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2:15 PM ET, May 24, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump shares heavily edited video that highlights verbal stumbles by Pelosi and questions her mental acuity
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Says Democrats Are ‘Not on a Path to Impeachment’
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
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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
Marina Fang / HuffPost:   GOP Rep. Blocks Disaster Aid Bill Over Border Security Funding
Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:   GOP congressman blocks disaster relief for his storm-ravaged home state of Texas
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 …
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:   The Daily Briefing: How a Must-See Show Went Dark
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.
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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 …
Andrew Siff / NBC New York:
House Judiciary Chairman Nadler Falls Ill at Mayor de Blasio Event in Manhattan
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Roll Call
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Jerry Nadler Is Taken to Hospital After Appearing to Faint at News Conference
Discussion: Daily Wire
Axios:
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 …
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Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Trump administration rolls back health care protections for transgender patients
Discussion: Axios, Vox and The Root
Washington Post:   New Trump administration rule would weaken protections for transgender people in health care
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
New Trump administration rule would weaken protections for transgender people in health care
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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Barr's Newfound Power Could Prompt Clash Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A.
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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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 …
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Fox News:
Trump approves Pentagon plan to send about 2,000 more U.S. troops to Middle East
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg:
Trump to Send 1,500 More Troops to Mideast as Iran Tensions Rise
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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 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.
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 …
CrossFit:
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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