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11:00 AM ET, May 20, 2019

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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
There's No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In May 2016, David Betras, a Democratic Party leader in the heart of industrial northeast Ohio, sent a memo warning Hillary Clinton's campaign that it was on the verge of losing Ohio …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide  —  Donald Trump's aides and allies are moving aggressively to shore up his support in three Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency — but where his own polling shows him in trouble heading into 2020.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
GOP throws up impeachment shield around Trump  —  (CNN)Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash's rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President “engaged in impeachable conduct” — the first by a GOP lawmaker — can gather momentum.
Discussion: Reason, theGrio and Daily Kos
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
CNN to host four more presidential town halls: Bennet, Moulton, Ryan and Swalwell  —  Washington (CNN)Four Democratic presidential contenders will face the public live on CNN in a series of town halls, CNN announced Monday.  —  Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet will be first up in an event moderated …
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
After impeachment remarks, Rep. Justin Amash gets Republican challenger
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
He Did It, Not Me!  —  There is something Kafkaesque about the current round of investigating possible FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, and National Security Council wrongdoing during the 2016 election, Trump transition, and early presidency.
Discussion: Spectator USA and Philly.com
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller changed everything  —  From now on, the Trump-Russia affair, the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency, will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of the Mueller report.  Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month …
Ryan Goodman / New York Times:   Trump's Position on the Mueller Report Is Legally Ridiculous — and Dangerous
Associated Press:
Harris wants to fine companies that pay men more than women  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is unveiling a pay inequity proposal that aims to close the gender pay gap by holding corporations accountable when men are paid more than women.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Kamala Harris Announces Plan to Close the Gender Pay Gap
CNN:
Harris unveils plan to fine companies that don't achieve pay equity
Discussion: Axios and The Root
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   Kamala Harris wants to punish companies that don't pay women equally
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris vows as president to fine companies that pay men more than women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and the Four-Letter Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — In modern times, presidents have rarely been church mice afraid of a little salty language.  But President Trump has grown increasingly willing in recent months to say in public what most of his predecessors tried to keep behind closed doors.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Buttigieg takes on Trump, pitches four new tax hikes in Fox News Town Hall  —  Insurgent Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged at the Fox News town hall in Claremont, New Hampshire Sunday evening that he needs to do more to appeal to “black and brown” voters …
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Jeff Parrott South Bend / South Bend Tribune:
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg out of town for nearly half the days in recent months
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump: Fox News ‘wasting airtime on Mayor Pete’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben White / Politico:
Dark clouds hang over Trump's trade war  —  President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to soften the economic blow of his trade battle with China, doling out billions of dollars in farmer bailouts and telling Americans that the Chinese are paying the tariffs he's slapped on U.S. importers.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China trade war: Trump defends tariffs impact, goes after Biden
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
A whistleblower just revealed Deutsche Bank covered up 2016 Kushner money transfers with Russia  —  A whistleblower has revealed that the brass of the only major bank willing to do business with President Trump covered up credible suspicious activity reports (SARs) about him and Jared Kushner.
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Let Businesses Donate to Candidates  —  The U.S. Supreme Court declined an opportunity to give businesses broader rights to contribute money to political candidates and causes.  —  The justices, without comment Monday, refused to question a Massachusetts law …
Discussion: Political Wire
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Starting Line/Change Research Poll: Biden, Sanders Locked In Iowa Tie  —  Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tie in Iowa atop the large field of Democrats running for the presidential nomination.  An Iowa Starting Line/Change Research Poll of 615 likely Democratic caucus-goers …
Discussion: Fox News and NPR
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Washington Post:
Democrats were said to be furious and hungry for change. Then Biden jumped in.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
How Mike Pence's ‘Indiana mafia’ took over health care policy  —  Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Forbes:
Trump Fed Nominee Backs Policies That Would Crash The Economy  —  Donald Trump is really scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to his remaining Federal Reserve nominees—and he doesn't seem to understand what their individual views on monetary policy actually mean.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Spy vs. Spy Euphemism at the FBI  —  While Washington pols and pundits angrily debate who counts as a spy, and whether any such exotic creatures have ever been employed by the FBI, new evidence is emerging that the FBI not only uses spies, but has done so extensively, including in the Trump-Russia investigation.
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.
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its “official end,” shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight …
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Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Racial wealth gap is vast: 2020 Democrats have plans to close it
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Harry Reid Remembers One Impeachment and Ponders a Second
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Kissing Babies, Loving Scrapple, Fighting Viral Hoaxes: '20 Race's New Routine
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Pardoning War Criminals Isn't Just Wrong. It Hurts the Military and American Interests.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math
Discussion: CNN
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: The Trump impeachment slow burn
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump wants to use his 2020 campaign kickoff to sow division in the huge Democratic field
Discussion: NTK Network and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Scott / al.com:
It's time to hear Alabama's women
Discussion: WHNT-TV
National Review:
Australia's Voters Reject Leftist Ideas
New York Times:
The President and His Power to Pardon
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
Democrats' next oversight move: The power of the purse
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Emails show ICE nominee lashed out after losing Border Patrol job
Discussion: Raw Story