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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’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says Democrats playing ‘a bit of a game’ on infrastructure
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News' Chris Wallace: Bill Barr ‘Clearly Is Protecting’ Trump
Discussion: Contemptor
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Barr says review of Russia investigation raising more questions, calls Pelosi claim he lied to Congress ‘laughable’
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Barr says review of Russia investigation origins could lead to FBI rule changes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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—’  —  President Trump on Friday railed against the use of anonymous sources in news reports about his administration, calling it “bullshit.”  —  The president went on a tangent during remarks to the National Association of Realtors in Washington …
Mitchell Prothero / Medium:
The Trump Administration Has No Idea What It's Doing With Iran
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
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Would Democrats Restore Roe If Republicans Overturned It?
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court should have never intervened on abortion
Discussion: Reuters
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
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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  —  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.
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 …
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Omer Aziz / New York Times:
Liberals Are Wrong to Reject Trump's Immigration Plan  —  No amount of multicultural sloganeering will assuage Americans' concerns that the immigration system is broken.  —  Every time I hear that President Trump is talking about immigrants, I wonder what cruel language he has come up with to describe us …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump lifts metals tariffs, easing passage of new North American trade deal  —  The Trump administration has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to lift steel and aluminum tariffs immediately, marking a major step forward on the path to approval of the new North American trade agreement.
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.
Orion Donovan-Smith / Washington Post:
A GOP lawmaker used the phrase ‘consensual rape’ during abortion debate.  He says he misspoke.  —  A Republican Missouri legislator said the majority of sexual assaults are either “date rapes or consensual rapes” during a debate in the State House over a bill that would ban abortions at eight weeks.
 
 
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
White House Considering Derek Kan for Federal Reserve Board Seat
Discussion: Axios
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The raging controversy over Ronald Sullivan, Harvey Weinstein, and Harvard, explained
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
New far-reaching abortion bans too extreme for some Republican leaders
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Countervailing powers: an old, important idea that helps explain the 2020 Democratic primary
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Wouldn't You Like to Know If Trump Can Be Bribed?
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Buttigieg wields his military credentials: 'It's not like I killed Bin Laden,' but it was dangerous
Tracy Wright / Daily Mail:
Emily Ratajkowski poses naked to decry ‘25 old white men’ …
Discussion: Common Dreams