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8:30 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
MSNBC:   Former CIA Director: Barr investigation an “outrageous” move
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.
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
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Robert Mueller wants to avoid ‘political spectacle’ before Congress: Nadler
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Breitbart
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
How Trump Wins Next Year  —  What's happened in India and Australia is a warning to the left.  —  More than 600 million Indians cast their ballots over the past six weeks in the largest democratic election in the world.  Donald Trump won.  —  A week ago, several million Australians went to the polls in another touchstone election.
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.
Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Trump lawyers, House committees reach agreement to hold off on enforcing Deutsche Bank, Capital One subpoenas  —  (CNN)Lawyers for President Donald Trump have reached an agreement with the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees to hold off for now on enforcing the subpoenas …
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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?
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump, in Japan, says Tokyo has ‘substantial’ trade advantage over US  —  President Trump on Saturday started his four-day visit to Japan by declaring that Tokyo has a “substantial” trade advantage over the U.S. — and that he hopes a future trade agreement will rebalance the situation.
Mad Dog PAC:
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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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Utah judge suspended for bashing Trump online and in court  —  The Utah Supreme Court suspended a judge for six months without pay this week over disparaging remarks he made about President Trump online and in his courtroom.  —  The court ruling points to several instances in which Judge Michael Kwan …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
'It's not trivial': Bennet faces steep hurdles in longshot campaign  —  Michael Bennet has every reason not to run for president.  —  The low-key Colorado Democratic senator has a relatively centrist record that may be out of step with some primary voters, a recent cancer diagnosis and no real national profile.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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.
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN now the ‘hate Trump’ network, ex-contributors say: Network ‘openly despises conservatives’
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas
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
Washington Post:
20 questions Mueller will actually be able to answer
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How YouTube comments are the best way to understand Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
Abortion Clinics See Surge In Harassment And Hate
Washington Post:
What will Taiwan's same-sex marriages will mean in the rest of Asia?
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
UN Maritime Tribunal Rules Russia Must ‘Immediately’ Release Ukrainian Sailors, Ships