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8:00 AM ET, May 18, 2019


 Top Items: 
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  —  Just months into a cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, former national security adviser Michael Flynn sent an unsolicited text message to one of President Donald Trump's top allies in Congress, urging him to “keep the pressure on.”
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
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
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Abortion Is Morally Good  —  Abortion, Bill Clinton once said …
Discussion: and Spectator USA
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's silence on Alabama abortion bill is golden for activists
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: CNN, Joe.My.God., Bloomberg and Mediaite
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Ohio State officials failed to act as doctor abused 177 athletes over nearly two decades
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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 …
Michael Heath / Bloomberg:
Ex-Australia PM Abbott Set to Lose Seat in ‘Unprecedented’ Loss  —  Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to have been soundly defeated in his formerly ultra-safe seat on Sydney's wealthy north shore in Saturday's election, ending a 25-year parliamentary career.
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
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio admits first debate may be out of reach  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged Friday he may not qualify for the first presidential debate next month, but argued that isn't a telltale sign about his overall chances of winning the Democratic nomination.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Which candidates have made the Democratic debate stage?
Discussion: Boston Globe and NTK Network
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
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 …
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: Raw Story, Breitbart and Contemptor
Tyler O'Neil / PJ Media Home:
‘Ideological Enforcement:’ Twitter Blocks Heritage Foundation Director Over Trans Sports Tweet  —  On Wednesday, Twitter suspended the account of Greg Scott, director of media at The Heritage Foundation.  Scott had tweeted out an article about a male who identifies as a woman and who was booted from competing in women's weightlifting.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, RedState and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
No Mueller, no McGahn and stalled investigations leave House Democrats frustrated  —  An increasing number of House Democrats are frustrated by their stalled investigations into President Trump, with an uncooperative chief executive, their own leader's reluctance about impeachment and courts that could be slow to resolve the standoff.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Low-Income College Students Are Being Taxed Like Trust-Fund Babies  —  WASHINGTON — A little-noticed provision in President Trump's sprawling new tax law is treating middle- and low-income college students as if they are trust-fund babies, taxing sizable financial aid packages at a rate …
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.”
Business Insider:
UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-testing startup  — Buzzy Silicon Valley startup uBiome, which was geared at highlighting the importance of the microbiome for human health, is under federal investigation.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA  —  The Trump administration acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner when it sought to end the Obama-era program, the three-judge panel said.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an …
Discussion: The Week
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden's Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute  —  Breitbart News has exclusively obtained a heretofore unreported-on police report from days before the 2016 presidential election that describes …
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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Channel 4 News:
Nigel Farage's funding secrets revealed
Sam Coates / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Boris Johnson crushes leadership rivals in poll of Tory members
Associated Press:
In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump asked Steve Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar struggles with questions on late-term abortions when pressed by Meghan McCain
Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Breitbart
Exclusive: Insurer says Iran's Guards likely to have organised tanker attacks
 Earlier Items: 
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
Howard Altman / Military Times:
Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
US ambassador to Germany ruffles State Department with budget stand
Omer Aziz / New York Times:
Liberals Are Wrong to Reject Trump's Immigration Plan
Discussion: Vox
The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists
Discussion: National Review
BuzzFeed News:
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