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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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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
I.R.S. Memo Undercuts Mnuchin on Withholding Trump's Tax Returns
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: Politico, POLITICUSUSA, Vox and Mediaite
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Tillerson quietly meets with House lawmakers to discuss Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson quietly met with the top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday for an interview that focused primarily on his time in the Trump administration …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Tillerson meets for seven hours with House Foreign Affairs Committee
Discussion: Fox News, Splinter and Politico
CNN:
Judge orders public release of Michael Cohen search warrants  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's search warrants in his investigation of Michael Cohen will be made public with redactions on Wednesday, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.  —  The five warrants in total encompass the searches …
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BuzzFeed News:
New Transcripts Say That Trump Crafted Michael Cohen's Lies More Closely Than Was Previously Known  —  Gathered in the Oval Office in May 2017, President Donald Trump and two of his lawyers, Michael Cohen and Jay Sekulow, huddled to shape Cohen's impending testimony before Congress.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Avenatti Says He Expects Indictment in New York Within 48 Hours  —  Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who became famous representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, said on Twitter he expects to be indicted in New York within 48 hours.
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CNN:
House panel issues subpoenas for Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Discussion: Washington Press
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here's what the House Judiciary Committee should do
Discussion: CNN, Just Security and Denver Post
The Daily Beast:   House Democrats Subpoena Hope Hicks
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
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
De Blasio is the least-liked Democratic candidate in 2020 race
Discussion: Fox News
Politico:
Trump to Democrats: No infrastructure without trade deal  —  On the eve of a highly anticipated meeting with Democrats at which President Donald Trump was expected to unveil a way to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Trump instead put Congress on notice that it will have to take a backseat to a trade deal.
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:   Vulnerable Democrats split as impeachment pressure mounts
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms
New York Times:
Trump Administration Could Blacklist China's Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering limits to a Chinese video surveillance giant's ability to buy American technology, people familiar with the matter said, the latest attempt to counter Beijing's global economic ambitions.
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Senate employee dies after altercation outside restaurant in Navy Yard  —  A longtime Senate employee and popular youth baseball coach on Capitol Hill has died after an altercation outside his favorite restaurant and steps from his home near Nationals Park, according to his family and D.C. police.
Washington Post:
Appeals court refuses to stay Mueller grand jury subpoena for Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller  —  A federal appeals court Tuesday refused to block a grand jury subpoena for testimony by Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller in an investigation launched by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
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: Townhall, NPR, Axios and UPI
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.
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Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan group wants to ban abortions when fetal heartbeat is detected
Discussion: RedState
WKYT-TV:
Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has won the Democratic Party nomination for governor.  —  Beshear defeated House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former State Auditor Adam Edelen to win the race.
Discussion: Lexington Herald-Leader and Axios
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan  —  The treatment of Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari, all facing charges of ‘terrorism’, has been condemned by rights groups  —  Three prominent moderate Saudi Sunni scholars held on multiple charges of …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Saudi Arabia and UAE to attend Trump's “economic workshop”
Discussion: One America News Network and wam
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Cannes: Sci-Fi Film Poster Features Decapitated Donald Trump Head in MAGA Hat  —  The B-movie-style one-sheet shows a woman holding two decapitated heads, including one that looks like the commander-in-chief wearing his signature campaign headgear.  —  When a photograph of Kathy Griffin holding …
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: The Resurgent and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Work to Convince Divided Congress of Iran Threat  —  WASHINGTON — Top American national security officials sought to convince a divided Congress on Tuesday about the seriousness of new threats from Iran as they defended intelligence that has prompted military deployments aimed at deterring attacks by Tehran.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:   U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Adachi leak: SF cops seek to justify raid on journalist, citing conspiracy probe  —  Under fire for raiding the home and office of a freelance journalist who refused to identify a confidential source, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott sought Tuesday to justify the action by saying …
New York Times:
Trump Supported Changing New York G.O.P. Leader  —  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 the leadership and direction of one state party in particular.
Discussion: 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.
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
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine Commandant tells Trump that pardoning troops accused of war crimes ‘relinquishes the moral high ground’  —  Former Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak has issued a statement urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to oppose pardons for those accused or convicted …
Discussion: USA Today
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.”
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.
John Nichols / The Nation:
Ilhan Omar: 'There's a Reason That I Got Elected to Be in Congress and It Has Nothing to Do With the Fact That I'm a Refugee'  —  On the first episode of our new podcast, Next Left, we talk to the trailblazing politician about how she went from refugee to US Representative.
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.
BBC:
Brexit: PM under fire over new Brexit plan  —  Theresa May will make the case for her new Brexit plan in Parliament later, amid signs that Conservative opposition to her leadership is hardening.  —  The prime minister will outline changes to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill …
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
 
 
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James Angelos / New York Times:
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Conventional Wisdom About Millennial Suffering Is A Myth
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Most Americans support inquiry into FBI decisions to monitor former Trump campaign officials: poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem clamor for impeachment swells as McGahn refuses testimony
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
They Grow the Nation's Food, but They Can't Drink the Water
John Solomon / The Hill:
Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judge Orders Antifa Activist Yvette Felarca to Pay Judicial Watch Legal Fees for Her ‘Entirely Frivolous’ Lawsuit
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Flynn opposes further release of documents related to his plea for lying to FBI
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BBC:
Austria's far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Numbers from New Q Poll
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Legal Fees Mount for Republican Party, Trump Campaign
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
First on CNN: Justice Department willing to hand over counterintelligence if Schiff backs off ‘enforcement action’
Discussion: Axios
Amy Russo / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Trump's Trade War Has Farmers On ‘Verge Of Financial Collapse’
Discussion: Hullabaloo