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12:55 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.”
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:   Sarah Sanders: North Korean missile tests aren't ‘bothering’ Trump
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
GOP Armed Services senator breaks with Trump: I find North Korean missile tests ‘very disturbing’
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
European Parliament elections: Voters deny traditional centrists a majority, boost euroskeptics and Greens  —  BRUSSELS — Europeans dealt a blow to the continent's traditional center-left and center-right politicians in elections for the European Parliament on Sunday, depriving them of a majority …
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Nigel Farage's Populist Brexit Party Wins Big in European Parliament Elections  —  Britain's new populist Brexit Party was on course to win the country's European Parliament elections, according to early results released on Sunday, further roiling the already turbulent politics of a country polarized …
Martin Selmayr: Populist wave has been ‘contained’
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
An Indiana Man Who Vandalized A Synagogue With Nazi Symbols Admitted How Far-Right Figures Radicalized Him  —  An Indiana man who plead guilty to defacing a synagogue with Nazi symbolism detailed to federal agents his road to radicalization, including meeting with members …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
New York Times:
With the 2020 Democratic Field Set, Candidates Begin the Races Within the Race  —  NEWTON, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has built an early lead in the month since he entered the presidential campaign, confidently projecting himself as the Democratic front-runner and the candidate best positioned to defeat President Trump.
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's campaign of limited exposure: How long can he keep it up?
Discussion: Fox News and 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
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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
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump falls short on infrastructure after promising to build roads, bridges and consensus
Discussion: Raw Story
Zach Dorfman / Politico:
The Spy Case That Made Adam Schiff a Russia Hawk
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's tweets are losing their potency
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd Shepherd / Washington Free Beacon:
Rep Porter: Congressional Clout Helped Erase My Medical Bills
Macron Chastened as French Voters Hand Narrow Victory to Le Pen
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Why Trump's Stonewalling Legal Strategy Will Keep Failing
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story