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6:55 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
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Washington Post:
Cohen claimed he helped bury personal photographs for Jerry Falwell Jr. before the evangelical leader backed Trump
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
Committee on the Judiciary:
Chairman Nadler's Statement On DOJ Asking the White House to Invoke Executive Privilege
Discussion: Axios
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Democrats prepare to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying subpoena
Discussion: Politico, Shareblue Media and Breitbart
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   House Democrats Move Forward On William Barr Contempt Vote After Negotiations Fail
Kyra Phillips / ABC News:
Exclusive: Sarah Sanders doubles down on White House stonewalling subpoenas from Congress …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:   James Comey is in trouble and he knows it
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 8 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.
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran Says It Will Stop Complying With Some Parts of Nuclear Deal
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News and Washington Post
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
How Not to Announce a Ship Deployment
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart, FDD and Breaking Defense
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: The Gateway Pundit, Axios and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Appeals Court Allows Trump Back-to-Mexico Asylum Policy to Remain in Effect
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:   Trump Administration Can Keep Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico, Court Rules
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:   Appeals court allows Trump administration to send back asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out court process
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
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  —  Hapless pro-Trump operative Jacob Wohl appears to have staged a fake protest against himself, only to have it become immediately apparent that he was behind it.  —  Wohl and his ally, Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman …
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’
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Kamala Harris says media favor white males as strongest in 2020  —  All the Democratic candidates not named Joe are facing a dilemma:  —  How do they foster the impression that they've got just as good a shot at winning the nomination and beating Donald Trump?
Discussion: Politico, NB Blog and New York Times
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:   “This Is Do-or-Die”: Joe Biden's “Electability” Argument Is How Democrats Lose Elections
Scott Shackford / Reason:
Kamala Harris Wants to Be Your Online Censor-in-Chief
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Durbin: McConnell ignored election security because GOP benefited from Russians  —  Sen. Dick Durbin suggested Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn't putting election security legislation up for a vote because Republicans benefited from Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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.
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 Earlier Items: 
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John Solomon / The Hill:
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Discussion: RedState and The Last Refuge
Matthew Karp / The Nation:
The Transformation of Bernie Sanders
New York Times:
The Court Handling Trump's Lawsuit Must Move at Breakneck Speed
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
A ‘Caravan’ of Americans Is Crossing the Canadian Border to Get Affordable Medical Care
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Furious With Ally David Bossie Over His Reported Self-Dealing
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
State Department Continues Fight to Strip Gay Couple's Two-Year-Old Son of Birthright Citizenship
Discussion: Splinter