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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?
Washington Post:
A day after blocking House demand for Trump's tax returns, Mnuchin addressed gathering of his top fundraisers
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.
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.
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
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert S. Mueller III's unredacted report and the evidence he collected from Congress.
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order
Washington Post:
White House asserts executive privilege over Mueller report in latest confrontation with Congress
Orion Rummler / Axios:   Pelosi says Barr should be held in contempt of Congress over unredacted Mueller report
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
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.
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
Michael Feldman / Protect Our Care:   White House Threatens Veto of “Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act”
Kushner briefs senators on immigration plan
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
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Seth Meyers Grills Meghan McCain: Your Rep. Ilhan Omar Comments Are ‘Dangerous’
Discussion: Contemptor
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Meghan McCain Gets Super-Testy with Seth Meyers Over Ilhan Omar: ‘Are You Her Publicist?’
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.
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.
NBC News:   Kamala Harris blows past Democratic rivals in fundraising in communities of color
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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: Pew Research Center
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
Drug makers must start listing prices on TV ads: HHS Secretary Azar
Discussion: Politico
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
My comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Vox
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Joe Biden is eating into Bernie Sanders' coalition
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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: LGBTQ Nation and Mediaite
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Who signed the letter asserting Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren't president …