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3:05 PM ET, May 25, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump's Targeting of Intelligence Agencies Gains a Harder Edge  —  The president's war with the deep state has long been waged by tweet, but his new attorney general is poised to professionalize the fight.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump tried somewhat clumsily last year to revoke …
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 …
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
Spy agency veterans are horrified at Trump's decision to grant AG Barr sweeping power to declassify Russia intelligence: ‘Lives are on the line’  — President Donald Trump's decision to grant Attorney General William Barr sweeping authority to declassify intelligence related to the Russia investigation …
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Public Enemies List Is an Impeachable Offense  —  What he and William Barr are doing is potentially worse than anything in the Mueller Report.  —  Long before becoming president, Donald Trump called for the jailing of his adversaries.  Aided by Attorney General William Barr …
MSNBC:   Former CIA Director: Barr investigation an “outrageous” move
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump puts DOJ on crash course with intelligence agencies
Discussion: RedState
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 …
The Hill:
Federal judge partially blocks Trump's $1 billion border wall plan  —  A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday, partially blocking President Trump's plan to fund a border wall with Mexico using money from the Defense Department.  —  California U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam …
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall
Joel Rose / NPR:
Judge Blocks Trump Use Of Emergency Power To Build Border Barrier With Military Funds
Discussion: The Root
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Border-Wall Plans
Discussion: Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Federal judge issues temporary injunction blocking part of Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:   The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall
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 …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director asked to resign  —  L. Francis Cissna oversaw the agency during the final iteration of the travel ban, attempts to repeal status for “Dreamers” and repeated attempts to limit undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
Discussion: Splinter and Joe.My.God.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Ex-GOP congressman calls for impeachment, says Trump an ‘illegitimate president’  —  Washington (CNN)A former longtime Republican congressman called Friday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, who he said is an “illegitimate president.”  —  “I'm calling for impeachment …
Charles Davis / HuffPost:
Tulsi Gabbard's Top Online Fundraiser Is A Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theorist  —  Niko House, who won the Hawaii Democrat's recent donor challenge, also believes Bill Cosby was framed and that “Pizzagate” is real.  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is set to have lunch with a prolific conspiracy theorist …
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and Outside the Beltway
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas  —  Many small carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company.  Now they must rethink expansion plans, and perhaps replace existing gear.  —  OPHEIM, Mont. — Kevin Nelson was recently in the middle of his 3,800-acre farm …
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
UN Maritime Tribunal Rules Russia Must ‘Immediately’ Release Ukrainian Sailors, Ships  —  A UN maritime tribunal has ruled that Russia must “immediately” release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in November.  —  The Hamburg-based International Tribunal …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How YouTube comments are the best way to understand Donald Trump  —  Does Trump use Twitter for ‘telling the truth?’  (2018) … Cillizza: You've been doing this show off-Broadway.  Why did you turn to this overtly political material?  And how did the crowd respond?  —  Quinn: Politics is everything.
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Robert Mueller wants to avoid ‘political spectacle’ before Congress: Nadler  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is eager to avoid the politics swirling around his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia's 2016 influence efforts and doesn't want to testify publicly on Capitol Hill about his findings …
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
What will Taiwan's same-sex marriages will mean in the rest of Asia?  —  It's likely to inspire activists — but other legislatures have a long way to go.  —  It's official.  Taiwan is now the first place in Asia to perform and legally recognize same-sex marriages.
Washington Post:
20 questions Mueller will actually be able to answer  —  Robert Litt is a former general counsel for the director of national intelligence.  Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  —  Republicans and Democrats alike have called …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Merica / CNN:
‘Seniors for Buttigieg’: Why voters twice his age feel drawn to the millennial mayor  —  How Buttigieg wants to stand out in crowded 2020 field  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)When Barbara Paulding was 44 years old, Joe Biden had been a member of the United States Senate from Delaware for more than a decade …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump is twice as extreme as his predecessors in the past century. That's dangerous.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
National Rifle Association Hit with $100 Million Counter-Suit
Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
Abortion Clinics See Surge In Harassment And Hate
Washington Post:
On Julian Assange, the administration throws smart and careful out the window
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
America's Best Defense Against Socialism
Discussion: American Greatness
 Earlier Items: 
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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
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Brian Stelter Defends Past Praise of Avenatti: ‘He Showed a Trump-Like Mastery of the Media Last Year’
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
President Trump Wants a Promotion
Washington Post:
Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Trump bypasses Congress to push through arms sales to Saudis, UAE
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Epstein sex abuse victims tell court it's time for Acosta to explain his actions