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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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Devotes Press Conference to Instructing Aides to Explain That He's Definitely Not Mad  —  He claims Nancy Pelosi has ‘lost it,’ while he remains an ‘extremely stable genius.’  —  Accused of having a temper tantrum at a White House the day before, President Donald Trump did what anyone trying …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Jumps Into Impeachment Fray With Both Feet  —  WASHINGTON — The idea was to talk about relief for farmers hurt by tariffs, with a couple of them standing behind him in cowboy hats.  But it did not take long on Thursday for President Trump to go off on “Crazy Nancy” and “Crying Chuck” …
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Are ‘Not on a Path to Impeachment’  —  WASHINGTON — The war of words between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated in dramatic fashion on Thursday, with each leader questioning the other's temperament and mental fitness in an extraordinary exchange of personal insults.
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 …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Pelosi figures out Trump's game
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Impeaching Trump Is Risky. So Is Refusing To.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Gets White House Witnesses to Attest to His ‘Very Calm’ Demeanor
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Watch This Very Carefully  —  As Kate Riga reported earlier …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   Fox & Friends Correct Record After Diamond & Silk Mock Nancy Pelosi for Slurring Her Words: ‘Not a Real Video’
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are getting sucked into Trump's chaos vortex
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
WHOOPS: Giuliani Busted With Doctored Pelosi Video As He Tweets About Integrity
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
USA Today:
Donald Trump, put on your billionaire britches and act like a president
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill, ABC News and NB Blog
New York Times:
Trump Gives Attorney General Sweeping Power in Review of 2016 Campaign Inquiry  —  President Trump took extraordinary steps on Thursday to give Attorney General William P. Barr sweeping new authorities to conduct a review into how the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia were investigated …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump orders declassification of information related to origins of Russia probe
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Trump signs declassification memo
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Poolreports / Public Pool:
Subject: Memorandum on Agency Cooperation with Attorney General's Review of Intelligence …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Washington Post:
‘He always brings them up’: Trump tries to steer border wall deal to North Dakota firm  —  President Trump has personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to award a border wall contract to a North Dakota construction firm whose top executive is a GOP donor …
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN, The Week, Vanity Fair and Slate
BBC:
Theresa May to resign as prime minister  —  Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.  —  In an emotional statement in Downing Street, Mrs May said she had “done my best” to honour the 2016 EU referendum result.
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Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK's May says she'll quit as Conservative leader June 7
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reuters:
Tearful Theresa May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Telegraph
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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New York Times:   Julian Assange's Indictment Aims at the Heart of the First Amendment
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Top Legal Takeaways on the Implications of the Julian Assange Superseding Indictment
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
'We're getting back on track': Dems ready Mueller strategy shift  —  Democrats admit it: They need to shift their post-Mueller strategy.  —  They've been so busy fighting technical battles over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report that they've barely had time to speak directly …
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
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Tom Coleman / Kansas City Star:
Former GOP Rep. Tom Coleman: Trump, Pence are illegitimate.  Impeach them  —  According to the redacted Mueller report, candidate Donald Trump, along with members of his team, on multiple occasions welcomed Russian interference on his behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Michael Avenatti once dominated cable news.  Now he's watching it.  —  Irony oozed out of a tweet sent by lawyer Michael Avenatti the other day.  He was upset about a segment on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” discussing his latest legal mess, an indictment for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels.
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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Did We Learn Anything From Michael Avenatti?
Discussion: Daily Wire
Brian Faler / Politico:
IRS could be forced to release Trump's taxes in the heat of 2020  —  President Donald Trump's bet that it'll take years to resolve a coming court fight over his tax returns could be wrong.  —  Federal courts are already ruling quickly against Trump in his other attempts to block Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
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Washington Post:
Fight over Trump's financial records accelerates, could land at Supreme Court as 2020 race peaks
Discussion: The Week
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Out-of-Control Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses  —  Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the primetime star has continued to do so.  Does anyone at Fox control Hannity?  —  Sean Hannity is apparently above the law at Fox News.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bruce Campion-Smith / Toronto Star:
Transport Canada to conduct safety review of Boeing 737 Max before allowing jet to fly again in Canadian skies  —  OTTAWA—Transport Canada is conducting its own review of design changes to the Boeing 737 Max aircraft to ensure that the “safety risks” identified in two fatal crashes are addressed …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Women Have Most of Top Roles in Campaigns for Leading 2020 Democrats  —  WSJ analysis of senior staff of best-polling Democratic candidates shows wide swings of race, gender among staffs  —  The majority of senior aides and advisers on the top-tier Democratic presidential campaigns are women …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Kanye West Fires Back at David Letterman: Liberals ‘Bully’ Trump Supporters Like Me  —  In the fascinating new interview, Kanye West also opens up about his mental health issues, addresses his beef with Drake, and accuses liberals of ‘bullying’ him.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  “Oh god, I'm scared,” David Letterman says.
 
 
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BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs
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Will Steakin / ABC News:
GOP challenger Bill Weld turns up heat on Trump: ‘Seems he would prefer an Aryan nation’
Discussion: Politico
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