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11:35 AM ET, May 19, 2019

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker says Trump's conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’
CNN:
GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump's impeachment
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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.
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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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally
Discussion: UPI, The Gateway Pundit and Politico
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
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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Adam Forrest / The Independent:   Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side  —  Call him “Cocaine Mitch,” “Nuclear Mitch,” or the steward of the “legislative graveyard.”  Mitch McConnell says he's the “Grim Reaper” anyway, so he's loving every minute of it.  —  While his critics have tried to make the Kentucky Republican public enemy No. 1 …
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
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Finland is winning the war on fake news.  What it's learned may be crucial to Western democracy  —  Helsinki, Finland (CNN) - On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums.
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
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Nos. 44 and 45 broke the mold.  What does that mean for the future of the presidency?  —  For more than two centuries, until the election of 2008, American presidents all looked alike.  They were white and male and every one of them came to office with experience in the government, military or both.
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
DNA tests reveal 30% of suspected fraudulent migrant families were unrelated  —  Some of the migrant families arrested at the southern border weren't actually families.  —  In a pilot program, approximately 30% of rapid DNA tests of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving …
Discussion: Power Line and Clayton Cramer
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
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
 
 
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Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran
Discussion: Politico
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
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Abortion and the Future of the New South
Washington Post:
Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated
Discussion: The Week
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