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Washington Post:
Mueller and House Democrats at impasse over how much of his testimony would be public  —  Robert S. Mueller III and House Democrats have been unable to reach an agreement on how much of the special counsel's expected congressional testimony would be public, and how much would take place in private …
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Rex Tillerson Secretly Meets With House Foreign Affairs Committee to Talk Trump  —  The former Secretary of State is talking with lawmakers at the same time virtually everyone else who worked for the president is defying Congress.  —  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was spotted entering …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A top Democrat warns: If we don't confront Trump, he'll grow more lawless  —  House Democrats are embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, an outcome that appears to be growing harder for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to resist.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying.  Here's What Congress Would Be In For.  —  The former FBI head hasn't talked in public for two years—but when he did, he knew his Russia threats and didn't suffer fools gladly.  —  Darren Samuelsohn is a senior White House reporter for POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats pushing back on DOJ offer for limited Mueller testimony  —  Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are pushing back on terms offered by Justice Department officials for special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony, objecting to a proposal for him to give a public opening statement …
Discussion: Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Lock Him Up?  —  Several weeks before Special Counsel Robert …
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  May 21, 2019 - Good Feelings On Economy Don't Help Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Biden Is Only Contender With Positive Score  —  The nation's economy is “excellent,” 22 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll today, the highest “excellent” rating for the economy.
New York Times:
Trump Expected to Pick Ken Cuccinelli for Immigration Policy Role  —  President Trump is expected to name Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a former attorney general of Virginia and an immigration hard-liner, as his choice to coordinate the administration's immigration policies, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Despite national security concerns, GOP leader McCarthy blocked bipartisan bid to limit China's role in U.S. transit  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blocked a bipartisan attempt to limit Chinese companies from contracting with U.S. transit systems, a move that benefited …
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Legal Fees Mount for Republican Party, Trump Campaign  —  Filings show RNC spent $2.2 million in April for lawyers' work  —  WASHINGTON—The Republican National Committee spent about $2.2 million last month on legal fees, new financial filings show, boosting the overall tab for lawyers paid by the party …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
‘This was a steal’: Campaign real estate deal that ‘thrilled’ Trump could be illegal
Discussion: Splinter
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Carson on HUD eviction plan: ‘You take care of your own first’  —  House lawmakers sparred Tuesday over a plan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to remove thousands of immigrant families from federally subsidized homes.  —  In a heated hearing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson …
Discussion: Fox News, CNSNews, Washington Post and IJR
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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to ‘cure’ autism.  These moms are trying to stop it.  —  Private Facebook groups urge parents to poison autistic kids with chlorine dioxide to “cure” them.  These moms are going undercover to fight back.  —  When they aren't working …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?  —  If you're the betting sort, maybe bet on the 2020 election being decided in the Rust Belt.  It was there, in 2016, when the Democrats' fabled “blue wall”—Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—crumbled, handing an Electoral College victory to Donald Trump.
Discussion: Fox News, Vox, Raw Story and Axios
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Politico:
Trump reveals alarm over Biden in Pennsylvania: ‘He left you folks’
Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:
It's Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses  —  Normally, a scandal centered on how rich parents used bribes to win their children's admittance into elite colleges wouldn't play so heavily in the national news.  No one much cared when Donald Trump promised large donations as his children enrolled at Penn.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Trump Appeal Now Goes To Court Headed By Merrick Garland  —  Twitter users can't stop laughing at the irony of the situation.  —  President Donald Trump's attorneys have vowed to appeal Monday's decision in favor of a House committee seeking his financial records, but people on Twitter were thrilled about where the case will end up.
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
First on CNN: Justice Department willing to hand over counterintelligence if Schiff backs off ‘enforcement action’  —  (CNN)The Justice Department is trying to stave off an “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr this week, making a rare offer to have the House Intelligence …
Discussion: Axios
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Top Democrat's wife may have gained ‘illegal private benefit’ from his committee activities  —  A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband's committee and could have been used illegally …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Jon Walker / The Week:
A loser's approach to Medicare-for-all  —  Presidential candidate and California senator Kamala Harris made headlines recently after seeming to tie herself in rhetorical knots over questions about Medicare-for-all.  In separate statements Harris first said she supported the elimination …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:   'Medicare for All's' rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nations
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
How San Francisco broke America's heart  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Tuesday afternoon in the Mission District of America's tech wonderland.  —  Michael Feno stands outside Lucca Ravioli, his beloved pasta emporium on Valencia, a vestige of old San Francisco, puffing on a cigar while posing for pictures, his customers in tears.
Amy Russo / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Trump's Trade War Has Farmers On ‘Verge Of Financial Collapse’  —  Jerry Moran of Kansas urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to find a better response than unreliable government aid.  —  Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas raised dire concerns over the Trump …
Abbey Crain / al.com:
Alabama Public Television refuses to air Arthur episode with gay wedding  —  Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS's Arthur episode that included a same-sex marriage.  —  In the episode, which aired nationwide May 13, Arthur and his friends attend their beloved teacher Mr. Ratburn's nuptials to his partner.
Yair Ghitza:
Revisiting What Happened in the 2018 Election  —  An Analysis of the Catalist Voter Registration Database … Immediately following the 2018 election, we published an analysis of demographic voting patterns, showing our best estimates of what happened in the election and putting it into context compared to 2016 and 2014.
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
Pete Buttigieg explains how serving in Afghanistan helped his rise to improbable 2020 presidential contender  —  There are movie wars, full of fire and fury, and then there are the real wars familiar to anyone who's served in a combat zone: 85 percent routine, even boring, duty, interrupted by moments of gut-churning terror.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Long-serving Trump aide DeStefano to depart White House  —  Johnny DeStefano, one of President Trump's top advisers who served as a bridge between the Republican Party and the administration, is leaving the White House on Friday, according to officials familiar with his decision.
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Political Wire
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Both Parents Are American.  The U.S. Says Their Baby Isn't.  —  James Derek Mize is an American citizen, born and raised in the United States.  His husband, who was born in Britain to an American mother, is a United States citizen, too.  —  But the couple's infant daughter isn't, according to the State Department.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Lobbyist linked to Trump to host fundraiser for House Democrat  —  Brian Ballard, the Florida lobbyist who's a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump's campaign, on Tuesday will raise money for a Democrat.  —  Ballard and several lobbyists at his firm, Ballard Partners …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Miami Candidate's Campaign Workers May Have Tampered With Absentee Ballots UPDATED … An explosive, 150-page WhatsApp chat leaked to Miami New Times appears to show members of Miami-Dade County Commission District 5 candidate Alex Diaz de la Portilla's 2018 campaign team discussing destroying …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
'I Don't Want an Exciting President'  —  Joe Biden makes his supporters feel safe, but nominating him is risky.  —  On Saturday afternoon, at Joe Biden's official campaign kickoff rally in Philadelphia, I asked every attendee I met why they were supporting, or at least considering supporting, the former vice president.
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms  —  President Trump joked at a campaign rally on Monday that he could serve as many as five terms in the White House.  —  “Now we're going to have a second time,” Trump said in Montoursville, Pa., recounting the details of his surprise election victory in 2016.
Rita Devlin / Bloomberg:
North Korean Media Lashes Out at ‘Reckless, Senseless’ Biden  —  As the 2020 U.S. presidential race heats up, North Korea's official KCNA news agency has jumped into the fray, calling aspiring Democratic contender Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being”.
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Warren and AOC knock ‘Game of Thrones’ finale in new video  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't yet announced who she thinks should occupy the Oval Office after the 2020 election.  But she and Elizabeth Warren sure aren't happy with who ended up on the Iron Throne.
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Breitbart
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
We don't know what Trump's tax returns are hiding.  But the hints are troubling.  —  When you look at the short span of President Trump's political career, one question jumps out: How much of his craziest, most paranoid and norm-violating behavior is motivated by a desire to keep his financial arrangements secret?
Discussion: Raw Story, Shareblue Media and The Week
Washington Post:
A conservative activist's behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation's courts  —  Leonard Leo helped conservative nonprofits raise $250 million from mostly undisclosed donors in recent years to promote conservative judges and causes  —  Leonard Leo stepped onto the stage in a darkened Florida ballroom …
Lulu Ramadan / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Last-minute amendment makes Florida felon voting records confidential  —  Voter registration records are public, as are felony criminal records.  —  But a last-minute insertion into a bill that passed with overwhelming support on the final day of Florida's legislative session aims to keep …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Numbers from New Q Poll
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Jeff Daniels / CNBC:
California bill would give tax incentives to film, TV productions that leave states banning abortion
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
US believes Iran behind vessel attacks as senior officials brief Congress
Liz Carroll / WJTV:
Federal judge hears ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ arguments, hearing ends without ruling
Bloomberg:
Trump Held Off Punishing Huawei Until China Trade Talks Stalled
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jasmin Mujanovic / Washington Post:
How the European Union is betraying the Western Balkans
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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Lawmakers Break Ramadan Fast on Capitol Hill
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Surprise medical bills could prompt rare bipartisan action in Congress
Discussion: Mother Jones
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' View of Job Market Hits New High
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Men Paid More Than Women in Kamala Harris's Senate Office and Campaign
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Cannot Grok the Idea of “Honor”
Emily Oster / The Atlantic:
End the Plague of Secret Parenting
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS backup border funding plan would take millions from TSA, other agencies
Discussion: Axios, Splinter and Shareblue Media