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11:55 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
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
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
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.
Harris unveils plan to fine companies that don't achieve pay equity
Discussion: Axios and The Root
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Kamala Harris Announces Plan to Close the Gender Pay Gap
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris vows as president to fine companies that pay men more than women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   Kamala Harris wants to punish companies that don't pay women equally
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The Koch network is reorganizing under a new name and with new priorities  —  THE BIG IDEA: The Koch network is getting a new name to reflect its shifting strategy.  —  The Seminar Network, which includes the constellation of groups funded by the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: The Trump impeachment slow burn
Discussion: CNBC, Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
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: Roll Call, Reason and Daily Kos
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
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.
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.
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China trade war: Trump defends tariffs impact, goes after Biden
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 …
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 and Breitbart
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.
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.
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
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 …
Chris Jenks / Just Security:
Sticking It To Yourself: Preemptive Pardons for Battlefield Crimes Undercut Military Justice and Military Effectiveness  —  A couple of years ago a cell phone company aired a commercial featuring an executive boasting to a subordinate that a new cell phone plan was the executive's “little way of sticking it to the man.”
Gavin Bade / Politico:
How Michael Bennet would address climate change  —  What would the plan do?  —  Bennet's plan aims to put the nation on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or earlier, but it does not outline specific policies such as a carbon tax or clean energy mandates.
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Racial wealth gap is vast: 2020 Democrats have plans to close it  —  From reparations to “baby bonds,” Democratic candidates are proposing big ideas to confront inequality.  —  If you've been to an event with a Democrat running for president this year, there's a good chance you've heard about it: the racial wealth gap.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the future health risks of air pollution in a way that would predict thousands of fewer deaths and would help justify …
Discussion: CNN
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
European Elections Will Gauge the Power of Populism
Discussion: Power Line and The Guardian
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win
Discussion: Raw Story
Angela Fritz / Washington Post:
‘Make him famous in a different way’: In this popular mobile game, you kill a journalist
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
16-Year-Olds Want a Vote. Fifty Years Ago, So Did 18-Year-Olds.
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Starting Line/Change Research Poll: Biden, Sanders Locked In Iowa Tie
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump wants to use his 2020 campaign kickoff to sow division in the huge Democratic field
Discussion: NTK Network
Kelly Scott /
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
Democrats' next oversight move: The power of the purse
Discussion: Raw Story