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6:15 PM ET, May 16, 2019


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Trump reports making at least $434 million in 2018  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump made at least $434 million in 2018, according to his annual financial disclosure released Thursday by the White House.  —  That includes $40.8 million from his Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House.
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort took a financial hit last year
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress' demands: ‘A joke’
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Here's proof that Donald Trump's claim about financial disclosures being superior to tax returns is false
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several administration officials, in a message to his hawkish aides …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Company owned by Brazilian crooks received $62 million in Trump bailout cash meant for struggling U.S. farmers  —  The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats are badly blowing it against Trump.  A brutal new TV ad shows how.  —  Nancy Pelosi has succeeded in stifling impeachment talk.  The Post reports that the House Speaker privately told Democrats to stick to policy and forget about an impeachment inquiry, and not a single Democrat uttered a word in protest.
Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Bidens  — Hunter Biden, Burisma not targets, despite Giuliani's pleas  — Long-running investigation said to focus on another Ukrainian  —  Ukraine's prosecutor general said in an interview that he had no evidence of wrongdoing …
Rod Rosenstein:
“I Was Always on the Same Team”  —  Based on Remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee, May 13, 2019  —  Thank you, Don.  I am very grateful for your longstanding support.  And I am very happy to be back home in Maryland.  —  I last spoke to this organization at your annual dinner two years ago, almost to the day.
Just Security:   What Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller When He Testifies
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dems perform marathon public reading of Mueller report
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Former AG Eric Holder sees ‘grounds for impeachment’ in Mueller report
Discussion: Breitbart
Bill de Blasio / YouTube:
Working People First |  Bill de Blasio 2020  —  When we put working families first in New York City, the city got stronger.  That can happen for our country, too.  Learn about my candidacy for president of the United States of America to put working families first.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
A 17-year-old politics junkie scooped Bill de Blasio on news of his own presidential launch
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
This teen journalist got the scoop on Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and VICE News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Top House Republican McCarthy says he opposes Alabama abortion law  —  McCarthy told reporters that the Alabama law “goes further than I believe,” noting that he has voted for exceptions in cases of rape and incest, and when the mother's life is at risk.  — Felicia Sonmez, Mike DeBonis -
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Alabama Abortion Law Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Planned Parenthood
Associated Press:   House GOP leader says Alabama abortion law goes too far
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Republicans' Messaging on Abortion Puts Democrats on the Defensive  —  WASHINGTON — With grisly claims that Democrats promote “birth day abortions” and are “the party of death,” the Republican Party and its conservative allies have aggressively reset the terms of one of the country's …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos and New Republic
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans will lose the ‘reasonableness’ fight on abortion
Discussion: Foreign Policy, CNN and The Root
Associated Press:
Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.
Paul Goldberger / New York Times:
I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102  —  I. M. Pei, the Chinese-born American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, has died.  He was 102.
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background  —  New score comes as college admissions decisions are under scrutiny  —  The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background …
Richard Morgan / Washington Post:
We asked ambassadors where they eat when they're homesick.  We did not expect Taco Bell and Ikea.  —  In our stateless capital, everyone handles the hunger of homesickness differently.  Most of us have our take-me-home go-tos, whether we're transplants from Texas or Thailand, Ohio or Oman.
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's Latest Financial Disclosure Was Just Released  —  President Donald Trump's latest personal financial disclosure was just released, showing that Trump, who already owed more money than any other president in history, borrowed millions more in 2018.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Testimony to Congress Stalled by Executive-Privilege Claim  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before a House panel has been stalled partly due to discussions on whether the White House's assertion of executive privilege would limit his testimony, according to people familiar with the matter.
Lori Jhons / Kay Ivey:
Governor Ivey Issues Statement After Signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act  —  MONTGOMERY - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed HB314.  —  Upon signing the bill, Governor Ivey released the following statement:
Washington Post:
EPA watchdog suggests agency recover $124,000 in Pruitt's ‘excessive’ travel expenses  —  The Environmental Protection Agency should consider recovering nearly $124,000 in improper travel expenses by former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, the agency's inspector general recommended Thursday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump unveils plan to overhaul the legal immigration system  —  President Trump unveiled a new immigration plan Thursday to move U.S. immigration toward a “merit-based system” that prioritizes high-skilled workers over those with family already in the country.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Pelosi condemns merit-based immigration reform as Trump unveils proposal
Discussion: Axios
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The very political pattern of Trump's pardons  —  Trump pardons his own hagiographer and a family ‘friend’ who criticized Mueller.  —  President Trump's pardons were self-serving before, and they became even more so Wednesday night, after he pardoned two prominent conservatives who had already completed their sentences.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump won't stop coining nasty nicknames for his foes — but the media must stop amplifying them.  —  I was talking to an acquaintance recently about Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign.  —  He liked the Massachusetts Democrat's detailed policies and was impressed with her recent CNN town hall presentation.
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.  —  Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left before a Friday deadline to pass bills.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
De Blasio, Etc.: Why Are So Many Implausible Democrats Running?  —  The party has created incentives for hopeless candidates to prolong their campaigns.  You can't blame them for trying.  —  Okay, I was wrong.  Earlier this year, I guessed repeatedly that the Democratic presidential field …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Congress Allows Bad Faith Actor To Derail Hearing On Hate, Again  —  The House Oversight Committee hosted a hearing meant to tackle white supremacist violence.  But it invited a witness who denies there's a problem.  —  For the second time in as many months, Congress convened a hearing …
Discussion: Reason
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Pence income: No bounce from Marlon Bundo  —  As it turns out, literary trilogies involving vice presidential pets are not moneymakers.  —  Marlon Bundo, the beloved pet bunny of Vice President Mike Pence's family, has his own Instagram account, his own acronym (BOTUS) and three children's books documenting his time in Washington.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Buttigieg says he's not peaking too soon  —  CHICAGO — Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who has surged into prominence in the Democratic primary, insisted Thursday that he wasn't in danger of peaking too soon.  —  “It's not like we're in first place,” he told reporters …
Discussion: Axios
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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC's Ali Velshi Shuts Down Hugh Hewitt: 'Hugh, Just Stop, For Heaven's Sake!'
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Iyad el-Baghdadi / Washington Post:
I was told I was the target of threats from Saudi Arabia. This is why.
Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Chelsea Manning jailed again for refusing to testify to grand jury
The Daily Caller:
Trump Plans To Invoke Insurrection Act To Boot Illegal Immigrants
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Lawless: One in three Alaska villages have no local police
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook has struggled to hire talent since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to recruiters who worked there
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
We're Laughing At Trump, Not With Him  —  He's not actually funny.
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Acting Out in Tehran  —  The taunts and threats are signs …
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Nellie Ohr deleted emails sent from husband's DOJ account
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
White Supremacy Beyond a White Majority
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Kirsten Gillibrand's trip to Georgia showcases the changing politics of abortion for Democrats in 2020
Discussion: Politico, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Western Companies Get Tangled in China's Muslim Clampdown
Discussion: Boing Boing
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Extended term for Trump? No way, most Americans say
Popular Information:
The corporations backing Alabama's war on women
Stacey Abrams / New York Times:
We Cannot Resign Ourselves to Dismay and Disenfranchisement
Discussion: IndieWire