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6:50 AM ET, May 24, 2019

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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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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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Sun, Vox, Mediaite and Bloomberg
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 …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Gets White House Witnesses to Attest to His ‘Very Calm’ Demeanor  —  President reasserts that he is ‘an extremely stable genius’ as he asks aides to rebut notion that he'd thrown a temper tantrum in meeting with Democrats  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump smiled as he entered …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Democrats are getting sucked into Trump's chaos vortex  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING ... AP'S JILL LAWLESS in London: “Theresa May says she'll quit as Conservative leader June 7”: “May announced Friday that will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7 …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
A week of Trump-fueled dysfunction leaves Congress gasping
Discussion: Raw Story
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway scrambles after accusing Pelosi of being anti-woman: ‘She treats me like her maid’
Washington Post:
Senate approves deal on disaster aid, leaves out border money Trump demanded
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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
Poolreports / Public Pool:
Subject: Memorandum on Agency Cooperation with Attorney General's Review of Intelligence …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Trump signs declassification memo
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump gives Barr power to declassify intelligence related to Russia probe
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:
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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Washington Post:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange charged with violating Espionage Act  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged Thursday with violating the Espionage Act by seeking out classified information, an escalation of the Trump administration's pursuit of leakers that could have major First Amendment repercussions for news organizations.
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Top Legal Takeaways on the Implications of the Julian Assange Superseding Indictment
The Daily Beast:
Trump Justice Department Crosses New Line, Charges Assange With Publishing U.S. Secrets
Brian Barrett / Wired:   The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom
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: American Greatness and Fox News
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Pelosi urges Trump family or staff to stage ‘intervention for the good of the country’
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Impeaching Trump Is Risky. So Is Refusing To.
Bonchie / RedState:
Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen Questions Nancy Pelosi's Patriotism Over Impeachment and We're Here for It
Discussion: Townhall and twitchy.com
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:   32 House Members Have Called For Congress To Start Trump Impeachment Proceedings
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, The Week, Vanity Fair and Slate
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
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.
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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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.
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
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Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: VICE News
Will Steakin / ABC News:
GOP challenger Bill Weld turns up heat on Trump: ‘Seems he would prefer an Aryan nation’
Discussion: Politico
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Obama surprises kids at D.C. after-school program with pep talks and softball
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and The Root
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Democrats' Wall Funding Lawsuit Runs Into a Skeptical U.S. Judge
Discussion: Splinter and Townhall
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Trump declares man he appointed secretary of state ‘totally ill prepared and ill equipped’ for the job
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report reveals new details about DOJ's seizing of AP phone records