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9:05 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
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’
POLITICO Playbook: The New York Times drops another tax bomb on Trump
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Will Steven Mnuchin Go to Prison for Trump's Tax Returns?
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  —  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 …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
DOJ threatens executive privilege over Mueller report if Dems carry out contempt vote
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   House Democrats Move Forward On William Barr Contempt Vote After Negotiations Fail
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran Will Stop Complying With Some Parts of Nuclear Deal  —  Iran's president declared on Wednesday that the country would stop complying with two of its commitments under the Iranian nuclear deal, pushing the growing confrontation between Washington and Tehran into new and potentially dangerous territory.
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
How Not to Announce a Ship Deployment
Discussion: CNN, FDD, Breitbart 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
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
John Kelly Says Trump Family Must Be ‘Dealt With’ in White House  — Former chief of staff spoke in interview with Bloomberg  — Kelly resigned after almost two years in the administration  —  Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said members of President Donald Trump's family serving …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Trump has signed off on Kushner's immigration plan
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Daily Kos
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 …
Justin Duckham / Mediaite:
Anti-Jacob Wohl Protest Tied to Jacob Wohl's Email Address
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Robert Pear, Who Covered Washington for 45 Years, Dies at 69  —  Robert Pear, a reporter whose understated demeanor belied a tenacious pursuit of sources and scoops during his 40 years at The New York Times covering health care and other critical national issues, died on Tuesday in Rockville, Md. He was 69.
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.
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:   Russia isn't just interfering in U.S. elections, it's abusing the American justice system
NBC News:
Kamala Harris blows past Democratic rivals in fundraising in communities of color  —  An NBC analysis found the presidential contender has been hauling in more than double the donations of other candidates in mostly minority neighborhoods.  —  WASHINGTON — On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late March …
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Kamala Harris says media favor white males as strongest in 2020
Discussion: Politico, NB Blog and New York Times
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.
Exclusive: China backtracked on nearly all aspects of U.S. trade deal - sources  —  WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The diplomatic cable from Beijing arrived in Washington late on Friday night, with systematic edits to a nearly 150-page draft trade agreement that would blow up months …
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Week
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 …
Pete Buttigieg's rise opens doors to donors that fueled Obama, Clinton  —  (CNN)Pete Buttigieg will headline a series of top-dollar, celebrity laden fundraisers across California this week, the latest sign that his rise in the polls has opened the doors — and the wallets …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's wholesale refusal to provide information to Congress threatens to upend the delicate balance that is the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution.
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
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Wall Street Journal:
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Ken Oliver / NB Blog:
Univision Out to Lunch on Record-Low Hispanic Unemployment
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Who signed the letter asserting Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren't president …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Barack Obama's book not expected to be released in 2019
CBS Miami:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Will Sign Controversial Felons' Voting Measure
Discussion: Splinter