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12:40 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 …
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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 …
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: Raw Story and CNBC
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.
HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Tries To Tamp Down Impeachment Fever
Discussion: Rolling Stone
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi says Trump ‘engaged in a cover-up’ as she urges against impeachment
Discussion: Splinter, Common Dreams and The Hill
John Parkinson / ABC News:
After Pelosi says he's ‘engaged in a cover-up,’ Trump says angrily 'I don't do cover-ups'
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The impeachment dam isn't breaking on Pelosi — yet
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The case for and against impeachment  —  Here's how Democrats might …
Discussion: Politico and Salon
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and Vanity Fair
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  —  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: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Washington Post
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
Discussion: Daily 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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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Justice Department and House intelligence panel strike deal for Mueller materials
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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 Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
NYPD officer says he inflated charge against Eric Garner  —  NEW YORK (AP) — After Eric Garner's death following a confrontation with New York City police five years ago, one officer involved in the struggle wrote up paperwork that exaggerated the seriousness of the dead man's suspected crime, that officer testified Tuesday.
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 …
 
 
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
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Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
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Nick R. Martin / The Daily Beast:
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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:
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Paul Dallison / Politico:
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Greg Weiner / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit - CBS News poll
Discussion: The Week and QU Poll
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