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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump talks ‘Crazy Nancy’ Pelosi and treason at wild press conference  —  “When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I'll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues,” Pelosi shot back on Twitter.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump …
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 …
Discussion: Contemptor and AllNews 24/7
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Watch This Very Carefully  —  As Kate Riga reported earlier, someone has created a series of highly realistic and yet provably doctored videos running on Facebook which appear to show Nancy Pelosi slurring her speech or drunk.  The Post was first on this, showing conclusively how the doctoring …
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway scrambles after accusing Pelosi of being anti-woman: ‘She treats me like her maid’
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Pelosi urges Trump family or staff to stage ‘intervention for the good of the country’
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Press and Politico
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Impeaching Trump Is Risky. So Is Refusing To.
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:   32 House Members Have Called For Congress To Start Trump Impeachment Proceedings
Bonchie / RedState:
Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen Questions Nancy Pelosi's Patriotism Over Impeachment and We're Here for It
Discussion: Townhall and twitchy.com
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Video Of Pelosi Manipulated To Make Her Sound Drunk Spreads Through Social Media
Discussion: Mercury News and Mediaite
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 …
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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump orders declassification of information related to origins of Russia probe
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and The Week
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Vanity Fair, Slate and Political Wire
New York Times:
Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues  —  WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader, has been indicted on 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010 …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Justice Department Crosses New Line, Charges Assange With Publishing U.S. Secrets  —  For the first time in modern American history, the government indicts a publisher for revealing classified information.  —  In a stunning escalation of the Trump administration's war on the press …
Brian Barrett / Wired:   The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom
Washington Post:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange charged with violating Espionage Act
New York Times:
Trump Officials Prepare to Bypass Congress to Sell Weapons to Gulf Nations  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars worth of munitions that are now on hold …
Discussion: The Week, Joe.My.God., POLITICUSUSA and CNN
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Associated Press:   Trump considering loophole for Saudi arms sale
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Breaking: Nobody Knows What's Going to Happen in 2020  —  “Who's going to win?”  I am now asked all the time, by friends and family members, by people I speak to professionally: “What's going to happen?”  —  I don't know, I tell them.  I don't know.  I tell them what I hope will happen …
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Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise
Discussion: CNN and Vox
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein Is Said to Reach $44 Million Deal to Settle Lawsuits  —  Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits by women who accused him of sexual misconduct and the New York State attorney general, according to two people briefed on the matter.
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Audrey Strauss / Justice News:
Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans  —  Ms. Strauss said: “As alleged, Stephen M. Calk abused the power entrusted to him as the top official of a federally insured bank by approving millions …
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Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
Kushner Replied ‘On It!’ After Manafort Sought Post for Banker
Discussion: Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
State Primary Schedule / Polls:
Women Rise in Dem 2020 Field  —  Biden maintains lead, but it's not as large among early state voters  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but some female candidates - namely Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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.
Discussion: Washington Times
Joe Deaux / Bloomberg:
U.S. Beer Industry Blames Trump Tariffs for 40,000 Job Losses  — Employment fell from 2016 to 2018: industry says in report  — Brewers are deciding how to absorb added aluminum-can cost  —  The U.S. beer industry is blaming a jobs hangover on the Trump administration's tariffs.
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
BuzzFeed News:
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs … Tony Robbins was filmed repeatedly using racial slurs and describing how he shocked a woman fan by kissing her after she said his techniques didn't work, BuzzFeed News can reveal.  —  The video shows a young Robbins making a presentation …
Discussion: VICE News
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Michael Avenatti once dominated cable news.  Now he's watching it.  —  Irony oozed out of a tweet sent by lawyer Michael Avenatti the other day.  He was upset about a segment on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” discussing his latest legal mess, an indictment for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report reveals new details about DOJ's seizing of AP phone records  —  With its latest leak indictment last week, the Department of Justice under Donald Trump is now on pace to break the previous record for prosecutions of journalists' sources, just two and a half years into its administration.
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Kristy Swanson says she and co-star Dean Cain got ‘death threat’ over pro-Trump production  —  Kristy Swanson, famed for starring in the 1992 film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, says she and actor  —  Dean Cain have received a “death threat” over a live stage reading they are starring in next month — because it supports
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Will Steakin / ABC News:
GOP challenger Bill Weld turns up heat on Trump: ‘Seems he would prefer an Aryan nation’  —  President Donald Trump's lone Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, ratcheted up his attacks on the president Tuesday night.  —  Speaking at the first in a series …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Senate approves deal on disaster aid, leaves out border money Trump demanded  —  The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package, advancing legislation that would break a months-long impasse over federal funding for stretches of the country afflicted by natural disasters.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Senate passes last-minute $19.1 billion disaster relief package
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Kanye West Fires Back at David Letterman: Liberals ‘Bully’ Trump Supporters Like Me  —  In the fascinating new interview, Kanye West also opens up about his mental health issues, addresses his beef with Drake, and accuses liberals of ‘bullying’ him.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  “Oh god, I'm scared,” David Letterman says.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
'We're getting back on track': Dems ready Mueller strategy shift  —  Democrats admit it: They need to shift their post-Mueller strategy.  —  They've been so busy fighting technical battles over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report that they've barely had time to speak directly …
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
 
 
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Buttigieg tells Jewish leaders U.S. should guide Israel toward better policies
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Has Trump Handed Democrats an Opening in Red America?
Reuters:
Iran says it will not surrender even if it is bombed
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Obama surprises kids at D.C. after-school program with pep talks and softball
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and The Root
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
The ACLU Has Filed A $100-Million Claim Against The US Over The Fatal Border Patrol Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman
Discussion: Splinter
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Democrats' Wall Funding Lawsuit Runs Into a Skeptical U.S. Judge
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 Earlier Items: 
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Trump declares man he appointed secretary of state ‘totally ill prepared and ill equipped’ for the job
Paul Musgrave / Foreign Policy:
IR Theory and ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Both Fantasies
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Geoffrey Rush Awarded $1.9 Million in #MeToo Defamation Case
The Economist:
American voters don't care about the economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
What Rod Rosenstein Knew When He Helped Trump Fire Comey
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo