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8:10 AM ET, May 20, 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNBC, New York Times and Mediaite
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: The Trump impeachment slow burn  —  Good morning and welcome back!  Tips, comments, recipes?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The Investigations  —  ARE WE THERE YET?:  An unlikely lawmaker added over the weekend to the drumbeat gathering for impeaching President Trump.
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story and Breitbart
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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Emily S. Rueb / New York Times:
Morehouse Graduates' Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire
Discussion: NPR and Forbes
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’
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Trump says war will mean ‘official end of Iran,’ warns ‘never threaten the United States again’  —  President Trump fired a social media broadside at the Iranian regime Sunday afternoon, vowing that war between Washington and Tehran would result in “the official end of Iran” before warning, “[n]ever threaten the United States again!”
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CNN:
Harris unveils plan to fine companies that don't achieve pay equity  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Monday unveiled her plan to close the wage gap by fining companies that fail to ensure they are paying men and women equally.  —  The plan seeks to change …
Discussion: Axios
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris wants to punish companies that don't pay women equally
Discussion: Washington Post
Ryan Goodman / New York Times:
How Trump's Stonewalling Puts Our Democracy at Risk  —  Congress needs the full Mueller report to do its job of protecting our elections from foreign adversaries.  —  Mr. Goodman served as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense.
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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 …
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
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 …
Axios:
Democrats' next oversight move: The power of the purse  —  House Democrats are considering a new idea to pressure the Trump administration to comply with their subpoenas.  The idea is to use the appropriations process as leverage and threaten to withhold funding until they get the documents and testimony they've requested.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution, one that experts said has never been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound …
Discussion: CNN
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump wants to use his 2020 campaign kickoff to sow division in the huge Democratic field  —  President Trump plans to formally launch his re-election campaign next month, likely with a burst of swing-state rallies, Republican sources tell me.  —  Why it matters: Trump's personal campaign approach …
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
First on CNN: White House to focus on investment in Middle East as part of peace proposal  —  (CNN)The White House announced Sunday afternoon the first part of its Middle East peace proposal, what officials are calling an economic “workshop” to encourage investing capital in the West Bank …
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump administration to release part of its Middle East peace plan in June
 
 
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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
Kelly Scott / al.com:
It's time to hear Alabama's women
Discussion: WHNT-TV
National Review:
Australia's Voters Reject Leftist Ideas
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: ‘My body, my choice!’
Discussion: al.com and Axios
New York Times:
The President and His Power to Pardon
Axios:
Emails show ICE nominee lashed out after losing Border Patrol job
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Al Jazeera Media Network:
Al Jazeera takes disciplinary action and suspends two of its journalists over violation of its editorial guidelines
Angela Moon / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Notes on the Great Realignment
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Marcy Wheeler: Trump Tried To Shut Down The Russia Investigation
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gillian Edevane / Newsweek:
Students and Faculty Walk Out of Vice President Mike Pence's Commencement Address at Taylor University
Discussion: Friendly Atheist, Axios and Breitbart
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border