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3:15 AM ET, May 21, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump's Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test  —  WASHINGTON — The fight over President Trump's systematic stonewalling of Congress escalated on two fronts on Monday, as a federal judge upheld a subpoena for his financial records even as the White House instructed …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment  —  House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources.
Washington Post:
Some in Pelosi's leadership team rebel on impeachment, press her to begin an inquiry  —  Members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team confronted her in a contentious Monday night meeting and argued that it was time to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to multiple officials in the room.
Discussion: Axios, CNBC, The Week, Mediaite and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Some Republicans unsettled by Trump's sweeping claims of immunity  —  Senior House Republicans are breaking with Donald Trump over the president's legal claims that Congress can't investigate whether a commander in chief violated the law.  —  That view, advanced by Trump's personal attorney …
Fox News:
Nancy Pelosi 'isn't going to be able to hold off' impeachment push from inside her party …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Trump tells ex-counsel McGahn to defy congressional subpoena
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Welcomes Pete Buttigieg.  Trump and ‘Fox & Friends’ Aren't Pleased.  —  The night began with a campaign-style biographical video and ended with a standing ovation.  The candidate called President Trump's behavior “grotesque” and lamented the “media noise machine on the right wing.”
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke: I'd ‘absolutely’ do a Fox town hall
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump's accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:   Judge upholds House panel subpoena for Trump financial records
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge denies Trump bid to quash House subpoena for years of financial records
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Lost An Effort To Stop Democrats From Subpoenaing His Accountant
Discussion: Splinter
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Privately Lobbied Trump to Pardon Accused War Criminals  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S. servicemen accused and convicted of war crimes, you can thank one of Donald Trump's favorite cable-news hosts.
Washington Post:
Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow encouraged him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been encouraged …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Cohen: Trump's attorney urged false testimony  —  Michael Cohen told lawmakers earlier this year that one of Donald Trump's personal attorneys asked him to falsely testify to Congress and told him the president was considering granting him a pardon to “shut down” the Russia investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lawmakers Bring Familiar Claims From Michael Cohen Into the Open
Discussion: U.S. House of …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House Freedom Caucus votes to condemn Amash's impeachment comments  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus took an official position condemning Rep. Justin Amash's (R-Mich.) call for impeachment on Monday evening, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters.  —  “We had a good discussion …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Trump should be worried about Justin Amash
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
After impeachment remarks, Rep. Justin Amash gets Republican challenger
NBC News:
Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.  —  The revelations come as U.S. intelligence agencies have warned of probable Russian meddling in the 2020 election.  —  LONDON — Russians who were linked to interference in the 2016 U.S. election discussed ambitious plans …
Max Read / Vulture:
Westeros Is Screwed  —  In 2011, Game of Thrones premiered with the story of a vast continental kingdom wracked with political tension.  Westeros was introduced as a collection of once-independent kingdoms, riven by ethnic and religious divisions, governed by a king who had no real desire to rule …
New York Times:
Trump's Demands for Investigations of Opponents Draw Intensifying Criticism  —  President Trump's escalating demands for investigations into his political opponents have intensified debate over whether his often-transparent calls for action by the Justice Department amount to abusing his power to bolster his re-election prospects.
Discussion: Fox News
Abbey Crain /
Alabama Public Television refuses to air Arthur episode with gay wedding  —  Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS's Arthur episode that included a same-sex marriage.  —  In the episode, which aired nationwide May 13, Arthur and his friends attend their beloved teacher Mr. Ratburn's nuptials to his partner.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’  —  Does it seem you hear a little bit less about political controversies in the sports world than you did a year or two ago?  Do you find yourself grumbling at your television, “I just want to enjoy watching the game” less frequently?
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says He Is Fighting for the Presidency, Not Trump  —  The attorney general, who has faced criticism, is in the front lines of the president's battles against Congress  —  As President Trump's attorney general, William Barr has come under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and The Week
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Emails Show Deep State Conspiring Against Trump  —  Judicial Watch has tirelessly pursued government documents relating to the Russia hoax, and has made them public as they have been wrested from the grasp of Washington bureaucrats.  Today Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Prosecutors examining tens of thousands of Trump inauguration documents  —  WH downplaying Trump inaugural committee subpoena  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York are scrutinizing tens of thousands of documents relating to Donald Trump's inauguration in a sign that the investigation into the committee's finances is advancing.
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
How extremists are reasserting themselves in mainstream GOP politics in Arizona  —  Kelli Ward, Russell Pearce and Andy Biggs (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic; Michael Schennum/The Republic; David Wallace/The Republic)  —  Russell Pearce stepped up to a podium in Gilbert, one of the more affluent and educated communities in Arizona.
Popular Information:
These six corporations are financing the war on women in six states  —  In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical new restrictions on abortion.  Alabama banned virtually all abortions.  Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six weeks …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone Seeks Judge's Permission to Appear at a Strip Club  —  On Thursday, lawyers for Roger Stone, whose travel is restricted ahead of his November trial on obstruction of justice and perjury charges, requested a judge's permission to visit Tennessee and Illinois “for business opportunities.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says there's ‘no indication’ of threatening actions by Iran  —  President Trump on Monday played down tensions with Iran, saying his administration currently has no signs of threatening actions by Tehran but that if that changes, the United States “will have no choice” but to respond forcefully.
Claire Lehmann / Quillette:15 minutes ago
At Australian Ballot Boxes, the Left's Empathy Deficit Came Home to Roost  —  The result of Saturday's federal election in Australia is being treated as the most staggering political shocker in my country since World War II.  Scott Morrison, leading the Liberal Party, looks to have won a majority government …
Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Trump pokes at Biden at Pennsylvania rally  —  President Trump traveled to Montoursville, Penn. on Monday night — expressing confidence in his ability to win the key battleground state and taking the opportunity to attack former Vice President Joe Biden.  —  Details: Just 2 days …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children's health  —  For more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health have partnered to fund a unique nationwide program studying environmental impacts on children's health.  —  No more.
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
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Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
Inquiries Into Reckless Loans to Taxi Drivers Ordered by State Attorney General and Mayor
Discussion: New York Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ben Sasse expected to run for reelection in 2020
Adam Shatz / NYR Daily:
‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now  —  Edward Said's Orientalism …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
As trade war grinds on, Chinese authorities ready the populace for a long fight
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Breitbart and Bloomberg
Christine Rosen / Commentary:
When You're a Socialist, They Let You Do It  —  Imagine an older …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Gorsuch breaks with conservative justices, delivering win to Native American hunter
Discussion: Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Packing his bags: Trump plans jet-setting summer of travel
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Kathy Griffin Movie ‘A Hell of a Story’ Gets Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: NB Blog
Hen Mazzig / Los Angeles Times:
No, Israel isn't a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump: E-Verify Would Make It Too Hard to Hire Undocumented Workers
Associated Press:
5th Migrant Child Dies After Detention by Border Patrol
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Axios and Daily Kos
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Eric Swalwell Is a Financial Mess
Wall Street Journal:
‘Playing Catch-Up in the Game of Life.’ Millennials Approach Middle Age in Crisis