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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Pete Buttigieg raised staggering $7 million in April alone  —  Pete Buttigieg's campaign jolted its top donors with big news on a conference call last month: The upstart mayor had raised $7 million in the month of April alone, as much as Buttigieg had in his entire eye-catching first quarter in the presidential race.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Pete Buttigieg says it's “almost certain” we've had gay presidents  —  Pete Buttigieg told “Axios on HBO” that “we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn't know which ones.”  —  Why it matters: Buttigieg, who is rising in polls and would be the first openly gay nominee …
Alex Ward / Vox:
Pete Buttigieg calls Israel a “strong ally” and says he'd keep the US embassy in Jerusalem  —  Buttigieg is more pro-Israel than many other 2020 Democratic candidates.  —  President Donald Trump moved America's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem last year, a controversial decision …
Mike Allen / Axios:
“I don't think he cares if it gets better”: Pete Buttigieg talks Trump's border policy
Discussion: Political Wire
Axios:   Exclusive: Mayor Pete won't reverse Trump's Jerusalem move
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trumpworld is trying to tell the president his 2020 reelection bid will be a slog  —  Welcome back, Power friends.  Reach out, sign up, and have a wonderful week.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  Breaking 🚨: “Iran has threatened to increase its uranium stockpile limit set …
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Will Donald Trump and Steve Bannon reunite for 2020?  —  The Best People: Trump's Cabinet and the Siege on Washington by Alexander Nazaryan.  Copyright © 2019.  Available from Hachette Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group Inc.  —  WASHINGTON — He has been training populists in Italy and fomenting revolution in Belgium.
New York Times:
Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results
Anita Kumar / Politico:
There are 15 outside investigations into Trump — and he relishes it
Discussion: Political Wire
Ursula Perano / Axios:   Israel's Netanyahu inaugurates non-existent ‘Trump Heights’ town in the Golan
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
Why are we headed for a blowup with Iran?  It began when Trump scrapped the nuclear deal  —  At minimum, Iran and America badly need a hotline to deconflict their military forces and avert a serious escalation.  But that has been rejected before.  —  CONNECT
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New York Times:
Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal's Limits on Uranium Enrichment  —  LONDON — Iran announced on Monday that it would soon exceed the limits on the nuclear fuel it is permitted to possess under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States withdrew from last year …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
House Leadership Is Looking Flakey  —  House Democrats—and just about everyone else—were rightfully disturbed by President Donald Trump's admission earlier this week that he would once again accept “foreign dirt” in the 2020 contest.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that …
Discussion: Axios
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Push to impeach Trump stalls amid Democrats' deference to — and fear of — Pelosi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
William Langewiesche / The Atlantic:
What Really Happened to Malaysia's Missing Airplane  —  1. The Disappearance  —  At 12:42 a.m. on the quiet, moonlit night of March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777-200ER operated by Malaysia Airlines took off from Kuala Lumpur and turned toward Beijing, climbing to its assigned cruising altitude of 35,000 feet.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems probing Trump have a new tactic to break his blockade  —  Democrats investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice are eyeing a new strategy to break the president's all-out oversight blockade: calling witnesses who never worked in the White House.
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine  —  As their minivan rolled north, they felt their nerves kick in — but they kept on driving.  —  At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run.
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care.  Republicans Say Let It Go.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old  —  Baby Constantin spent five months of his first year in a foster home.  His family got a painful look at America's experiment with family separation as an immigration policy.  —  By Caitlin DickersonPhotographs by Todd Heisler
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Saudi Youth Sentenced to Prison Instead of Death, Rights Group Says  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi teenager who faced possible execution for acts he was accused of committing as a child has been handed a 12-year prison sentence instead, a human rights group that has been monitoring his case said on Sunday.
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Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Saudi Arabia May Execute Teenager for His Protests — Including When He Was 10
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
It Is Really, Really Stupid To Assume Trump Will Lose In 2020  —  President Donald Trump points to the crowd as he leaves the stage at the end of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  —  Sometime over the weekend, ABC News received leaked internal polling …
Discussion: Fox News
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Texas Pastor Who Backed Anti-Abortion Bill Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse  —  A former Texas pastor who supported legislation that would have criminalized abortions in the state has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse.  Stephen Bratton is accused of having “sexual intercourse multiple times …
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Associated Press:   Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative
John Parkinson / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Top 5 takeaways of President Trump's interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos  —  ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos embedded with President Donald Trump for a wide-ranging exclusive interview over the course of two days this week, generating a bevy of newsy headlines …
New York Times:
Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader's Apology  —  HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government's retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending …
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
'I'm going down the escalator': Inside the Trump Tower spectacle that launched a presidency
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Daily Kos
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Trump's reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O'Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Washington Post:
'There's no accountability': Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Austria's Strache turns down European Parliament seat
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California's Newsom takes aim: GOP destined for ‘waste bin of history’
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
A New Migrant Surge at the Border, This One From Central Africa
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Elite Defense Force Finds New Funding Sources as Tension Rises With U.S.
 Earlier Items: 
Norman Pearlstine / Los Angeles Times:
Lesson from a pre-Roe vs. Wade experience: Men cannot be silent on abortion rights
Discussion: CNN
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Jon Stewart blasts Mitch McConnell over 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
Discussion: Newser
Nesrine Malik / The Guardian:
If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Embarrassing Liberals [With Reminiscence by John]
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
4 years since Trump came down that escalator and the cycle of empty outrage has become unbearable
Discussion: Rolling Stone and ABC News
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Isn't Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand