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New York Times:
Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump abruptly blew up a scheduled meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, lashing out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a cover-up and declaring that he could not work with them until they stopped investigating him.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
As impeachment talk escalates, Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a ‘cover-up’  —  The House speaker's comments come as calls by Democrats to open an impeachment inquiry grow louder.  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is engaged …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi's Strategy Is Working, and Trump Is One Step Closer to Being F*cked  —  Democrats who want impeachment yesterday aren't paying attention.  Between McGahn, the ruling on taxes, and Cohen, the Resistance has had a banner week.  —  Rick Wilson  —  I've been a deep skeptic of impeachment …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and CNBC
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Don Jr. to pen book ... Inside Pelosi's impeachment battle plan  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PLAYBOOK SCOOP — DONALD TRUMP JR. has signed a book deal with Center Street Books, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, for a book “that will focus on politics …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
After Pelosi says he's ‘engaged in a cover-up,’ Trump says angrily 'I don't do cover-ups'
Trish Turner / ABC News:
The story behind Pelosi's claim, that White House meeting and Trump's angry comments
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Angry Trump slams Democrats' investigations after cutting infrastructure meeting short
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Announces Indictment Of Michael Avenatti For Aggravated Identity Theft, Engaging In A Scheme To Defraud A Former Client  —  Avenatti Separately Indicted on Previously-Announced Charges Relating to a Scheme to Extort the Athletic Apparel Company Nike, Inc.
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Associated Press:
Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off.
Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Feds bring new charges against lawyer Michael Avenatti for misappropriating nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels  —  Federal prosecutors in New York charged Michael Avenatti with additional financial crimes Wednesday, including allegedly forging the signature of his former client Stormy Daniels …
Discussion: Mediaite, Breitbart, The Week and Raw Story
Erica Orden / CNN:   Michael Avenatti charged with stealing $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:   Michael Avenatti Forged Stormy Daniels' Signature to Steal $300K: Feds
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Avenatti Charged With Defrauding Stormy Daniels
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Harriet Tubman $20 bill no longer coming in 2020: Mnuchin says redesign postponed  —  KEY POINTS  — The redesign of the $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman will no longer be unveiled in 2020, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday.  — The unveiling had been timed to coincide …
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Says Software to Detect Money Laundering Had a Bug  —  Deutsche Bank acknowledged on Wednesday that it had used faulty software to screen customer transactions for suspicious activity, another blow to the lender's reputation as top executives prepare to face restive shareholders at its annual meeting.
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CNBC:
Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One can give Trump financial records to House Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
New York Passes Bill Giving Congress a Way to Get Trump's State Tax Returns  —  Tax officials would be authorized to hand over his state returns to any one of three congressional committees, opening a new front in a heated battle.  —  ALBANY — Even before he was elected president …
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Donna Borak / CNN:   Mnuchin: ‘I am not violating the law’ by refusing to hand over Trump's tax returns
Ellie Cambridge / The Sun:
Nigel Farage ‘trapped on Brexit bus due to people armed with milkshakes’  —  NIGEL Farage was reportedly trapped on his Brexit Party bus today over fears people gathered around it were carrying milkshakes.  —  It comes days after the party leader was covered in a caramel milkshake while campaigning in Newcastle.
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HuffPost:
Trump's Golf Costs: $102 Million And Counting, With Taxpayers Picking Up The Tab  —  Trump promised never to golf.  Instead, he's spent more than twice as many days golfing as Obama at the same point, costing taxpayers over three times as much.  —  Donald Trump's golf habit has already cost taxpayers …
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Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:   The Taxpayer Tab for Trump's Golf Outings Tops $100 Million: Report
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
Nevada Poised To Become 15th State To Ditch Electoral College  —  President Hillary Clinton?  —  That would have been the result of the 2016 presidential election — if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact were in effect.  —  With a state Senate vote Tuesday …
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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Nevada passes National Popular Vote bill in bid to upend Electoral College
Discussion: Breitbart
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Michael Cohen Called CEO Tied to Russian Oligarch Hundreds of Times, According to FBI  —  Newly unsealed search warrants confirm that Trump's lawyer and a sanctioned Russian billionaire met in the months after the election.  —  Justin Miller  —  Michael Cohen exchanged hundreds of phone calls …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Bloomberg:
Michael Cohen Filings Show 950 Messages With Russian Oligarch's Cousin
Discussion: Mediaite
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
America's Cities Are Unlivable.  Blame Wealthy Liberals.  —  The demise of a California housing measure shows how progressives abandon progressive values in their own backyards.  —  To live in California at this time is to experience every day the cryptic phrase that George W. Bush once used …
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Washington Post:
Investigators could not determine if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in racist yearbook photo
Discussion: Slate and Political Wire
CNN:
Schiff cancels ‘enforcement’ meeting after Justice Department offers to share Mueller documents  —  Barr makes Dems an offer to stave off ‘enforcement action’  —  Washington (CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is scrapping a Wednesday morning meeting intended to take an …
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Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Schiff on Barr: He's Rudy Giuliani without ‘all the good looks and general likability’
Discussion: Political Wire
Amanda Fitzsimons / New York Times:
How ‘The View’ Became the Most Important Political TV Show in America  —  Not long ago, politicians didn't take the daytime talk show seriously.  Now it's an essential campaign stop for Democrats and Republicans alike.  —  On a weekday in March, less than two months before his three-year sentence …
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
So Far, $1.57 Billion for Wall Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence  — Judge gets update in attorneys general suit over appropriation  — Border protection report project additional construction  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Rats Are Taking Over New York City  —  Gentrifying neighborhoods are a key reason behind the vermin outbreak, which extends beyond New York — Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles are also confronting issues.  —  So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Internal memo orders military to restrict information it shares with Congress  —  Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan has mandated new restrictions on the way the Pentagon shares information with Congress about military operations around the world, a move that is straining ties with key Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
Discussion: Defense One
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
DeVos family ends longtime Amash support  —  Lansing — The powerful DeVos family of West Michigan is ending its longtime support of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian Republican who has repeatedly clashed with President Donald Trump.  —  The family has not made any political contributions …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Beast
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Hamas-Obsessed NJ Man Spoke of NYC Terror Attacks, Sent Money to Militants and Polled Instagram Audience ‘Should I Bomb Trump Tower?,’ Court Documents Say  —  The 20-year-old suspect has been identified as Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge  —  New Jersey Man Arrested on Terror Charges
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
The Socialist Manifesto Is a Great Book to Read if You Want to Know Why Socialism Always Fails  —  After reading The Socialist Manifesto, I'd have to say no.  —  The more Americans talk about socialism, the more the word becomes drained of any functional meaning.
 
 
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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