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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.
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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 …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
As impeachment talk escalates, Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a ‘cover-up’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:   Trump's House investigations tantrum proves Pelosi and Democrats are gaining momentum
Trish Turner / ABC News:
The story behind Pelosi's claim, that White House meeting and Trump's angry comments
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Week
John Parkinson / ABC News:
After Pelosi says he's ‘engaged in a cover-up,’ Trump says angrily 'I don't do cover-ups'
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Bernie Sanders inches toward backing impeaching Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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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.
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Judge sides with Democrats in Trump bank subpoena fight  —  NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the House to move ahead with subpoenas seeking years of President Donald Trump's financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One, dealing the second blow in a matter of days …
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Judge rejects Trump's request to halt congressional subpoenas for his banking records
Discussion: Political Wire
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Attorney Announces Indictment Of Michael Avenatti For Aggravated Identity Theft, Engaging In A Scheme To Defraud A Former Client  —  Avenatti Separately Indicted on Previously-Announced Charges Relating to a Scheme to Extort the Athletic Apparel Company Nike, Inc.
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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.
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Michael Avenatti Forged Stormy Daniels' Signature to Steal $300K: Feds  —  Federal prosecutors charged the embattled lawyer with identity theft and fraud for allegedly stealing Stormy Daniels' book advance and using the money for himself.  —  Kate Briquelet
Jack Crowe / National Review:   Avenatti Stole Stormy Daniels's Book Advance, According to Indictment
Erica Orden / CNN:
Michael Avenatti charged with stealing $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels
Discussion: UPI
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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 …
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 …
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Sarah Lee / RedState:
Gavin Newsom Blames Entire Country For Homelessness in California
Discussion: Ventura County Star
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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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:   DeVos family ends financial support for Rep. Amash
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 …
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Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:   The Taxpayer Tab for Trump's Golf Outings Tops $100 Million: Report
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.
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Pentagon will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more American troops to the Middle East to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Washington Post:
Internal memo orders military to restrict information it shares with Congress  —  Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan has mandated new restrictions on the way the Pentagon shares information with Congress about military operations around the world, a move that is straining ties with key Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
Discussion: Defense One
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
So Far, $1.57 Billion for Wall Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence  — Judge gets update in attorneys general suit over appropriation  — Border protection report project additional construction  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The New Socialism Panic Is the Right's Trick to Justify Supporting Trump  —  Three years ago, National Review famously published a special issue titled “Against Trump,” denouncing the Republican front-runner as a con man unfit for office.  Its latest issue has a theme much less likely to offend …
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
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Schiff on Barr: He's Rudy Giuliani without ‘all the good looks and general likability’  —  Attorney General Bill Barr should resign over his conduct before Congress, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday, calling the attorney general a “personal attorney” for President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Alex Pappas / Fox News:
HUD Secretary Carson wants to roll back Obama mandate on gender identity at homeless shelters
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Rep. Josh Gottheimer Is a Really, Really Terrible Boss, Former Staffers Say
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
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