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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation …
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference  —  Calls for President Trump to resign began circulating on Twitter on Thursday morning, mocking the president for throwing a “#TrumpTantrum” and walking out of a meeting with Democratic leadership this week.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Maria Bartiromo: ‘Is There Any Reason Why We Should Not Be Trusting President Trump?’  —  Maria Bartiromo opened her titular Fox Business Network show Mornings with Maria Thursday morning with a bipartisan discussion over Wednesday's dramatic White House developments between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway accuses Pelosi of treating her like a ‘maid’  —  Kellyanne Conway escalated a feud with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, accusing the House speaker of treating her like “her maid” following the previous day's disastrous meeting on infrastructure.  —  Conway, a senior counselor to Trump …
Washington Post:
Pelosi says Trump wants to be impeached and is angry that House Democrats are not moving in that direction  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Thursday that President Trump wants to be impeached and said he is upset that House Democrats are not rushing in that direction right now …
CNN:   Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt
Associated Press:   War of words intensifies between Trump, Democratic leaders inspires #TrumpMustResign
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway scrambles after accusing Pelosi of being anti-woman: ‘She treats me like her maid’
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blowup
Discussion: Political Wire
Audrey Strauss / Justice News:
Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans  —  Ms. Strauss said: “As alleged, Stephen M. Calk abused the power entrusted to him as the top official of a federally insured bank by approving millions …
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Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
Kushner Replied ‘On It!’  After Manafort Sought Post for Banker  — Indictment doesn't name Trump insider who took up Calk's cause  — Evidence from Manafort trial shows request fielded by Kushner  —  Shortly after Donald Trump's 2016 election, his onetime campaign chief Paul Manafort wrote …
New York Times:   Banker Accused of Arranging $16 Million in Loans to Manafort to Gain High-Level Trump Post
Mad Dog PAC:   Stephen Calk JUSTICE AWAITS YOU FINALLY updated
Andrew Martin / Yahoo Finance:
Manafort Banker Charged With Bribery in Seeking Trump Post
Discussion: Daily Kos
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Bank CEO charged with approving loans for Manafort to score senior Trump post
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are More Moderate Democrats More Electable?  —  I have a dilemma for you, dear reader.  I have a righteous little bulletpoint-sized rant to make about ill-informed media coverage of polling in the recent Australian election.  But this column, Silver Bulletpoints, promises to give you three items …
Discussion: The Economist
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Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise
Discussion: CNN and Vox
David Siders / Politico:   Inside the 2020 Democrats' survival strategies
State Primary Schedule / Polls:
Women Rise in Dem 2020 Field  —  Biden maintains lead, but it's not as large among early state voters  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but some female candidates - namely Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Spirituality guru Marianne Williamson locks in 2020 debate spot
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
How Trump Broke the Freedom Caucus  —  Back in February 2018, I sat down with two leaders of the House Freedom Caucus to discuss, among other things, whether fiscal conservatism had gone extinct.  —  A few days earlier, with encouragement from his budget director, Mick Mulvaney …
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Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
My Rapist Apologized  —  I still needed an abortion.  —  My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion.  She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can't decide what I think about abortion.  I want to know what you think.”
Alex Crawford / Sky News:
Syria: Sky News witnesses horrors of Idlib as crew shelled by regime  —  Sky's Alex Crawford says the crew was attacked with tank shells, as an activist they were travelling with was hit by shrapnel.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  Sky News has gained exclusive access to the bombardment of Idlib …
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Rolls Out $16 Billion Farm-Aid Program  —  Direct payments to farmers is intended to offset impact of trade conflict with China  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration said it would spend $16 billion to offset the impact on American agriculture from the trade conflict with China …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Seeks to Avoid Planting Distortions With New Farm Aid
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris ‘very troubled’ by raid on SF journalist in Adachi leak  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris spoke out Thursday against the San Francisco police raid on a journalist's home in the investigation into a leaked police report on the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, saying she was “very troubled by what happened.”
Washington Post:
Putin out-prepared Trump in long, freewheeling meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel  —  Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany …
The Economist:
American voters don't care about the economy  —  If you're a Republican, it looks great—and vice versa  —  James carville, who worked for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, hung a sign in his Arkansas headquarters in 1992.  Designed to keep the candidate on-message, it read: “Change vs. more of the same.
Discussion: Raw Story
ProPublica:
TurboTax Uses A “Military Discount” to Trick Troops Into Paying to File Their Taxes  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Truth Behind Trump Tower Moscow: How Trump Risked Everything For A (Relatively) Tiny Deal  —  It's getting late, and Felix Sater—a onetime Trump partner, two-time convicted felon and longtime federal informant—sits in the back of a New York City restaurant, ready for a drink.
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
What Rod Rosenstein Knew When He Helped Trump Fire Comey  —  In May 2017, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agreed to assist President Trump in an effort to fire James Comey as FBI director despite Rosenstein's knowing beforehand that the president had devised a false cover story …
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Charges Assange With Publishing Classified Information, a Move Unprecedented in American History  —  In a stunning escalation of the war on the free press, the Trump administration has indicted a publisher for revealing government secrets. … In a stunning escalation …
VICE News:
Here Are the GOP's Secret Talking Points Defending Alabama's Abortion Law  —  WASHINGTON — In the days since Alabama's passage of the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, national Republicans have tried to distance themselves from its most controversial provisions that would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months  —  (CNN)The FBI has seen a significant rise in the number of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases in recent months, a senior FBI counterterrorism official said Thursday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report reveals new details about DOJ's seizing of AP phone records  —  With its latest leak indictment last week, the Department of Justice under Donald Trump is now on pace to break the previous record for prosecutions of journalists' sources, just two and a half years into its administration.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Gun Parkland Teen Kyle Kashuv Apologizes for ‘Inflammatory’ Racial Comments  —  Kyle Kashuv, an ex-Turning Point USA star, says he's sorry for ‘idiotic comments’ he made in text messages circulating among right-wing activists and Parkland students this week.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Geoffrey Rush Awarded $1.9 Million in #MeToo Defamation Case  —  Geoffrey Rush has been awarded $1.9 million after winning a defamation case against Australia's Nationwide News over a story published in the company's Daily Telegraph, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.
 
 
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Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Let's Not Forget the Establishment Clause
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Democrats ramp up pressure on Trump for answers on ‘outrageous’ …
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 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
I Wrote to John Walker Lindh. He Wrote Back.
Discussion: Law & Crime and NPR
Alan Dershowitz / The Hill:
Are investigations of Trump the new McCarthyism?
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
While teaching, Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters, charging as much as $675 an hour
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles
Discussion: Law & Crime and 444
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’