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6:35 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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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News' Chris Wallace: Bill Barr ‘Clearly Is Protecting’ Trump  —  'I suspect that as President Trump, who probably has watched some of this interview himself, is saying: 'Finally no Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr instead," Wallace added.  —  Reacting to a Fox News interview with Attorney General William Barr …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Contemptor
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Barr says review of Russia investigation origins could lead to FBI rule changes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Bill Barr vows to uncover ‘exactly what happened’ with Russia probe, says explanations have been ‘inadequate’
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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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysterical  —  I have been thinking, like so many people this week, about rage.  Who I'm mad at, what that anger's good for, how what makes me maddest is the way the madness has long gone unrespected, even by those who have relied on it for their gains.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court should have never intervened on abortion
Discussion: Reuters
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Would Democrats Restore Roe If Republicans Overturned It?
New York Times:
Steven Mnuchin Refuses to Comply With Subpoena for Trump's Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday refused to comply with a congressional subpoena to hand over President Trump's tax returns, a move that is likely to be the final step before the matter heads to the courts.
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg, Joe.My.God. and VICE
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Mnuchin rejects Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Doug Sword / Roll Call:
Mnuchin refuses to comply with subpoenas for Trump tax returns
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Mediaite
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Ohio State Finds Team Doctor Sexually Abused 177 Students  —  Ohio State has concluded that a team doctor sexually abused at least 177 men, including many varsity athletes, while working for the university in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.  The university also found that college officials knew …
Discussion: Associated Press and Slate
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades  —  Investigators from Perkins Coie, the law firm that was picked to conduct the independent investigation, reported that “Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male student-patients.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan: Report confirms denials of knowledge of sexual abuse at Ohio State
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman ‘personally’ supports rape, incest exceptions to abortion bans
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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Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Trump: Anonymous news sources are ‘bulls—’
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 …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Pete Buttigieg says Pence is advancing ‘homophobic policies’  —  The Democratic presidential contender says he doesn't know what's in the vice president's “heart” but his policies are “hurting” people.  —  CHICAGO — Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Friday accused Vice President Mike Pence …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Buttigieg hits Trump over Stormy Daniels payoff, questions support from ‘religious right’
Discussion: Breitbart
Kansas City Star:
Kansas' Kobach is weighing a Senate bid.  National Republicans are ready to stop him.  —  National Republicans are prepared to intervene in the Kansas Senate primary to ensure that conservative firebrand Kris Kobach does not win the party's nomination should he run, multiple sources told the Kansas City Star.
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.
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
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OpenSecrets.org:
Secretive conservative legal group funded by $17 million mystery donor before Kavanaugh fight
Discussion: Raw Story
The Democratic Coalition:
Lindsey Graham, Russian Oil Money & A Campaign Finance Scandal  —  The Democratic Coalition's ongoing investigation just uncovered the following evidence linking Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to Russian oil money and a campaign finance scandal.  —  Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch with US …
Business Insider:
UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-testing startup  — Buzzy Silicon Valley startup uBiome, which was geared at highlighting the importance of the microbiome for human health, is under federal investigation.
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies  —  WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision in President Trump's sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students as if they are trust-fund babies, taxing sizable financial aid packages at a rate …
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
The Messiness of Reproduction and the Dishonesty of Anti-Abortion Propaganda  —  Like the sleeper hit “Unplanned,” recent legislation in Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio strenuously avoids the complexities of pregnancy and childbirth.  —  In this spring's Christian niche-sensation movie “Unplanned …
Discussion: The Gospel Coalition
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: Vox, Joe.My.God., Splinter and Raw Story
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 and ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
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 …
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.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden's Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute  —  Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a heretofore unreported-on police report from days before the 2016 presidential election that describes …
German Lopez / Vox:
The House just passed a sweeping LGBTQ rights bill  —  The Equality Act would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people.  —  The US House of Representatives on Friday passed the Equality Act, a bill that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, the workplace, public accommodations, and other settings.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
To Contain Iran, Trump's Newest Line in the Sand Looks a Lot Like Obama's  —  WASHINGTON — Pressed this week to define President Trump's goals in escalating military and economic pressure on Iran, one of his top foreign policy aides ticked through a familiar list: End the country's support for terrorism …
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
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Roger Stone Needs Your Help to Maintain His Standard of Living  —  His wife is “embarrassed to write” a letter asking for cash to pay living expenses.  But she does anyhow.  —  King Con Roger Stone hasn't been having the greatest 2019.  After riding high throughout the 2016 election cycle …
 
 
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Brad Brooks / Reuters:
Exclusive: FBI targets Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, GE, Philips in Brazil graft case - sources
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Germany denounces BDS as ‘anti-Semitic,’ reminiscent of Nazi-era boycotts
Discussion: Daily Wire
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed
Howard Altman / Military Times:
Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
US ambassador to Germany ruffles State Department with budget stand
Omer Aziz / New York Times:
Liberals Are Wrong to Reject Trump's Immigration Plan
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
White House Considering Derek Kan for Federal Reserve Board Seat
Discussion: Observer and Axios
Dina Zirlott / HuffPost:
I'm From Alabama And Gave Birth To My Rapist's Child Because I Couldn't Get An Abortion
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The raging controversy over Ronald Sullivan, Harvey Weinstein, and Harvard, explained
Discussion: The New Neo
Mike Stunson / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Matt Bevin tells Tucker Carlson that abortion bans will benefit African Americans
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Me Too Backlash Is Getting Worse
Discussion: Glamour and Fortune