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New York Times:
Biden and Democratic Rivals Exchange Attacks Over His Remarks on Segregationists  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday lashed out at his Democratic rivals who had assailed his fond recollections of working relationships with segregationists in the Senate, refusing to apologize and defending his record on civil rights.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden comments trigger renewed scrutiny of his record on race
Discussion: Breitbart
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Joe Biden's nostalgia is increasingly an issue for his 2020 campaign
A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line  —  The Founders considered it the gravest of crimes.  Tossing the charge around is irresponsible and wrong.  —  First it was the “the failing New York Times.”  Then “fake news.”  Then “enemy of the people.”
HuffPost:
18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President's 9/11 War Authority  —  But how hard are Democrats willing to fight to actually prevent war?  —  WASHINGTON ― House Democrats passed a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill on Wednesday, complete with funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department.
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
House Democrats vote to repeal 9/11-era law used to authorize perpetual war
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Hullabaloo
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Spoiler Alert: They Want a War
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Feds arrest Syrian refugee accused of plotting terrorist attack on Pittsburgh church  —  The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Syrian refugee on Wednesday in connection with an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a Christian church in Pittsburgh.
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Tom Winter / NBC News:   Syrian refugee charged with plotting to bomb Pennsylvania church
WTAE:
Pittsburgh resident, Syrian man arrested on terrorism charges after planning attack on Christian church
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Politico:
'It's a farce': Dems livid as Hope Hicks dodges questions  —  The president's former longtime confidante met with lawmakers behind closed doors to discuss the president's alleged efforts to thwart Mueller's Russia probe.  —  House Democrats erupted Wednesday at what they said was the White …
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's plan for the Dem debates: Make it about him
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses  —  Federal authorities are investigating whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering and other crimes, the latest government examination of potential misconduct at one of the world's largest …
CNN:
CUOMO PRIME TIME  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  [21:00:00] JOHN BERMAN, CNN CO-ANCHOR, NEW DAY: All right, friends.  Thank you very much for watching with - this with us and helping us understand it.  —  The news continues.
Discussion: Townhall
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Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Pelosi blows off AOC ‘concentration camp’ remarks  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off comments made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez equating border facilities for migrants to “concentration camps” by saying she wasn't “up-to-date” on what the New York freshman said.
Andi Zeisler / NBC News:
AOC was right to compare Trump's border internment camps to concentration camps
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department official didn't disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina  —  The State Department official in charge of U.S. arms control negotiations with Moscow and her husband had a years-long friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Senators get classified briefing on UFO sightings  —  Three more U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to congressional and government officials — part of a growing number …
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Believes He Has the Authority to Replace Powell at Fed  — President is not planning to demote Fed chairman, for now  — Powell says he will serve his full term despite criticism  —  President Donald Trump has told confidants as recently as Wednesday that he believes …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Now, word of a mysterious third ‘scope memo’ for Robert Mueller  —  The 448-page Mueller report has been public for two months, so it might seem strange that the Justice Department's original instructions to special counsel Robert Mueller, outlining what he was assigned to investigate, are still a secret.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Mueller counsel Michael Dreeben leaving top DOJ post
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Associated Press:
Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal.  The U.S. military declined to immediately comment.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The right answers to the New York Times candidate questionnaire  —  The New York Times made a wonderful piece of content asking 21 of the 2020 Democratic candidates 18 questions, all offering various degrees of illumination.  Everyone did a pretty good job on these questions …
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Washington Post:
Former Trump business partner Felix Sater set to testify Friday before House Intelligence Committee  —  Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer, is set to testify Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about his experience working on a proposed Trump tower project in Moscow during …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Axios
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Tops Electability Ratings  —  Most Dems interested in first debates, but not excited  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now virtually tied with Vermont …
Brittany Crocker / USA Today:
Cracker Barrel turns away Grayson Fritts, detective who called for LGBTQ executions in Tennessee  —  CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, refused to host Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Grayson Fritts and his church group, citing the restaurant chain's zero-tolerance policy …
Discussion: The Tennessean
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Steel industry begins to idle plants, shows signs of weakness — despite Trump's support  —  U.S. Steel announced it will temporarily halt production at two domestic plants despite the boost from the Trump administration's tariffs, as a steel industry singled out for federal support shows signs of weakening.
Discussion: Reason
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Meghan McCain Snaps and Calls Joy Behar a ‘Bitch’ on the Air  —  Things are tense on Splinter's fave gab-fest, The View.  After reports of behind-the-scenes bickering, the drama played out in front of the camera on Wednesday morning, as Meghan McCain finally snapped and called Joy Behar, her frequent nemesis and co-host, a “bitch.”
Helen Christophi / courthousenews.com:
Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Judge Who Attacked Roe v. Wade, Called Being Transgender ‘A Delusion’  —  Susan Collins was the only Republican who voted against making Matthew Kacsmaryk a lifetime federal judge.  —  WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk …
Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington:
The Faceoff over U.S. Arms Sales to the Gulf: What Next?  —  This is a dial-in only briefing.  Once you have registered you will receive an email from AGSIW with instructions to access the briefing.  —  On May 24, the Trump administration issued a national emergency declaration citing tensions …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. tells India it is mulling caps on H-1B visas to deter data rules - sources  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge …
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Sonny Perdue reverses Jobs Corps closures amid backlash from Congress  —  The Trump administration, under heavy pressure from Congress, will withdraw plans to end a U.S. Forest Service program that trains underprivileged youth, spokespersons for the Agriculture and Labor departments told POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Washington Post:
With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say  —  Last winter, the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seemed a sure bet to President Trump, a quick foreign policy win at a time when other initiatives in Asia …
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has lots of ideas. Bad ideas.
Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: Reason
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Discussion: UPI, Newser and courthousenews.com
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why Elizabeth Warren doesn't scare many moderate Democrats
Faris Bseiso / CNN:
Ilhan Omar introduces bill to end school lunch debt shaming
Discussion: Splinter and UPI
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 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
House reauthorizes Hyde Amendment, despite protests from 2020 Dems
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Schumer Requests Investigation Into Mnuchin's Handling of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Federal judge says census citizenship question merits more consideration in light of new evidence
Discussion: CNN and The Root
David French / National Review:
Two Painful Truths of America's Religious Culture War
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
The normalization of Bryan Goldberg
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs if Congress doesn't let it kill personnel agency
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios