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11:40 AM 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.”
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea calls Bolton ‘war monger’ over missile comment  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a “war monger” and “human defect” after he described its recent tests of short-range missiles as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
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
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Sarah Sanders Says Trump and Kim ‘Agree in Their Assessment’ of Biden
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
Martin Selmayr: Populist wave has been ‘contained’  —  Martin Selmayr's day-after take on the European election is that “the so-called populist wave, I think it was contained.”  —  The European Commission's powerful secretary-general was speaking at POLITICO's event “The Day after the Elections.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
European Election Results Show Growing Split Over Union's Future  —  BRUSSELS — Populists and nationalists who want to chip away at the European Union's powers increased their share in Europe's Parliament after four days of continent-wide elections, but it was not the deluge that many traditionalists had feared.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
EU in photos: How the results in the world's biggest multi-country election unfolded
New York Times:
The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tim Ball / Politico:
In pictures: European election highs and lows
Jonathan Miller / Spectator USA:   The European election results are a humiliation for Macron
Christian Oliver / Politico:
Greece's Tsipras calls snap election after EU poll drubbing
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:, Splinter and Fox News
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's campaign of limited exposure: How long can he keep it up?
Discussion: Fox News, Don Surber and Axios
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 …
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Rep. Duncan Hunter Admits Taking Photos of Dead Combatants While in Marines  —  A Navy SEAL charged with a war crime “did one bad thing that I'm guilty of too — taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” congressman said  —  Rep. Duncan S. Hunter (R-CA) …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's tweets are losing their potency  —  President Trump's tweets don't pack the punch they did at the outset of his presidency.  His Twitter interaction rate — a measure of the impact given how much he tweets and how many people follow him — has tumbled precipitously, according to data from CrowdTangle.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
Washington Post:
Trump falls short on infrastructure after promising to build roads, bridges and consensus
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Zach Dorfman / Politico:
The Spy Case That Made Adam Schiff a Russia Hawk
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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
Will Bunch /
Trump bullies Dems, other foes into cowardice. Without courage, America may be lost
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Red Painter / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jim Acosta: A Senior White House Official Told Me 'The President's Insane'
Daily Mail:
Look who's eyeing up a comeback! …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Christian rightwingers warn abortion fight could spark US civil war