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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 …
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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: Politico, POLITICUSUSA, Vox and Mediaite
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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 …
Politico:
Trump to Democrats: No infrastructure without trade deal  —  On the eve of a highly anticipated meeting with Democrats at which President Donald Trump was expected to unveil a way to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Trump instead put Congress on notice that it will have to take a backseat to a trade deal.
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and Axios
Zachary Cohen / CNN:   Tillerson quietly meets with House lawmakers to discuss Trump
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Tillerson meets for seven hours with House Foreign Affairs Committee
Discussion: Fox News, Splinter and Politico
CNN:
Judge orders public release of Michael Cohen search warrants  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's search warrants in his investigation of Michael Cohen will be made public with redactions on Wednesday, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.  —  The five warrants in total encompass the searches …
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BuzzFeed News:
New Transcripts Say That Trump Crafted Michael Cohen's Lies More Closely Than Was Previously Known  —  Gathered in the Oval Office in May 2017, President Donald Trump and two of his lawyers, Michael Cohen and Jay Sekulow, huddled to shape Cohen's impending testimony before Congress.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Avenatti Says He Expects Indictment in New York Within 48 Hours  —  Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who became famous representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, said on Twitter he expects to be indicted in New York within 48 hours.
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Brutal new 2020 numbers for Beto O'Rourke and Bill de Blasio
CBS News:
Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit - CBS News poll  —  Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial situation, and more now give President Trump's policies credit for a strong economy than did so last year.
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why aren't Trump and Republicans pilloried for failing to ‘reach out’?
CNN:
Special counsel's team hesitant about Mueller testifying publicly, part of hold up securing testimony  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed reluctance to him testifying publicly in front of the House Judiciary Committee, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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CNN:
House panel issues subpoenas for Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here's what the House Judiciary Committee should do
Discussion: CNN, Just Security and Denver Post
New York Times:
Trump Administration Could Blacklist China's Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering limits to a Chinese video surveillance giant's ability to buy American technology, people familiar with the matter said, the latest attempt to counter Beijing's global economic ambitions.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP leaders back North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis by bloodying his primary challenger  —  Republican leaders in the Senate are aggressively defending Sen. Thom Tillis, with plans to carpet bomb primary challenger Garland Tucker across the North Carolina airwaves if he jeopardizes the incumbent's 2020 reelection.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Senate employee dies after altercation outside restaurant in Navy Yard  —  A longtime Senate employee and popular youth baseball coach on Capitol Hill has died after an altercation outside his favorite restaurant and steps from his home near Nationals Park, according to his family and D.C. police.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire  —  Pressure is growing on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to impeach President Trump, no matter how much she denies it.  With an increasing number of House Democrats and 2020 hopefuls calling …
Discussion: ABC News, Vanity Fair and CNN
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Vulnerable Democrats split as impeachment pressure mounts
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and RADAR
Washington Post:
Appeals court refuses to stay Mueller grand jury subpoena for Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller  —  A federal appeals court Tuesday refused to block a grand jury subpoena for testimony by Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller in an investigation launched by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power  —  The measure, which creates a narrow exception to the state's double jeopardy law, now goes to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.  —  New York state lawmakers passed a measure Tuesday that would allow prosecutors …
Discussion: Townhall, NPR, Axios and UPI
WKYT-TV:
Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has won the Democratic Party nomination for governor.  —  Beshear defeated House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former State Auditor Adam Edelen to win the race.
Discussion: Lexington Herald-Leader and Axios
Li Zhou / Vox:
Kirsten Gillibrand's new policy platform is about making parenting affordable  —  It outlines a wide-ranging vision on everything from affordable child care to the costs of fertility treatments.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has sought to make gender equity and family policies cornerstones …
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Medium
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.
Politico:
Small-dollar Bernie sidles up to big money  —  The candidate with a natural aversion to fundraising has hired a fundraiser and plans to hold ‘grass-roots’ money events, sources told POLITICO.  —  Bernie Sanders — who swore off big-money fundraisers and criticized Hillary Clinton's fundraising as …
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Cannes: Sci-Fi Film Poster Features Decapitated Donald Trump Head in MAGA Hat  —  The B-movie-style one-sheet shows a woman holding two decapitated heads, including one that looks like the commander-in-chief wearing his signature campaign headgear.  —  When a photograph of Kathy Griffin holding …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Democrats' 100-year flood  —  The midterm elections may have been a sign of what's ahead for the 2020 presidential election: experts say the voter turnout could be the highest in a century.  —  The big picture: According to Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida …
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Adachi leak: SF cops seek to justify raid on journalist, citing conspiracy probe  —  Under fire for raiding the home and office of a freelance journalist who refused to identify a confidential source, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott sought Tuesday to justify the action by saying …
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Warren's ambitious agenda relies on a massive wealth tax that the rich may evade  —  Six words — increasingly met with cheers on the campaign trail — have come to encapsulate Elizabeth Warren's position as the leading ideas candidate in the crowded Democratic presidential primary: “I've got a plan for that.”
New York Times:
Trump Supported Changing New York G.O.P. Leader  —  For months, President Trump's political advisers have been working to remake state Republican parties to cement their control ahead of the 2020 election.  —  But Mr. Trump had a vested interest in helping dictate the leadership and direction of one state party in particular.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Resurgent and Shareblue Media
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Fox News town halls divide 2020 field, but Dem voters say OK  —  Fox News' presidential town halls have the Democratic primary field at odds over whether it's permissible to appear on conservatives' preferred network, but most voters say they're fine with it.
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Marine Commandant tells Trump that pardoning troops accused of war crimes ‘relinquishes the moral high ground’  —  Former Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak has issued a statement urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to oppose pardons for those accused or convicted …
Discussion: USA Today
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.]
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.”
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan  —  The treatment of Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari, all facing charges of ‘terrorism’, has been condemned by rights groups  —  Three prominent moderate Saudi Sunni scholars held on multiple charges of …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 
 
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Emily Badger / New York Times:
How the Rural-Urban Divide Became America's Political Fault Line
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BBC:
Brexit: PM under fire over new Brexit plan
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Greta LaFleur / BLARB:
Heterosexuality Without Women
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James Angelos / New York Times:
The New German Anti-Semitism
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan group wants to ban abortions when fetal heartbeat is detected
Discussion: RedState
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Conventional Wisdom About Millennial Suffering Is A Myth
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Work to Convince Divided Congress of Iran Threat
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Most Americans support inquiry into FBI decisions to monitor former Trump campaign officials: poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
They Grow the Nation's Food, but They Can't Drink the Water
John Solomon / The Hill:
Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judge Orders Antifa Activist Yvette Felarca to Pay Judicial Watch Legal Fees for Her ‘Entirely Frivolous’ Lawsuit
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Flynn opposes further release of documents related to his plea for lying to FBI
Jerry Taylor / The Bulwark:
What Changed My Mind About Climate Change?
BBC:
Austria's far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal