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1:10 PM ET, May 24, 2019


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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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: VICE News, Daily Kos and Politico
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 …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump
Discussion: The Atlantic, Politico and Hmm Daily
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Are ‘Not on a Path to Impeachment’
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are getting sucked into Trump's chaos vortex
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
Washington Post:
$19.1 billion in nationwide disaster aid stalls after single House Republican objects  —  A House Republican lawmaker blocked a $19.1 billion disaster aid package on Friday, delaying a bill that would send federal funding to disaster affected areas across the country.
Jennifer Shutt / Roll Call:
GOP Rep. causes $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to stall in House  —  The House was unable to clear a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill Friday, after a freshman GOP lawmaker objected to a unanimous consent request.  —  Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, blocked the measure during the chamber's pro forma session …
Marina Fang / HuffPost:   GOP Rep. Blocks Disaster Aid Bill Over Border Security Funding
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  —  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 …
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:   The Daily Briefing: How a Must-See Show Went Dark
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 …
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Trump administration rolls back health care protections for transgender patients
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:   New Trump administration rule would weaken protections for transgender people in health care
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.
Associated Press:
Officials: US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration notified Congress on Friday that it plans to send about 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, officials said.  —  Members of Congress were notified …
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg:   Trump to Send 1,500 More Troops to Mideast as Iran Tensions Rise
War on the Rocks:   An Open Letter to President Donald Trump on U.S. Tensions with Iran
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Sociopathic Lies Mark NeverTrumpers' Descent Into Madness  —  Gabe Schoenfeld, from whose forehead a cuckoo bird emerges, screeching and flapping, whenever the name of the president of the United States is uttered in any context, has earned a new trophy for the confection of defamatory fiction …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Did We Learn Anything From Michael Avenatti?  —  The enemies of your enemy are not always your friends.  —  “Some would argue at this point that I flew too close to the sun,” says Michael Avenatti as new indictments rain down on him.  “As I sit here today, yes, absolutely, I know I did.  No question.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Politics: A Closer Look at the American Fabric  —  The poor are hurt by the decline of civil society: churches, clubs, unions, marriage.  —  The book market is awash just now with what might be called post-Trump travel books.  These are books in which the authors advance arguments …
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Democrats Are Overthinking Trump's Impeachment.  Naturally.  —  It's ironic that one of the clearest explanations for why President Donald Trump should be impeached is coming from a member of his own party.  Michigan Representative Justin Amash, a devout libertarian Republican …
Lev Facher / STAT:
These Republicans campaigned on a bold drug-pricing pledge.  Since they won, they've gone silent  —  WASHINGTON — Just a handful of Republicans have ever endorsed the progressive idea to let Medicare negotiate drug prices.  —  But now, less than five months since they were sworn in …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Secret of Bernie's Millions
Discussion: Shakesville and Splinter
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration's war on statistics isn't slowing down
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump just gave William Barr carte blanche to declassify information. What could go wrong?
Roque Planas / HuffPost:
First, Immigration Authorities Fed A Muslim Man Pork For Days. Now, He's Being Deported.
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Online Immigration Campaign Dominating Dems in Swing States
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Racial prejudice has declined as a reaction to Trump's presidency, a new study suggests
Discussion: The College Fix and Althouse
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A stunning case of European hypocrisy
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Warren / CNN:
Rick Perry's greatest success in Trump's Washington: invisibility
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Are Americans benefiting from the strong economy — aside from the rich?  A Fed report raises questions.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Women Have Most of Top Roles in Campaigns for Leading 2020 Democrats
Democrats Don't Want to Nominate a Candidate Who Looks Like Bernie or Joe
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
'We're getting back on track': Dems ready Mueller strategy shift