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10:55 AM ET, May 19, 2019

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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker says Trump's conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a critic of President Trump who has entertained a run against him in 2020, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report.
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Breaking With Party, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says Trump's Conduct Reaches ‘Threshold of Impeachment’  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Justin Amash, an iconoclastic Republican of Michigan who has considered a run against President Trump in 2020, became the first member of his party serving in Congress …
David Beavers / Politico:
Romney: GOP congressman's call for impeachment ‘a courageous statement’  —  Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday called a GOP congressman's call for impeaching President Donald Trump “a courageous statement” while maintaining that impeachment is not warranted based on the special counsel's report.
CNN:
GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes  —  President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
New York Times: Trump requests paperwork to pardon accused US war criminals
Discussion: Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why the Crowded Primary Field Boosts Biden  —  If fewer Democrats were running, the former vice president would be a precarious front-runner.  But with 23 candidates running, it will be hard for any opponent to unseat him.  —  In his landmark book The Paradox of Choice …
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New York Times:
Abortion Fight or Strong Economy?  For G.O.P., Cultural Issues Undercut 2020 Message  —  WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, companies are adding jobs and the gross domestic product grew by 3.2 percent in the first quarter, undercutting predictions of a coming recession.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally
Discussion: UPI, The Gateway Pundit and Politico
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers  —  The phone call that ruined Mohammed Hoque's life came in April 2014 as he began another long day driving a New York City taxi, a job he had held since emigrating from Bangladesh nine years earlier.
Damien Cave / New York Times:
It Was Supposed to Be Australia's Climate Change Election.  What Happened?  —  SYDNEY, Australia — The polls said this would be Australia's climate change election, when voters confronted harsh reality and elected leaders who would tackle the problem.  —  And in some districts, it was true …
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Yashar Ali / CNN:
In San Francisco, an attack on press freedoms and echoes of autocracy  —  PEN America president optimistic in face of press arrests  —  Yashar Ali is a contributor to HuffPost and New York Magazine.  Follow him @yashar.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Discussion: Mercury News
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
At Philly campaign kickoff, Joe Biden and fans - young and old - party like it's 2015  —  Christian Perez is a young man who's clearly capable of embracing change — as evidenced by his bright red Phillies T-shirt with the name and No. 3 of the team's newest slugger, Bryce Harper.
Matthew Aguilar / Comic Book:
DC Comics Sent Cease And Desist Over Cover Depicting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez As Wonder Woman  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making waves in Washington DC, but she's also making waves in the comics world too, though for different reasons.  Ocasio-Cortez is the subject of a new comic …
NBC News:
Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated  —  The children were separated from their parents before the government's “zero tolerance” policy went into effect in May 2018.  —  The Trump administration has identified at least 1,712 migrant children …
Discussion: The Week
Martin Vassolo / Miami Herald:
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will run for Miami-Dade County Commission  —  Thrust into the national spotlight and a life of activism after the shooting of her teenage son, Sybrina Fulton has spent the better part of the last seven years advocating for an end to gun violence and promoting social justice.
Discussion: Fox News, The Root, Axios and New York Post
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term.  Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history …
Discussion: Axios
Golfweek:
President Trump's golf scores hacked; USGA confirms it's looking into the matter  —  President Trump is at the center of another hacking incident, but this one doesn't involve Wikileaks.  —  Four scores were posted to Trump's USGA-administered GHIN handicap system on Friday …
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
USGA investigates after golf scores ‘erroneously’ recorded for Trump
Discussion: Golfweek and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Austrian government collapses over Russia scandal  —  Turns out Russian collusion isn't a “witch hunt hoax” after all.  At least not in Austria.  —  The country's government collapsed on Saturday after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he was pulling the plug on his ruling coalition after just 17 months in office.
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Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
Austrian government collapses after far right leader caught in video sting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and 444
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it's learned may be crucial to Western democracy
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has made whiteness ‘toxic’, DOE insiders claim
Discussion: The College Fix and twitchy.com
Washington Post:
Trump's D.C. hotel has raked in cash — and only at the cost of America's dignity
Skip Hollandsworth / Texas Monthly:
Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Nos. 44 and 45 broke the mold. What does that mean for the future of the presidency?
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Abortion and the Future of the New South
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat
Washington Post:
Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters
Jennifer Bellamy / WXIA-TV:
District attorneys from across metro Atlanta say they won't prosecute women for abortions
Discussion: Townhall and Big League Politics
Just Security:
The Balance Has Shifted: The Data on Impeachment Favor Moving Ahead
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Shepherd / The Independent:
Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked in the back while attending event in South Africa
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
AG Barr's FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within