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5:05 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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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Barr says review of Russia investigation origins could lead to FBI rule changes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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—’
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.
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
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: VICE and Mediaite
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Mnuchin rejects Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Axios
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: Breitbart and Contemptor
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Barr: The allegation I lied to Congress is ‘laughable’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Victor Garcia / Fox News:
AG Bill Barr tells Fox News public must know if officials ‘put their thumb on the scale’ in Russia probe
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says Democrats playing ‘a bit of a game’ on infrastructure
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman ‘personally’ supports rape, incest exceptions to abortion bans
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Would Democrats Restore Roe If Republicans Overturned It?
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 …
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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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court should have never intervened on abortion
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former CIA Officer Sentenced to Prison for Espionage  —  Kevin Patrick Mallory, 62, of Leesburg, Virginia, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted under the Espionage Act for conspiracy to transmit national defense information …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
US ambassador to Germany ruffles State Department with budget stand  —  U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is shaking up the State Department by not asking for an advanced funding increase for the American embassy in Berlin, defying one of Washington's customary budget practices.
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.
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 …
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.
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: Progress Pond and Political Wire
 
 
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Howard Altman / Military Times:
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Omer Aziz / New York Times:
Liberals Are Wrong to Reject Trump's Immigration Plan
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Mike Stunson / Lexington Herald-Leader:
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Countervailing powers: an old, important idea that helps explain the 2020 Democratic primary
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Fact-Checkers Give Stacey Abrams a Pass on Victory Claim
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Wouldn't You Like to Know If Trump Can Be Bribed?
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Tracy Wright / Daily Mail:
Emily Ratajkowski poses naked to decry ‘25 old white men’ …
Discussion: Common Dreams