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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Melania Trump's indefensible defense of her bully husband  —  There is a classic dodge that bullies can be relied to fall back on when they abuse someone who is smaller and weaker than they are.  —  He (or she) asked for it.  —  First lady Melania Trump, it appears, subscribes to that defense of the indefensible as well.
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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Melania Trump Thinks Greta Thunberg Had POTUS Attack Coming  —  Apparently speaking out against climate change means the 16 year-old should expect to be mocked by world leaders.  —  Earlier this week, Donald Trump, who is very busy and important, took some time out of his schedule to attack a 16-year-old girl.
Sky Palma / Raw Story:   Melania justifies Trump's bullying of Greta Thunberg: She's ‘an activist who travels the globe’
James Mills / Daily Mail:
Greta Thunberg tells cheering crowd 'we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall …
Discussion: Breitbart
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
What the U.K. Election Does (and Doesn't) Teach Democrats  —  A small island nation governed by a constitutional monarchy — where voters consider the concept of government mail delivery borderline communistic, and socialized medicine common sense — held an election on Thursday.
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Et Tu, U.K.?  —  Labour's wipeout in yesterday's British election highlights the transnational defection of the white working class and deepens the global crisis of the social democratic left.  —  Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with workers during a visit to Wilton Engineering Services …
New York Times:
Labour's Crushing Loss in Britain Adds to ‘Too Far Left?’  Debate in U.S.  —  Centrist Democrats portrayed Boris Johnson's victory as a warning sign for the American election.  Progressives said there were few similarities between the two political races.  —  Former Vice President Joseph …
Discussion: CNN, Politico, NBC News and DNyuz
Washington Post:
On impeachment, Democrats can put Republicans on defense.  Here's how.  —  When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blithely suggested on Fox News that he will conduct the Senate impeachment trial in full collusion with President Trump's legal team, he handed Democrats a big opening.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
McConnell, Coordinating With White House, Lays Plans for Impeachment Trial  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, said he was taking his cues from the White House.  Democrats are outraged.  —  WASHINGTON — With the House headed to a vote to impeach President Trump next week …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
New York Times:
Wisconsin Judge Says State Must Purge 200,000 Voter Registrations  —  The decision, which was derided by Democrats, comes in a fight to win Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election.  —  Three years ago, fewer than 23,000 votes handed Donald J. Trump a crucial victory in Wisconsin …
Discussion: WILL vs Wisconsin …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge orders state to purge more than 200,000 Wisconsin voters from the rolls … (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  PORT WASHINGTON - An Ozaukee County judge on Friday ordered the state to remove hundreds of thousands of people from Wisconsin's voter rolls because they may have moved.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin judge: 234K voter registrations should be tossed
Discussion: The Hill
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
How is Devin Nunes paying for his many lawsuits?  —  Rep. Devin Nunes' critics have obsessed over how he is paying for the six lawsuits he filed this year, but there are no public records showing how he has paid his Virginia lawyer.  —  That means Nunes is either paying for the lawsuits …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Former Breitbart Editor: Stephen Miller is a white supremacist.  I know, I was one too.  —  (CNN)She was already a racist when she took a publishing job in Washington, DC.  But when she became a reporter for Breitbart News, Katie McHugh says she was taken to new depths of hate with the help of Stephen Miller.
William Saletan / Slate:
Barr Is Trying to Erase the Truth  —  In December 2018, President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to be his attorney general.  Trump wanted Barr to bury the Russia investigation, and in April, Barr did just that.  Brushing aside the evidence compiled by special counsel Robert Mueller …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Democrats plan ‘unprecedented’ effort to flip state legislative chambers in 2020 state races  —  National Democratic leaders, backed by activist groups formed in response to President Trump's election, are planning an unprecedented push to flip legislative chambers in at least seven states next year …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
New York Times:
A Great Big Gift Not on Trump's Disclosure Form: Giuliani's Legal Advice  —  For the past 20 months, President Trump has received free personal legal services from one of America's highest-paid lawyers, who has traveled around the country and across the ocean to defend him in the special counsel's inquiry …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
The Breach Widens as Congress Nears a Partisan Impeachment  —  Fleeting efforts at persuasion by members of the Judiciary Committee gave way to disputes over basic facts during a marathon debate over articles of impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — It was the rarest of moments in the nation's capital …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:   Fact-based impeachment can't penetrate the pro-Trump Web
Hayley Richardson / Daily Mail:
What is the secret of Hillary Clinton's strangely plumped-up-cheeks?  Fillers could be behind more youthful look  —  Hillary Clinton looked wonderfully youthful at an event on Broadway in New York last night - and aesthetic experts suggest it could be down to regular ‘tweakments’ and cosmetic procedures.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump's Financial Records  —  The court's ruling, expected by June, could release information the president has tried to protect.  Or the justices could rule that his financial affairs are not legitimate subjects of inquiry so long as he remains in office.
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Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea conducts another test at long-range rocket site  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent.
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: China tightens up on info after Xinjiang leaks  —  The Xinjiang regional government in China's far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Dear Mitch, here is how the president's impeachment trial should go  —  Thank you so much for being so extremely willing to coordinate with us here at the President's Team!  Whatever it is that has made you entirely alter your position about how much power the Senate has to check the president since, uh, 2016, we appreciate you!
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
How Biden Kept Screwing Up Iraq—Over and Over and Over Again  —  BLOOD AND MALARKEY  —  Biden didn't just vote to authorize the Iraq war for “peace and security.”  He got it wrong at every stage, from invasion to occupation to a withdrawal that led to ISIS' rise.
New York Times:
‘Mayors for Mike’: How Bloomberg's Money Built a 2020 Political Network  —  Michael Bloomberg is relying on powerful city leaders as allies in his presidential campaign.  Several have received grants, training and support packages totaling millions from his foundation.
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Refuses To Release Records On Imran Awan, Citing ‘Technical Difficulties’ And A Secret Case, Court Docs Show  — Judicial Watch sued the Department of Justice for records about former Democratic cybersecurity aide Imran Awan in order to square evidence of wrongdoing with prosecutors' decision …
Discussion: Redstate
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Host Jesse Watters Called Out by Women's Groups Over ‘Richard Jewell’ Remarks  —  On ‘The Five,’ the host claimed that female journalists sleep with their sources to get stories “all the time.”  —  As co-host of the sometimes-rowdy daily talk show The Five on Fox News …
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Staten Island Rep. Max Rose backs impeachment of Trump  —  Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island) announced Friday he will vote to impeach President Trump.  —  The moderate first-term Democrat, who had resisted backing the impeachment investigation, said he has seen enough evidence to support impeaching Trump.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
High court fallout  —  It wasn't always so easy for county governments to make electoral changes that reduced voting access.  —  In 2013, the Supreme Court split 5-4 along ideological lines, ruling that Georgia and eight other states with a history of discrimination no longer …
Barbara Rodriguez / Des Moines Register:
DOJ investigating allegations of ‘sexual arousal studies’ at Iowa facility for people with disabilities  —  The federal government is investigating allegations of “sexual arousal studies” and other human subject experiments being conducted at a state institution where people …
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Center for Public Integrity:
Center for Public Integrity challenges Trump administration on Ukraine document redactions  —  The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust.  Sign up to receive our stories.  —  The Center for Public Integrity on Friday asked a federal judge …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill, CNN and Raw Story
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
Gavin Newsom rejects PG&E bankruptcy plan, demands ‘radically restructured’ CA utility  —  In a stunning rebuke to PG&E Corp., Gov. Gavin Newsom late Friday rejected the utility's plan to pay Northern California wildfire victims and exit bankruptcy.  —  In a letter to PG&E Chief Executive Bill Johnson …
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
 
 
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
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Dana R. Fisher / TIME:
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Discussion: Power Line
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Shocking moment school bus bullies pummel 14-year-old boy leaving him hospitalized with head injuries …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Disrn
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Icy silence, frayed connections: Impeachment takes a toll
Discussion: The Hill
Tampa Bay Times:
The case for impeachment  —  The House has enough reason …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘The story stands’: McClatchy won't back off its Michael Cohen-Prague reporting