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1:05 PM ET, May 18, 2019


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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.
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 …
Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
Does Anyone Actually Want Joe Biden to Be President?
Discussion: Opinion Today
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:   Joe Biden makes leadership hires for 2020 Iowa caucus campaign
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Amid cooperation bid, Flynn messaged top Mueller critic in Congress
Discussion: Hot Air
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller's House testimony likely off until at least June
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 …
CBS News:
Democratic governor ready to sign Louisiana abortion ban bill  —  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.  They refused.
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
Discussion: Fox News and
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Abortion Is Morally Good  —  Abortion, Bill Clinton once said …
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: Politico, The Week, CNN and Mediaite
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
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result
Wall Street Journal:
Australia's Conservatives Win Surprise Election Victory
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Wants to Destroy the Best Schools Poor Urban Kids Have  —  Bernie Sanders today is announcing the foundation of his K-12 education plan, which is to crack down on public charter schools.  If enacted, the Sanders plan would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bernie Sanders unveils plan to reform public education system
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
DNC Finance Chair Affirms Neutrality In Response To Concerns From Bernie Sanders Allies
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Trump admin not sending migrants to Florida after backlash  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not plan to send migrant families to Florida after reports about a Trump administration proposal resulted in backlash from local and state officials this week.
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel and IJR
New York Times:   Trump Administration Flying Migrants Out of Texas to Ease Overcrowding at Border
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Fran Lebowitz Apologizes After Telling Bill Maher U.S. Should Give Donald Trump To Saudis Who Killed Khashoggi  —  Fran Lebowitz said she regrets that “everyone misinterpreted” her comment onb Bill Maher's Real Time Friday night, when she suggested the U.S. turn President Donald Trump …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Trump ‘deserves’ Khashoggi treatment, Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says before backpedaling
Discussion: Conservative News Today and IJR
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
'It's entirely inappropriate': Trump shot a political video on Air Force One  —  Seated behind a desk on Air Force One, the presidential seal over his left shoulder, President Trump shot a short video Thursday, blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's entry into the 2020 race.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law
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.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
The Hell of Working at Trump's New Favorite Network  —  Conspiracy theories, racist outbursts, and a whole lot of Putin love.  Working for the far-right One America News Network was a deeply weird experience, former employees say.  —  Ernest Champell realized there was something unusual …
Discussion: Raw Story
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Trump Administration Defies Tax Return Subpoena  —  Federal law says Congress can have the documents.  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says no.  —  WASHINGTON ― Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the administration will not comply with a subpoena for copies …
NBC News:
Treasury Dept. refuses to comply with Democrats' subpoenas for Trump tax returns, court fight likely
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why This Political Fight In Michigan Should Matter To Democrats Everywhere  —  It's a test of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's leadership — and whether her party can convince voters better public services are worth higher taxes.  —  WARREN, Mich. ― Mechanic Jay Buni knows all about the …
Mara Gay / New York Times:
When Will Eric Garner Get Justice?  —  Mayor de Blasio owes Mr. Garner's family — and the city — answers.  —  Ms. Gay is a member of the editorial board.  —  As Eric Garner lay dying, he was gasping for air and bleeding in his neck and eyes.  The arm of a New York City police officer was pressed hard against his throat.
Discussion: Reason and VICE News
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.
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 …
Fedor Indutny /
Mayor Pete and the Order of the Kong: How Buttigieg's Harvard pals helped spur his rise in politics  —  A tired-looking Senator Ted Kennedy was nearing the end of a question-and-answer session with students at Harvard's Institute of Politics when a young man in a white button-down shirt approached the microphone.
Constance Grady / Vox:
The Mueller report holds the top 3 slots on the New York Times best-seller list  —  And the rest of the week's best writing on books and related subjects.  —  Welcome to Vox's weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet's best writing on books and related subjects.
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
Where women call the shots  —  The nation's first majority-female legislature is currently meeting in Nevada.  Carson City may never be the same.  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. — She didn't plan to say it.  Yvanna Cancela, a newly elected Democrat in the Nevada Senate, didn't want to “sound crass.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio targets ‘Con Don’ on Iowa stump
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Accidentally Raised Taxes on the Children of Dead Veterans
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor.  His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software.
Brenda Wineapple / New York Times:
Impeachment Is a Form of Hope
John Binder / Breitbart:
Trump Plan Mandates E-Verify, Protecting U.S. Jobs for Americans
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
The U.S. sanctions a key organizer of the murder of Boris Nemtsov
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Barr Again Casts Doubt on Russia Inquiry's Origins, Aligning With Trump's Attacks
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
How Europe's ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism
 Earlier Items: 
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
This month's abortion laws are anything but conservative
Discussion: Splinter and Mother Jones
Chester Dawson / Bloomberg:
Toyota Rebukes Trump for Sending Message That Carmaker ‘Not Welcomed’ in U.S.
Discussion: Featured News | Hub and Raw Story
Washington Post:
No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated
Discussion: Mercury News
The Daily Beast:
DHS Urges Cybersecurity Staff to ‘Deploy’ to Border Instead
Discussion: Axios