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2:40 PM ET, May 19, 2019

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David Enrich / New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner …
Discussion: The Guardian, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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: Mother Jones and New York Post
Bo Emerson / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
JUST IN: Morehouse commencement speaker to pay off Class of 2019's student loans  —  Billionaire Robert F. Smith, who received an honorary doctorate at Morehouse College's Sunday morning graduation exercises, had already announced a $1.5 million gift to the school.
Discussion: The Root, The Guardian, Mediaite and WGN-TV
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: ThinkProgress and Breitbart
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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 …
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He voted for Trump.  Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border  —  She is there when he wakes up, telling him she loves him and helping him coax their son, Ashton, to finish his Honey Nut Cheerios before the school bus whisks him to kindergarten.
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 …
Haaretz:
Al Jazeera Pulls Video Claiming Holocaust Was ‘Different From How the Jews Tell It’  —  Video posted to AJ+ Arabic's social media pages says Jews skewed Holocaust facts and statistics to get reparations from Germany, and that the establishment of Israel was derived from Nazi ideology
Gillian Edevane / Newsweek:
Students and Faculty Walk Out of Vice President Mike Pence's Commencement Address at Taylor University  —  As Vice President Mike Pence gave the Saturday morning commencement address at Taylor University — a Christian school in Pence's home state of Indiana — dozens of graduating seniors and faculty walked out in protest.
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Pete Buttigieg wants Thomas Jefferson events and buildings renamed  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg called for everything honoring Thomas Jefferson to be renamed.  —  “Yeah, we're doing that in Indiana.  I think it's the right thing to do,” Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend …
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.
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.
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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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally
Discussion: UPI and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
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
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
When The Far Right Took Over Brazil, Its Only LGBTQ Congressman Fled For His Life  —  Jean Wyllys left Brazil amid death threats from backers of authoritarian President Jair Bolsonaro.  Now, he's a “living representative” of Bolsonaro's oppression.  —  For Jean Wyllys, peace comes only at night …
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: RedState and Mercury News
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New York Times:   San Francisco Banned Facial Recognition. New York Isn't Even Close.
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Pete Buttigieg Dismisses President Trump's Acceptance Of His Marriage  —  Pete Buttigieg isn't giving President Trump much credit for saying the South Bend, Ind., mayor's marriage to a man is “absolutely fine” and “good.”  —  “That's nice,” Buttigieg said dismissively in an interview on Friday …
Jon Stone / The Independent:
Nigel Farage facing investigation by EU authorities over lavish gifts from millionaire tycoon  —  Exclusive: Brexit Party leader failed to declare £450,000 allegedly spent on him by Arron Banks, MEP claims  —  Nigel Farage is facing an investigation by European parliament authorities …
Discussion: Politico and Channel 4 News
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
 
 
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Louisiana Democratic governor signals support for bill that would ban abortion after 6 weeks
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Klobuchar goes off on restrictive abortion laws: ‘This is dangerous’
Discussion: Breitbart
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
2020 candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard presses that US must not go to war with Iran
Discussion: Breitbart
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran
Discussion: Politico
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
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Adam Forrest / The Independent:
Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
Washington Post:
Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts
NBC News:
Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters