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10:45 PM ET, May 24, 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 …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Tantrums the Dems Out of a Trap
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Facebook refuses to delete fake Pelosi video spread by Trump supporters
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Donald Trump falls for Nancy Pelosi's trap
Discussion: The Atlantic and Engadget
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Jerry Nadler Is Taken to Hospital After Appearing to Faint at News Conference
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
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):
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:   Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall
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 …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump puts DOJ on crash course with intelligence agencies
Discussion: RedState
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
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:   Trump invokes emergency powers to sidestep congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia
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.
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, New York Times and Mediaite
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
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.
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 …
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.
Griffin Lotz / 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
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 …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Brian Stelter Defends Past Praise of Avenatti: ‘He Showed a Trump-Like Mastery of the Media Last Year’  —  CNN's Brian Stelter insists he doesn't take Michael Avenatti seriously anymore, but he will not apologize for how he appraised the embattled lawyer's skill in driving the media.
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.
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
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 federal workers
Discussion: Axios
Hen Mazzig / Tablet Magazine:
Who Gets to Speak for Mizrahi Jews?
Washington Post:
Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
Caleb Melby /
Kushner Cos. gets $800M federally backed apartment loan
Beam me up, Kentucky? George Takei tweets he's ‘tempted’ to take on Mitch McConnell
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Did Congress read the Mueller report? More than a quarter of these key lawmakers won't say.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
It's Never Been Easier to Be a C.E.O., and the Pay Keeps Rising
Discussion: National Review and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
Trump is now using E-Verify in his golf courses. The result: More firings of undocumented workers
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
The Daily Briefing: How a Must-See Show Went Dark
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump doesn't seem to understand what ‘treason’ means
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Pro-choice activists push reluctant Jerry Nadler to reveal secret Justice Kavanaugh abortion opinions …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Out-of-Control Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses