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3:10 PM ET, May 17, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: On Point and CNN
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Mitchell Prothero / Medium:
The Trump Administration Has No Idea What It's Doing With Iran
Vali Nasr / Washington Post:
Iranians do want regime change — but not the kind Washington hawks are pushing
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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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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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court should have never intervened on abortion
Discussion: Reuters and Common Dreams
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Would Democrats Restore Roe If Republicans Overturned It?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why the Michael Flynn revelations are so important  —  The Post reports: … The voice mail was from John Dowd, President Trump's former personal lawyer who, according to The Post, “tried to learn whether Flynn had any problematic information about the president after Flynn's attorney signaled …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan: Report confirms denials of knowledge of sexual abuse at Ohio State  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Friday that he felt vindicated by an investigative report that cited no evidence that he knew about alleged sexual abuse three decades ago at Ohio State University when he worked as an assistant wrestling coach.
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:   Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades
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 …
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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
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Barr says review of Russia investigation raising more questions, calls Pelosi claim he lied to Congress ‘laughable’
Discussion: Breitbart
BuzzFeed News:
This Is The Story Tony Robbins Doesn't Want You To Read  —  Tony Robbins claims he has helped millions of fans overcome some of life's darkest difficulties.  But leaked records reveal he has used his fame to berate victims of rape and violence, while female former staffers and followers …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
House passes bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity  —  The House passed legislation Friday to amend the decades-old Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  —  Despite a sea change in the past decade …
Discussion: Axios and Mother Jones
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German Lopez / Vox:
The House just passed a sweeping LGBTQ rights bill
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Raw Story and UPI
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
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: Rolling Stone and @politifact
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
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
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: Raw Story, The Daily Beast and The Week
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
‘Big 4’ leaders to begin talks with White House on ambitious budget deal
Discussion: CNN and Fox News
The City:
Mayor de Blasio Owes Unpaid Legal Bill to Firm Lobbying His Office  —  A law firm Mayor Bill de Blasio owes more than $300,000 in unpaid legal bills to has targeted the mayor's office — and even the mayor himself — to lobby for clients that include Disney, an examination by THE CITY found.
Discussion: Gothamist, Vox and BuzzFeed News
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment  —  From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’  —  The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.
Anatoly Kurmanaev / New York Times:
Venezuela's Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say  —  Butchers have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal, fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can afford.  —  MARACAIBO, Venezuela — Zimbabwe's collapse under Robert Mugabe.
Dina Zirlott / HuffPost:
I'm From Alabama And Gave Birth To My Rapist's Child Because I Couldn't Get An Abortion  —  I will tell you what I know of the way silence grows roots inside of a person, until all that is left is a brutal, crushing vacancy where a voice ought to be.  —  I was 17 when I was raped by a classmate.
CNN:
Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools  —  (CNN)In a major education policy speech set to be delivered Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders will call for a ban on all for-profit charter schools, a position that puts him directly at odds with the Trump administration and becoming …
Discussion: Political Wire
Süddeutsche.de:
Caught in the Trap  —  Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria's right-wing populist FPÖ party, met with a purported Russian multimillionaire on Ibiza in July 2017.  She offered him campaign support in exchange for public contracts.  What he didn't know was that the entire exchange was being recorded by hidden cameras.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IndieWire
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists  —  The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.  —  Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten …
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
White House Considering Derek Kan for Federal Reserve Board Seat  — Kan is undersecretary at Transportation Department under Chao  — Trump has struggled to find candidates to fill two Fed seats  —  The White House is considering Derek Kan, an undersecretary at the Department of Transportation …
Discussion: Axios
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.
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Missouri lawmakers send strict antiabortion bill to governor, joining wave of conservative states  —  Missouri lawmakers have passed a strict antiabortion bill that will criminalize the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy, following several other conservative states that have approved similar measures.
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
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders Used His Campaign Data To Drive Turnout On Strike Picket Lines
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Washington Post:
Poll: Washington-area residents widely oppose paying a toll to drive into downtown D.C.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The raging controversy over Ronald Sullivan, Harvey Weinstein, and Harvard, explained
Discussion: The New Neo
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Countervailing powers: an old, important idea that helps explain the 2020 Democratic primary
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee chairwoman says she is personally opposed to Alabama abortion law
Alex Conant / FIREHOUSE Strategies:
EXCLUSIVE SURVEY: What Game of Thrones Watchers Think Ahead of Final Episode
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Buttigieg wields his military credentials: 'It's not like I killed Bin Laden,' but it was dangerous
Washington Post:
Russian government hackers targeted small county in Florida panhandle in 2016
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Florida Politics