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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House instructs McGahn to defy Dem subpoena to testify  —  The White House on Monday directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, and the Justice Department released a corresponding legal opinion arguing …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Common Dreams
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:   Trump blocks former White House counsel McGahn from testifying to Congress
Kia Rahnama / The Atlantic:   What Congress Can Do When Trump Appointees Defy It
Reuters:
Trump to tell ex-White House counsel McGahn not to appear before Congress: New York Times
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
White House blocks former counsel McGahn from testifying to Congress
Ryan Goodman / New York Times:   Trump's Position on the Mueller Report Is Legally Ridiculous — and Dangerous
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 …
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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.
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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.
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.
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cbp.gov:
Statement on Loss of Life in RGV Sector  —  WASHINGTON - A 16-year-old Guatemalan national passed away this morning at the Weslaco Station in the U.S. Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector.  According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended and processed the juvenile for illegal entry May 13 near Hidalgo, Texas.
Associated Press:
5th Migrant Child Dies After Detention by Border Patrol  —  HOUSTON — The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December.  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection …
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
The narrator in chief: Trump opines on the 2020 Democrats — and so much more
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump mocks Biden, says Obama took him off the ‘trash heap’
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Here's How Much Money Fox News Hosts Have Made Off GOP Speaking Gigs  —  A new study reveals that many of the pro-Trump network's stars, including its ‘hard news’ anchors, have fattened their wallets by speaking at GOP events—an ethical no-no.  —  Boosting the Republican Party has paid off—quite literally—for many Fox News hosts.
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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 …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:   U.S. Supreme Court Again Defers Action on Abortion Cases
Wall Street Journal:
‘Playing Catch-Up in the Game of Life.’ Millennials Approach Middle Age in Crisis  —  New data show they're in worse financial shape than every preceding living generation and may never recover  —  American millennials are approaching middle age in worse financial shape than every living generation ahead …
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
McConnell, Kaine unveil bill to raise smoking age to 21  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today introduced legislation to broadly raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 — now a bipartisan effort that addresses some of the criticism public health groups had of an earlier proposal they saw as too industry-friendly.
Discussion: Axios
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Lesley Clark / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell legislation to raise tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 includes military
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Quartz
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.
Zoom Video:
Mueller Book Club Featuring Rep. Nadler  —  Tens of thousands of Americans are committing to read the Mueller report- cover to cover- together.  Join us!  —  We're calling on Americans to start local reading groups across the country, and to join us for a once-weekly broadcast to discuss …
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.”
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver Drags Meghan McCain: ‘The Most Embarrassing Child of a Prominent Political Figure’  —  The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host also taunted her hotheaded husband Ben Domenech, publisher of the far-right blog The Federalist.  —  Marlow Stern  —  On Sunday evening, John Oliver dedicated …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, NB Blog and Fox News
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.
Alina Polyakova / New York Times:
You Can't Trust the Far Right  —  The latest scandal in Austria shows that extremists can't be tempered.  —  Ms. Polyakova is an expert on far-right parties in Europe.  —  With just a few days to go before the European parliamentary elections, Austria's government is in a tailspin.
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Kathy Griffin Movie ‘A Hell of a Story’ Gets Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)  —  “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” a documentary comedy from the star comedian, has sold to Brainstorm Media for a special theatrical release this summer, Variety has learned.  —  The movie will play in U.S. theaters …
Discussion: NB Blog
 
 
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