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3:23 AM ET, May 26, 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
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
Gerry Shih / Washington Post:
‘If I disappear’: Chinese students make farewell messages amid crackdowns over labor activism  —  BEIJING — The video opens with the 21-year-old sociology student facing the camera.  His voice quivers as he recounts his interrogation — his humiliation — for days at the hands of Beijing police.
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 …
Discussion: Axios and UPI
Vaishnavee Sharma / Washington Examiner:
Federal judge who blocked Trump's border wall donated $20K to Obama  —  A federal judge who partially blocked President Trump's plans to build a border wall along the United States-Mexico border previously donated almost $30,000 to former President Obama, other Democrats, and a political action committee.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
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.
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
Mad Dog PAC:
Avenatti SDNY Indictment More Files...  So many files...  Speaking of Icarus, you'll want to hit play on this White Hinterland Youtube Video, it might make reading this follow up entry soothing...  Let's assume there's wide spread Agreement across all political and ideological spectrums …
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge blocks Trump from using Defense funds for parts of border wall  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday night blocked President Donald Trump from tapping into Defense Department funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall.  —  In a 56-page ruling …
Joel Rose / NPR:
Judge Blocks Trump Use Of Emergency Power To Build Border Barrier With Military Funds
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Root
The Hill:
Federal judge partially blocks Trump's $1 billion border wall plan
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
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Iain Murray / National Review:
Theresa May's Calamitous Premiership Comes to an End
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN now the ‘hate Trump’ network, ex-contributors say: Network ‘openly despises conservatives’
New York Times:
Bannon's Populists, Once a ‘Movement,’ Keep Him at Arm's Length
Barry McCaffrey / Washington Post:
Pardoning convicted troops would tell the world America no longer has a disciplined military
Discussion: Axios and Just Security
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Huawei Ban Threatens Wireless Service in Rural Areas
Charles Davis / HuffPost:
Tulsi Gabbard's Top Online Fundraiser Is A Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theorist
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Merica / CNN:
‘Seniors for Buttigieg’: Why voters twice his age feel drawn to the millennial mayor
 Earlier Items: 
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
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director asked to resign
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How YouTube comments are the best way to understand Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story