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9:50 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 …
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, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
POLITICO Playbook: The New York Times drops another tax bomb on Trump  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ANOTHER NYT TAX BOMBSHELL ... RUSS BUETTNER and SUSANNE CRAIG — winners of the 2019 Pulitzer for a series on Trump's taxes: “Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses” …
Washington Post:
A day after blocking House demand for Trump's tax returns, Mnuchin addressed gathering of his top fundraisers
Daniel Moritz-Rabson / Newsweek:   Former Bush Ethics Chief Calls for Mnuchin to Release Trump's Tax Returns or Go ‘To The Slammer’
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
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Nadler: Trump claim of executive privilege could delay Mueller testimony
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:   House Democrats threaten salaries of Trump officials who block interviews
Orion Rummler / Axios:   Pelosi says Barr should be held in contempt of Congress over unredacted Mueller report
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Democrats to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt despite DOJ executive privilege threat
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.
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.
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 …
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: Politico, The Hill, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Kushner briefs senators on immigration plan
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 …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Meghan McCain Gets Super-Testy with Seth Meyers Over Ilhan Omar: ‘Are You Her Publicist?’
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
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
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Warren unveils $100 billion plan to tackle opioid crisis
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Appeals Court Allows Trump Back-to-Mexico Asylum Policy to Remain in Effect
Discussion: The Last Refuge
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
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The Guardian:
Asia Bibi arrives in Canada after leaving Pakistan
Discussion: Breitbart and Faithwire
Kaye Usry / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Salt Lake Tribune seeks to become a nonprofit ‘community asset,’ a first for a legacy newspaper
Ken Oliver / NB Blog:
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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