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11:00 PM ET, May 20, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump's Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test  —  WASHINGTON — The fight over President Trump's systematic stonewalling of Congress escalated on two fronts on Monday, as a federal judge upheld a subpoena for his financial records even as the White House instructed …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment  —  House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Some Republicans unsettled by Trump's sweeping claims of immunity  —  Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president's legal claims that Congress can't investigate whether a commander in chief violated the law.  —  That view, advanced by Trump's personal attorney …
Washington Post:
Some in Pelosi's leadership team rebel on impeachment, press her to begin an inquiry  —  Members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team confronted her in a contentious Monday night meeting and argued that it was time to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to multiple officials in the room.
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Mediaite
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump's accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:   Judge upholds House panel subpoena for Trump financial records
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:   Judge denies Trump bid to quash House subpoena for years of financial records
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Lost An Effort To Stop Democrats From Subpoenaing His Accountant
Discussion: Splinter
Associated Press:
Trump tells ex-counsel McGahn to defy congressional subpoena
Discussion: The Guardian
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump blocks former White House counsel McGahn from testifying to Congress
Discussion: Politico and Washington Press
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Welcomes Pete Buttigieg.  Trump and ‘Fox & Friends’ Aren't Pleased.  —  The night began with a campaign-style biographical video and ended with a standing ovation.  The candidate called President Trump's behavior “grotesque” and lamented the “media noise machine on the right wing.”
Media Matters for America:
After his Fox News town hall, Fox & Friends launches a propaganda onslaught against Pete Buttigieg  —  South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's performance at a Fox News town hall garnered rave reviews Sunday night from journalists and pundits, with some arguing that his successful turn proved …
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke: I'd ‘absolutely’ do a Fox town hall
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Washington Post:
Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow encouraged him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been encouraged …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Cohen: Trump's attorney urged false testimony  —  Michael Cohen told lawmakers earlier this year that one of Donald Trump's personal attorneys asked him to falsely testify to Congress and told him the president was considering granting him a pardon to “shut down” the Russia investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lawmakers Bring Familiar Claims From Michael Cohen Into the Open
Discussion: TalkLeft and U.S. House of …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Privately Lobbied Trump to Pardon Accused War Criminals  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S. servicemen accused and convicted of war crimes, you can thank one of Donald Trump's favorite cable-news hosts.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
After impeachment remarks, Rep. Justin Amash gets Republican challenger  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican state representative plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, after Amash said this weekend he believes President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses.
Washington Post:
Republicans caught between Trump and reluctance to penalize Rep. Amash after ‘impeachable conduct’ declaration
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Trump should be worried about Justin Amash
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Trump pokes at Biden at Pennsylvania rally
Discussion: Breitbart
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide
Max Read / Vulture:
Westeros Is Screwed  —  In 2011, Game of Thrones premiered with the story of a vast continental kingdom wracked with political tension.  Westeros was introduced as a collection of once-independent kingdoms, riven by ethnic and religious divisions, governed by a king who had no real desire to rule …
NBC News:
Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.  —  The revelations come as U.S. intelligence agencies have warned of probable Russian meddling in the 2020 election.  —  LONDON — Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Prosecutors examining tens of thousands of Trump inauguration documents  —  WH downplaying Trump inaugural committee subpoena  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York are scrutinizing tens of thousands of documents relating to Donald Trump's inauguration in a sign that the investigation into the committee's finances is advancing.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’  —  Does it seem you hear a little bit less about political controversies in the sports world than you did a year or two ago?  Do you find yourself grumbling at your television, “I just want to enjoy watching the game” less frequently?
New York Times:
Trump's Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism  —  President Trump's escalating demands for investigations into his political opponents have intensified debate over whether his often-transparent calls for action by the Justice Department amount to abusing his power to bolster his re-election prospects.
Discussion: Fox News
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Gorsuch breaks with conservative justices, delivering win to Native American hunter  —  Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh find themselves on opposing sides in two out of three recent rulings  —  One of President Trump's nominees sided Monday with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court …
Discussion: Townhall
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Native American Rights In Wyoming Hunting Case
Discussion: RedState and PJ Media Home
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says He Is Fighting for the Presidency, Not Trump  —  The attorney general, who has faced criticism, is in the front lines of the president's battles against Congress  —  As President Trump's attorney general, William Barr has come under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Mediaite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Emails Show Deep State Conspiring Against Trump  —  Judicial Watch has tirelessly pursued government documents relating to the Russia hoax, and has made them public as they have been wrested from the grasp of Washington bureaucrats.  Today Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between …
Associated Press:
5th Migrant Child Dies After Detention by Border Patrol  —  HOUSTON — The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December.  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection …
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Axios and Daily Kos
Popular Information:
These six corporations are financing the war on women in six states  —  In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical new restrictions on abortion.  Alabama banned virtually all abortions.  Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six weeks …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
How extremists are reasserting themselves in mainstream GOP politics in Arizona  —  Kelli Ward, Russell Pearce and Andy Biggs (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic; Michael Schennum/The Republic; David Wallace/The Republic)  —  Russell Pearce stepped up to a podium in Gilbert, one of the more affluent and educated communities in Arizona.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says there's ‘no indication’ of threatening actions by Iran  —  President Trump on Monday played down tensions with Iran, saying his administration currently has no signs of threatening actions by Tehran but that if that changes, the United States “will have no choice” but to respond forcefully.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Seeks Judge's Permission to Appear at a Strip Club  —  On Thursday, lawyers for Roger Stone, whose travel is restricted ahead of his November trial on obstruction of justice and perjury charges, requested a judge's permission to visit Tennessee and Illinois “for business opportunities.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ben Sasse expected to run for reelection in 2020
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children's health
Adam Shatz / NYR Daily:
‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now  —  Edward Said's Orientalism …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
As trade war grinds on, Chinese authorities ready the populace for a long fight
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Breitbart and Bloomberg
Christine Rosen / Commentary:
When You're a Socialist, They Let You Do It  —  Imagine an older …
Associated Press:
Packing his bags: Trump plans jet-setting summer of travel
 Earlier Items: 
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Kathy Griffin Movie ‘A Hell of a Story’ Gets Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: NB Blog
Kia Rahnama / The Atlantic:
What Congress Can Do When Trump Appointees Defy It
Hen Mazzig / Los Angeles Times:
No, Israel isn't a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump: E-Verify Would Make It Too Hard to Hire Undocumented Workers
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Eric Swalwell Is a Financial Mess
Wall Street Journal:
‘Playing Catch-Up in the Game of Life.’ Millennials Approach Middle Age in Crisis
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Audit Rate Drops Again as It Examines Fewer High-Income Households
Discussion: Mother Jones and Quartz
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Profanity President: Trump's Four-Letter Vocabulary
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter