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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference  —  Calls for President Trump to resign began circulating on Twitter on Thursday morning, mocking the president for throwing a “#TrumpTantrum” and walking out of a meeting with Democratic leadership this week.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Maria Bartiromo: ‘Is There Any Reason Why We Should Not Be Trusting President Trump?’  —  Maria Bartiromo opened her titular Fox Business Network show Mornings with Maria Thursday morning with a bipartisan discussion over Wednesday's dramatic White House developments between President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway accuses Pelosi of treating her like a ‘maid’  —  Kellyanne Conway escalated a feud with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, accusing the House speaker of treating her like “her maid” following the previous day's disastrous meeting on infrastructure.  —  Conway, a senior counselor to Trump …
Washington Post:
Pelosi says Trump wants to be impeached and is angry that House Democrats are not moving in that direction  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Thursday that President Trump wants to be impeached and said he is upset that House Democrats are not rushing in that direction right now …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation …
NBC News:
Pelosi tells colleagues Trump is ‘villainous’ — and he wants to be impeached  —  The House speaker's message to Democrats came as vocal support for impeachment rose among lawmakers in the caucus.  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues Thursday …
CNN:
Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt  —  White House blocks Don McGahn Congressional testimony  —  (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is pushing to empower committee chairs to hold individuals in contempt of Congress without going to the floor for a full House vote …
Associated Press:   War of words intensifies between Trump, Democratic leaders inspires #TrumpMustResign
Jordyn Hermani / Politico:
Pelosi: Trump needs ‘an intervention’ after White House blowup
Discussion: Political Wire
Audrey Strauss / Justice News:
Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans  —  Ms. Strauss said: “As alleged, Stephen M. Calk abused the power entrusted to him as the top official of a federally insured bank by approving millions …
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Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
Kushner Replied ‘On It!’  After Manafort Sought Post for Banker  — Indictment doesn't name Trump insider who took up Calk's cause  — Evidence from Manafort trial shows request fielded by Kushner  —  Shortly after Donald Trump's 2016 election, his onetime campaign chief Paul Manafort wrote …
New York Times:
Banker Accused of Arranging $16 Million in Loans to Manafort to Gain High-Level Trump Post  —  Stephen M. Calk, the chairman of a small Chicago bank, sought positions including secretary of the Treasury, prosecutors said.  —  The chairman of a Chicago bank has been indicted in Manhattan …
Andrew Martin / Yahoo Finance:
Manafort Banker Charged With Bribery in Seeking Trump Post
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mad Dog PAC:   Stephen Calk JUSTICE AWAITS YOU FINALLY updated
State Primary Schedule / Polls:
Women Rise in Dem 2020 Field  —  Biden maintains lead, but it's not as large among early state voters  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his front-runner status among Democratic voters nationwide, but some female candidates - namely Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Spirituality guru Marianne Williamson locks in 2020 debate spot
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Are More Moderate Democrats More Electable?  —  I have a dilemma for you, dear reader.  I have a righteous little bulletpoint-sized rant to make about ill-informed media coverage of polling in the recent Australian election.  But this column, Silver Bulletpoints, promises to give you three items …
Discussion: The Economist
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David Siders / Politico:   Inside the 2020 Democrats' survival strategies
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
How Trump Broke the Freedom Caucus  —  Back in February 2018, I sat down with two leaders of the House Freedom Caucus to discuss, among other things, whether fiscal conservatism had gone extinct.  —  A few days earlier, with encouragement from his budget director, Mick Mulvaney …
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Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
My Rapist Apologized  —  I still needed an abortion.  —  My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion.  She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can't decide what I think about abortion.  I want to know what you think.”
Washington Post:
Putin out-prepared Trump in long, freewheeling meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel  —  Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Seeks to Avoid Planting Distortions With New Farm Aid  — Payments to be based on county-level farm production: USDA  — Program will include $14.5 billion in market facilitation  —  The Trump Administration unveiled its latest package to help farmers hurt by the trade war with China …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Rolls Out $16 Billion Farm-Aid Program
Discussion: Mother Jones
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Gun Parkland Teen Kyle Kashuv Apologizes for ‘Inflammatory’ Racial Comments  —  Kyle Kashuv, an ex-Turning Point USA star, says he's sorry for ‘idiotic comments’ he made in text messages circulating among right-wing activists and Parkland students this week.
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Parkland Teen Kyle Kashuv, Former Turning Point USA Member, Apologizes For Racist Slurs
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Mediaite
ProPublica:
TurboTax Uses A “Military Discount” to Trick Troops Into Paying to File Their Taxes  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months  —  (CNN)The FBI has seen a significant rise in the number of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases in recent months, a senior FBI counterterrorism official said Thursday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Truth Behind Trump Tower Moscow: How Trump Risked Everything For A (Relatively) Tiny Deal  —  It's getting late, and Felix Sater—a onetime Trump partner, two-time convicted felon and longtime federal informant—sits in the back of a New York City restaurant, ready for a drink.
Alex Crawford / Sky News:
Syria: Sky News witnesses horrors of Idlib as crew shelled by regime  —  Sky's Alex Crawford says the crew was attacked with tank shells, as an activist they were travelling with was hit by shrapnel.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  Sky News has gained exclusive access to the bombardment of Idlib …
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
What Rod Rosenstein Knew When He Helped Trump Fire Comey  —  In May 2017, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agreed to assist President Trump in an effort to fire James Comey as FBI director despite Rosenstein's knowing beforehand that the president had devised a false cover story …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report reveals new details about DOJ's seizing of AP phone records  —  With its latest leak indictment last week, the Department of Justice under Donald Trump is now on pace to break the previous record for prosecutions of journalists' sources, just two and a half years into its administration.
VICE News:
Here Are the GOP's Secret Talking Points Defending Alabama's Abortion Law  —  WASHINGTON — In the days since Alabama's passage of the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, national Republicans have tried to distance themselves from its most controversial provisions that would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
The Economist:
American voters don't care about the economy  —  If you're a Republican, it looks great—and vice versa  —  James carville, who worked for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, hung a sign in his Arkansas headquarters in 1992.  Designed to keep the candidate on-message, it read: “Change vs. more of the same.
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump, Inc.:
Trump and Deutsche Bank: It's Complicated  —  Whispers of money laundering have swirled around Donald Trump's businesses for years.  One of his casinos, for example, was fined $10 million for not trying hard enough to prevent such machinations.  Investors with shady financial histories sometimes popped up in his foreign ventures.
Carissa House-Dunphy / Bipartisan Report:
Dem Coalition Calls Out Trump For Harassing Americans Like Master Trolls  —  For a man who relishes representing the image of the tough guy, Donald Trump sure does spend a lot of time whining.  On Thursday, the Democratic Coalition reminded Trump that bullies don't get to whine about harassment.
Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald:
Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’  —  New court documents offer a peek into how evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. wound up in the South Beach hotel business with a former Fontainebleau Hotel pool attendant  —  The latest twist involves a top aide …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Democrats ramp up pressure on Trump for answers on ‘outrageous’ $64M bailout to meatpacker controlled by Brazilian crooks  —  Sen. Tammy Baldwin called on President Trump Thursday to explain why more than $64 million meant for struggling American farmers ended up in the hands …
 
 
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