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8:00 AM ET, May 23, 2019

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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
How ‘Infrastructure Week’ Became a Long-Running Joke  —  WASHINGTON — At this point in the Trump presidency, “Infrastructure Week” is less a date on the calendar than it is a “Groundhog Day"-style fever dream doomed to be repeated.  —  Roughly two years after the White House first came …
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Trump appears to have just accidentally revealed he lied to Mueller in Rose Garden rant  —  It would appear that President Trump admitted that he lied in written answers given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his appearance at the White House this morning.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump  —  Something about Nancy Pelosi just gets under Donald Trump's skin.  —  On Wednesday, for the third time in barely six months, a meeting between the president, the speaker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blew up in spectacular fashion.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected  —  A new poll finds that a strong majority of voters believes that President Trump does not deserve a second term in office.  —  A Monmouth University survey released Wednesday found that only 37 percent of voters believe Trump should be reelected …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Maria Bartiromo: ‘Is There Any Reason Why We Should Not Be Trusting President Trump?’  —  Maria Bartiromo opened her titular Fox Business Network show Mornings with Maria Thursday morning with a bipartisan discussion over Wednesday's dramatic White House developments between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Associated Press:   Trump's campaign centered on fighting Democrats, not policy
New York Times:
Trump, Angered by ‘Phony’ Inquiries, Blows Up Meeting With Pelosi and Schumer
Associated Press:
3 minutes: Trump meeting with Democrats goes bust in a flash
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Pelosi goads Trump into another temper tantrum
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump tells Dems to choose between oversight and legislating
Discussion: NBC News, Shareblue Media and The Week
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders: ‘It may well be time for an impeachment inquiry to begin’ if Trump continues on current path
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Putin out-prepared Trump in long, freewheeling meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel  —  Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany …
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and The Week
NBC News:
Wells Fargo, TD Bank have already given Trump-related financial documents to Congress  —  The disclosures come as a federal judge ruled Wednesday that two other banks — Deutsche Bank and Capitol One — can give financial documents to Congress.  —  WASHINGTON — A key congressional committee …
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CNBC:
Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One can give Trump financial records to House Democrats  —  KEY POINTS  — A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capitol One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in response to subpoenas from House Democrats.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Is Delayed Until Trump Leaves Office, Mnuchin Says  —  WASHINGTON — Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, “conductor” on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.
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Brian Naylor / NPR:   Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill? Not During The Trump Administration
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 …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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 …
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
“Elizabeth Warren called me!” is turning into a meme  —  Warren is calling her supporters to say thanks.  It's a savvy political strategy.  —  Elizabeth Warren is giving people a new reason to pick up their phones when a call comes in from an unknown number: She might be on the line.
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Washington Post:   While teaching, Elizabeth Warren worked on more than 50 legal matters, charging as much as $675 an hour
Washington Post:
Faced with relentless American pressure, Iran starts to hit back  —  Iran has made a dramatic shift in how it confronts the United States, abandoning a policy of restraint in recent weeks for a series of offensive actions aimed at pushing the White House to rethink its efforts at isolating Tehran, say diplomats and analysts.
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.
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Daily Mail:
AOC says growing cauliflower is ‘colonial’ as she insists community gardens central to her Green New Deal should be used to grow ‘culturally significant’ plants like yucca  — They also pointed out that the Yucca, the plant she said was ‘culturally significant’ would struggle to grow in New York's colder climate
CNN:
Juncker lashes out at ‘stupid nationalists’ on eve of European elections  —  Brussels (CNN)European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has lashed out at “stupid nationalists” on the eve of European elections in which euroskeptic politicians are expected to make gains in the European Parliament.
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles  —  A bungling felon from Washington state made a series of blunders when he shot himself in the testicles and tried to hide the weapon — all while storing drugs in his anus, a report said Thursday.
Kansas City Star:
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he will deploy with Navy, sources say  —  Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has told friends and supporters in recent weeks that he plans to deploy with the Navy to the Middle East in the fall and hopes his fourth book will be published later this year.
CBS News:
A 10-year-old migrant girl died last year in government care, officials acknowledge  —  The federal agency that oversees the care of unaccompanied migrant children acknowledged to CBS News on Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in its custody Sept. 29, 2018.
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 …
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’  —  New court documents offer a peek into how evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. wound up in the South Beach hotel business with a former Fontainebleau Hotel pool attendant  —  The latest twist involves a top aide …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Canceled Fund-Raiser Prompts Question: Can a Democrat Oppose Abortion?  —  CHICAGO — A top Democratic official on Wednesday canceled a planned fund-raiser for an anti-abortion congressman that had prompted an outcry among progressives, raising the question of whether there is room left …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Proposed HUD rule would strip transgender protections at homeless shelters  —  The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday proposed a new rule that would weaken Obama-era protections for homeless transgender people, allowing federally funded shelters to deny people admission …
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Leaked Proud Boys Chats Show Members Plotting Violence At Rallies  —  The extremist gang claims it's just a pro-Trump “drinking club.”  But chat logs leaked to HuffPost reveal they plan weaponry and tactics months ahead.  —  The Proud Boys want the public to believe that they're a …
BuzzFeed News:
Four More Women Have Accused Tony Robbins Of Sexual Misconduct … Four more women have come forward to accuse the self-help guru Tony Robbins of sexual misconduct in the wake of a BuzzFeed News investigation.  —  The women — three former followers and a personal assistant …
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
 
 
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Lindsey Graham / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Gillers / Just Security:
When Is a “Literally True” Statement False and a Crime
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
High-Dollar Donations Funded Bernie Sanders' Policy Group A Year Before His 2020 Campaign
Discussion: NTK Network and Politico
Julio Rosas / Washington Examiner:
Beto O'Rourke's CNN town hall ranks near the bottom in ratings
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
Committee Announces Request to Expedite Appeal for Subpoena of President's Financial Records
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The New Socialism Panic Is the Right's Trick to Justify Supporting Trump
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Schiff on Barr: He's Rudy Giuliani without ‘all the good looks and general likability’
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
Mattis cautions against war with Iran in first public remarks since leaving the Pentagon
Discussion: Observer
Washington Post:
Internal memo orders military to restrict information it shares with Congress
Discussion: Political Wire and Defense One