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8:00 PM ET, May 24, 2019


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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.
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 …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Nancy Pelosi frustrates Democratic activists on impeachment but party strategists like what she's doing  —  KEY POINTS  — In the rising congressional impeachment debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi occupies the hottest seat.  Some think she's burning herself, writes CNBC's John Harwood.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Facebook acknowledges Pelosi video is faked but declines to delete it  —  No requirement that posts be true, the social media company says  —  When an edited video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began spreading across the Web this week, researchers quickly identified it as a distortion …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Tantrums the Dems Out of a Trap  —  Build he won't, and that's a good thing.  —  I gotta say, it was very clever of Nancy Pelosi to steal Donald Trump's strawberries, pushing him over the edge into self-evident lunacy.  —  As everyone knows, Trump stormed out of a meeting on infrastructure …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Donald Trump falls for Nancy Pelosi's trap
Discussion: The Atlantic and Engadget
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Team Is Split Over How Hard to Push North American Trade Deal
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump shares heavily edited video that highlights verbal stumbles by Pelosi and questions her mental acuity
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 …
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Trump bypasses Congress to push through arms sales to Saudis, UAE  —  Lawmakers from both parties criticized the move, with Democrats calling it an abuse of presidential power.  —  The Trump administration on Friday cited a national security “emergency” allegedly caused by Iran to bypass Congress …
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Trump invokes emergency powers to sidestep congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia  —  Move comes after congress voted to end US support of Saudi military operation in Yemen  —  Donald Trump has asserted rarely used emergency powers to sidestep congressional objections …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Invokes Emergency Arms Sales Authority to Counter Iran
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Lone Republican blocks disaster aid package on House floor  —  Rep. Chip Roy became the man who delayed $19.1 billion in disaster aid to communities throughout the country on Friday.  —  House leaders tried to pass a multibillion-dollar disaster assistance measure, by unanimous consent, but the Texas Republican objected on the floor.
Washington Post:
$19.1 billion disaster aid package stalls after single House Republican objects
Discussion: The Resurgent
Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:   GOP congressman blocks disaster relief for his storm-ravaged home state of Texas
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Staff Dreads Traveling Overseas With Toddler President  —  Traditionally, White House staffers cherish the opportunity to travel with the president overseas on Air Force One as a perk of their service.  But traditionally, the president they are traveling with is not Donald Trump.
Inside Trump's Air Force One: 'It's like being held captive'  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's departure for Tokyo on Friday kicks off a summer of global jet-setting that takes him to five separate countries — and confines him to the presidential aircraft for more than 80 hours flying overseas.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump to place Ken Cuccinelli at the head of the country's legal immigration system  —  President Trump plans to install Ken Cuccinelli as the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, placing the conservative activist and former Virginia attorney general at the head of the agency …
Discussion: Townhall
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery  —  Democratic candidates for president or their representatives will be involved when the Democratic National Committee (DNC) does a lottery to determine who stands on stage during the party's initial two-day debate …
Dems institute rule to prevent ‘undercard’ debate in June
Discussion: Axios and Feeds
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
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:   Pro-choice activists push reluctant Jerry Nadler to reveal secret Justice Kavanaugh abortion opinions …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Jerry Nadler Is Taken to Hospital After Appearing to Faint at News Conference
Discussion: Daily Wire
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
The Grandkid Strike: A Bold New Plan to Change Your Parents' Bad Voting Habits  —  Here's an idea!  Change your parents' bad voting habits by refusing to breed.  —  The actress and activist Alyssa Milano has drawn criticism in recent weeks for encouraging women to stop having sex in protest …
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 …
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
Edith Honan / ABC News:
Federal court blocks Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law from taking effect  —  A federal court in Mississippi on Friday temporarily blocked the state's new “fetal heartbeat” law that bans abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy.  The law was set to take effect July 1.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Judge halts Mississippi abortion law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Epstein sex abuse victims tell court it's time for Acosta to explain his actions  —  Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, already under federal investigation for a secret immunity deal he gave to a suspected sex trafficker of underage girls, may have to face some of those victims — who are now adult women — in a federal courtroom.
Washington Post:
Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act  —  Two prosecutors involved in the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued against the Justice Department's decision to accuse him of violating the Espionage Act because of fear …
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.
Beam me up, Kentucky?  George Takei tweets he's ‘tempted’ to take on Mitch McConnell  —  Could George Takei boldly go where no man has gone before?  —  No, not into the far reaches of space, but someplace even harder to reach: Defeating long-time U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for his seat in Washington.
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico and The Week
Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump doesn't seem to understand what ‘treason’ means
Discussion: Mediaite and
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Out-of-Control Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Jumps Into Impeachment Fray With Both Feet