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12:00 AM ET, May 30, 2019


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Wall Street Journal:
White House Wanted USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’ During Trump Japan Visit  —  The White House wanted the Navy to move a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain, a war hero who became a frequent target of President Trump's ire, ahead of the president's visit to Japan last week.
Washington Post:
White House wanted USS John S. McCain obscured during Trump's Japan visit  —  The White House asked Navy officials to obscure the USS John S. McCain while President Trump was visiting Japan, Pentagon and White House officials said Wednesday night.  —  A senior Navy official confirmed …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
David Frum / The Atlantic:
What the Mueller Report Actually Said  —  Robert Mueller has advised Americans to go back and actually read his report if we want to understand what happened in 2016.  “We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself,” he said on Wednesday morning, speaking publicly for the first time since his appointment.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Quartz and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Retrospective: Mueller and the fatal flaw of the Trump-Russia affair  —  It's not unusual to hear House Democrats vow to “get to the bottom” of the Trump-Russia matter — as if the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, with 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search-and-seizure warrants …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Mueller Just Proved His Entire Operation Was A Political Hit Job That Trampled The Rule Of Law  —  At a hastily-arranged Wednesday press conference, Special Counsel Robert Mueller proved that he was never interested in justice or the rule of law.  —  If there were any doubts …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Wayward Special Counsel  —  In the end, the by-the-book Robert Mueller wildly departed from the book.  —  He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at the very least, in violation of the spirit of the special counsel regulations.
William S. Cohen / Washington Post:
When will the Republican silence on Trump end?  —  William S. Cohen is a former Republican congressman, senator and defense secretary who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.  —  Now that Robert S. Mueller III has broken months of silence …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alan Dershowitz / The Hill:
Shame on Robert Mueller for exceeding his role  —  The statement by special counsel Robert Mueller in a Wednesday press conference that “if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said that” is worse than the statement made by then FBI Director James …
Robert De Niro / New York Times:
Robert Mueller, We Need to Hear More
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Mueller: Trump Is Not Not a Criminal
Washington Post:
As he exits, Mueller suggests only Congress can ‘formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller Delivered a Message. Washington Couldn't Agree on What It Was.
Washington Post:
Mueller should have said this weeks ago
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Breitbart
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:   ‘Is it that bad?’  Fox Business host stunned as Napolitano explains Mueller has evidence Trump committed a crime
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:   Mueller's Message: The Obstruction That Nearly Halted Criminal Case Against Russians
Washington Post:
Mueller just made it crystal clear: Only Congress can hold Trump accountable
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Robert Mueller's statement made the Democrats look like cowards
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:   Mueller Stirs Controversy by Urging Americans to Read
Pelosi Press / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Special Counsel Mueller's Press Statement Reiterating the President's Obstruction
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Democrats, Do Your Damned Duty!
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone associate agrees to testify before Mueller grand jury
Discussion: Law & Crime, Fox News and KTLA
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   Mueller's Press Conference Makes the Impeachment Tightrope Tougher to Walk for Democrats
David Corn / Mother Jones:   Mueller Reminds the Nation That Trump Betrayed the USA
Washington Post:
Mueller's statement highlights key differences with Barr on investigation of President Trump
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Robert Mueller to Make Statement on Russia Investigation
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
On question of obstruction, Mueller hewed to untested Justice Department opinions and ‘principles of fairness’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Miami Herald:
Federal prosecutors demand Cindy Yang records from Mar-a-Lago, Trump campaign  —  Federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. this week sent subpoenas to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's private club in Palm Beach, and Trump Victory, a political fundraising committee, demanding they turn …
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Moves to Hold New Election as Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition  —  JERUSALEM — Seven weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared “a night of tremendous victory” in Israel's election, his failure to form a government by midnight Wednesday has turned into a stunning debacle …
Discussion: Haaretz, Townhall, Slate and The Week
Washington Post:   Israel will hold unprecedented second election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails …
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:   Here's why Israel is heading back to elections
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pelosi says altered videos show Facebook leaders were ‘willing enablers’ of Russian election interference  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Facebook's refusal to take down an altered video of her shows that the company's leaders were active contributors to online disinformation and …
New York Times:
Pelosi Slow-Walks Trump's New Nafta Deal
Discussion: Political Wire
Marisa Lagos / KQED:
Nancy Pelosi: Doctored Videos Show Facebook ‘Willing Enablers’ of Russians in 2016
Luke O'Neil / The Guardian:
US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as ‘molecules of freedom’  —  Press release from department said increasing export capacity is ‘critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world’  —  America is the land of freedom, as any politician will be happy to tell you.
Discussion: Power Line
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Worry About Facebook.  Rip Your Hair Out in Screaming Terror About Fox News.  —  Novel forms of digital misinformation still pale in comparison with Fox News' full-time hall of mirrors.  —  At the risk of losing street cred as a tough-as-nails tech pundit, I'll confess that I couldn't muster …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Exclusive: Disney CEO says it will be ‘difficult’ to film in Georgia if abortion law takes effect  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger told Reuters on Wednesday it would be “very difficult” for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect …
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:   Bob Iger: “Very Difficult” For Disney to Work in Georgia If New Abortion Law Enacted
Sohrab Ahmari / Web Exclusives:
Against David French-ism  —  In March, First Things published a manifesto of sorts signed by several mostly youngish, mostly Roman Catholic writers, who argued that “there is no returning to the pre-Trump conservative consensus that collapsed in 2016,” that “any attempt to revive …
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
There Are Two Types of Airport People  —  It's not hard to spot people about to miss a flight.  They're weaving between on-time travelers at a speed somewhere between a power walk and a sprint, or they're elbow-dancing their way to the front of the TSA line to plead their case for immediate screening.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Why the Fight Over Abortion Is Unrelenting  —  The abortion-rights debate raises questions about women's rights that remain unresolved 46 years after Roe v. Wade.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington on politics, demographics and inequality.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Louisiana governor, a Democrat, poised to sign ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban into law
Discussion: NBC News and Washington Post
James Arkin / Politico:
Roy Moore hits back at Trump in defiant interview  —  A defiant Roy Moore brushed aside Donald Trump's warning not to run for Senate again, telling POLITICO on Wednesday that Alabama voters are capable of deciding for themselves whether he's fit for office.  —  “The president doesn't control …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Kellyanne Conway dismisses Hatch Act violation: ‘Let me know when the jail sentence starts’  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday scoffed at a government office's findings that she violated a decades-old law barring officials from weighing in on elections in their government capacity …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Did Brits warn about Steele's credibility, before Mueller's probe?  Congress has evidence  —  One of the deepest, darkest secrets of Russiagate soon may be unmasked.  Even President Trump may be surprised.  —  Multiple witnesses have told Congress that, a week before Trump's inauguration in January 2017 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Kim Phillips-Fein / New Republic:
Fear and Loathing of the Green New Deal
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
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Susie Cagle / OneZero:
Meet the Security Company Building an International Database of Banned Bar Patrons
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
D.C. Theater Backs Out of Hosting Phelim McAleer's FBI Play Over “Threats of Violence”
Discussion: NB Blog and The Daily Caller
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham draws a Democratic challenger who mocks his ties to Trump
Discussion: The Root
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
CNN Anchor Mocks Rape Survivor For 2nd Amendment Views
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Lizza / Washington Post:
Michael Wolff's trip inside Trumpworld, and inside the president's head, with Steve Bannon as guide
Discussion: Mediaite
Biographer: MLK Watched And Laughed During Rape Of Follower
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Power Line
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘The dam has burst’: Liberals warn Democrats risk backlash by not impeaching Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
BuzzFeed News:
The New Presidential Debate Rules Immediately Have Some Democrats Frustrated With The DNC
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Twitter Has Started Researching Whether White Supremacists Belong on Twitter