It's Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Let's start here.
President Donald Trump is vowing to appeal after a federal judge ruled in favor of House Democrats seeking to obtain the president's financial records.
"They're trying to get a do-over or redo," he told reporters on Monday. "You can't do that as far as the financials are concerned. It's totally the wrong decision by obviously an Obama-appointed judge."
Pres. Trump says his attorneys will appeal the judge's ruling in favor of House Democrats in their efforts to obtain his financial records: "This never happened to any other president. They're trying to get a re-do." https://t.co/XEhtCnAT2C pic.twitter.com/keENOEoGF2— ABC News (@ABC) May 20, 2019
Judge Amit Mehta wrote, in the ruling siding with the House Oversight Committee, "It is not for the court to question whether the Committee's actions are truly motivated by political considerations."
The White House has been fighting back against Democrats' attempts at congressional oversight on several fronts. Trump blocked former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, but Democrats remain eager to explore potential cases of obstruction of justice outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
"There are a lot of questions that were raised by the Mueller report that only the principals can truly answer," ABC News Political Director Rick Klein says. "Of course, there's politics involved in this too."
2. 7,000 jobs
Ford Motor Co. said it's cutting 7,000 jobs in the U.S. and overseas by the end of August as the automaker faces pressure to evolve in a rapidly changing industry.
"The future is about autonomous vehicles, driverless vehicles, electrification and a lot of money is required to get there," she says on "Start Here."
3. Peace in the Middle East?
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, has been leading the administration's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hopes to entice Palestinian leadership with economic opportunities in the region, but critics say that's unlikely to be enough.
"The Palestinians fear the United States is no longer going to back a two-state solution, an independent Palestinian state," ABC News' Jordana Miller, who's based in Jerusalem, explains. "They have already dismissed this conference and said it is doomed to fail unless it deals with those political issues."
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From our friends at FiveThirtyEight:
Beto O'Rourke ignored cable news -- and it ignored him: When O'Rourke first entered the race, his strategy was to stay off cable news. "Seeing you eyeball-to-eyeball, to me, is so much more satisfying than being on cable TV," he told a supporter at a Virginia town hall when explaining why he chose to avoid the national spotlight TV appearances in favor of smaller gatherings. But his polls have sunk to the lowest they have been since his launch, and now O'Rourke is trying to pivot back to major televised events like interviews and town halls.
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James Longman travels to Antarctica with scientists who are tagging humpback whales.
"The scientists we are with," Longman writes in a reporter's notebook column, "are the latest generation in a long line of adventurers who have not just made saving Antarctica their life's work, but who have sought to show the world what insights learned here can tell us about the rest of our planet -- and the places where we live."