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10:00 AM ET, May 25, 2019


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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 …
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall  —  President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the southwest border hit a roadblock Friday evening when a federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction against the administration that prevents it from redirecting funds from other agencies toward the barrier.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Wall Street Journal:   Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Border-Wall Plans
Associated Press:   The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall
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 …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Tantrums the Dems Out of a Trap
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump
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
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   3 Times Media Falsely Claimed Russiagate Transparency Would End The Republic
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump to place Ken Cuccinelli at the head of the country's legal immigration system
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Townhall
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Inside Trump's Air Force One: 'It's like being held captive'  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's departure for Tokyo on Friday kicks off a summer of global jet-setting that takes him to five separate countries — and confines him to the presidential aircraft for more than 80 hours flying overseas.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump Staff Dreads Traveling Overseas With Toddler President
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump Staffers Tell CNN They Dread International Flights on Air Force One: ‘Like Being Held Captive’
Discussion: CNN
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Trump bypasses Congress to push through arms sales to Saudis, UAE  —  Lawmakers from both parties criticized the move, with Democrats calling it an abuse of presidential power.  —  The Trump administration on Friday cited a national security “emergency” allegedly caused by Iran to bypass Congress …
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:   Trump invokes emergency powers to sidestep congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump bypasses Congress on Saudi arms sales, citing Iran threat
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.
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: Joe.My.God. and Axios
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Guardrails Have Failed
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 federal workers  —  The Trump administration announced Friday that it will kill a Forest Service program that trains disadvantaged young people for wildland fire fighting and other jobs in rural communities …
Discussion: Axios
Jamil Smith / 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
America's Best Defense Against Socialism
Discussion: American Greatness
These doctors risked their careers to expose the dangers children face in immigrant family detention
Associated Press:
Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes
Washington Post:
Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Caleb Melby /
Kushner Cos. gets $800M federally backed apartment loan
Discussion: Law & Crime
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act
Beam me up, Kentucky? George Takei tweets he's ‘tempted’ to take on Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and RedState
Edith Honan / ABC News:
Federal court blocks Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law from taking effect
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
The Grandkid Strike: A Bold New Plan to Change Your Parents' Bad Voting Habits
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
American Jewish voters still despise Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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