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Morning Brief: May 19

Obama on Phone

The White House, wikimedia


He’s one of the most recognizable people in the whole world, so isn’t about time he got a Twitter account? That seems to be the thought process behind the @POTUS twitter account, billed as Barack Obama’s personal account. The President’s already been tweeting occasionally on the @BarackObama handle, but most of the tweets are policy posts from a campaign unit. People seem to love the Pope on @Pontifex—surely the President and his people are hoping for a similar populist popularity boost.


State Department Proposes January Release of Hillary Clinton Emails [NY Times].

Adnan Syed, convicted killer in 'Serial,' gets big break in quest for new trial [CNN].

Investigators Uncertain Anything Hit Train Before Derailment [ABC News].

Mostly Questions and Criticism Ahead of Cuomo Email Summit [Gotham Gazette].

Girl, 2, Dies After Being Struck by Falling Piece of Windowsill in Manhattan [NY Times].


Rangers fell to Tampa 6-2. They're tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mets beat St. Louis 2-1.


Mets host St. Louis at 7:10

Yankees play in Washington at 7:05


Rain likely through the day, less likely at night. 74/59 [full forecast].


• Jane’s Addiction (with A Place To Bury Strangers) @ the Capitol Theatre

• Violent Femmes (with Jake Brebes) @ Rough Trade NYC

• Jason Isbell with Craig Finn @ the Space at Westbury

• Laura Cantrell (with The Human Hearts featuring Franklin Bruno) @ Union Hall

• WFUV PRESENTS: Courtney Barnett (with Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon) @ the Bowery Ballroom


On this day in 1962, a birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight was Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

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