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7:10 PM ET, May 21, 2019


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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: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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.
House panel issues subpoenas for Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas to former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson for documents and testimony, setting the stage for another clash with the White House over former officials appearing before Congress.
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
House Democrats pushing back on DOJ offer for limited Mueller testimony  —  Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are pushing back on terms offered by Justice Department officials for special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony, objecting to a proposal for him to give a public opening statement …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here's What Congress Would Be In For.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:   House Democrats Subpoena Hope Hicks
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Tillerson meets for seven hours with House Foreign Affairs Committee
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here's what the House Judiciary Committee should do
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Brutal new 2020 numbers for Beto O'Rourke and Bill de Blasio  —  The New York mayor's net approval is worse than Trump's.  —  From a distance, Quinnipiac University's new national poll looking at the 2020 Democratic primary looks fairly familiar.  There's former vice president Joe Biden atop the field …
Discussion: The Week
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Biden performs well with low-dollar donors
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
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
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
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   DOJ renews counteroffer to Schiff over unredacted Mueller report
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:   Lock Him Up?  —  Several weeks before Special Counsel Robert …
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.
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: Shareblue Media
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
‘This was a steal’: Campaign real estate deal that ‘thrilled’ Trump could be illegal
Discussion: Splinter
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.”
Discussion: Hollywood Life, USA Today and Vox
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?  —  The presidential campaign has begun, which means that Democrats are being asked again and again why they aren't doing more to “reach out” to Republicans.  But there's something important missing from this discussion …
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 …
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.
Anna Hopkins / Fox News:
Karl Rove: Trump campaign ‘feels very cautious’ about chances in Rust Belt states  —  Following reports that the Trump campaign is struggling to gain a foothold in the Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, Fox News contributor Karl Rove said he believes the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Wire and Vanity Fair
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story, The Week and Axios
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.]
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.
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Numbers from New Q Poll  —  Some very interesting numbers in a just released Quinnipiac Poll.  —  Here are numbers that jump out to me.  —  President Trump's numbers are 38% approve, 57% disapprove.  On May 2nd those numbers were 41%-55%.  54% of voters say they would “definitely not vote” for President Trump.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran  —  The admission could complicate any potential effort to make the legal case for war with Iran.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The American intelligence community has no evidence that al Qaeda has cooperated with the Iranian government …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Amash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump  —  Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday said he would not rule out a third-party challenge to President Trump in 2020.  —  The Hill asked Amash if he is thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
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.
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Austria's far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal
Liz Carroll / WJTV:
Federal judge hears ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ arguments, hearing ends without ruling
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Lobbyist linked to Trump to host fundraiser for House Democrat
Discussion: Florida Politics and Raw Story
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
Pete Buttigieg explains how serving in Afghanistan helped his rise to improbable 2020 presidential contender
 Earlier Items: 
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Warren and AOC knock ‘Game of Thrones’ finale in new video
Discussion: Reason, Slate and Breitbart
Jon Walker / The Week:
A loser's approach to Medicare-for-all
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Both Parents Are American. The U.S. Says Their Baby Isn't.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lulu Ramadan / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Last-minute amendment makes Florida felon voting records confidential
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
A conservative activist's behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation's courts
Discussion: and Splinter
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Long-serving Trump aide DeStefano to depart White House
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Politico
Yair Ghitza:
Revisiting What Happened in the 2018 Election
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Miami Candidate's Campaign Workers May Have Tampered With Absentee Ballots UPDATED