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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Anderson set to challenge McAdams in 2020.
  • Tax reform task force prepares to get down to work.
  • May resigns as PM.
  • Trump and Pelosi trade insults.

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National Briefing

Breaking overnight. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would resign on June 7 - https://aol.it/2QmkjY4


Trump gives Barr the keys. President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify government secrets in an investigation into how the probe into the Russian interference in the 2016 election began - https://wapo.st/2QieyLh


Mueller wants to testify in private. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday night that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify in private about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - http://bit.ly/2Qmjgrk


Trump, Pelosi trade insults. Trump called Speaker Nancy Pelosi "Crazy Nancy" while Pelosi said Trump's family and White House aides should "stage an intervention for the good of the country" - https://nyti.ms/2wjVrXO

  • President Trump shared a video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on social media that had been slowed down to make her look like she was impaired - https://wapo.st/2wjW8Ao
  • Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg took a shot at Trump's claim of bone spurs to avoid serving in Vietnam, calling it a fake disability - http://bit.ly/2wiIVYC

Very stable genius. President Trump called on several White House staffers during a press availability to vouch for his demeanor and to back up his claim that he did not have a temper tantrum when he walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders earlier this week - http://bit.ly/2QkNhHY


Trump vs. Congress. Wells Fargo and TD Bank have already turned over Trump-related financial documents to Congress - https://nbcnews.to/2Qo9S6r


The Trump administration may sidestep Congress on to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Republican and Democratic members of Congress are warning the president not to invoke emergency powers to complete a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other countries - https://wapo.st/2Qj83I0


Judge questions lawsuit to stop border wall. A federal judge expressed doubt about a lawsuit from House Democrats to block construction of President Trump's border wall after a Justice Department Attorney argued Congress cannot sue to enforce its constitutional power of the purse - https://wapo.st/2wj3Z1a


$16 billion bailout. President Trump announced a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by his trade war with China - https://nyti.ms/2Ql0Abh


Friday's bizarre headline. President Trump is trying to steer the deal to build the border wall to a North Dakota firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and a frequent guest on Fox News - https://wapo.st/2Qk56XH


Trump vs. Tillerson. President Trump declared Rex Tillerson, who he hired as Secretary of State, "dumb as a rock" and "totally ill-prepared and ill-equipped for the job" after Tillerson told members of Congress that Russian President Vladimir Putin had outfoxed Trump - https://yhoo.it/2Ql1O6n


Senate approves massive aid package. The Senate passed a multi-billion disaster aid bill after making a deal with President Trump - https://politi.co/2wi93TK


For your radar. The FBI says they've seen a significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism - https://cnn.it/2QkpLuM


There is so much garbage on Facebook. The social media platform took down more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, which is double the number from the previous six months - http://bit.ly/2wjWWFq

  • Twitter banned the Krassenstein brothers, prominent anti-Trump advocates, for operating fake accounts and purchasing false interactions - http://bit.ly/2QoNjyK

Measles travel ban. Health officials in five states may block people believed to be infected with measles from boarding airplanes - https://wapo.st/2wh5RaC


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