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5:40 PM ET, May 8, 2019

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Axios:
Scoop: Senate Intel subpoenas Trump Jr. over Russia matters  —  The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation, sources with direct knowledge told Axios.
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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:
Donald Trump Jr. subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence Committee for further testimony on Trump campaign's Russia contacts  —  Lawmakers want to speak with President Trump's son for a second time in their ongoing probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
CNN:   Senate Intel at standoff with Trump Jr. after issuing subpoena for testimony
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Trump Faces Pressure From N.Y. Lawmakers Over His Tax Returns and Pardons  —  The State Senate passed bills to create a path to release Mr. Trump's state tax returns, and to curtail the impact of presidential pardons in New York.  —  Taking aim at President Trump, New York lawmakers voted …
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Dan M. Clark / New York Law Journal:   NY Senate Approves ‘Double Jeopardy’ Bill to Sidestep Possible Trump Pardons
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
By protecting Trump, Republicans risk limiting their ability to hold future Democratic presidents accountable
Alison Durkee / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump May Be One of the Biggest Losers in America
Noah Bookbinder / USA Today:
Mnuchin defies the law by withholding Trump tax returns. Congress can't let this stand.
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Paul Rosenzweig / USA Today:
Mueller didn't say it so we did: Trump would face felony charges if he weren't president
Discussion: Bloomberg, Contemptor and Boing Boing
NBC News:
House Judiciary Committee votes to hold Barr in contempt after Trump asserts executive privilege
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Trump's claim that the Mueller report is protected by executive privilege is hot garbage
Discussion: Fox News, Slate and Daily Wire
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain's Husband Ben Domenech Goes on Unhinged Homophobic Rant Against ‘Cuck’ Seth Meyers  —  The conservative writer and founder of The Federalist later deleted the tweets in which he called the ‘Late Night’ host a ‘piece of sh*t’ for grilling his wife.  —  Matt Wilstein
Discussion: Raw Story and Shakesville
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Seth Meyers Grills Meghan McCain: Your Rep. Ilhan Omar Comments Are ‘Dangerous’  —  The late-night host got into it with the conservative heiress on Tuesday night.  —  Marlow Stern  —  On Tuesday evening, conservative heiress Meghan McCain—daughter of the late Senator John McCain …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Robert Pear, a Mainstay Times Reporter in Washington, 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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The mood on the Hill: Dark, and getting darker
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Further investigation into Matt Gaetz is needed for tweet at Michael Cohen, Florida Bar determines.  —  The Panhandle Republican faces discipline for a message he posted the day before Trump's former lawyer testified to Congress.  —  An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Nearly half of white Republicans say it bothers them to hear people speaking foreign languages  —  A new survey finds white Republicans are far more likely to be put off by foreign language speakers than their Democratic counterparts.  —  According to Pew Research Center …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
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Juliana Menasce Horowitz / Pew Research Center:
Americans See Advantages and Challenges in Country's Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The White House revoked my press pass.  It's not just me — it's curtailing access for all journalists.  —  For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history.
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Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
John Kelly Says Trump Family Must Be ‘Dealt With’ in White House
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pelosi says Trump is ‘becoming self-impeachable’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said President Trump is “becoming self-impeachable,” pointing to his efforts to fight all subpoenas from congressional investigations and prevent key aides from testifying before Congress.
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Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Kendrick Castillo, killed in STEM School shooting, sacrificed himself to save others, his father says  —  18-year-old senior killed at school during Tuesday's shooting  —  A robotics aficionado.  A lover of fishing, hunting and automobiles.  And a hero whose father says threw himself at an armed student so his classmates could live.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Only one 2020 Democrat fully grasps the threat Trump poses  —  Is President Trump an aberration whose defeat in 2020 would allow the nation to begin rebounding toward normalcy?  Or does his ascendance reflect long-running national pathologies and deeply ingrained structural economic …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Salon, Politico and Daily Kos
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
From the border, more frustrating immigration numbers for President Trump  —  The number of border-crossers taken into U.S. custody topped 100,000 for the second consecutive month in April, U.S. border officials said Wednesday, deepening the crisis that has derailed President Trump's immigration agenda …
Robert Griffin / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Two Years In  —  How Americans' Views Have — and Have Not — Changed During Trump's Presidency  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — Americans More Optimistic About Direction of the Country, Though Large Split Between Partisans  —  Key Findings  — President Trump's favorability ratings have been stable over his presidency.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
“All I'm Thinking Is, 'I'm Going to Die'”: Howard Stern Reveals Cancer Scare, Trump Regrets and Details of a Dishy New Book  —  After a health crisis that had him “scared  s***less,” the $90 million-a-year radio legend opens up about retirement, the one time he lied to his listeners …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Althouse, Page Six and Fox News
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Trying to Reset Her Campaign by Taking On Trump  —  DETROIT — Senator Kamala Harris of California structures her stump speech around two themes — “truth” and “justice” — meant to evoke her career as a barrier-breaking prosecutor and cultivate a reputation as a fearless public advocate.
Discussion: Big League Politics
Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
How one reporter got the Sandra Bland cell phone video  —  In June 2017, Brian Collister was a lead investigative reporter for KXAN, a Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas.  He had covered Sandra Bland's 2015 traffic stop in Waller County, an incident that sparked protests across …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Chicago Cubs Looking for Fan Who ‘Flashed White Power Sign’ Behind Doug Glanville  —  The Chicago Cubs have launched an urgent investigation after a fan appeared to flash a white-power symbol behind NBC announcer Doug Glanville while he was live on air.  The bearded fan can be seen trying …
Discussion: WTKR-TV
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
McConnell is fundraising with ‘Cocaine Mitch’ t-shirts as drug deaths skyrocket in Kentucky  —  Kentucky has been one of the states his hardest by drug addiction in recent years, with some of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths.  Meanwhile, the state's senior U.S. senator …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Goes to Bat for His Pal Matt Schlapp's Casino Client  —  The two even used the same language to fight the legislation: tying it to Elizabeth Warren.  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on an obscure piece of legislation granting rights to a Native American tribe seeking a casino in Massachusetts.
Jo Ingles / wosu2.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net:
New Ohio Bill Would Ban Most Private Insurance Coverage Of Abortion  —  A new Ohio bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions.  Opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control. … One-fifth of representatives in the House, all Republicans …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Electability Trap  —  Every four years, the party out of the White House grapples with the question of who they want to serve as their standard bearer.  And, like clockwork, the first thing they think about is what went wrong in the previous campaign.  Last time, the thinking goes …
The Daily Beast:
Howard Schultz Has Largely Stopped His Presidential Prep Work  —  Back surgery has sidelined the former Starbucks CEO.  But even his social-media presence is virtually gone.  —  When former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz first declared that he was entertaining the idea of running for president …
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
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F.H. Buckley / The American Spectator:
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Mark I. Pinsky / Poynter:
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T.J. Stiles / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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