorney General William Barr said his review of the origins of the Russia investigation is focused …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and New York Post
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Victor Garcia / Fox News:
AG Bill Barr tells Fox News public must know if officials ‘put their thumb on the scale’ in Russia probe  —  In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Attorney General William Barr explained that he is trying to get to the bottom of whether or not “government officials abused their power and put …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump calls 2016 campaign spying ‘treason,’ warns of ‘long jail sentences’
Discussion: Washington Post
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Bull Durham at Justice
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
War Games: Trump, Bolton, and the Alleged March to Fight Iran  —  The President has blown up the old way of American foreign-policymaking, which makes the risk of a miscalculation higher than ever.  —  The question shouted at President Trump on Thursday as he waited outside the White House …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Pompeo and Bolton tensions escalate as Iran debate intensifies
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Congressional Action to Protect Choice  —  Right-wing Republican lawmakers in Alabama just enacted the most extreme abortion ban in over 40 years.  The new law bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy, doesn't include exceptions for rape and incest, and could result in doctors who perform …
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Post-Roe America Won't Be Like Pre-Roe America. It Will Be Worse.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee chairwoman says she is personally opposed to Alabama abortion law
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Schiff: House Intel to consider ‘enforcement action’ against Barr
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:   Top Trump administration officials update Congress on Iran as lawmakers' frustration grows
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Me Too Backlash Is Getting Worse  —  A new study found that 60% of male managers said they're uncomfortable working closely with women.  —  A stunning 60% of male managers said they're uncomfortable mentoring, working one-on-one, and socializing with women at work, according …
Discussion: Glamour and Fortune
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Politico
CNN:
Buttigieg wields his military credentials: 'It's not like I killed Bin Laden,' but it was dangerous  —  CNN reviews Buttigieg's military record in Afghanistan  —  Chicago (CNN)Pete Buttigieg wields his military service as both a sword and a shield in his race for the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Politico:   Trump on Buttigieg standing with his husband onstage: 'I think it's good'
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 2016, according to a report confirmed by POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Russian government hackers targeted small county in Florida panhandle in 2016
Discussion: Florida Politics
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: The Guardian, The Root and Splinter
Alex Conant / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: What Game of Thrones Watchers Think Ahead of Final Episode  —  Game of Thrones fans divided on who should sit on the Iron Throne, how the final season is going, and whether Trump's Southern Border Wall or the Wall of the North are more effective
Discussion: Political Wire
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Wouldn't You Like to Know If Trump Can Be Bribed?  —  He's released his personal financial disclosure, but that's not enough.  Releasing his tax returns would be better.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  5:42  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week and ABC News
VICE:
Area Man Regrets Helping Turn Joe Biden Into a Meme  —  A former ‘Onion’ editor wishes his publication had gone harder at Diamond Joe.  —  If you've ever thought of Joe Biden as a clueless but lovable clod, a well-meaning klutz who is predictable, friendly, and ultimately electable, I am in small part responsible for that image.
Tracy Wright / Daily Mail:
Emily Ratajkowski poses naked to decry ‘25 old white men’ who voted to ban abortion in Alabama... as Kylie Jenner and Rihanna share outrage  — The law blocks abortions in the event of rape and incest, and features an exception only in cases where the pregnant person's health is at risk
Discussion: Common Dreams
Mark Hemingway / Real Clear Politics:
Fact-Checkers Give Stacey Abrams a Pass on Victory Claim  —  Ever since she narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race six months ago, Stacey Abrams has been claiming that she “won” the election.  Most recently, on April 28 she told The New York Times Magazine, “I cannot say that everybody …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump judicial nominees decline to endorse Brown v. Board under Senate questioning  —  For months, a Democratic senator has been asking Trump judicial nominees what appears to be a straightforward question: Was Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark decision that ended legalized school segregation, properly decided?
Discussion: The Root and HillReporter.com
Peter Canellos / Politico:
Why Trump Should Be Thanking Alec Baldwin  —  No one in American politics understands the dark art of ridicule better than Donald Trump.  ("Welcome to the race, Sleepy Joe.")  And when it comes to seeing himself on the receiving end, nobody in American politics has a thinner skin.
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.
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.
The Democratic Coalition:
Lindsey Graham sold his soul to Trump  —  The pathetic lapdog for the president complains to supporters he is being targeted by “the radical left.”  —  A day after the senior senator from South Carolina and spineless shill for the president told Donald Trump, Jr. to ignore a subpoena …
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 …
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Mueller probe lawyer does jury duty stint in NYC  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One of Robert Mueller's top lieutenants in the special counsel's pressure-cooker probe embroiling President Donald Trump has returned to private life only to get a more mundane and unexpected legal assignment: Juror in a slip-and-fall case.
Astra Taylor / New Republic:
Reclaiming the Future  —  One day last February, I found myself seated on stage, rather incongruously, between the neoconservative Never Trumper-turned-Resistance hero Bill Kristol and my friend Natasha Lennard, a radical anti-fascist writer and activist I first met at Occupy Wall Street back in 2011.
 
 
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A dangerous delay  —  The University of Maryland waited 18 days …
Kyle Sammin / The Federalist:
The Strange Tale Of How Mark Zuckerberg Bought Cory Booker's Loyalty
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's parents would have struggled to come to the U.S. under Trump's immigration plan
Discussion: Politico
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Angry Florida members of Congress demand FBI reveal hacked counties
Jeff Stein / New Republic:
The Watergate Editor on How Trump “Leads the Press Around by the Nose”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Joni Ernst says there's more momentum than ever to tackle military sexual assault
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Associated Press:
Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Daily Mail:
Does he want to work for Trump? …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Revokes $929 Million for California High-Speed Rail
Discussion: Breitbart, CNBC and Daily Wire
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Steele Identified Russian Dossier Sources, Notes Reveal
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