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7:05 PM ET, May 18, 2019

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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump Shows Signs He Will Pardon Servicemen Accused or Convicted of War Crimes  —  President Trump has requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed to pardon several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes — including high-profile cases of murder …
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals  —  Trump pardons ex-Army officer sentenced for killing Iraqi prisoner  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has requested paperwork allowing him to move forward quickly with pardons for accused US war criminals, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
NEWS.com.au:
Scott Morrison clinches unlikely victory over Bill Shorten in bombshell election result
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
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
Austrian government collapses after far right leader caught in video sting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and 444
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Salvini rally rumbled by Austrian far-right scandal
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Austrian government collapses over Russia scandal
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker says Trump's conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a critic of President Trump who has entertained a run against him in 2020, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michigan GOP congressman says Trump's conduct impeachable
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Townhall
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
USGA investigates after golf scores ‘erroneously’ recorded for Trump  —  The U.S. Golf Association (USGA) says it is looking into unflattering golf scores that it said were “erroneously” recorded for President Trump this week.  —  Scores of 101, 100, 108 and 102 were posted Friday under …
Discussion: Golfweek, Lawyers, Guns & Money and CNN
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BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Fix Racial Segregation In American Schools  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders released a plan Saturday to repair the American public education system that focuses on ending school segregation and racial discrimination against students …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Wants to Destroy the Best Schools Poor Urban Kids Have
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Bernie Sanders unveils plan to reform public education system
Discussion: The Daily Beast and KTLA
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Sen. Bernie Sanders' education plan nixes for-profit charter school funding
Discussion: The Week, Vox and Citizen Times
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
Just Security:
The Balance Has Shifted: The Data on Impeachment Favor Moving Ahead  —  [Editor's note: Just Security is publishing a series in conversation with Sidney Blumenthal's “An Open Memo: Comparison of Clinton Impeachment, Nixon Impeachment and Trump Pre-Impeachment.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
Jack Shepherd / The Independent:
Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked in the back while attending event in South Africa  —  The actor was at Arnold Classic Africa when he was attacked  —  Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked while on a trip to South Africa.  —  The former Governor of California was attending …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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: Law & Crime and Daily Kos
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Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
President Trump's Air Force One video trashing Mayor Bill de Blasio may have violated law
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 …
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.
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.
Yashar Ali / CNN:
In San Francisco, an attack on press freedoms and echoes of autocracy  —  PEN America president optimistic in face of press arrests  —  Yashar Ali is a contributor to HuffPost and New York Magazine.  Follow him @yashar.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: Mercury News
Jennifer Bellamy / WXIA-TV:
District attorneys from across metro Atlanta say they won't prosecute women for abortions  —  A big concern surrounding Georgia's “heartbeat” law is whether a woman could be prosecuted for terminating a pregnancy.  —  District attorneys across metro Atlanta have said they would not prosecute …
Discussion: Townhall and Big League Politics
 
 
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
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CBS News:
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
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Jill Filipovic / New York Times:
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Mara Gay / New York Times:
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Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
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Adam Mill / American Greatness:
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