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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
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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 …
CNN:
House panel issues subpoenas for Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas to former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson for documents and testimony, setting the stage for another clash with the White House over former officials appearing before Congress.
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
The Daily Beast:
House Democrats Subpoena Hope Hicks  —  One of the president's closest aides is the latest to be told to come testify before Congress  —  The House Judiciary Committee said on Tuesday it had issued subpoenas for Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson for testimony and documents related …
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
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
Chairman Nadler Issues Subpoenas for Hope Hicks & Annie Donaldson
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Brutal new 2020 numbers for Beto O'Rourke and Bill de Blasio
Discussion: The Week
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Democrats Cozy Up to Wall Street While Shunning Corporate Cash
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Splinter
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 …
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.
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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
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Lock Him Up?  —  Several weeks before Special Counsel Robert …
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
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: Vox, Raw Story, The Week and Breitbart
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Anna Hopkins / Fox News:
Karl Rove: Trump campaign ‘feels very cautious’ about chances in Rust Belt states
Discussion: Daily Wire, Vanity Fair and Axios
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.
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
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.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?  —  The presidential campaign has begun, which means that Democrats are being asked again and again why they aren't doing more to “reach out” to Republicans.  But there's something important missing from this discussion …
Discussion: National Review and NBC News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Amash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday said he would not rule out a third-party challenge to President Trump in 2020.  —  The Hill asked Amash if he is thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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, Politico and Breitbart
Jennifer De Pinto / CBS News:
Majority of Americans don't want Roe v. Wade overturned, CBS News poll finds  —  Two-thirds of Americans want Roe v. Wade left in place, and most who hold that view would be disappointed or angry if the ruling were to be overturned someday, a new CBS News poll finds.
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 …
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
The CIA Web Site:
CIA Pays Tribute to Its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony  —  Today, the Central Intelligence Agency held its annual Memorial Ceremony to remember, honor, and celebrate the courageous CIA officers who died serving their country.  —  This year, there are four new stars on the Memorial Wall, each commemorating a distinguished officer.
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
 
 
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Jeff Daniels / CNBC:
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
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Liz Carroll / WJTV:
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