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May 17, 2019 8:48 a.m.

Happy Friday, May 17. Some Democrats are once again looking to special counsel Robert Mueller for salvation, this time to combat administration efforts to spin his report. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.

Three Things To Watch

Tug-of-war over Mueller continues 

House Democrats are leaning hard into the prospect of special counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress, pinning their hopes for getting mileage out of the report to its author bringing it to life. Even if they do wrangle him into a hearing room though, the White House’s claim of executive privilege over the report may limit what the special counsel can say.

Barr talks to Fox News

Attorney General Bill Barr will sit down for an interview with Fox News on Friday morning. We will be watching for any major revelations from Barr, though the friendly network may not lob tough questions his way. In a clip of an interview released ahead of time, Barr said he was probing if “government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale.”

Alabama abortion law fallout

Though the Alabama abortion bill had many pro-lifers cheering, a few felt that the legislation is too extreme and unlikely to make any headway in the Supreme Court. We’ll be on the lookout for any more fallout from the new law, and tracking which other state bills could prompt a Supreme Court review.

Today’s Rundown

The Senate is out.

9:00 a.m. ET House gavels in.

9:10 a.m. ET President Trump leaves Trump Tower in New York City en route to the White House.

2:00 p.m. ET Trump delivers remarks at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday’s Top Story

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Shuts Down Hugh Hewitt: ‘Hugh, Just Stop, For Heaven’s Sake!’ — David Taintor

Reading List

Taiwan’s government legalizes same-sex marriage in 1st for Asia — CBS News

Big Companies Pay CEOs for Good Performance—and Bad — Theo Francis and Vanessa Fuhrmans, The Wall Street Journal

Wouldn’t You Like to Know If Trump Can Be Bribed? — Timothy O’Brien, Bloomberg

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