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8:25 PM ET, May 21, 2019

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Washington Post:
Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege  —  A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege …
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
We don't know what Trump's tax returns are hiding. But the hints are troubling.
Discussion: Raw Story, Shareblue Media and The Week
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: CNN, Politico and 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 …
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.
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.
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats pushing back on DOJ offer for limited Mueller testimony
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here's What Congress Would Be In For.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Tillerson meets for seven hours with House Foreign Affairs Committee
The Daily Beast:   House Democrats Subpoena Hope Hicks
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here's what the House Judiciary Committee should do
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Discussion: Common Dreams, 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
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
De Blasio is the least-liked Democratic candidate in 2020 race
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign and Senate GOP clash over president's pollster  —  A top strategist on President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has withdrawn from an effort to unseat North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020 — an arrangement that sparked tensions at the highest levels of the Republican Party.
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Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:   Senate GOP trade hopes renewed after Trump lifts steel tariffs
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Lobbyist linked to Trump to host fundraiser for House Democrat
Discussion: Florida Politics and Raw Story
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.
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Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:   Adachi leak: SF cops seek to justify raid on journalist, citing conspiracy probe
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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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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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Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Ben Carson confuses a real-estate term and a cookie  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tussled awkwardly with freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) at a hearing on Tuesday over HUD real estate owned — or REO — homes, at one point asking if she was referring to an “Oreo.”
Discussion: USA Today, Hollywood Life and Vox
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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.
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 …
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
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 …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Albany Closes a Loophole for Trump Pardons.  Next Up: His Taxes.  —  The Legislature is poised to pass a bill that would allow three congressional committees to seek the release of President Trump's state tax returns.  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power  —  The measure, which creates a narrow exception to the state's double jeopardy law, now goes to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.  —  New York state lawmakers passed a measure Tuesday that would allow prosecutors …
Discussion: Axios
John Solomon / The Hill:
Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye  —  Of all the wild tales that Christopher Steele spun about Russia-Trump collusion during a visit to the State Department shortly before the 2016 election, only one was deemed worth forwarding to his FBI handlers.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News host Pete Hegseth has privately encouraged Trump to pardon servicemen accused of war crimes  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News host Pete Hegseth has privately encouraged President Donald Trump to pardon some United States servicemen accused of war crimes, a person familiar with the conversations told CNN on Tuesday.
New York Times:
Trump Aides Were Involved in Effort to Remove G.O.P. Leader in New York  —  For months, President Trump's political advisers have been working to remake state Republican parties to cement their control ahead of the 2020 election.  —  But Mr. Trump had a vested interest in helping dictate …
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
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.
Discussion: The Week, Splinter and Political Wire
Jerry Taylor / The Bulwark:
What Changed My Mind About Climate Change?  —  Risk management is not a binary choice.  —  I spent the better part of my professional life (1991-2014) working at a libertarian think tank—the Cato Institute—arguing against climate action.  As Cato's director of Natural Resource Studies …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Numbers from New Q Poll  —  Some very interesting numbers in a just released Quinnipiac Poll.  —  Here are numbers that jump out to me.  —  President Trump's numbers are 38% approve, 57% disapprove.  On May 2nd those numbers were 41%-55%.  54% of voters say they would “definitely not vote” for President Trump.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Warren M. Hern / New York Times:
Pregnancy Kills.  Abortion Saves Lives.  —  Every pregnancy poses a “serious health risk” to the mother.  —  Dr. Hern is a physician and epidemiologist who specializes in late-abortion services.  —  Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition.  Women die from being pregnant.
 
 
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Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judge Orders Antifa Activist Yvette Felarca to Pay Judicial Watch Legal Fees for Her ‘Entirely Frivolous’ Lawsuit
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Flynn opposes further release of documents related to his plea for lying to FBI
BBC:
Austria's far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal
Liz Carroll / WJTV:
Federal judge hears ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ arguments, hearing ends without ruling
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms
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Melena Ryzik / New York Times:
In a Test of Their Power, #MeToo's Legal Forces Take On McDonald's
Discussion: The Root
Amy Russo / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Trump's Trade War Has Farmers On ‘Verge Of Financial Collapse’
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Both Parents Are American. The U.S. Says Their Baby Isn't.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lulu Ramadan / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Last-minute amendment makes Florida felon voting records confidential
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
A conservative activist's behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation's courts
Discussion: twitchy.com and Splinter
Yair Ghitza:
Revisiting What Happened in the 2018 Election
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Miami Candidate's Campaign Workers May Have Tampered With Absentee Ballots UPDATED