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1:15 PM 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: NTK Network and 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.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Throwing Justin Amash Out of the GOP Might Make Trump Lose 2020  —  Saturday, Representative Justin Amash became the first Republican in Congress to call for impeaching President Trump on the basis of the massive misconduct detailed by the Mueller report.  It was a rare act of bravery, one likely to end his career in Congress.
Discussion: The Guardian, Roll Call and Fox News
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
GOP throws up impeachment shield around Trump
Discussion: Reason, theGrio and Daily Kos
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller changed everything
Ryan Goodman / New York Times:   Trump's Position on the Mueller Report Is Legally Ridiculous — and Dangerous
Democrats' next oversight move: The power of the purse
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Politico, Raw Story and New York Post
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: IJR, Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
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: Breitbart, Politico and Daily Kos
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: Splinter
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
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News:
Rep. Meadows: Declassification of key Russia probe documents ‘right around the corner’  —  Rep. Mark Meadows thinks declassification of key Russia probe documents is ‘right around the corner’  —  House Oversight Committee member Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Monday he believes …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Gowdy: FBI Has Papadopoulos Transcripts That Are Potential ‘Game-Changer’
Discussion: American Greatness
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: Washington Times
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 …
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IRS Audit Rate Drops Again as It Examines Fewer High-Income Households  —  Tax agency, shrinking after years of budget cuts, seeks funding boost from Congress  —  WASHINGTON—The Internal Revenue Service audited just .59% of individual tax returns last year, marking the seventh consecutive annual decline …
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.
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
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.
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
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: Common Dreams, Shareblue Media and CNN
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
An Ode to ‘Desperate Don’  —  Trump's lies reveal an emboldened but vulnerable president.  —  Donald Trump lies all the time.  We know that.  Some of us are incensed and disgusted by this.  Others have been worn out by it.  But, few even attempt to deny or excuse it anymore.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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.”
Discussion: Salon, Breitbart and Washington Post
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Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Controversial Texas voting bill likely dead this year after failing to be set for debate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
CNN to host four more presidential town halls: Bennet, Moulton, Ryan and Swalwell
Discussion: NTK Network
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Harry Reid Remembers One Impeachment and Ponders a Second
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Trump Fed Nominee Backs Policies That Would Crash The Economy
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
Pardoning War Criminals Isn't Just Wrong. It Hurts the Military and American Interests.
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