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11:25 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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Keeping Trump's Tax Returns Secret Is an Insanely Huge Security Risk  —  Last year, the New York Times found that Trump had inherited more than $400 million from his father, largely through a series of illegal schemes.  Now, in a new report, the Times has discovered that, from 1985 through 1994 …
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?
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
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump is becoming ‘self-impeachable’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday that President Donald Trump is building his own case for impeachment by continuing to stonewall lawmakers in their demand for testimony and documents from the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Washington Post:
White House asserts executive privilege over Mueller report in latest confrontation with Congress  —  The White House formally asserted executive privilege over special counsel Robert S Mueller III's report Wednesday, President Trump's first use of the executive authority in the latest confrontation with Congress.
Orion Rummler / Axios:   Pelosi says Barr should be held in contempt of Congress over unredacted Mueller report
Associated Press:
Trump has signed off on Kushner's immigration plan
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Kushner briefs senators on immigration plan
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler: Trump claim of executive privilege could delay Mueller testimony  —  President Donald Trump's sweeping effort to block congressional access to the Mueller report could complicate Democrats' efforts to bring special counsel Robert Mueller in as a witness, a top Democrat told POLITICO on Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
DOJ threatens executive privilege over Mueller report if Dems carry out contempt vote  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) says it will ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the Mueller report if the House Judiciary Committee goes through with its threat to vote on whether …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report
Discussion: Althouse
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.
New York Times:
School Shooting Leaves 1 Student Dead and 8 Injured  —  [The authorities on Wednesday identified the suspects as an adult male and a juvenile female.  Read the latest updates here.]  —  HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Last month, as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting approached …
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.
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 …
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: Contemptor
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Meghan McCain Gets Super-Testy with Seth Meyers Over Ilhan Omar: ‘Are You Her Publicist?’
T.J. Stiles / Washington Post:
America is losing its memory  —  T.J. Stiles received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  He is a member of the governing boards of the Society of American Historians and the Organization of American Historians.
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
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
The Democrats Will Never Learn  —  On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi followed up a controversial New York Times interview in which she said House Democrats should not impeach Donald Trump with a speech in which she asserted that the president is “goading” Democrats into impeachment because it would help him politically.
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Watchdog Probes FBI Reliance on Dossier in Surveillance of Trump Aide
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.
William J. Burns / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘deal of the century’ for Arab-Israeli peace is doomed by delusions  —  William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a former deputy secretary of state and the author of “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal.”
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 …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Georgia Just Criminalized Abortion.  Women Who Terminate Their Pregnancies Would Receive Life in Prison.  —  On Tuesday, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a “fetal heartbeat” bill that seeks to outlaw abortion after about six weeks.  The measure, HB 481, is the most extreme abortion ban …
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 …
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 …
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
My comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis  —  Life expectancy in the United States dropped again in 2017, part of the longest sustained decline in a century —  one largely driven by the opioid epidemic.  More than 685,000 Americans have died from a drug overdose in the United States …
Discussion: Axios and Vox
Michael Feldman / Protect Our Care:
White House Threatens Veto of “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act”  —  Washington, DC - Late yesterday, the White House threatened to veto H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019,” ahead of its scheduled vote on the House floor tomorrow.
Megan Hernbroth / Business Insider:
A former Netflix creative director just got $1.6 million from big names in tech for Liquid Death, which is water in a tallboy can  — On Tuesday, the former Netflix creative director Mike Cessario announced he raised $1.6 million for Liquid Death, a canned-water startup.  Science Inc. led the round.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Shock: Over 1% of Guatemala, Honduras entered US since September
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Will Steakin / ABC News:
Inside how the Trump campaign plans to win Florida again in 2020
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Administration Seeks to Redefine Formula for Calculating Poverty
Anne Flaherty / ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico
The Guardian:
Asia Bibi arrives in Canada after leaving Pakistan
Discussion: Breitbart, Jihad Watch and Faithwire
Kaye Usry / Washington Post:
Joe Biden is much less popular among Democratic women who've been sexually harassed
Discussion: TheBlaze
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Joe Biden is eating into Bernie Sanders' coalition
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Sundar Pichai / New York Times:
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Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Jacob Wohl Tried to Create a Fake Counter Protest to His Own Press Conference
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Who signed the letter asserting Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren't president …
Discussion: Common Dreams