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4:00 PM ET, May 21, 2019

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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 …
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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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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.
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats pushing back on DOJ offer for limited Mueller testimony
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Lock Him Up?  —  Several weeks before Special Counsel Robert …
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.
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.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Loses Another Conservative Contributor to Trump Administration  —  Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, a CNN pro-Trump commentator, is joining the administration to focus on immigration policy.  —  President Donald Trump continues to pick talent from CNN's ranks for open roles in his administration.
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?  —  If you're the betting sort, maybe bet on the 2020 election being decided in the Rust Belt.  It was there, in 2016, when the Democrats' fabled “blue wall”—Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—crumbled, handing an Electoral College victory to Donald Trump.
Discussion: Fox News, Vox, Raw Story and Axios
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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’
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 …
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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The Daily Beast:
Rahm Emanuel Joins ABC News as Contributor
Discussion: Axios, Splinter, CNN and Mediaite
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.
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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.
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Surprise medical bills could prompt rare bipartisan action in Congress
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?
Discussion: National Review and NBC News
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.
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
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 …
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
‘This was a steal’: Campaign real estate deal that ‘thrilled’ Trump could be illegal
Discussion: Splinter
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
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
'Medicare for All's' rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nations  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The “Medicare for All” plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what other advanced countries offer, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal.
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Jon Walker / The Week:
A loser's approach to Medicare-for-all
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Political Wire
Amy Russo / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Trump's Trade War Has Farmers On ‘Verge Of Financial Collapse’  —  Jerry Moran of Kansas urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to find a better response than unreliable government aid.  —  Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas raised dire concerns over the Trump …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Both Parents Are American.  The U.S. Says Their Baby Isn't.  —  James Derek Mize is an American citizen, born and raised in the United States.  His husband, who was born in Britain to an American mother, is a United States citizen, too.  —  But the couple's infant daughter isn't, according to the State Department.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
Pete Buttigieg explains how serving in Afghanistan helped his rise to improbable 2020 presidential contender  —  There are movie wars, full of fire and fury, and then there are the real wars familiar to anyone who's served in a combat zone: 85 percent routine, even boring, duty, interrupted by moments of gut-churning terror.
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 …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Trump jokingly suggests serving as many as five terms  —  President Trump joked at a campaign rally on Monday that he could serve as many as five terms in the White House.  —  “Now we're going to have a second time,” Trump said in Montoursville, Pa., recounting the details of his surprise election victory in 2016.
Rita Devlin / Bloomberg:
North Korean Media Lashes Out at ‘Reckless, Senseless’ Biden  —  As the 2020 U.S. presidential race heats up, North Korea's official KCNA news agency has jumped into the fray, calling aspiring Democratic contender Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being”.
Discussion: Political Wire
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Men Paid More Than Women in Kamala Harris's Senate Office and Campaign  —  Under Harris plan, companies would face major fines for even a 1% pay gap  —  A new plan from Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) to eliminate the gender pay gap would fine companies if they are unable to prove they're paying men …
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Carson on HUD eviction plan: ‘You take care of your own first’  —  House lawmakers sparred Tuesday over a plan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to remove thousands of immigrant families from federally subsidized homes.  —  In a heated hearing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson …
 
 
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Samir Salama / Gulf News:
Diplomacy is the key, not war in US-Iran tension, says former US Defense Secretary James Mattis
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
How San Francisco broke America's heart
The Tennessean:
Glen Casada to resign as speaker in coming weeks
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lulu Ramadan / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Last-minute amendment makes Florida felon voting records confidential
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' View of Job Market Hits New High
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Cannot Grok the Idea of “Honor”
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Virginia Lawmaker Connected to Anti-Semitic Groups
Discussion: twitchy.com
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Bernie Sanders is bringing back the most underrated education policy
Emily Oster / The Atlantic:
End the Plague of Secret Parenting
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
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS backup border funding plan would take millions from TSA, other agencies
Discussion: Axios and Shareblue Media