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TIME:
Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ Party While He Taught at a Private School, Canada's Liberal Party Admits  —  Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001.  TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
2001 Photo of Trudeau in Brownface Makeup Roils Canada Election  —  OTTAWA — The re-election campaign of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada was thrown into turmoil Wednesday when Time magazine published a 2001 photograph of him wearing brownface makeup at a private school party.
Associated Press:   Justin Trudeau campaign hit with ‘brownface’ photo
Real Clear Politics:
McSally's GOP Senate Challenger Wants to...Annex Mexico  —  Donald Trump wants to build the wall.  A wannabe-Donald Trump in Arizona wants to annex Mexico.  —  Ahead of a general election where the Grand Canyon State could be a bit of a problem for the president, the wealthy owner of a cosmetics company …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
A progressive revolt against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)  —  Opinion: Progressive Democrats want to censure the first Arizona Democrat to win a Senate seat in 30 years.  Genius idea.  —  CONNECT  —  A group of Arizona Democrats are demonstrating …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘The ground is shifting’: Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Trump
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Internal poll shows Kobach trailing Democrat in Kansas Senate race
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Alternet.org
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Bolton unloads on Trump's foreign policy behind closed doors  —  John Bolton, President Donald Trump's fired national security adviser, harshly criticized Trump's foreign policy on Wednesday at a private lunch, saying inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   Trump's Replacement for Bolton Is Also a Hawk
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Corey Lewandowski's stonewall campaign finally crumbles: Are impeachment counts coming?  —  Trump's onetime campaign manager strutted and preened — and then got dismantled by the Democrats' lawyer  —  On Tuesday the House Judiciary Committee held the first public hearing to be billed as part of an “impeachment inquiry.”
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
This Picture Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment
Discussion: Yahoo News and Politico
Washington Post:
House Democrats eager to impeach Trump struggle to galvanize public support
Discussion: The Week
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Feel free to leak this’: Inside the Pelosi-Nadler impeachment schism
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would have held Lewandowski in contempt ‘right then and there’
Discussion: Alternet.org, Raw Story and Politico
The Boston Globe:
Joe Kennedy to formally announce he'll run for Senate  —  Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules  —  WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks after being sworn in last year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young progressive star fresh off an upset of one of the top Democratic leaders in the House …
Discussion: VICE and Politico
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Badrun Khan to challenge Ocasio-Cortez in Democratic primary
Discussion: Fox News
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
‘This Is Not the Way Everybody Behaves.’ How Adam Neumann's Over-the-Top Style Built WeWork.  —  The skills that helped fuel We Co.'s breakneck growth are piling up as potential liabilities as the company prepares to go public  —  Adam Neumann was flying high.  Literally.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
A 21st Century Breakup Inside the divorce rattling Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.
Washington Post:
Pentagon has warned of dire outcomes if military projects canceled for wall don't happen  —  The Pentagon warned of dire outcomes unless Congress paid for urgently needed military construction projects nationwide — the same projects that have now been canceled to fund President Trump's border wall.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Electable Is Elizabeth Warren, Anyway?  —  Elizabeth Warren is not leading the polls (yet), but she is on a trajectory to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  She is well-liked by supporters of other candidates, giving her room to grow.  And the sequence of votes gives …
Discussion: Splinter
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden at new low in Democratic primary race  —  It's increasingly more important to Democratic primary voters to beat President Donald Trump than support their favorite candidate — and former Vice President Joe Biden is widely considered the candidate most likely to give them the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:
Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday's election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.
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Megan Specia / New York Times:
Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways From the Israeli Election
Haggai Matar / +972 Magazine:   The end of the Netanyahu era doesn't mean the end of the occupation
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Document The White House, Barr Are Using To Push Gun Control On Republicans  —  The White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have met with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to shop legislation on expanding background checks consistent with the Manchin-Toomey bill …
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Claire Spellberg / Decider:
‘SNL’ Boss Lorne Michaels Reportedly Hired Shane Gillis to Appeal to Conservative Viewers  —  Just when you thought the Shane Gillis controversy was over, new details have emerged about his Saturday Night Live casting.  According to a new report from Variety's Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Will Wilkinson / New York Times:
Why an Assault Weapons Ban Hits Such a Nerve With Many Conservatives  —  The premise of Trumpist populism is that the political preferences of a shrinking minority of citizens matter more than democracy.  —  “Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Beto O'Rourke exclaimed at last week's Democratic debate.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump Insider Claims Melania Has a Long-Term Boyfriend (and Donald Trump Knows About it)  —  It's pretty obviously to anyone with eyes that Donald and Melania Trump don't exactly have a lovey-dovey relationship.  —  From the hand-swatting to the Playboy model to the porn stars …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has parted ways with Iowa political director  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) parted ways with his Iowa political director in recent weeks, his campaign confirmed Wednesday, part of a series of recent staff shake-ups in key early states.  —  The campaign announced in March …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Let Corey Be Corey  —  Corey Lewandowsky wants to beat a woman.  I'm talking about incumbent New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  Why, what did you think I meant?  —  Yesterday Corey Lewandowsky admitted to the world that he is a liar and he did it under oath, during his congressional testimony …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's appeasement of Trump appears to have reached its limit  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) has all but admitted to the game he's playing with President Trump.  The man who once derided Trump as a “bigot” and a “kook” during the 2016 campaign has acknowledged his pro-Trump conversion …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator ‘Doubtful’ He'll Support Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi  —  “If he'll treat a United States senator the way he treated us, I wonder how he would treat the people,” said Sen. John Kennedy.  —  WASHINGTON ― Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Wednesday that he's not inclined …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
This report tallied the human and economic toll of gun violence in all 50 states.  The cost is staggering.  —  2017 marked the first time firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents, the report said.  —  Gun violence hits America's youth and rural states the hardest and has reached …
WPLG-TV:
American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight has ties to ISIS, prosecutors say  —  Flight aborted after crew notices error with air data module system  —  MIAMI - An American Airlines mechanic accused of disabling a navigation system on a flight scheduled to take off …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Jihad Watch
Mackenzie Mays / Politico:
Anti-vaccine protesters are likening themselves to civil rights activists  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A chorus of mostly white women sang the gospel song “We Shall Overcome” in the California State Capitol, an anthem of the civil rights movement.  Mothers rallied outside the governor's office …
Discussion: Raw Story and LGBTQ Nation
Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Twitter Suspends Second Amendment Foundation Account on Eve of Gun Rights Policy Conference  —  The Second Amendment Foundation along with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are holding their annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix this weekend (TTAG will be there).
 
 
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Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel
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FiveThirtyEight:
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Discussion: Alternet.org
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Timothy Libert / New York Times:
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Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
A modest defense of ‘The West Wing’
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Ken Cuccinelli Wants The Power To Reveal The Personal Information Of Refugees And Asylees Who Are Accused Of Crimes
Discussion: Axios
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
Corey Lewandowski Just Proved Democrats Have Not Come to Grips With What They're Up Against
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Why it will be hard for Trump to win Wisconsin again
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story