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  • Trump Will Instruct McGahn to Defy Subpoena
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 02:17 PM

    “President Trump is preparing to instruct his former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, to defy a congressional subpoena and skip a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, denying Democrats testimony from one of the most important eyewitnesses to Mr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Prosecutors Examining Trump Inauguration Documents
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 02:07 PM

    “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,” CNN reports.

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  • Bonus Quote of the Day
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 12:47 PM

    “We’re changing laws as rapidly as we can get them through the courts.”
    — President Trump, in an interview on Fox News, revealing a misunderstanding of how laws are supposed to be made.

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  • Supreme Court Again Defers Action on Abortion Cases
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:09 PM

    “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday deferred acting on state efforts to put more restrictions on abortion, issuing a list of orders without mentioning two pending Indiana appeals,” Bloomberg reports.

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  • The Great Fox News Debate
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:17 PM

    Politico: “Whether to appear on the channel has suddenly become a polarizing decision for the sprawling field… The town halls have become an unlikely inkblot test for Democratic presidential candidates.”

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  • Fox & Friends Responds to Buttigieg
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 12:16 PM

    “The hosts of Fox & Friends responded on Monday to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s criticisms of Fox News during a town hall on the network, saying that the South Bend mayor’s discussion of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham’s shows showed ‘absolutely no courage,'” Axios reports.

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  • Changing the Channel
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 10:36 AM

    In a Fox News town hall last night, Pete Buttigieg argued that it is time for America to “change the channel” on the Trump show.

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  • The Biden Menu
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 08:47 AM

    Amy Walter: “After watching the Biden campaign thus far and Philly rally yesterday, my takeaway is that his candidacy is like one of those ‘casual’ nice restaurants that you go to b/c they have a big menu and everyone in your group can find something they’ll eat.”

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  • Trump Allies Mobilize Against GOP Lawmaker’s Revolt
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 08:09 AM

    “Republicans are moving fast to squelch Justin Amash’s rebellion against Donald Trump before his conclusion that the President ‘engaged in impeachable conduct‘ — the first by a GOP lawmaker — can gather momentum,” CNN reports.

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  • How a Full-Scale Trade War Could Slam Trump
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 06:20 AM

    Politico: “If the president moves ahead with 25 percent tariffs on everything China exports to the United States, it could amount to a tax hike of more than $2,000 on the average American family, swamping the reduction they won from Trump’s signature legislative achievement — the 2017 tax law.”

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  • Democrats Can’t Forget the Non-Voters
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:59 PM

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  • EPA Plans to Adopt New Math on Premature Deaths
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 02:09 PM

    New York Times: “The EPA plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution, one that experts said has never been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound.”

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  • Sweden Requests Detention Order for Julian Assange
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:07 PM

    “The development sets up a possible future tug-of-war between Sweden and the United States over any extradition of Assange from Britain,” the AP reports.

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  • Jared Unprepared
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:13 PM

    Playbook: “In the last two weeks, Jared Kushner has launched two initiatives: his big-time immigration plan, and an economic plan for the Middle East, aimed at empowering the Palestinians.”

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  • European Elections Will Gauge the Power of Populism
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 12:12 PM

    “For weeks, Europe’s far-right populists have been dashing across the Continent, joining arms and presenting themselves as a united front that will batter the political establishment and score a big breakthrough in this week’s elections for the European Parliament,” the New York Times reports.

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  • IRS Audit Rate Drops Again
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 11:43 AM

    “The Internal Revenue Service audited just 0.59% of individual tax returns last year, marking the seventh consecutive annual decline as the tax agency copes with smaller budgets and fewer workers,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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  • Trump Heads to Pennsylvania as Trade War Heats Up
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 10:05 AM

    “President Trump heads to Pennsylvania on Monday evening — another battleground state vital to his chances of winning a second term. But Air Force One will touch down in Montoursville for a campaign rally just when his trade war with China is squeezing many of his core supporters there,” Roll Call reports.

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  • A Bigger Primary Field Helps Biden
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 08:52 AM

    Josh Kraushaar: “In his landmark book The Paradox of Choice, psychologist Barry Schwartz offered a counterintuitive argument: People claim they want more choices in life, but when they get them, they become paralyzed in their decision-making.

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  • How Mike Pence Took Over HHS
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 06:02 AM

    Politico: “Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence.”

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  • Trump Scrambles to Reverse Rust Belt Slide
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 06:30 AM

    “President Trump’s aides and allies are moving aggressively to shore up his support in three Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency — but where his own polling shows him in trouble heading into 2020,” Politico reports.

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  • Lawmaker Suggests Cancer Patients Turn to Illegal Pot
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 02:23 PM

    Alabama state Sen. Jim McClendon (R) was asked on the Matt and Aunie Show why he voted against a medical marijuana bill.
    Said McClendon: “I guess what bothers me as much as anything is I know what we’re doing is, some time along the way we are going to open a door that will eventually lead to recreational marijuana.”

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  • Nigel Farage Hit with a Milkshake
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 12:20 PM

    British politician Nigel Farage got hit with a milkshake by a pedestrian in Newcastle, England, according to video by The Telegraph.
    The man who threw the milkshake was arrested and later quoted by The Telegraph: “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose.”

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  • Budget Talks Kick Off Tomorrow
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:03 PM

    Politico: “The four top party leaders will meet on Tuesday morning to begin talks on a potential deal to raise the budget caps, as well as a possible boost to the debt ceiling, according to multiple sources, although any agreement will be hard to reach.”
    “Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will take the lead for the Trump administration in the negotiations.”

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  • Some Republicans Unsettled by Trump’s Immunity Claims
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 01:13 PM

    “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,” Politico reports.
    “That view, advanced by Trump’s personal attorney and White House counsel late last week, would upend long-held understandings about Congress’ ability to scrutinize presidential conduct — especially alleged criminal activity.”

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  • Quote of the Day
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 12:02 PM

    “It’s unfortunate you’re citing that article, George, because it’s a whole lot of fake news.”

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  • Lightfoot Takes Over as Chicago Mayor
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 10:45 AM

    “Lori Lightfoot (D) takes over as Chicago mayor on Monday after a seven-week sprint that saw her try to build an administration she can trust to run the city and promote her agenda while she also set out to mould the City Council by installing allies in key positions to try bringing change to the notoriously reform-averse body,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

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  • Justices Rejects Bid to Let Businesses Donate
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 10:40 AM

    “The U.S. Supreme Court declined an opportunity to give businesses broader rights to contribute money to political candidates and causes,” Bloomberg reports.
    “The justices, without comment Monday, refused to question a Massachusetts law that bars for-profit corporations from making campaign donations.”

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  • Justin Amash Gets a Primary Challenge
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 08:58 AM

    Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower (R) announced he will mount a primary challenge to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) after the congressman tweeted that he believed President Trump had committed impeachable offenses, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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  • Trump Denounces Report on His Bank Transactions
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 08:12 AM

    “President Trump on Monday rejected a New York Times report that raised questions about multiple Deutsche Bank transactions involving entities controlled by him and his son-in-law Jared Kushner,”

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  • Buttigieg Out of Town Nearly Half Time
    Monday - 05/20/2019 - 06:30 AM

    South Bend Tribune: “From Austin, Texas, to West Hollywood, Calif., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential bid has taken him out of town nearly half of the days in recent months, according to his daily calendar, news stories and information online.”

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