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7:50 AM ET, May 25, 2019


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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
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Guardrails Have Failed
Discussion: Mother Jones and NBC News
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge partially blocks Trump border wall plan  —  A federal judge has partially blocked President Donald Trump's plan to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  The preliminary injunction issued Friday immediately halts a $1 billion transfer of Pentagon counterdrug funding …
Washington Post:
Federal judge issues temporary injunction blocking part of Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border  —  The order, by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. in the Northern District of California, halts part of President Trump's effort to construct new barriers along …
Discussion: Axios
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall  —  President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the southwest border hit a roadblock Friday evening when a federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction against the administration that prevents it from redirecting funds from other agencies toward the barrier.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. judge blocking President Donald Trump from building sections of a border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency (all times local):
Wall Street Journal:   Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Border-Wall Plans
New York Times:
In Shift, Trump Will Pick Kenneth Cuccinelli to Oversee Legal Immigration  —  Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the immigration hard-liner who was expected to be President Trump's pick to coordinate immigration policy, will instead be chosen to take over for the embattled official who has overseen …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Mediaite and Townhall
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Barr could expose secrets, politicize intelligence with review of Russia probe, current and former officials fear  —  President Trump's new executive order giving the attorney general broad authority to declassify government secrets threatens to expose U.S. intelligence sources and could distort …
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump to sidestep Congress to clear arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia, UAE
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:   Trump invokes emergency powers to sidestep congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump bypasses Congress on Saudi arms sales, citing Iran threat
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dems institute rule to prevent ‘undercard’ debate in June
Discussion: Axios and Feeds
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.
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
President Trump Wants a Promotion  —  A flurry of power moves shows that being the “leader of the free world” isn't enough for him.  So, for Democrats, when does patience turn into submission?  —  During a recent trip north to Santa Barbara, I escaped the rain in a used bookstore and struck …
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.
Trent England / USA Today:
Rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished the Electoral College  —  Elections are confusing.  Learn what the Electoral College is in under a minute.  —  If the National Popular Vote drive kills the Electoral College, rural and small town Americans who supply our food and energy will lose their voice.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 federal workers  —  The Trump administration announced Friday that it will kill a Forest Service program that trains disadvantaged young people for wildland fire fighting and other jobs in rural communities …
Discussion: Axios
Wade Heath / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Former CNN Pro-Trump Contributors Allege Network ‘Openly Despises Conservatives’  —  Finding a pro-Trump voice on CNN got more difficult this week as it was reported that the president has called upon former Virginia Attorney General and CNN contributor Ken Cuccinelli to fill a Homeland Security post.
New York Times:
Trump Administration Proposes Rollback of Transgender Protections  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration formally proposed on Friday to roll back Obama-era civil rights safeguards that had banned discrimination against transgender medical patients and health insurance customers.
Scoop: Trump's plan to let adoption agencies reject same-sex parents
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
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
America's Best Defense Against Socialism
Discussion: American Greatness
These doctors risked their careers to expose the dangers children face in immigrant family detention
Hen Mazzig / Tablet Magazine:
Who Gets to Speak for Mizrahi Jews?
Associated Press:
Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes
Washington Post:
Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Caleb Melby /
Kushner Cos. gets $800M federally backed apartment loan
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act
 Earlier Items: 
Beam me up, Kentucky? George Takei tweets he's ‘tempted’ to take on Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and RedState
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
The Grandkid Strike: A Bold New Plan to Change Your Parents' Bad Voting Habits
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
American Jewish voters still despise Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Shareblue Media
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Ohio and Michigan do not have to come up with new maps immediately
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Jenni Russell / New York Times:
Theresa May Meets Her Lonely End
Discussion: Althouse