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  1. trump tax returns
    IRS Memo From 2018 Says Agency Must Release Trump Tax Returns: ReportThe 10-page memo states that the disclosure of tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee is “mandatory” unless Trump declares executive privilege.
  2. merrick garland
    Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Could Rule on Trump Subpoena AppealGarland heads the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trump intends to appeal a decision regarding a House subpoena of his financial records.
  3. gaffes
    Ben Carson Confuses a Cookie for a Real-Estate Term the HUD Sec Should KnowIn a tense appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, Carson confused “an REO” for “an Oreo.”
  4. war crimes
    Fox News Host Lobbied Trump in Private to Pardon Alleged War Criminals: ReportFor more than four months, the Fox & Friends host has tried to convince Trump to let accused war criminals off the hook. It appears to be working.
  5. executive privilege
    Trump Directs White House Counsel Don McGahn to Skip Congressional TestimonyTrump’s claims of executive privilege are becoming so frequent that even House Republicans are getting frustrated by them.
  6. public health
    McConnell Wants to Raise Tobacco Age to 21, in Rare Good GOP Public Health MoveMcConnell’s bill appears to be a step in the right direction to cut smoking, which makes it a departure from standard GOP policies on public health.
  7. austria
    Austrian Government Actually Sees Consequences for a Russia ScandalThe political crisis in Austria shows what happens when a party is willing to reckon with Russian interference, even if it ends up losing power.
  8. deutsche bank
    Deutsche Bank Flagged Trump and Kushner for Potential Money Laundering: ReportIn 2016 and 2017, Deutsche investigators recommended that several transactions involving Trump and Jared Kushner be reported to the Treasury.
  9. the wall
    Trump Can’t Stop Talking About His Border Wall Designs: ReportTrump used to wake Kirstjen Nielsen up with calls about the wall, and has tons of ideas for the barrier that don’t always keep utility in mind.
  10. russia investigation
    Flynn Told Special Counsel That Trump Team Tried to Interfere in Russia ProbeNew documents show that people connected to Trump and Congress contacted Flynn to try and stymie the Mueller investigation. There’s even a voicemail.
  11. ice
    ICE Director Nominee Can Look at Migrant Child, Spot ‘Soon-to-Be Gang Member’Earlier this year Mark Morgan, former Border Patrol chief and Trump’s nominee for ICE director, claimed he has a superpower.
  12. so you want to be president
    De Blasio Campaign Announcement Scooped by High-School JournalistIt’d make for an impressive college essay, but junior journalist Gabe Fleisher is already phenomenally overqualified.
  13. pardons
    Trump Pardons Billionaire Friend Conrad Black, Who Wrote Glowing Book About HimBlack wrote that Trump isn’t racist, and was convicted of obstruction of justice after siphoning money from his newspaper. No wonder Trump likes him.
  14. vision 2020
    De Blasio Campaign Announcement Scooped by High School JournalistIt’d make for an impressive college essay, but junior journalist Gabe Fleisher is already phenomenally overqualified.
  15. online extremism
    White House Refuses to Sign Accord to Fight Online Extremism After ChristchurchThe administration said that the “best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech,” which is about as helpful as “thoughts and prayers.”
  16. abortion rights
    Democrats, Activists Respond to Bill That Effectively Bans Abortion in AlabamaDemocrats and abortion rights groups vowed to fight the bill, which criminalizes the procedure for doctors and has no exceptions for rape or incest.
  17. vision 2020
    GOP Strategists Want Trump to Stop His Biden Jokes: ReportRepublicans fear that Trump is shining a spotlight on the Democratic frontrunner, unintentionally giving him an advantage in the primary.
  18. russia investigation
    Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to ‘Limited’ Senate Testimony on Russia ProbeHe’s struck a deal to answer the Senate Intelligence Committee’s questions, ending the intra-party conflict over his subpoena.
  19. trump tower
    Trump Tower Residents Are Selling Their Condos at a Loss to Get Out: ReportThe president’s midtown flagship is facing a growing vacancy problem, with residents frustrated by the stigma and hassle of living there.
  20. evangelicalism
    Mike Pence Tells Evangelical Students They’ll Be ‘Ridiculed’ for Being ChristianAt Liberty University, Pence said that graduates should “be ready” to be made fun of. He may be misinterpreting recent criticism from Pete Buttigieg.
  21. bill de blasio
    De Blasio’s Trump Tower Event Derailed by ‘You Suck’ ChantsThe flak at Trump Tower might not bode well for his coming decision on running for president, slated for later this week.
  22. venezuela
    Florida Republicans Fear Trump’s Venezuela Policy Could Hurt Them in 2020Florida Republicans worry that Trump’s backing of opposition leader Juan Guaidó could become a liability among the state’s 200,000 Venezuelans.
  23. border wall
    Donors to Stalled Campaign That Raised $20 Million for Border Wall Want AnswersDuring the shutdown, We Build the Wall hoped to circumvent Congress for wall funding. Now, donors want to know where their money has gone.
  24. trade war
    Trump’s Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Admits Tariffs Do Hurt American ConsumersOn Fox News Sunday, the White House economic adviser contradicted Trump’s false claims on the tariff hike, admitting that it will hurt the economy.
  25. vision 2020
    Pro-Trump PAC Led by Ex-Wrestling Exec Plans on Raising $300 Million for 2020But America First Action’s failure to hit its fundraising mark in 2018 suggests that $300 million may be a lofty goal.
  26. mitch mcconnell
    McConnell Selling ‘Cocaine Mitch’ Shirts in KY, State With Third Highest OD RateThe t-shirts play off the momentum of an absurd political moment, but ignore the on-the-ground reality for an alarming number of Kentucky residents.
  27. xenophobia
    Watch President Trump Laugh Over a Comment About Shooting Migrants“How do you stop these people?” Trump asked. An audience member had an idea. “Shoot them,” he yelled, causing the president to laugh.
  28. russia investigation
    Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.If he appears, Trump Jr. will likely have to respond to inconsistencies between his 2017 Senate testimony and details described in the Mueller report.
  29. vision 2020
    Howard Schultz Has Slowed Down His Pre-Campaign Press TourThe former Starbucks CEO has been very quiet the last few weeks, suggesting his presidential ambitions may be fading.
  30. the art of the deal
    Report: Trump Suffered $1.17 Billion in Business Losses Between 1985 and 1994Tax records obtained by the New York Times prove just how bad a businessman Trump was in his halcyon days.
  31. jerry falwell jr.
    Michael Cohen Says He Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Bury Racy Photos in 2015: ReportThe Evangelical leader reportedly reached out to Trump’s former fixer to handle photos meant to be kept “between husband and wife.”
  32. stephen moore
    Stephen Moore: Dems Rejected Fed Nomination Because They’re ‘Stupid and Evil’Moore seems to forget the real basis for his canceled Fed nomination: Senate Republicans made it clear he didn’t pass muster.
  33. steve bannon
    Report: The Church Really Doesn’t Want Steve Bannon’s Alt-Right Academy in ItalyA top cardinal warned Bannon not to set up his “gladiator school for culture warriors” in a 13th-century monastery.
  34. vision 2020
    Who Hasn’t Told Bill de Blasio That He Shouldn’t Run for President?From aides to his wife to most New Yorkers, Bill de Blasio is getting a lot of negative feedback on his potential campaign. Nevertheless, he persists.
  35. racism
    NRA Head Says Lucy McBath Only Won House Seat Because She Is ‘a Minority Female’NRA president Carolyn Meadows said it was Lucy McBath’s race and gender, not her appealing gun-control message, that won her a House seat in November.
  36. betsy devos
    Betsy DeVos: Stop Using ‘My Name As Clickbait’Speaking voluntarily in front of a room full of education writers, DeVos said, “I don’t enjoy the publicity that comes with my position.”
  37. campaign finance
    Report: Former Trump Campaign Official David Bossie May Be Scamming DonorsCitizens United president David Bossie’s fundraising group appears to have targeted older Facebook users who think they’re donating directly to Trump.
  38. ice
    Trump Surprises Officials With Tweet Nominating Mark Morgan to Be ICE DirectorTrump surprised his advisers by tweeting the nomination of ex–Border Patrol head Mark Morgan, who will take ICE in a “tougher direction.”
  39. donald trump
    Russia Claims Trump Reached Out to Putin for Lengthy Friday CallIn which foreign-policy expert Donald Trump takes the advice of traditional American ally Vladimir Putin on North Korea and Venezuela.
  40. donald trump
    Trump Says His Faith Got Him Through Mueller Investigation“People say, ‘How do you get through that whole stuff?’” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “We just do it, right? And we think about God.”
  41. conflicts of interest
    Trump’s Nominee for U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft Has Billion-Dollar Ties to CoalCraft once expressed climate denialism and her husband is a coal baron. She may soon represent the U.S. at the key venue for combating climate change.
  42. baltimore
    Baltimore Mayor Pugh Resigns After Children’s Book ScandalPugh is the second Baltimore mayor in a decade to resign amid an ongoing criminal investigation.
  43. politics
    Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer Isn’t Sure Who Senator Ben Sasse IsThe game-show winner apparently didn’t memorize his sitting U.S. senators as part of his “strategically aggressive” strategy.
  44. mueller time
    Bill Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee on ThursdayThe attorney general cancelled his appearance before the House Judiciary after the committee voted to allow staff lawyers to question him for an hour.
  45. bill barr
    Watch Cory Booker Try Not to Laugh as Kamala Harris Questions William BarrAs Barr fumbled his answer to the former prosecutor, Booker had to take a moment to regroup.
  46. venezuela
    Maduro Claims Victory Over ‘Coup’: Everything We KnowThe unrest is not over in Venezuela, where rival mass protests are planned for Wednesday.
  47. russia investigation
    Bill Barr Most Likely Didn’t Commit Perjury, But Still Misled CongressIt’s unlikely Attorney General Bill Barr is on the hook for perjury, but the case for his impeachment grows.
  48. russia investigation
    Read Attorney General Bill Barr’s Prepared Remarks Ahead of His Senate TestimonyOn Tuesday night, the attorney general released his opening statement regarding his controversial treatment of the Mueller report.
  49. federal reserve
    Watch Fed Nominee Stephen Moore Try to Defend Racist Joke About ObamaMoore said “there should be a statute of limitations on saying stupid things.” It would have to be really short to benefit him.
  50. facebook
    Facebook Anticipates FTC Fine of Up to $5 Billion for Privacy ViolationsIt will be a historic fine for the Federal Trade Commission and a slap on the wrist for the social media giant.
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