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5:05 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 …
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 …
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Gives William Barr Power to Declassify Intelligence Information in ‘a Corrupt Act of Political Retribution,’ Experts Say  —  Donald Trump has given Attorney General William Barr permission to declassify intelligence information about the origins of the Russia investigation …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Former CIA Director: Barr investigation an “outrageous” move  —  Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump doesn't care about the national security concerns of the intelligence community.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump puts DOJ on crash course with intelligence agencies
Discussion: Don Surber, Hullabaloo and RedState
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 …
Joel Rose / NPR:
Judge Blocks Trump Use Of Emergency Power To Build Border Barrier With Military Funds
Discussion: The Root
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall
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
Washington Post:
Trump's allies insist he is winning in feud with Pelosi.  Her backers say she showed up the president.  —  To many Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scored a political victory over President Trump this week, making him so incensed that he hurled insults at her and blew up negotiations …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote  —  There is growing daylight between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) over the best strategy for combating a Trump administration that is flouting a flurry of congressional subpoenas at nearly every turn.
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: Washington Monthly and Breitbart
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 …
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.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's ‘Emergency’ to Justify Saudi Arms Sales  —  Bypassing Congress on this issue will come back to haunt the president.  —  For more than a year now, Senator Bob Menendez has delayed the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to make a point about the war in Yemen.
Discussion: NPR and UPI
Dan De Luce / NBC News:   Trump bypasses Congress to push through arms sales to Saudis, UAE
New York Times:
Bannon's Populists, Once a ‘Movement,’ Keep Him at Arm's Length  —  PARIS — Stephen K. Bannon, the millionaire former Trump adviser turned rabble rouser of European populists, settled into a plush set of rooms this week in Paris at the Bristol Hotel, where suites run up to $32,000 a night.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
National Rifle Association Hit with $100 Million Counter-Suit  —  Ackerman McQueen, the gun group's longtime PR firm, accuses the NRA of false demands and ulterior motives  —  Ackerman McQueen is biting the hand that feeds it.  The longtime PR firm for the National Rifle Association …
New York Times:
In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc  —  For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Washington Post:
20 questions Mueller will actually be able to answer
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RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
UN Maritime Tribunal Rules Russia Must ‘Immediately’ Release Ukrainian Sailors, Ships
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
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 federal workers
Discussion: Axios
Trent England / USA Today:
Rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished the Electoral College
Discussion: Breitbart and Outside the Beltway