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2:30 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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New York Times:
Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump abruptly blew up a scheduled meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, lashing out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a cover-up and declaring that he could not work with them until they stopped investigating him.
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
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump abruptly ends infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Pelosi says he is ‘engaged in a coverup’
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
'You can't do it under these circumstances'
Politico:
Pelosi preaches caution on impeachment as pressure builds
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Democrats — and pundits — shouldn't assume impeachment will backfire
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and The Week
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios and 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
Toby Eckert / Politico:
Mnuchin dismisses IRS memo saying Congress must be given Trump's tax returns
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dem wants Trump officials jailed for not turning over tax returns
Discussion: IJR
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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kentlive:
Nigel Farage is stuck on his Brexit bus because people have turned up with milkshake
Discussion: Splinter
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Hamas-Obsessed NJ Man Spoke of NYC Terror Attacks, Sent Money to Militants and Polled Instagram Audience ‘Should I Bomb Trump Tower?,’ Court Documents Say  —  The 20-year-old suspect has been identified as Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge  —  New Jersey Man Arrested on Terror Charges
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abc7NY:   NJ man arrested on terror charges, allegedly wanted to bomb Trump Tower
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:   Feds Say Hamas Supporter Conducted Instagram Poll On Bombing Trump Tower
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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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Nevada passes National Popular Vote bill in bid to upend Electoral College
Discussion: Breitbart
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Says Software to Detect Money Laundering Had a Bug  —  Deutsche Bank acknowledged on Wednesday that it had used faulty software to screen customer transactions for suspicious activity, another blow to the lender's reputation as top executives prepare to face restive shareholders at its annual meeting.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Feds expected to charge Avenatti in dealings with Stormy Daniels: Sources  —  Federal prosecutors are expected to charge Michael Avenatti with additional financial crimes Wednesday, sources briefed on the case told ABC News.  —  The new charges will accuse Avenatti of misappropriating money …
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Washington Post:
Investigators could not determine if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is in racist yearbook photo
Discussion: Political Wire and Slate
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 …
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
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Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:   Michael Cohen Called CEO Tied to Russian Oligarch Hundreds of Times, According to FBI
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 and The Hill
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 …
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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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.
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Discussion: Defense One
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