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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” …
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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 …
Discussion: Politico, Contemptor and AllNews 24/7
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 …
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.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Pelosi figures out Trump's game  —  This week started out by highlighting Democratic divisions, but it ends underscoring and reinforcing the party's unity.  —  Democrats can thank, again, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She redirected an emerging rebellion over impeachment …
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Are ‘Not on a Path to Impeachment’
USA Today:
Donald Trump, put on your billionaire britches and act like a president
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos, The Hill and ABC News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Watch This Very Carefully  —  As Kate Riga reported earlier …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are getting sucked into Trump's chaos vortex
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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CNN:
Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump orders declassification of information related to origins of Russia probe
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
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
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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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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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
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
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 …
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Pro-choice activists push reluctant Jerry Nadler to reveal secret Justice Kavanaugh abortion opinions from Bush White House  —  WASHINGTON — With states passing harsh abortion restrictions aimed squarely at bringing a challenge in the Supreme Court, pro-choice activists are turning their attention …
Washington Post:
New Trump administration rule would weaken protections for transgender people in health care  —  Under the Obama administration, the Department of Health and Human Services determined that rules against discrimination “on the basis of sex” applied to transgender people.
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.
Michael Warren / CNN:
Rick Perry's greatest success in Trump's Washington: invisibility  —  Perry suggests fossil fuels could prevent rape  —  Washington (CNN)Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been a near-ghost in Washington, adhering almost too well to the first rule of working for President Donald Trump — never overshadow the boss.
USA Today:
‘That could have been me’: 13-year-old on Guatemalan teen refugee who died in US custody  —  We can debate asylum laws, but not whether to treat sick kids or separate families.  We have to really take care of refugees under US government care.  —  CONNECT
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.
Discussion: Althouse and The College Fix
 
 
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Lev Facher / STAT:
These Republicans campaigned on a bold drug-pricing pledge. Since they won, they've gone silent
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A stunning case of European hypocrisy
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Are Americans benefiting from the strong economy — aside from the rich?  A Fed report raises questions.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Lawyer for Navy SEAL accused of war crimes also works for Trump Organization
Bruce Campion-Smith / Toronto Star:
Transport Canada to conduct safety review of Boeing 737 Max before allowing jet to fly again in Canadian skies
William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
Latest China Tariffs Will Cost $831 per Household, Report Says
Politico:
Democrats Don't Want to Nominate a Candidate Who Looks Like Bernie or Joe
Discussion: New York Magazine
David M. Drucker / Vanity Fair:
“Everything Old Can Be New Again”: Inside the G.O.P. Operation to Take Down Joe Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Buttigieg tells Jewish leaders U.S. should guide Israel toward better policies
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Impeaching Trump Is Risky. So Is Refusing To.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Has Trump Handed Democrats an Opening in Red America?
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Kristy Swanson says she and co-star Dean Cain got ‘death threat’ over pro-Trump production
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joe Deaux / Bloomberg:
U.S. Beer Industry Blames Trump Tariffs for 40,000 Job Losses
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs
Discussion: theGrio and VICE News
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Breaking: Nobody Knows What's Going to Happen in 2020
Discussion: Political Wire