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12:40 PM ET, May 17, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Barr: The allegation I lied to Congress is ‘laughable’  —  Attorney General William Barr is making clear he's not losing sleep over Democrats' strident opposition to his job performance.  —  In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday, Barr said he wasn't worried about the near certainty …
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Barr says review of Russia investigation raising more questions, calls Pelosi claim he lied to Congress ‘laughable’
Discussion: Breitbart
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Bull Durham at Justice
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump calls 2016 campaign spying ‘treason,’ warns of ‘long jail sentences’
Discussion: Washington Post
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  —  Rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran are also magnifying strains among President Donald Trump's top foreign policy advisers: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.
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
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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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Would Democrats Restore Roe If Republicans Overturned It?
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Taibbi's ‘Liberal Embrace of War’ Screed Cites Zero Liberals Embracing War  —  Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi has taken the brave and lonely stance that William Barr was wise and correct in his presentation of the Mueller report and decision not to charge the president with obstruction.
Discussion: @politifact
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Jerry Portwood / Rolling Stone:
The Liberal Embrace of War
Discussion: Zero Hedge, The Week and Breitbart
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful  —  A split federal appeals court on Friday ruled that President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful because “it was not adequately explained.”  —  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee chairwoman says she is personally opposed to Alabama abortion law  —  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Friday that she personally opposes provisions in the new Alabama law that outlaws virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
New far-reaching abortion bans too extreme for some Republican leaders
Discussion: Vox, The Federalist and The Bulwark
Washington Post:
Russian government hackers targeted small county in Florida panhandle in 2016  —  The voter registration database of a small county in the Florida panhandle was breached by Russian government hackers in 2016, according to two U.S. officials.  —  The Russian military spy agency, the GRU …
Discussion: CNN and Florida Politics
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
Panhandle county that backed Trump among Russian hacking victims
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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'
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Perfect Storm, Part II  —  One of the particular characteristics of the Trump presidency is the way Trump consistently creates drama - some by design, some not - that makes it hard to see the broader outline of events.  Nowhere is this more clear than in considering the 2020 election.
Mike Stunson / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Matt Bevin tells Tucker Carlson that abortion bans will benefit African Americans  —  Speaking on Fox News' ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Thursday about recent abortion laws passed in some southern states, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the new restrictions on abortion will benefit African Americans.
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Countervailing powers: an old, important idea that helps explain the 2020 Democratic primary  —  A neglected theory that helps explain today's problems.  —  In his 1952 book American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power, the great 20th-century economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote:
Discussion: Mother Jones
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Grievance Proxies  —  The College Board plans to introduce a new “adversity score” as a backdoor to racial quotas in college admissions.  —  The Social Order  —  For decades, the College Board defended the SAT, which it writes and administers, against charges that the test gives an unfair advantage to middle-class white students.
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 …
Megan Cassella / Politico:
U.S. nearing deal with Canada, Mexico to lift metals tariffs  —  The U.S., Canada and Mexico are on the cusp of an agreement to remove President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a key roadblock to approval of the new North American trade deal, industry and government sources familiar with the talks said today.
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.
Associated Press:
Trump delays imposing tariffs on auto imports and parts  —  President Donald Trump on Friday delayed any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto-part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting ongoing talks with European nations and Japan.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Jeff Stein / New Republic:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Daily Mail:
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