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8:30 AM ET, May 19, 2019

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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes  —  President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.
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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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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Breaking With Party, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says Trump's Conduct Reaches ‘Threshold of Impeachment’  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Justin Amash, an iconoclastic Republican of Michigan who has considered a run against President Trump in 2020, became the first member of his party serving in Congress …
CNN:
GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michigan GOP congressman says Trump's conduct impeachable
Discussion: RedState, Rolling Stone and Al Jazeera
Damien Cave / New York Times:
It Was Supposed to Be Australia's Climate Change Election.  What Happened?  —  SYDNEY, Australia — The polls said this would be Australia's climate change election, when voters confronted harsh reality and elected leaders who would tackle the problem.  —  And in some districts, it was true …
Discussion: New York Sun and The Guardian
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: Big Election Upset in Australia
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
New York Times:
Austrian Leader Calls for Snap Election After Far-Right Vice Chancellor Resigns  —  BERLIN — Austria's chancellor called for snap elections after the country's far-right vice chancellor resigned on Saturday over a secretly filmed video from 2017 that showed him promising government contracts …
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Austrian government collapses over Russia scandal
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 Aguilar / Comic Book:
DC Comics Sent Cease And Desist Over Cover Depicting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez As Wonder Woman  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making waves in Washington DC, but she's also making waves in the comics world too, though for different reasons.  Ocasio-Cortez is the subject of a new comic …
Golfweek:
President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter  —  President Trump is at the center of another hacking incident, but this one doesn't involve Wikileaks.  —  Four scores were posted to Trump's USGA-administered GHIN handicap system on Friday …
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
USGA investigates after golf scores ‘erroneously’ recorded for Trump
Discussion: Golfweek and Lawyers, Guns & Money
NBC News:
Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated  —  The children were separated from their parents before the government's “zero tolerance” policy went into effect in May 2018.  —  The Trump administration has identified at least 1,712 migrant children …
Jon Stone / The Independent:
Nigel Farage facing investigation by EU authorities over lavish gifts from millionaire tycoon  —  Exclusive: Brexit Party leader failed to declare £450,000 allegedly spent on him by Arron Banks, MEP claims  —  Nigel Farage is facing an investigation by European parliament authorities …
Discussion: Politico, BBC and Channel 4 News
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
‘I get the same intel:’ Iran threat exaggerated by GOP hawks, Rep. Gallego says  —  Intelligence information bent to justify war in the Middle East is eerily familiar ground to Rep. Ruben Gallego.  The Arizona Democrat served as a Marine infantryman in Iraq in 2005, after the George W. Bush administration's …
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Removed Missile Threat From Some Boats
Discussion: Jacobin
Martin Vassolo / Miami Herald:
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will run for Miami-Dade County Commission  —  Thrust into the national spotlight and a life of activism after the shooting of her teenage son, Sybrina Fulton has spent the better part of the last seven years advocating for an end to gun violence and promoting social justice.
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
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
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally  —  PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr., sometimes known to Democrats in this city as Pennsylvania's “third senator,” returned to the state of his birth on Saturday to deliver a forceful call for national unity …
Discussion: UPI, The Gateway Pundit and Politico
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat  —  'Fraser Anning goes back to where he came from ... he won't be in the Parliament'  —  The anti-immigration politician egged by a teenage boy earlier this year has lost his seat …
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Abortion and the Future of the New South
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
Washington Post:
Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters
Jennifer Bellamy / WXIA-TV:
District attorneys from across metro Atlanta say they won't prosecute women for abortions
Discussion: Townhall and Big League Politics
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Jim Jordan Claims Vindication, but Inquiry Says Talk of Abuse at Ohio State Was Rampant
Discussion: Slate
Jack Shepherd / The Independent:
Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked in the back while attending event in South Africa
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
AG Barr's FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within
CBS News:
Democratic governor ready to sign Louisiana abortion ban bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why This Political Fight In Michigan Should Matter To Democrats Everywhere
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Accidentally Raised Taxes on the Children of Dead Veterans
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
The Hell of Working at Trump's New Favorite Network
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
A Genuine Populist is Running for West Virginia Governor.  His Donor Rolls Broke the State's Campaign Finance Software.