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12:20 AM ET, May 8, 2019


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New York Times:
Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses  —  Newly obtained tax information reveals that from 1985 to 1994, Donald J. Trump's businesses were in far bleaker condition than was previously known.  —  By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump …
New York Times:
5 Takeaways From 10 Years of Trump Tax Figures  —  Since the 2016 presidential campaign, journalists at The New York Times and elsewhere have been trying to piece together Donald J. Trump's complex and concealed finances.  Now The Times has obtained 10 years of previously unrevealed figures …
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The nightmare scenario for Democrats on Trump's corruption  —  The administration's categorical refusal to release President Trump's tax returns heightens the difficult question Democrats face, and raises the prospect of a nightmare scenario — both in political and substantive terms.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
N.Y. Lawmakers Move Closer to Allowing Release of Trump's State Tax Returns  —  As a standoff builds in Washington over the president's federal tax returns, New York's Legislature is moving quickly to allow the release of Mr. Trump's state returns.  —  ALBANY — As the standoff …
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.'s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Exclusive: Mueller fought release of Comey memos to prevent Trump and others from changing stories  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors didn't want former FBI Director James Comey's memos released because they feared that President Donald Trump and other witnesses could change …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House Democrats threaten salaries of Trump officials who block interviews  —  House Democrats are threatening the salaries of Interior, Commerce and Justice Department staff if they block ongoing committee investigations.  —  House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:   James Comey is in trouble and he knows it
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   House Democrats Move Forward On William Barr Contempt Vote After Negotiations Fail
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems moving forward with Barr contempt vote after DOJ talks break down
Committee on the Judiciary:   Chairman Nadler's Statement On DOJ Asking the White House to Invoke Executive Privilege
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
White House instructs former counsel Don McGahn not to comply with congressional subpoena
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Issues Impeachment Warning as White House Escalates Fight
Discussion: CNBC, Axios, Political Wire and The Week
1 student dead, multiple injured in Highlands Ranch school shooting, officials say  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — An 18-year-old male student was killed, multiple others injured and two suspects were in custody in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
New York Times:
School Shooting in Colorado Leaves 1 Student Dead and 7 Injured  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Last month, as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting approached, STEM School Highlands Ranch joined hundreds of schools near Denver in closing temporarily amid security concerns.
Discussion: CNN, Splinter, VICE News, CBS News and Vox
The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say  —  John Bolton and other Team Trump hawks are trumpeting intelligence that Tehran is readying attacks on U.S. forces.  They're exaggerating the threat, officials tell The Daily Beast.  —  On Sunday, the National Security Council announced …
Colin Kahl / Foreign Policy:
Trump's Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous  —  Growing evidence suggests the U.S. president is traveling a path toward war—whether he knows it or not.  —  On May 5, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton issued a stark warning to Iran.  —  The United States, he announced …
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
How Not to Announce a Ship Deployment
Discussion: CNN, FDD, Breaking Defense and Townhall
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Appeals court allows Trump to keep asylum seekers in Mexico, for now  —  A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration may, for now, require certain non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico pending resolution of their cases.  —  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court …
Discussion: Townhall, Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Appeals Court Allows Trump Back-to-Mexico Asylum Policy to Remain in Effect
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Political Wire
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:   Appeals court allows Trump administration to send back asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out court process
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:   Trump Administration Can Keep Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico, Court Rules
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. asylum screeners to take more confrontational approach as Trump aims to turn more migrants away at the border
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Associated Press:
Trump has signed off on Kushner's immigration plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed off on a new immigration plan being spearheaded by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner that appeared to receive a positive reception from Republican senators briefed on it Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg: God doesn't belong to a political party, but 'I can't imagine' God would be a Republican
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   John Kelly Says Trump Family Must Be ‘Dealt With’ in White House
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kushner briefs senators on immigration plan
Justin Duckham / Mediaite:
Anti-Jacob Wohl Protest Tied to Jacob Wohl's Email Address  —  Conservative activist Jack Burkman tweeted Tuesday morning that he's expecting “hundreds of leftist protestors” to gather outside an upcoming press conference he'll be holding with fellow far-right troll Jacob Wohl.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:   Jacob Wohl Tried to Create a Fake Counter Protest to His Own Press Conference
Washington Post:
A day after blocking House demand for Trump's tax returns, Mnuchin addressed gathering of his top fundraisers  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin addressed a group of top donors backing President Trump's reelection Tuesday evening, making an unusual political appearance at a gathering …
Daniel Moritz-Rabson / Newsweek:   Former Bush Ethics Chief Calls for Mnuchin to Release Trump's Tax Returns or Go ‘To The Slammer’
Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest.  Watch her cellphone video from the 2015 traffic stop  —  The family of Sandra Bland — who died in a Waller County jail cell — is calling for a re-opening of the criminal investigation into Bland's arrest and death after seeing footage for the first time.
David Montgomery / New York Times:   Sandra Bland, It Turns Out, Filmed Traffic Stop Confrontation Herself
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
White supremacists interrupt Arkansas Holocaust remembrance event  —  A group of white supremacists in Arkansas interrupted a Holocaust remembrance event this week carrying Nazi flags and shouting racial slurs, local news reported Tuesday.  —  The Courier reported that demonstrators interrupted …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Who signed the letter asserting Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren't president, and what they hope happens next  —  By early Tuesday evening, more than 720 former federal prosecutors who worked in Democratic and Republican administrations had signed a letter asserting …
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Companies scramble to prepare for Trump's new taxes on Chinese goods  —  U.S. companies are bracing for a huge jump in costs as tariffs on $200 billion worth of consumer products and other goods from China are set to more than double on Friday per President Donald Trump's orders.
Hope Hodge Seck /
Navy Leader Who Told Sailors to 'Clap Like We're at a Strip Club' Has Resigned  —  A Navy command master chief who inadvertently made headlines with a raunchy direction to sailors ahead of a visit from the vice president has resigned, the service announced Tuesday.
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake Tribune seeks to become a nonprofit ‘community asset,’ a first for a legacy newspaper  —  After years of heavy financial losses, The Salt Lake Tribune is pursuing federal approval to become a nonprofit operation sustained by donations large and small.
Pompeo abruptly cancels trip to Germany  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany, where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel “due to pressing issues,” the State Department said early Tuesday.  —  No specific reason was given for the cancellation.
Associated Press:
Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Furious With Ally David Bossie Over His Reported Self-Dealing  —  The president even instructed top officials on his campaign to retaliate against his former deputy campaign manager.  But as of Tuesday, nothing had come.  —  On Monday morning, Donald Trump was incensed over a report …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Steele's stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election  —  If ever there were an admission that taints the FBI's secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump's campaign, it sat buried for more than two-and-a-half years in the files of a high-ranking State Department official.
Discussion: RedState and The Last Refuge
Robby Soave / Reason:
Twitter Suspends Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Parody Account for ‘Spammy Behavior,’ Which Seems Dubious  —  Twitter has banned a parody account that made fun of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), as well as the account's creator and operator, Michael Morrison.
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Israel plans to deport a U.S. human rights activist. Democrats are pushing back.
CBS Miami:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Will Sign Controversial Felons' Voting Measure
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Durbin: McConnell ignored election security because GOP benefited from Russians
Discussion: New York Magazine and Breitbart
Matthew Karp / The Nation:
The Transformation of Bernie Sanders
 Earlier Items: 
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Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
A ‘Caravan’ of Americans Is Crossing the Canadian Border to Get Affordable Medical Care
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Governing by Grievance
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“This Is Do-or-Die”: Joe Biden's “Electability” Argument Is How Democrats Lose Elections
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
State Department Continues Fight to Strip Gay Couple's Two-Year-Old Son of Birthright Citizenship
Discussion: Splinter