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6:50 PM ET, May 23, 2019

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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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump talks ‘Crazy Nancy’ Pelosi and treason at wild press conference  —  “When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I'll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues,” Pelosi shot back on Twitter.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Extremely stable genius’: Trump defends his mental fitness as he tears into Pelosi  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday called on his top aides to publicly state he was “calm” during the disastrous meeting with Democratic leaders the day before, as he hijacked an event with farmers to air …
Discussion: Fox News, Roll Call and Contemptor
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Kellyanne Conway scrambles after accusing Pelosi of being anti-woman: ‘She treats me like her maid’  —  Kellyanne Conway speaks to Fox News (screen grab)  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday frantically defended her attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who she alleged is anti-woman.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway accuses Pelosi of treating her like a ‘maid’
Discussion: Contemptor and Breitbart
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   Maria Bartiromo: ‘Is There Any Reason Why We Should Not Be Trusting President Trump?’
CNN:   Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blowup
Discussion: Breitbart
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:
Trump Justice Department Crosses New Line, Charges Assange With Publishing U.S. Secrets  —  For the first time in modern American history, the government indicts a publisher for revealing classified information.  —  In a stunning escalation of the Trump administration's war on the press …
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.
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
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Breaking: Nobody Knows What's Going to Happen in 2020  —  “Who's going to win?”  I am now asked all the time, by friends and family members, by people I speak to professionally: “What's going to happen?”  —  I don't know, I tell them.  I don't know.  I tell them what I hope will happen …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are More Moderate Democrats More Electable?
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
Discussion: Washington Post and 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  —  Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and failed congressional candidate running an upstart campaign for president, is virtually ensured a spot in the first series of Democratic debates next month.
New York Times:
Trump Officials Prepare to Bypass Congress to Sell Weapons to Gulf Nations  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars worth of munitions that are now on hold …
Discussion: CNN
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Colin H. Kahl / Washington Post:
This is how easily the U.S. and Iran could blunder into war
Will Steakin / ABC News:
GOP challenger Bill Weld turns up heat on Trump: ‘Seems he would prefer an Aryan nation’  —  President Donald Trump's lone Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, ratcheted up his attacks on the president Tuesday night.  —  Speaking at the first in a series …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Democrats ramp up pressure on Trump for answers on ‘outrageous’ $64M bailout to meatpacker controlled by Brazilian crooks  —  Sen. Tammy Baldwin called on President Trump Thursday to explain why more than $64 million meant for struggling American farmers ended up in the hands …
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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.”
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.
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
The ACLU Has Filed A $100-Million Claim Against The US Over The Fatal Border Patrol Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman  —  The ACLU of Texas on Thursday filed a $100-million claim for damages against the US government on behalf of the family of a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2018.
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 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
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 …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Trump declares man he appointed secretary of state ‘totally ill prepared and ill equipped’ for the job  —  President Trump on Thursday lashed out at Rex Tillerson after the former secretary of state  —  reportedly told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin …
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.
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Obama surprises kids at D.C. after-school program with pep talks and softball  —  Surprise, kiddos, it's former president Barack Obama!  —  The onetime commander in chief shocked local students attending after-school programs at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast D.C …
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and The Root
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Democrats' Wall Funding Lawsuit Runs Into a Skeptical U.S. Judge  — Washington judge hears three hours of arguments on Thursday  — House fighting to block Trump's plan to reallocate funds  —  A U.S. House of Representatives attempt to block President Donald Trump from spending …
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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.
 
 
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Marshall Zelinger / KUSA-TV:
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump makes unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery
Discussion: Fox News
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
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Discussion: IJR
Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
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HuffPost:
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Discussion: twitchy.com
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Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Gun Parkland Teen Kyle Kashuv Apologizes for ‘Inflammatory’ Racial Comments
Discussion: Reason