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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.
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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.
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and CNN
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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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.
Billy House / Bloomberg:   McGahn Defies House Subpoena After White House Claims Immunity
Washington Post:
McGahn fails to show at Judiciary hearing, amping up anger among House Democrats
Discussion: The Hill, Balloon Juice and NTK Network
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?  —  A Republican “autopsy” of 2018 losses in Wisconsin shows a party struggling to reconcile racist policies with midwestern politics.  —  Add to Pocket  —  If you're the betting sort, maybe bet on the 2020 election being decided in the Rust Belt.
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:   Trump pumps up Pennsylvania crowd in bid to defy polling yet again
Politico:
Trump reveals alarm over Biden in Pennsylvania: ‘He left you folks’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
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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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: Raw Story
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.
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, Daily Kos, The Week and Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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’
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.
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: Axios, Washington Times, CNBC and The Week
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?
Emily Oster / The Atlantic:
End the Plague of Secret Parenting  —  I'm an economist.  I love data and evidence.  I love them 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.
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.
Washington Post:
A conservative activist's behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation's courts  —  Leonard Leo helped conservative nonprofits raise $250 million from mostly undisclosed donors in recent years to promote conservative judges and causes  —  Leonard Leo stepped onto the stage in a darkened Florida ballroom …
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: the daily howler and Althouse
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Bernie Sanders is bringing back the most underrated education policy  —  Over the past two decades, education reform has been a major topic of debate and policymaking, from President Bush's No Child Left Behind bill to President Obama's Race to the Top initiative.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Cannot Grok the Idea of “Honor”  —  1. Honor  —  I want to take a minute to unpack why, exactly, Trump's pardoning of American war criminals is so bad.  —  Let's start with this: I suspect Trump's heart is in the right place.  I'm not his rabbi, but my guess is that Trump's thinking goes something like this:
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 …
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.
David Marchese / New York Times:
Wanda Sykes on Ignoring Michelle Obama and Leaving 'Roseanne'"  —  Wanda Sykes on ignoring Michelle Obama and the ‘Roseanne’ debacle.  —  Though she has never quite achieved superstar status, Wanda Sykes has, over the last 25 years, steadfastly built one of comedy's most impressive careers.
Discussion: Althouse
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Latest Sign of Beto O'Rourke's Flameout: Opposition Research Requests Have ‘Died Off’  —  The noticeable downtick in interest could signal trouble for Beto's once hotly anticipated campaign.  —  In the days leading up to Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign, a top Republican opposition research firm …
Discussion: RedState, NTK Network, Politico and Mediaite
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Abortion-rights protesters descend on Supreme Court in wake of controversial state bans  —  Amid an influx of abortion-rights protests converging on state capitols, town squares and courthouses across the country Tuesday, seeking to counter an onslaught of anti-abortion bills sweeping across state legislatures …
Discussion: Washingtonian and CBS Los Angeles
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Virginia Lawmaker Connected to Anti-Semitic Groups  —  Tied to Hamas propaganda and fundraising group the Islamic Association for Palestine  —  A member of the Virginia legislature and former volunteer for Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) is connected to multiple anti-Semitic organizations and is the son of a Hamas fundraiser.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
 
 
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Jayne Ann Bugda / PAHOMEPAGE:
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Amy Russo / HuffPost:
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
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New York Times:
Trump's Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism
Discussion: Fox News
Max Read / Vulture:
Westeros Is Screwed  —  In 2011, Game of Thrones premiered …