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10:25 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.
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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.
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.
New York Times:
Trump's Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House Freedom Caucus condemns Amash over impeachment comment  —  The House Freedom Caucus on Monday night formally condemned one of its founding members for declaring that President Trump committed impeachable offenses, but stopped short of kicking Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) out of the hard-line conservative group.
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:   The Health 202: Rape exemptions for abortion are dividing Republicans
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Trump should be worried about Justin Amash
Discussion: The Bulwark and CNN
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico and Chicago Sun-Times
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
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Brett T. / twitchy.com:   Under the bus: Loretta Lynch denies telling James Comey to call Clinton investigation a ‘matter’
Emily Oster / The Atlantic:
End the Plague of Secret Parenting  —  I'm an economist.  I love data and evidence.  I love it so much that I write books about data-based parenting.  When questions arise about how to support parents at work (for example, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter) my first impulse is to endorse paid parental leave.
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 …
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Walmart workers invited a special guest to crash the company's annual meeting: Bernie Sanders  —  For years, Walmart workers have attended the company's annual shareholders meeting to call for higher wages, better benefits and more predictable schedules.  —  This year they'll have someone …
Discussion: CNBC
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Federal court presses Trump administration to release Khashoggi documents  —  More than six months after Saudi government agents brutally murdered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administration has yet to publicly reveal what it knows about the crime and how it has handled the investigation.
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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: IJR
Amy Russo / HuffPost:
Betsy DeVos Used Private Email For Official Business In ‘Limited’ Cases  —  Federal investigators found fewer than 100 emails on government matters sent to and from the education secretary's personal accounts.  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has on occasion conducted government business through …
Discussion: Political Wire
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Palestinian Business Leaders Reject Trump's Economic Overture  —  JERUSALEM — Palestinian businessmen have a message for the White House: Keep your money.  —  Promising tens of billions of dollars in foreign investment as part of its peace plan for the Mideast, the Trump administration announced an …
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Shibley Telhami / Brookings:   How Trump's approach to the Middle East ignores the past, the future, and the human condition
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
‘This was a steal’: Campaign real estate deal that ‘thrilled’ Trump could be illegal  —  President Trump was “thrilled” that his campaign acquired Northern Virginia office space at “bargain basement” rates, a campaign official told the Washington Examiner in an interview in the plush 14th …
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.
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo and Axios
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.
Politico:
Trump reveals alarm over Biden in Pennsylvania: ‘He left you folks’  —  MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — President Donald Trump on Monday told supporters that he's “got to win” Pennsylvania in 2020, and took specific aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, a native of the state who could threaten his prospects here.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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 …
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.”
The Daily Beast:
Feds Broke Up Alleged Scheme to Send Surplus Pentagon Gear to Iran  —  Previously unreported charges show a New Hampshire man allegedly sent $1 million worth of machinery to Iran.  —  The Justice Department says a New Hampshire man sold nearly $1 million worth of surplus Defense Department hand …
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
The Cybersecurity 202: The DNC and RNC are still vulnerable to hackers, new report finds  —  THE KEY  —  The Democratic National Committee's computer networks still contain hackable vulnerabilities more than two years after a devastating breach that upended the 2016 election and dealt …
Discussion: Fox News
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country.  While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism …
Washington Post:
Anti-vaxxers target communities battling measles  —  MONSEY, N.Y. — In a suburban shopping center an hour north of New York City, hundreds of mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered in a sex-partitioned ballroom to hear leaders of the national anti-vaccine movement.
 
 
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David Marchese / New York Times:
Wanda Sykes on Ignoring Michelle Obama and Leaving 'Roseanne'"
Discussion: Althouse
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Democrats face their own divisions on abortion
Discussion: RedState
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Trump administration doles out $2M more to meatpacker owned by shady Brazilian brothers, bringing total to $64.4M
Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
Philip Hammond: No-deal Brexit would betray referendum result
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS backup border funding plan would take millions from TSA, other agencies
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Emails Show Deep State Conspiring Against Trump
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Seeks Judge's Permission to Appear at a Strip Club
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children's health
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Trump's Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism
Discussion: Fox News
Adam Shatz / NYR Daily:
‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now  —  Edward Said's Orientalism …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Splinter
John McCormack / National Review:
Crenshaw: Navy SEAL Should Face War-Crimes Trial Before Trump Considers Pardon
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