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12:45 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 …
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
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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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker says Trump's conduct meets ‘threshold for 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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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 …
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
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.
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.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:   Conservative Group Wants to Bring ‘Brass Knuckles’ Approach to Judicial Fray
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Klobuchar goes off on restrictive abortion laws: ‘This is dangerous’  —  Presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., did not mince words when she took aim at new abortion laws in Republican-led states, and promised to take action to counter such measures if she wins in 2020.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will hear from former CIA Director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration's sudden moves in the region.
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
2020 candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard presses that US must not go to war with Iran
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Jon Stone / The Independent:
Nigel Farage facing investigation by EU authorities over lavish gifts from millionaire tycoon
Discussion: Politico and Channel 4 News
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Abortion and the Future of the New South
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
Right-wing Australian politician who blamed Muslims for Christchurch mosque attack loses seat
 Earlier Items: 
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
Yashar Ali / CNN:
In San Francisco, an attack on press freedoms and echoes of autocracy
Discussion: Mercury News
Just Security:
The Balance Has Shifted: The Data on Impeachment Favor Moving Ahead
Discussion: Raw Story