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10:55 PM ET, May 17, 2019


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Abortion Is Morally Good  —  Abortion, Bill Clinton once said …
Discussion: and Spectator USA
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
Congressional Action to Protect Choice
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman ‘personally’ supports rape, incest exceptions to abortion bans
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump asked Steve Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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: CNN, Political Wire and Mediaite
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
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:   Trump Administration Defies Tax Return Subpoena
NBC News:
Treasury Dept. refuses to comply with Democrats' subpoenas for Trump tax returns, court fight likely
Discussion: RedState
Doug Sword / Roll Call:
Mnuchin refuses to comply with subpoenas for Trump tax returns
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Mediaite
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Mnuchin rejects Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, The Week and Axios
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
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Rep. Jordan: Report confirms denials of knowledge of sexual abuse at Ohio State
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA  —  The Trump administration acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner when it sought to end the Obama-era program, the three-judge panel said.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an …
Discussion: The Week
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
Trump risks credibility with policy that veers between threats and inaction  —  As Iran girds for possible war with the United States, President Trump may turn out to be the best friend it has.  —  Despite the saber-rattling of senior aides and Trump's own tweets, when push has come to shove …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
War Games: Trump, Bolton, and the Alleged March to Fight Iran
Discussion: On Point and CNN
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:   In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate
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
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War’ author Herman Wouk has died  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Wouk, the versatile, Pulitzer Prize winning author of such million-selling novels as “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War” whose steady Jewish faith inspired his stories of religious values and secular success, died on Friday at 103.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Which candidates have made the Democratic debate stage?  —  After being criticized for setting up the 2016 debate structure in a way that benefited Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee is going out of its way to host as many candidates as possible on the debate stage.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio admits first debate may be out of reach
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Buttigieg hits Trump over Stormy Daniels payoff, questions support from ‘religious right’
Discussion: Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Where women call the shots
Sam Coates / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Boris Johnson crushes leadership rivals in poll of Tory members
Washington Post:
No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar struggles with questions on late-term abortions when pressed by Meghan McCain
Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Breitbart
Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organised tanker attacks
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
The Messiness of Reproduction and the Dishonesty of Anti-Abortion Propaganda
Discussion: The Gospel Coalition
The Democratic Coalition:
Lindsey Graham, Russian Oil Money & A Campaign Finance Scandal
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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
Secretive conservative legal group funded by $17 million mystery donor before Kavanaugh fight
Discussion: Raw Story
Caught in the Trap  —  Heinz-Christian Strache, the head …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders Used His Campaign Data To Drive Turnout On Strike Picket Lines
Discussion: Splinter
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Taibbi's ‘Liberal Embrace of War’ Screed Cites Zero Liberals Embracing War
Discussion: Rolling Stone and @politifact