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9:30 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 …
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  —  District Judge Amit Mehta on Monday ruled in favor of a subpoena issued by the House Oversight Committee for President Trump's financial records from the accounting firm Mazars.  —  In a 41-page-long opinion, Mehta found that …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge upholds Dem subpoena for Trump financial records  —  A federal judge on Monday upheld a congressional subpoena seeking President Donald Trump's financial records from an accounting firm, arguing that Congress is well within its rights to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president …
Washington Post:
Pelosi's leadership team rebels on impeachment, presses her to begin an inquiry  —  Members of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's own 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 people in the room.
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
New York Times:
A Would-Be Trump Aide's Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More  —  A Would-Be Trump Aide's Demands: A Jet, a Future Cabinet Post and More  —  Those are among 10 conditions that Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, has given the White House if he is to become the “immigration czar.”
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Raw Story, Hullabaloo and Splinter
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Trump should be worried about Justin Amash
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Montanaro / Fox News:
Joe Scarborough: 'I've seen the future of the Democratic Party and it's Mayor Pete'
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
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 …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘Mindless murdering savages’: Border agent used slurs before allegedly hitting migrant with his truck  —  In November 2017, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen fumed about the humane treatment his agency was expected to give migrants who had illegally crossed into the country.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
5th Migrant Child Dies After Detention by Border Patrol
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Axios and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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: PJ Media Home and RedState
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
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?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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: Mediaite and The Week
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Profanity President: Trump's Four-Letter Vocabulary  —  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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
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
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.
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.
Christine Rosen / Commentary:
When You're a Socialist, They Let You Do It  —  Imagine an older, powerful male politician belittling and questioning the intelligence and credibility of a female reporter for the New York Times.  If the politician in question was a Republican, the media outrage machine would have kicked in immediately …
Hen Mazzig / Los Angeles Times:
No, Israel isn't a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans  —  Along with resurgent identity politics in the United States and Europe, there is a growing inclination to frame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of race.  According to this narrative, Israel was established …
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Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Seeks Judge's Permission to Appear at a Strip Club
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Peter Beinart / The Forward:
It's Time to End America's Blank Check Military Aid to Israel
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
Fifth child dies after arriving at US border from Guatemala since December
Kia Rahnama / The Atlantic:
What Congress Can Do When Trump Appointees Defy It
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump: E-Verify Would Make It Too Hard to Hire Undocumented Workers
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
He's One of the Biggest Backers of Trump's Push to Protect American Steel. And He's Canadian.
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