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10:25 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Watch This Very Carefully  —  As Kate Riga reported earlier, someone has created a series of highly realistic and yet provably doctored videos running on Facebook which appear to show Nancy Pelosi slurring her speech or drunk.  The Post was first on this, showing conclusively how the doctoring …
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: Roll Call, Fox News and Contemptor
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.
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Video Of Pelosi Manipulated To Make Her Sound Drunk Spreads Through Social Media
Discussion: Mercury News and Mediaite
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Pelosi urges Trump family or staff to stage ‘intervention for the good of the country’
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Fortune
Bonchie / RedState:
Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen Questions Nancy Pelosi's Patriotism Over Impeachment and We're Here for It
Discussion: Townhall and twitchy.com
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:   32 House Members Have Called For Congress To Start Trump Impeachment Proceedings
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
'We're getting back on track': Dems ready Mueller strategy shift
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Manipulated videos of Nancy Pelosi edited to falsely depict her as drunk spread on social media
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blowup
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Bans #Resistance-Famous Krassenstein Brothers for Allegedly Operating Fake Accounts  —  Ed and Brian Krassenstein are banned for life after ‘operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions,’ a Twitter spokesman said.  —  Twitter has permanently banned prominent …
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: Slate and Political Wire
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.
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: Joe.My.God., The Week, POLITICUSUSA and CNN
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Reuters:   Iran says it will not surrender even if it is bombed
Colin H. Kahl / Washington Post:
This is how easily the U.S. and Iran could blunder into war
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
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Daily Kos
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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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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Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise
Discussion: CNN and Vox
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein Is Said to Reach $44 Million Deal to Settle Lawsuits  —  Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits by women who accused him of sexual misconduct and the New York State attorney general, according to two people briefed on the matter.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump orders declassification of information related to origins of Russia probe  —  President Trump has directed the intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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CNN:
Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Joe Deaux / Bloomberg:
U.S. Beer Industry Blames Trump Tariffs for 40,000 Job Losses  — Employment fell from 2016 to 2018: industry says in report  — Brewers are deciding how to absorb added aluminum-can cost  —  The U.S. beer industry is blaming a jobs hangover on the Trump administration's tariffs.
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs … Tony Robbins was filmed repeatedly using racial slurs and describing how he shocked a woman fan by kissing her after she said his techniques didn't work, BuzzFeed News can reveal.  —  The video shows a young Robbins making a presentation …
Discussion: VICE News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Senate passes last-minute $19.1 billion disaster relief package  —  After reaching a last-minute agreement with President Trump on Thursday, the Senate passed a $19.1 billion aid package for areas affected by natural disasters over the last two years.  The package does not include funding for the border …
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
Senate approves deal on disaster aid, leaves out border money Trump demanded
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 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
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Kristy Swanson says she and co-star Dean Cain got ‘death threat’ over pro-Trump production  —  Kristy Swanson, famed for starring in the 1992 film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, says she and actor  —  Dean Cain have received a “death threat” over a live stage reading they are starring in next month — because it supports
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
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 and Splinter
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
 
 
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
ProPublica:
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