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8:30 AM ET, May 21, 2019


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New York Times:
A Would-Be Trump Aide's Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More  —  Access to a government jet 24 hours a day.  An office in the West Wing, plus guaranteed weekends off for family time.  And an assurance of being made secretary of homeland security by November.
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment  —  House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources.
New York Times:
Trump's Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test  —  WASHINGTON — The fight over President Trump's systematic stonewalling of Congress escalated on two fronts on Monday, as a federal judge upheld a subpoena for his financial records even as the White House instructed …
Washington Post:
Some in Pelosi's leadership team rebel on impeachment, press her to begin an inquiry  —  Members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team confronted her in a contentious Monday night meeting and argued that it was time to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to multiple officials in the room.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here's What Congress Would Be In For.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump's accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge denies Trump bid to quash House subpoena for years of financial records
Discussion: VICE News and The Week
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:   Judge upholds House panel subpoena for Trump financial records
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Lost An Effort To Stop Democrats From Subpoenaing His Accountant
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.  —  The revelations come as U.S. intelligence agencies have warned of probable Russian meddling in the 2020 election.  —  LONDON — Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Privately Lobbied Trump to Pardon Accused War Criminals  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S. servicemen accused and convicted of war crimes, you can thank one of Donald Trump's favorite cable-news hosts.
Washington Post:
Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow encouraged him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been encouraged …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Cohen: Trump's attorney urged false testimony
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lawmakers Bring Familiar Claims From Michael Cohen Into the Open
Discussion: U.S. House of …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Welcomes Pete Buttigieg.  Trump and ‘Fox & Friends’ Aren't Pleased.  —  The night began with a campaign-style biographical video and ended with a standing ovation.  The candidate called President Trump's behavior “grotesque” and lamented the “media noise machine on the right wing.”
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke: I'd ‘absolutely’ do a Fox town hall
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House Freedom Caucus votes to condemn Amash's impeachment comments  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus took an official position condemning Rep. Justin Amash's (R-Mich.) call for impeachment on Monday evening, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters.  —  “We had a good discussion …
Abbey Crain /
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.
Max Read / Vulture:
Westeros Is Screwed  —  In 2011, Game of Thrones premiered with the story of a vast continental kingdom wracked with political tension.  Westeros was introduced as a collection of once-independent kingdoms, riven by ethnic and religious divisions, governed by a king who had no real desire to rule …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS backup border funding plan would take millions from TSA, other agencies  —  The funding from TSA includes $50 million planned for advanced screening equipment and $3 million collected from loose change left in trays at airports.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security …
New York Times:
Trump's Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism  —  President Trump's escalating demands for investigations into his political opponents have intensified debate over whether his often-transparent calls for action by the Justice Department amount to abusing his power to bolster his re-election prospects.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says He Is Fighting for the Presidency, Not Trump  —  The attorney general, who has faced criticism, is in the front lines of the president's battles against Congress  —  As President Trump's attorney general, William Barr has come under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’  —  Does it seem you hear a little bit less about political controversies in the sports world than you did a year or two ago?  Do you find yourself grumbling at your television, “I just want to enjoy watching the game” less frequently?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Emails Show Deep State Conspiring Against Trump  —  Judicial Watch has tirelessly pursued government documents relating to the Russia hoax, and has made them public as they have been wrested from the grasp of Washington bureaucrats.  Today Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between …
Claire Lehmann / Quillette:
At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left's Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost  —  The result of Saturday's federal election in Australia is being treated as the most staggering political shocker in my country since World War II.  Scott Morrison, leading the Liberal Party, looks to have won a majority government …
Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:
It's Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses  —  If Democrats want to address simmering middle-class anger, they need to deliver justice.  —  44th mayor of Chicago  —  Normally, a scandal centered on how rich parents used bribes to win their children's admittance …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
Philip Hammond: No-deal Brexit would betray referendum result  —  Cabinet to discuss ‘bold’ new Brexit offer.  —  A no-deal Brexit would be a betrayal of the 2016 EU referendum result, U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond will warn on Tuesday evening.  —  “The 2016 Leave campaign was clear that we would leave with a deal.
Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Palestinian leaders say U.S. ‘Peace to Prosperity’ summit slights them  —  JERUSALEM — Palestinian officials said Monday that they were not invited to a summit planned for Bahrain next month to discuss the Trump administration's proposal to bring economic development to Palestinian areas as part of a wider peace effort.
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.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Loretta Lynch accuses Comey of misrepresenting key Clinton probe conversation, was ‘quite surprised’ by his testimony  —  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has flatly accused former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements by repeatedly alleging, under oath …
Discussion: Townhall and American Greatness
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Seeks Judge's Permission to Appear at a Strip Club  —  On Thursday, lawyers for Roger Stone, whose travel is restricted ahead of his November trial on obstruction of justice and perjury charges, requested a judge's permission to visit Tennessee and Illinois “for business opportunities.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Local DAs say they won't prosecute women under ‘heartbeat’ abortion law
Discussion: Splinter
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Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism
Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ben Sasse expected to run for reelection in 2020
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children's health
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Adam Shatz / NYR Daily:
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Gorsuch breaks with conservative justices, delivering win to Native American hunter
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Packing his bags: Trump plans jet-setting summer of travel
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
How extremists are reasserting themselves in mainstream GOP politics in Arizona