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6:35 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: New York Times and Raw Story
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 Class of '19, Congratulations: Your Student Loans Will Be Paid Off  —  Addressing Morehouse College's class of 2019, a man who is richer than Oprah Winfrey made a grand gesture straight out of the television mogul's playbook.  —  “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate …
Discussion: CBS News and Hullabaloo
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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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:   Trump: Fox News ‘wasting airtime on Mayor Pete’
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Pete Buttigieg Dismisses President Trump's Acceptance Of His Marriage
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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Carlo Muñoz / Washington Times:
Rocket attack targets U.S. embassy in Iraq
Discussion: CNBC and Townhall
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why Justin Amash stands alone  —  Staunch libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Saturday said — or rather, tweeted — what no other Republican member of Congress has yet had the nerve to utter: President Trump committed impeachable acts that Attorney General William P. Barr tried …
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris wants to punish companies that don't pay women equally  —  Kamala Harris released an ambitious proposal Monday to punish companies that don't pay women equally — taking an aggressive stand on a pay parity issue that has seen some advances in Congress but persists at the highest levels of corporate America.
Discussion: Washington Post
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China trade war: Trump defends tariffs impact, goes after Biden  —  President Trump defended his tariffs on China and attacked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying the country's “not competition for us,” in an interview with Fox News' Steve Hilton broadcast Sunday.
Washington Post:
Democrats were said to be furious and hungry for change.  Then Biden jumped in.  —  PHILADELPHIA — Former vice president Joe Biden defends his support for the 1994 crime bill that many blame for mass incarceration of blacks.  He declares that most Americans are “satisfied” with a private insurance system reviled by the left.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Kelly Scott / al.com:
It's time to hear Alabama's women  —  Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law.  —  But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.  —  So, we asked them to share their opinions on being a woman in Alabama.
Discussion: WHNT-TV
New York Times:
The President and His Power to Pardon  —  Donald Trump's use of executive clemency may be lawful, but it is in no way normal.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Los Angeles Times:
Brawl erupts at convention for local-government officials at Indian Wells resort  —  A conference of local government officials from across California erupted into violence over the weekend when several attendees began throwing punches, with at least one person apparently knocked unconscious, according to five witnesses to the incident.
Al Jazeera Media Network:
Al Jazeera takes disciplinary action and suspends two of its journalists over violation of its editorial guidelines  —  Al Jazeera stated today, that it has taken disciplinary action and suspended two of its journalists over video content produced on the Holocaust.
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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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump administration to release part of its Middle East peace plan in June
Axios:
Emails show ICE nominee lashed out after losing Border Patrol job
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
When The Far Right Took Over Brazil, Its Only LGBTQ Congressman Fled For His Life
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
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
Pete Buttigieg wants Thomas Jefferson events and buildings renamed
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Klobuchar goes off on restrictive abortion laws: ‘This is dangerous’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble
Discussion: Axios
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Mitch McConnell embraces his dark side