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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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway scrambles after accusing Pelosi of being anti-woman: ‘She treats me like her maid’
CNN:   Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blowup
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:   War of words intensifies between Trump, Democratic leaders inspires #TrumpMustResign
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Banker Accused of Arranging $16 Million in Loans to Manafort to Gain High-Level Trump Post  —  Stephen M. Calk, the chairman of a small Chicago bank, sought positions including secretary of the Treasury, prosecutors said.  —  The chairman of a Chicago bank has been indicted in Manhattan …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Bank CEO charged with approving loans for Manafort to score senior Trump post
Mad Dog PAC:   Stephen Calk JUSTICE AWAITS YOU FINALLY updated
New York Times:
Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues  —  WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader, has been indicted on 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange charged with violating Espionage Act  —  Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of violating the Espionage Act, bringing against him a new, 18-count indictment alleging he unlawfully obtained and disclosed national defense information.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise  —  In recent weeks, as most of the attention in the chattering classes has focused on Joe Biden's presidential bid, something interesting has been going on a bit below the surface: Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the solidly third-place candidate behind Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: CNN and Vox
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are More Moderate Democrats More Electable?
Discussion: The Poll Bludger and The Economist
David Siders / Politico:
Inside the 2020 Democrats' survival strategies
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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.
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
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
Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
IR Theory and ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Both Fantasies  —  They draw on the same narrow slice of European history—and get it wrong anyway.  —  Since the start of the series, Game of Thrones has been catnip for scholars of world politics and foreign policy.  —  They eagerly applied their talents …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon, White House to Discuss Plan for More Mideast Troops
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
VA employee charged with hiding cameras in women's restroom
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘100%’ of illegal immigrant families released into U.S.: DHS
Discussion: IJR
HuffPost:
National Democrats Are Set To Help 2 Abortion Opponents Win Governorships
Discussion: ABC News, Denver Post and CNN
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Let's Not Forget the Establishment Clause
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Geoffrey Rush Awarded $1.9 Million in #MeToo Defamation Case
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Democrats ramp up pressure on Trump for answers on ‘outrageous’ …
Carissa House-Dunphy / Bipartisan Report:
Dem Coalition Calls Out Trump For Harassing Americans Like Master Trolls
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Rolls Out $16 Billion Farm-Aid Program
Discussion: Mother Jones and Cafe Hayek
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
I Wrote to John Walker Lindh. He Wrote Back.
Discussion: Washington Post, Law & Crime and NPR
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship
Discussion: RedState
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’