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3:15 PM ET, May 24, 2019


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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Facebook refuses to delete fake Pelosi video spread by Trump supporters  —  Footage of House speaker deliberately slowed down to make her appear drunk or ill  —  Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House Speaker …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Correct Record After Diamond & Silk Mock Nancy Pelosi for Slurring Her Words: ‘Not a Real Video’  —  Fox & Friends did the right thing Friday morning in swiftly correcting the record after Fox Nation hosts and frequent Fox News guests Diamond & Silk made remarkably disparaging remarks about Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump shares heavily edited video that highlights verbal stumbles by Pelosi and questions her mental acuity  —  President Trump shared a video on Twitter Thursday night that spliced together several verbal stumbles of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a news conference earlier in the day …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump  —  Manipulated videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem as if she were repeatedly stumbling and slurring her words spread across social media on Thursday, as tensions escalated between President Trump and the Democratic leader.
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Team Is Split Over How Hard to Push North American Trade Deal
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Pelosi figures out Trump's game
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Donald Trump falls for Nancy Pelosi's trap
Discussion: Mad Dog PAC and New Republic
Washington Post:
$19.1 billion disaster aid package stalls after single House Republican objects  —  House leaders had hoped to pass the disaster aid bill by unanimous consent, allowing them to move the measure despite most lawmakers having left Washington for the Memorial Day recess.
Discussion: The Resurgent and Political Wire
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jennifer Shutt / Roll Call:
GOP Rep. causes $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to stall in House
Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:   GOP congressman blocks disaster relief for his storm-ravaged home state of Texas
Marina Fang / HuffPost:   GOP Rep. Blocks Disaster Aid Bill Over Border Security Funding
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
One Republican's Objection Delays Disaster Relief Bill Once Again
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Andrew Siff / NBC New York:
House Judiciary Chairman Nadler Falls Ill at Mayor de Blasio Event in Manhattan  —  When Mayor de Blasio asks Nadler if he is OK, Nadler can be heard responding with a faint “no” before putting his hand over his face  —  Rep. Nadler Appears Ill at De Blasio Press Conference in Manhattan
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Roll Call
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Jerry Nadler Is Taken to Hospital After Appearing to Faint at News Conference  —  Mr. Nadler, the House Judiciary Chairman, was seated inside a school gymnasium in Manhattan when his head slumped.  —  Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Andrew Siff / NBC New York:
House Judiciary Chairman Nadler Appears Ill at NYC Event  —  Rep. Nadler Appears Ill at De Blasio Press Conference in Manhattan  —  Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler appeared weak and on the verge of passing out at a presser held by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday morning in Manhattan.
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:   Pro-choice activists push reluctant Jerry Nadler to reveal secret Justice Kavanaugh abortion opinions …
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” …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Devotes Press Conference to Instructing Aides to Explain That He's Definitely Not Mad
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:   The Daily Briefing: How a Must-See Show Went Dark
Jenni Russell / New York Times:
Theresa May Meets Her Lonely End  —  It would be understandable to feel sympathy for anyone so isolated and vilified.  I don't.  —  LONDON — In the final season of Game of Thrones, a once-powerful and arrogant queen stands almost alone at the top of her castle, abandoned by the multitudes …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Guardrails Have Failed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Barr's Newfound Power Could Prompt Clash Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
CrossFit, Inc. Suspends Use of Facebook and Associated Properties  —  CrossFit is a contrarian physiological and nutrition prescription for improving fitness and health.  It is contrarian because prevailing views of fitness, health, and nutrition are wrong and have unleashed a tsunami …
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
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump to sidestep Congress to clear arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified lawmakers Friday that President Trump is invoking his emergency authority to sidestep Congress and complete 22 arms deals worth approximately $8 billion that would benefit Saudi Arabia …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Invokes Emergency Arms Sales Authority to Counter Iran  —  Decision to speed delivery of 22 deals worth $8 billion; opponents decry administration's move
Scoop: Trump's plan to let adoption agencies reject same-sex parents  —  The Trump administration will soon make it easier for adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples, senior administration officials told Axios.  —  Why it matters: Trump is steadily rolling back Obama-era nondiscrimination …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Secret of Bernie's Millions  —  BURLINGTON, Vt.—Early on in his eight years as the mayor of this city, when he typically dressed in a tieless ensemble of work boots and corduroys, Bernie Sanders one day left City Hall and found a ticket on the windshield of his rusty Volkswagen Dasher.
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
It's Never Been Easier to Be a C.E.O., and the Pay Keeps Rising  —  Compensation for top bosses grew at double the pace of ordinary workers' wages, according to our annual analysis.  Topping the list: Elon Musk, with a $2.3 billion package.  —  This is not a difficult time to be a chief executive.
Discussion: National Review
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump doesn't seem to understand what ‘treason’ means  —  It doesn't mean being disloyal to the president, and it would not apply to any actions against a private citizen — which Donald Trump was as a candidate.  —  WASHINGTON — Once again on Thursday, President Donald Trump used the T-word …
War on the Rocks:
An Open Letter to President Donald Trump on U.S. Tensions with Iran  —  Editor's Note: This letter was coordinated by the American College of National Security Leaders, a consortium consisting of retired admirals, generals, ambassadors, and senior government executives committed …
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Michigan Attorney General Announces First Arrests in Catholic Clergy Abuse Investigation  —  Michigan law enforcement officials made their first arrests in a statewide investigation into Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse, the state's attorney general announced on Friday.
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How the new Assange indictment ‘crosses a bright red line for journalists’  —  For decades, journalists have received and published government secrets in the public interest with the protection of the First Amendment.  —  Think of the Pentagon Papers, which told Americans about their government's hidden …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Racial prejudice has declined as a reaction to Trump's presidency, a new study suggests  —  Donald Trump began his campaign for the presidency by branding Mexicans as “rapists.”  He initially declined to denounce David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
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.
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Discussion: Vox and NBC News
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says pardoning war criminals ‘a little bit controversial,’ suggests delay in deliberations
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
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Washington Post:
Trump is now using E-Verify in his golf courses. The result: more firings of undocumented workers
Bernie Sanders / YouTube:
Bernie's Burlington: The Spark That Spread Around the Country
Matt Ford / New Republic:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Twitter Bans #Resistance-Famous Krassenstein Brothers for Allegedly Operating Fake Accounts
Washington Post:
‘He always brings them up’: Trump tries to steer border wall deal to North Dakota firm