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1:20 PM ET, May 22, 2019


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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 …
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
John Parkinson / ABC News:
After Pelosi says he's ‘engaged in a cover-up,’ Trump says angrily 'I don't do cover-ups'  —  President Donald Trump responded angrily on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim earlier in the day that he's 'engaged in a cover-up.  “I don't do cover-ups,” Trump said in spur-of-the-moment remarks in the White House Rose Garden.
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.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Rex Tillerson Secretly Meets With House Foreign Affairs Committee to Talk Trump
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
'You can't do it under these circumstances'
Washington Post:
Trump abruptly ends infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Pelosi says he is ‘engaged in a coverup’
Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and The Week
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The impeachment dam isn't breaking on Pelosi — yet
Nancy Pelosi Tries To Tamp Down Impeachment Fever
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The case for and against impeachment  —  Here's how Democrats might …
Discussion: Politico and Salon
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 …
Discussion: Fortune and Political Wire
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 …
Donna Borak / CNN:   Mnuchin: ‘I am not violating the law’ by refusing to hand over Trump's tax returns
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Mnuchin says he's never discussed Trump's tax returns with White House
Toby Eckert / Politico:
Mnuchin dismisses IRS memo saying Congress must be given Trump's tax returns
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 …
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Nevada passes National Popular Vote bill in bid to upend Electoral College
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Justice Department and House intelligence panel strike deal for Mueller materials
Discussion: UPI and The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
DOJ agrees to share some Mueller documents with Democrats
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
‘Enforcement action’ meeting postponed after DOJ agrees to turn over some subpoenaed Mueller documents: Schiff
Discussion: Politico and Axios
EVMS probe could not determine whether Northam was in racist photo, but school knew about it for years  —  A photo from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook shows two people, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.  A half-page from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook …
Washington Post:
Investigators could not determine if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in racist yearbook photo
Discussion: Political Wire and Slate
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Senior military officers rebel against Trump plan to pardon troops accused of war crimes … Current and former military officers urged the White House not to pardon service members and security contractors implicated in war crimes, warning that forgiving their offenses would send a dangerous signal …
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.
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.
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 …
John Walcott / TIME:
Officials Dispute Mike Pompeo's Claim That Iran Is Collaborating With Al Qaeda  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claim that Iran and Al Qaeda are collaborating is at best an exaggeration that is not supported by any available information, U.S. intelligence officers and officials with the State and Defense Department tell TIME.
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 Mediaite
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 …
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.
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 …
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: RedState and VICE
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
NYPD officer says he inflated charge against Eric Garner
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
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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
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Constitutional Conflicts Are Exposed
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
U.S.-funded broadcaster failing to spread fair and balanced news, independent review says
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Amash challenger scrubs campaign website of bio information
Greg Weiner / New York Times:
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CBS News:
Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit - CBS News poll
Discussion: The Week, NTK Network and QU Poll
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Warren's ambitious agenda relies on a massive wealth tax that the rich may evade
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia to execute three prominent moderate scholars after Ramadan
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Allan Smith / NBC News:
New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump's pardon power
Discussion: NPR, Townhall, UPI and Axios