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5:05 PM ET, May 14, 2019


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New York Times:
House Panel Investigates Obstruction Claims Against Trump Lawyers  —  WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel's inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘A hate-for-profit racket’: Warren refuses Fox town hall invite  —  Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders support among young voters drops sharply  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has seen his support drop sharply among the young voters that have powered his rise in Democratic politics, according to a new poll.  —  The survey from Morning Consult finds that Sanders's support among people between …
Discussion: IJR and
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Trump's lawyers question Congress' power to investigate him, battle House over demand for financial records  —  WASHINGTON - Lawyers for President Donald Trump and the House clashed Tuesday in federal court over the extent of Congress' power to investigate him in the first legal test …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge grills Trump attorney in subpoena case  —  A federal judge raised pointed doubts Tuesday about arguments by President Donald Trump's legal team that a Democratic effort to subpoena Trump's financial records was an invalid exercise of congressional power.
Discussion: Law & Crime, ABC News, Raw Story and Axios
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
LindseyGrahamResign trends on Twitter  —  Calls for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to resign began trending on Twitter Tuesday morning after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman encouraged President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., to plead the Fifth.  —  Graham on Monday said Trump Jr …
WCIV:   #LindseyGrahamResign trending after Trump Jr. comments
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell defends Burr amid Trump Jr. subpoena fallout
Discussion: Raw Story
Geoff Earle / Associated Press:
Trump says it's ‘very unfair’ that Don Jr should have to testify again after it is revealed …
Discussion: Politico
Shahien Nasiripour / Bloomberg:
Trump Tower Is Now One of NYC's Least-Desirable Luxury Buildings  — Most condo owners who sold since 2016 have recorded a loss  — ‘No one wants in that building,’ says one former owner  —  Trump Tower, once the crown jewel in Donald Trump's property empire, now ranks …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
CIA, FBI, Director of National Intelligence working with Attorney General Barr to review Russia probe origins  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr is working closely with the CIA to review the origins of the Russia investigation and surveillance issues surrounding Donald Trump's …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Banal Complicity of Rod Rosenstein
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart and RedState
Jack Crowe / National Review:   CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance
New York Times:
Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Romney rejects Trump judicial pick who smeared Obama  —  Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator to vote against one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees on Tuesday.  And he did so in part to defend former President Barack Obama.  —  Romney cast the lone GOP “no” …
Discussion: Big League Politics and Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   Romney breaks with GOP to oppose Trump's judicial pick who called Obama ‘un-American impostor’
Stephanie Wilkinson / Washington Post:
I own the Red Hen restaurant that asked Sarah Sanders to leave.  Resistance isn't futile.  —  Stephanie Wilkinson is the co-owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, Va.  —  “Hello Intolerant, intellectually-challenged, psychotic, socialists!  —  Your so-called business is in jeopardy.
Washington Post:
White House explores new farmer bailout plan as U.S.-China trade war heats up  —  White House officials are scrambling to come up with a new bailout plan to placate furious farmers after President Trump's initial idea of donating unused crops to poor countries came under scrutiny, people briefed on the planning said.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's long trade war  —  Senior administration officials tell Axios that a trade deal with China isn't close and that the U.S. could be in for a long trade war.  —  The state of play: A senior administration official said the differences between the two sides are so profound that …
New York Times:
White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON — At a meeting of President Trump's top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops …
Los Angeles Times:
It's John Bolton's world. Trump is just living in it
New York Times:   It's Time for the Leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran to Talk
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib Blames ‘Racist Idiots’ for Criticizing Her Historical Illiteracy on Holocaust  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) blamed “racist idiots” on Monday for criticizing her false historical narrative about Palestinian Arabs assisting Jews after the Holocaust.
Benny Morris / The Atlantic:
Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong
Discussion: Fathom and
Aaron Freedman / The Guardian:
The right is crying wolf on antisemitism. That's endangering Jews | Aaron Freedman
Discussion: Politico
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
The Navy's probe into sky penis  —  It prompted viral guffaws from some and online outrage from others.  —  There are shot glasses commemorating the event and it birthed memes ahead of the annual Army-Navy game.  —  But the inside story of how an EA-18G Growler jet crew drew a penis across …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history  —  Over the weekend, the climate system sounded simultaneous alarms.  Near the entrance to the Arctic Ocean in northwest Russia, the temperature surged to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).
New York Times:
This Gen X Mess  —  The tech, music, style, books, trends, rules, films and pills that made Gen X ... so so-so.  —  Like many things considered “cool,” Gen X is pretty exclusive.  You had to be born between 1965 and 1980 to get in to this gloomy, goofy club of forgotten middle children, and only about 65 million of us were.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Top aide to Labor Secretary to depart after clash with White House  —  The top aide to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is leaving the Trump administration after a clash with White House officials who regarded him as personally difficult and an impediment to President Trump's deregulatory agenda …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
NRA Board Members Say New President Lied About Disclosing Financial Troubles  —  Leaked documents reveal the National Rifle Association is drowning in legal fees.  Board members say they didn't know.  —  The National Rifle Association continues to implode amidst accusations of financial mismanagement by its highest-ranking officials.
Discussion: Big League Politics and The Trace
Exclusive photos reveal children sleeping on the ground at Border Patrol station  —  (CNN)Photos obtained exclusively by CNN show migrants at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station over the weekend, many of whom are children, sleeping on the ground on rocks and covered by Mylar blankets.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Why did right-wing troll Charles C. Johnson want to meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross?  —  The year 2018 was not an especially auspicious one for Charles C. Johnson,  —  the Boston Globe has deemed “one of the country's most notorious Internet trolls.”  —  In June, Johnson agreed to pay $25,000 to
Steve Bullock / YouTube:
Fair Shot  —  About a hundred years ago, this was “the richest hill on earth.”  —  The men who owned it were called kings.  —  With their money, they bought politicians; attacked unions, exploited workers, and left us all with a toxic reminder of what happens when our democracy is put up for sale.
John Paul Stevens / The Atlantic:
The Supreme Court's Worst Decision of My Tenure  —  District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized an individual right to possess a firearm under the Constitution, is unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision that the Supreme Court announced during my tenure on the bench.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump can't admit he enacted a new tax  —  President Trump cannot admit that the short-term effects of his tariff war hurt Americans.  He had to stop insisting China pays the tariffs when his economic adviser Larry Kudlow contradicted him on Fox News.  Trump then decided that we just buy stuff elsewhere …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Legal Bills Raise ‘All Sorts of Red Flags’  —  Ollie North claims the NRA faces unfathomably high legal expenses.  Experts say his concerns are serious.  ‘The IRS would definitely be interested in it,’ one tells The Daily Beast.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  “One hundred thousand dollars a day?
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Anthony Weiner released from Bronx halfway house  —  Anthony Weiner wrapped up the last leg of his prison sentence for sexting an underage girl on Tuesday morning, walking out of a Bronx halfway house a free man.  —  “It's good to be out,” the disgraced former congressman said.
Joshua Sharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Georgia Insurance Commissioner indicted in fraud case  —  Republican faces 38 count indictment  —  Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.  —  A federal grand jury on Tuesday issued a 38 count indictment …
Discussion: Political Wire
Harry Enten / CNN:
Joe Biden's early state polling looks more like those of past winners than losers  —  Biden bolts to the top of Democratic rankings  —  (CNN)Former vice president Joe Biden is enjoying a large lead in national primary polls.  Primaries, of course, aren't all conducted at once …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Democrats should be shouting Trump's trade failures from the rooftops  —  Markets crashing, farmers suffering, allies seething, manufacturing workers fretting about their job security.  —  These were all foreseeable consequences of President Trump's trade wars, which escalated in the past week …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
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Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Beto O'Rourke on ‘The View’ acknowledges initial campaign missteps, tackles ‘privilege’
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pompeo, Lavrov butt heads over Russian election meddling
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
The DOJ won't say why Rudy Giuliani hasn't registered as a foreign agent under FARA law
Reps. Omar and Schakowsky: We must confront threat of white nationalism — together
Just Security:
All the President's Lawyers: A Chart of Misconduct and Possible Crimes Revealed by Mueller Report
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Beat Republicans Last Year Plan to Keep Their Seats
 Earlier Items: 
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Emails Show Tom Barrack Pitched Wilbur Ross on Middle East Plan
Michael Woodel / Missoulian:
Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announces 2020 bid for US Senate
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and The Week
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Is there a Capitol jail where Democrats could lock up Trump aides who refuse to testify?
The Guardian:
Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The Damage That Harvard Has Done
Discussion: The Appeal, New York Times and Townhall
David Siders / Politico:
‘When Biden announced, everything changed’
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
Washington Post:
Before Trump's purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests