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9:35 AM ET, May 18, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, emptywheel and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Amid cooperation bid, Flynn messaged top Mueller critic in Congress
Discussion: Hot Air
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 and Mediaite
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.
Discussion: and Fortune
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Dem Louisiana governor prepared to sign fetal ‘heartbeat’ ban  —  Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is reportedly prepared to break with the Democratic Party to sign a bill banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat detected if it passes a final vote in the state House, The Associated Press reported.
Discussion: Fox News and
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.
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Abortion Is Morally Good  —  Abortion, Bill Clinton once said …
Discussion: and Spectator USA
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Scoop: Trump asked Steve Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Splinter and Mother Jones
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law  —  President Trump tried to give his latest attack on Mayor Bill de Blasio an aura of authority — but he may just have broken the law in the process.  —  While jetting on Air Force …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio admits first debate may be out of reach
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Which candidates have made the Democratic debate stage?
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Barr Again Casts Doubt on Russia Inquiry's Origins, Aligning With Trump's Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — When Attorney General William P. Barr described the early stages of the Russia investigation as “spying” on the Trump campaign, he prompted questions about whether he had used that word spontaneously …
Discussion: Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate
Discussion: The Week
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Researchers Say Many Of The Brexit Party's Twitter Followers Aren't Behaving Like Genuine Voters  —  High volumes.  Short intervals.  Odd times of day.  Twitter thinks this is the online behaviour of regular British voters, but researchers have raised doubts.
Channel 4 News:   Nigel Farage's funding secrets revealed
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.
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden heads to Philadelphia to give pitch on uniting the country  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden will head to Philadelphia Saturday, for the third and final phase of his presidential campaign rollout — making his pitch to unite the country.  —  Biden will hold his first campaign rally …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:   Joe Biden makes leadership hires for 2020 Iowa caucus campaign
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
‘I Did My Best to Stop American Foreign Policy’: Bernie Sanders on the 1980s  —  In an interview, one of the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination discusses his long-held opposition to war and his support for socialist leaders.  —  As Burlington's mayor from 1981 to 1989 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Arson Suspected in Three Fires At Jewish Centers  —  Fires at Jewish centers in Massachusetts were deliberately set, authorities now believe.  Two were an hour apart, and two struck one house the same week.  —  Police responded to reports of fires two Massachusetts cities Thursday night.
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.
Discussion: Fox News
Michael Heath / Bloomberg:
Ex-Australian PM Abbott Loses Seat in ‘Unprecedented’ Defeat  — Controversial minister is defeated by former Olympic skier  — Predicted ‘stupendous’ victory for Coalition in upbeat speech  —  Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been soundly defeated in his formerly ultra-safe seat …
Discussion: BBC and The Guardian
Adam Mill / American Greatness:
How the FBI Broke the Rules Using Christopher Steele  —  Attorney General Bill Barr recently asked a question that all Americans should be asking: “How did we get to the point where . . . the evidence is now that the president was falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused …
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
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
How Europe's ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism  —  Was it an invitation to cocktails or the start of a far-right conspiracy?  In Europe, these days, it can be hard to tell.  But this week Austrian media are reporting that the links between Martin Sellner and Brenton Tarrant were rather more extensive.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar struggles with questions on late-term abortions when pressed by Meghan McCain
Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Breitbart
Associated Press:
Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA
Discussion: The Week
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Business Insider:
UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies
The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists
Discussion: National Review
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