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7:25 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 …
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
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: Breitbart and CNN
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  —  SOUTH BEND — From Austin, Texas, to West Hollywood, Calif., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid has taken him out of town nearly half of the days in recent months, according to his daily calendar …
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:   Trump: Fox News ‘wasting airtime on Mayor Pete’
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Pete Buttigieg Dismisses President Trump's Acceptance Of His Marriage
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Bloomberg
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.
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 …
Emily S. Rueb / New York Times:
Morehouse Graduates' Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire
Discussion: NPR and Forbes
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!”
Ben White / Politico:
Dark clouds hang over Trump's trade war  —  The president is heading into a reelection battle with his promise of challenging China unfulfilled.  —  President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to soften the economic blow of his trade battle with China, doling out billions of dollars …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China trade war: Trump defends tariffs impact, goes after Biden
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
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran
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 …
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
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
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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump administration to release part of its Middle East peace plan in June
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
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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Kelly Scott /
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: and Axios
New York Times:
The President and His Power to Pardon
Emails show ICE nominee lashed out after losing Border Patrol job
Discussion: Raw Story
Angela Moon / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border