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11:35 AM ET, May 22, 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 …
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
As Trump Sics Velociraptors on House, Pelosi Warns Impeachment Would Be a Distraction  —  House Democratic leaders sparred once again over whether to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump Monday night, with speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterating her opposition to such a move.
Politico:
Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds  —  House Democrats hold a closed-door meeting, with the speaker eager to tamp down calls for Trump's removal.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold the line — no impeachment.  At least not yet.
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 …
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 …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Pelosi's Strategy Is Working, and Trump Is One Step Closer to Being F*cked
Discussion: CNBC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and UPI
Zachary Cohen / CNN:   Tillerson quietly meets with House lawmakers to discuss Trump
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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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:   Harriet Tubman $20 bill no longer coming in 2020: Mnuchin says redesign postponed
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Mnuchin says he's never discussed Trump's tax returns with White House
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Washington Post
Donna Borak / CNN:   Mnuchin due for a second face-off with Maxine Waters over Trump tax returns
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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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Justice Department and House intelligence panel strike deal for Mueller materials  —  The House Intelligence Committee will not enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William P. Barr as planned Wednesday, after the Justice Department agreed at the 11th hour to produce the redacted material …
Discussion: UPI, Political Wire and The Hill
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
‘Enforcement action’ meeting postponed after DOJ agrees to turn over some subpoenaed Mueller documents: Schiff
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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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Washington Post:
Investigators could not determine if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in racist yearbook photo  —  NORFOLK — A three-month investigation into a racist picture on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page wrapped up with a central mystery unsolved, as investigators announced Wednesday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Virginian-Pilot:   EVMS probe could not determine whether Northam was in racist photo, but school knew about it for years
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 …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
‘Terrible Idea’: Senators Slam Trump Plan To Pardon Vets Accused Of War Crimes  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said it would be “unthinkable” to pardon service members who were “legitimately convicted of committing war crimes.”  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's reported plans …
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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.
Bloomberg:
Michael Cohen Filings Show 950 Messages With Russian Oligarch's Cousin  —  President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, exchanged more than 230 phone calls and 950 text messages over eight months with the chief executive of a U.S. money-management firm with ties to a Russian oligarch …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
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: RADAR
Josh Hawley / USA Today:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are parasites.  Maybe they should disappear: Senator  —  Facebook is an addictive digital drug that hurts its users.  Researchers even suspect social media contributed to a recent surge in attempted suicide.  —  CONNECT  —  Social media consumers …
Discussion: VICE
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Flew Too Close to the Sun.  No Question.  Icarus”: Inside the Epic Fall of Michael Avenatti  —  Stormy Daniels's former attorney is a hyper-aggressive narcissist with shadows in his past—which made him a perfect adversary for Donald Trump.  For a few months, the #Resistance hero even thought he could be president.
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:   Avenatti Says He Expects Indictment in New York Within 48 Hours
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 …
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Wall Funding of $1.57 Billion Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Huge Investments in Maternal Health, Child Care and Education  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's presidential campaign on Wednesday introduced a proposal aimed at investing heavily in maternal and child health, adoption and in vitro fertilization, paid family leave and universal prekindergarten.
Discussion: The Week
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Li Zhou / Vox:
Kirsten Gillibrand's new policy platform is about making parenting affordable
Discussion: Medium, Politico and The Daily Beast
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
John Walker Lindh, Known as the ‘American Taliban,’ Is Set to Leave Federal Prison This Week  —  WASHINGTON — He was the “American Taliban” captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001.  Pictures showed him as a gaunt, filthy 20-year-old held in the aftermath of a prison uprising …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice  —  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Constitutional Conflicts Are Exposed  —  The president loves the Constitution when it helps stop his advisers from testifying, less so when it's used to demand the disclosure of his finances.  —  Just before boarding Marine One on the south lawn of the White House on Monday evening …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Amash challenger scrubs campaign website of bio information  —  The state lawmaker who plans to challenge West Michigan U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in the Republican primary has been accused of misrepresenting how his college education was funded.  —  State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Greenville …
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.
Discussion: The Week and QU Poll
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.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Reagan Slams Border Fence, Bush Defends Undocumented ‘Good People’ In 1980 Debate  —  Old footage of the two future presidents offers a stark contrast to the GOP of today.  —  A Republican primary debate clip from the 1980 presidential campaign resurfaced this week, and it sounds completely different from the GOP of 2019.
Greg Weiner / New York Times:
It's Not Always the End of the World  —  Political prudence isn't in vogue, but it should be.  —  Mr. Weiner is a political scientist and was a senior Senate aide to Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska.  —  President Trump recently declared that he won the White House in …
 
 
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
NYPD officer says he inflated charge against Eric Garner
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism
Discussion: Mediaite
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Far-right Facebook groups ‘spreading hate to millions in Europe’
Nick R. Martin / The Daily Beast:
Border Vigilante Was Accused of Running Child-Cancer Charity Scam
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Mansour / Breitbart:
NYT Confirms Hunter Biden Bank of China Deal, Leaves Out Key Details
Discussion: Fox News and Contemptor
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S.-funded broadcaster failing to spread fair and balanced news, independent review says
Paul Dallison / Politico:
Farage on Remainers: They think 'we're stupid, we're ignorant, we're racist'
James Arkin / Politico:
‘Wrong on most everything’: GOP smacks down Biden's bipartisanship
 Earlier Items: 
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP leaders back North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis by bloodying his primary challenger
Discussion: Political Wire
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Bernie's new approach to raising cash: ‘Grass-roots fundraisers’
Discussion: NTK Network and Political Wire
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Warren's ambitious agenda relies on a massive wealth tax that the rich may evade
Discussion: Shakesville
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Senate employee dies after altercation outside restaurant in Navy Yard
Washington Post:
Appeals court refuses to stay Mueller grand jury subpoena for Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller
Discussion: Political Wire
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power
Discussion: NPR, Townhall, UPI and Axios