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1:55 PM ET, May 27, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump and Abe's ‘Unshakable Bond’ Shows Some Cracks in Tokyo  —  TOKYO — Standing at side-by-side lecterns inside the gilded Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan sought to show the world the strength of what Mr. Abe called their “unshakable bond.”
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Time Magazine Columnist's Trump Quote Went Viral — Then He Admitted He Made It Up  —  Time Magazine columnist Ian Bremmer on Sunday tweeted a quote from President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that quickly went viral — but it wasn't real.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump finds himself increasingly alone on North Korea
Discussion: Raw Story
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:   Sarah Sanders: North Korean missile tests aren't ‘bothering’ Trump
William James / Reuters:
UK ever more polarized as Brexit Party storms to EU vote win  —  SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Nigel Farage's Brexit Party stormed to victory in a European election, riding a wave of anger at the failure of Prime Minister Theresa May to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union.
Martin Selmayr: Populist wave has been ‘contained’
Washington Post:
European Parliament elections: Voters deny traditional centrists a majority, boost euroskeptics and Greens
New York Times:
The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
EU in photos: How the results in the world's biggest multi-country election unfolded
Jonathan Miller / Spectator USA:   The European election results are a humiliation for Macron
Tim Ball / Politico:
In pictures: European election highs and lows
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Trump HUD Official: 'I Honestly Don't Care' If I'm Breaking Federal Law  —  Lynne Patton said she may have violated the Hatch Act, then called anyone mad about it a “liberal snowflake.”  —  Lynne Patton, a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development …
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Fox News' Chris Wallace challenges Lindsey Graham on his 1998 claim that ignoring subpoenas is impeachable  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday forced Senator Lindsey Graham to watch a 1998 clip of himself talking about the dangers of ignoring subpoenas from Congress during an era …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Chris Wallace Nails Lindsey Graham With Clip of His Own Words from 1999 About Ignoring Subpoenas
Arthur Allen / Politico:
How the anti-vaccine movement crept into the GOP mainstream  —  The anti-vaccine movement, which swelled with discredited theories that blamed vaccines for autism and other ills, has morphed and grown into a libertarian political rebellion that is drawing in state Republican officials who distrust government medical mandates.
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Kirschner / NBC News:
Trump's proposed Memorial Day pardons dishonor veterans — and pervert justice  —  Pardoning war criminals would be the worst way to celebrate a holiday dedicated to those who sacrificed everything so that we can live in a just society.  —  In May, President Donald Trump pardoned former U …
Discussion: The Conversation
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Trump's Formidable 2020 Tailwind  —  The economy and incumbency drive presidential election outcomes.  —  Mr. Rattner served as counselor to the Treasury secretary in the Obama administration.  —  The economy invariably ranks among the top issues on the minds of voters in presidential elections.
Discussion: Axios
Jamal Greene / Slate:
Trump's Judge Whisperer Promised to Take Our Laws Back to the 1930s  —  One week before the 1980 presidential election, toward the end of his lone debate against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan stared into the camera and implored Americans to ask themselves, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Discussion: National Review
Regina Zilbermints / The Hill:
Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump ‘could well be treason’  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday that statements by FBI agents investigating President Trump sounded “an awful lot like a coup, and it could well be treason.”  —  Cheney told Martha Raddatz on ABC's …
Sophie Weiner / Splinter:
Indiana Synagogue Vandal Says He Was Radicalized By Ben Shapiro, Far-Right Media  —  The man who vandalized a synagogue in Indiana with swastika graffiti last year told federal agents that he was radicalized by far-right media like Breitbart and by meeting with the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, according to BuzzFeed.
New York Times:
‘Wow, What Is That?’  Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects  —  WASHINGTON — The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast.
Discussion: Daily Wire,, Fox News and Splinter
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics  —  In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo.  In four pages, the document, from the committee's then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Flynn's case could prompt release of some redacted parts of Mueller report  —  (CNN)Sought-after parts of the Mueller investigation may be made public this week, thanks to a federal judge who's taken an unusual approach in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Distinguished persons of the week: They can stop Trump
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
A hefty donation to Trump's inaugural comes under scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and all he's got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation.
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Colluders, Obstructionists, Leakers, and Other Projectionists  —  Before the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the idea that the Russians or anyone else could warp or tamper with our elections in any serious manner was laughed off by President Obama.  “There is no serious person out there who would suggest …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Female Veterans, and a Memorial to Them, Struggle to Honor Women Who Served
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump's Ringside Evening in the Sumo Arena
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
A Migrant Family Takes a Greyhound Across America
Discussion: Townhall and ImmigrationProf Blog
Jay Cost / National Review:
The American Revolution's Starving, Barefoot, Heroic Troops
New York Times:
With the 2020 Democratic Field Set, Candidates Begin the Races Within the Race
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Muslim Candidates Feel The Effect Of Trump Attacks On Ilhan Omar
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
How Liberalism Loses  —  An inflexible agenda and a global retreat.
Washington Post:
Trump falls short on infrastructure after promising to build roads, bridges and consensus
Discussion: Raw Story
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's tweets are losing their potency
Discussion: Raw Story