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2:40 AM ET, May 25, 2019


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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.
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Manipulated Pelosi Videos Spread on Social Media, With Help From Trump  —  Manipulated videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem as if she were repeatedly stumbling and slurring her words spread across social media on Thursday, as tensions escalated between President Trump and the Democratic leader.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump Tantrums the Dems Out of a Trap
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Donald Trump falls for Nancy Pelosi's trap
Discussion: Engadget and The Atlantic
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 …
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
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:   Judge Blocks Part of Trump's Plan to Build Border Wall
Associated Press:   The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Border-Wall Plans
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Politico
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
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  —  President Trump plans to install Ken Cuccinelli as the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, placing the conservative activist and former Virginia attorney general at the head of the agency …
Discussion: Townhall and Mediaite
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Citizenship and immigration services chief resigns
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Staff Dreads Traveling Overseas With Toddler President  —  Traditionally, White House staffers cherish the opportunity to travel with the president overseas on Air Force One as a perk of their service.  But traditionally, the president they are traveling with is not Donald Trump.
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: Axios and Feeds
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.
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.
Scoop: Trump's plan to let adoption agencies reject same-sex parents  —  The Trump administration will soon make it easier for adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples, senior administration officials told Axios.  —  Why it matters: Trump is steadily rolling back Obama-era nondiscrimination …
Griffin Lotz / 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Daily Wire and Fox News
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
The Grandkid Strike: A Bold New Plan to Change Your Parents' Bad Voting Habits  —  Here's an idea!  Change your parents' bad voting habits by refusing to breed.  —  The actress and activist Alyssa Milano has drawn criticism in recent weeks for encouraging women to stop having sex in protest …
Washington Post:
Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act  —  Two prosecutors involved in the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued against the Justice Department's decision to accuse him of violating the Espionage Act because of fear …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Lone Republican blocks disaster aid package on House floor  —  Rep. Chip Roy became the man who delayed $19.1 billion in disaster aid to communities throughout the country on Friday.  —  House leaders tried to pass a multibillion-dollar disaster assistance measure, by unanimous consent, but the Texas Republican objected on the floor.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Brian Stelter Defends Past Praise of Avenatti: ‘He Showed a Trump-Like Mastery of the Media Last Year’  —  CNN's Brian Stelter insists he doesn't take Michael Avenatti seriously anymore, but he will not apologize for how he appraised the embattled lawyer's skill in driving the media.
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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
Hen Mazzig / Tablet Magazine:
Who Gets to Speak for Mizrahi Jews?
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
Beam me up, Kentucky? George Takei tweets he's ‘tempted’ to take on Mitch McConnell
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Edith Honan / ABC News:
Federal court blocks Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law from taking effect
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jenni Russell / New York Times:
Theresa May Meets Her Lonely End
Discussion: Althouse
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump doesn't seem to understand what ‘treason’ means
Discussion: Mediaite, and Fox News