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1:55 PM ET, May 18, 2019


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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Australia Election Results: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Seizes a Stunning Win  —  SYDNEY, Australia — Scott Morrison, Australia's conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave — the “quiet Australians,” he termed it …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: Big Election Upset in Australia  —  Australia held a national election yesterday which all of the polls predicted for weeks would be won handily by the Labour Party.  The ruling Liberal Party (which is the conservative party in Australian politics because they still understand …
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result  —  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has swept to a sensational win over Bill Shorten in a shock election result that keeps the Coalition in power.  —  Federal Election 2019: The best photos from ScoMo's campaign1:48
Michael Heath / Bloomberg:
Ex-Australian PM Abbott Loses Seat in ‘Unprecedented’ Defeat
Discussion: BBC and The Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Australia's Conservatives Win Surprise Election Victory
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: Mediaite
Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
Does Anyone Actually Want Joe Biden to Be President?  —  What ‘electability’ seems to mean in 2020 — and what it meant in 2018.  —  The most important requirement for the Democratic Party's presidential nominee?  Electability.  It matters more, we keep hearing, than nominating a candidate who has good policies.
Discussion: Opinion Today
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden heads to Philadelphia to give pitch on uniting the country
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: Talking Points Memo
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller's House testimony likely off until at least June
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
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 …
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Sen. Bernie Sanders' education plan nixes for-profit charter school funding
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Citizen Times
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bernie Sanders unveils plan to reform public education system
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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.
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law
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
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.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Dem Louisiana governor prepared to sign fetal ‘heartbeat’ ban
Discussion: Fox News and
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
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
New York Times:
Austria Appears Headed for Snap Election After Vice Chancellor Resigns Over Video Sting  —  BERLIN — Austria appeared on Saturday to be headed for snap elections after the country's far-right vice chancellor resigned over a secretly filmed video that showed him promising government contracts …
Discussion: NPR, Hullabaloo, Bloomberg and Politico
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:   How Europe's ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism
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.
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
AG Barr's FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within  —  By perpetuating Trump's falsehoods about the FBI and Mueller's report, Barr has become the kind of threat capable of doing severe harm.  —  On Monday, Attorney General William Barr, acting more like defense counsel …
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 …
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor.  His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software.  —  When Stephen Noble Smith's campaign sought to present its 62-page finance filings to the West Virginia secretary of state, something went wrong.
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.
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
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox News and Breitbart
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
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Brenda Wineapple / New York Times:
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
DNC Finance Chair Affirms Neutrality In Response To Concerns From Bernie Sanders Allies
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Mara Gay / New York Times:
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Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
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Adam Mill / American Greatness:
How the FBI Broke the Rules Using Christopher Steele
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Trump Administration Defies Tax Return Subpoena
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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