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October 4, 2018

Visitors to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology's Middle East gallery not only get to see exquisite artifacts, but also hear from tour guides who offer special insight into the priceless relics.

The museum has hired immigrants and refugees from Syria and Iraq, who are trained to share details about the items and answer questions while also telling their own stories and memories about their homelands. Hadi Jasim is from Iraq, and was an interpreter for the U.S. military in 2004. He is in the United States on a visa for Iraqis who worked with the military, and told PRI that "sometimes, even if I don't have tours here, I just show up to work, go through the Middle East gallery, go and see the clay tables, and see the carvings. It just brings my memories back."

Being surrounded by pieces of his heritage makes Jasim feel close to home, while also adapting to his new life in America, he says. "I don't feel like I'm a stranger [any] more." Catherine Garcia

1:37 a.m.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., handed House Democrats their first legal victory Monday in their fight to obtain President Trump's financial records, in this case from Trump's accounting firm Mazars USA. "It is simply not fathomable," Judge Amit Mehta wrote, "that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a president for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry." Mehta gave Trump a week to appeal, and Trump said he will do so.

The next legal battle involves a subpoena from the House Financial Services Committee for Trump's business and personal financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan is hearing Trump's motion to block that subpoena on Wednesday, and House lawyers quickly reminded Ramos that Mehta had just rejected "a substantially similar challenge by President Trump."

Ramos will be hearing Trump's request for a preliminary injunction, a step Mehta skipped, but Trump's basic legal argument is broadly similar in both cases: Congress is inappropriately investigating Trump's personal finances, without any legitimate legislative reason. If Ramos allows the subpoena, Trump's lawyers wrote last week, "nonstop investigations into the personal lives of presidents" will become "the new normal."

Trump refuses to release his tax returns, and his relationship with Deutsche Bank in has been a point of particular intrigue, most recently when The New York Times reported Sunday that Deutsche Bank money-laundering experts flagged several suspicious transactions from Trump-controlled accounts in 2016 and 2017, but executives in the private-banking division sat on the reports rather than passing them to government regulators. Peter Weber

1:37 a.m.

Céline Dion joined James Corden for a special, Las Vegas edition of "Carpool Karaoke," which involved much more than just singing.

Dion passed out pairs of her shoes to unsuspecting people on the sidewalk, discussed the pitfalls of fame, made some seriously great facial expressions, and with her rendition of "Baby Shark," proved that she can make any song dramatic.

Of course, no Céline Dion "Carpool Karaoke" can end without a taste of "My Heart Will Go On," and the pair hopped out of the car and into a boat waiting for them in front of the Fountains of Bellagio. As very confused tourists watched from the Las Vegas Strip, Dion and Corden channeled their inner Jack and Rose, even dropping a certain piece of jewelry into the water. Watch the video here. Catherine Garcia

12:53 a.m.

When Becca Bundy learned that Bill Cox needed a kidney, she had a feeling she would be the perfect match.

"I couldn't get it out of my head," Bundy told KARE 11. "I just said, 'I'm the one and I know it.'" The Cook, Minnesota, mother of four first met Cox two years ago, when her infant daughter, Hadley, had a seizure. She called 911, and Cox, a volunteer firefighter, was the first person to arrive. Bundy said she could tell Cox, 66, really cared about her daughter, and she remembered that when she ran into him at a benefit last year.

Cox was the bartender, and wore a T-shirt saying he was in kidney failure and looking for a donor. Cox was born with only one kidney, and by the time Bundy ran into him, he was losing hope of finding a donor. Bundy got tested, and after it was determined she was a match, the pair underwent surgery in February. "I feel pretty blessed to be chosen to be on his journey with him," Bundy said.

Cox is doing great — he's no longer on dialysis, and enjoys going with his wife, Terry, to visit Bundy and her family. "It's a lifetime bond that will never go away," Bundy said. Catherine Garcia

12:41 a.m.

"We have been waiting with bated breath and it's finally happened, the thing we've all been waiting for: A Republican finally read the Mueller report," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. That's not great for President Trump. Over the weekend, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) "read the redacted Mueller report and became the first Republican to say Trump 'engaged in impeachable conduct,'" he explained.

"So with that, I would like to offer the Republican Party this apology," Colbert said: "Now I know I give the GOP a hard time and often imply that you're a spineless group of self-interested toadies who'd rather see the country destroyed than stand up to an out-of-control narcissistic toddler. I was wrong — about one of you."

"Some say Amash has now made the calls for Trump's impeachment 'bipartisan,'" Colbert said, skeptically. "Well, yeah, technically. Like, technically, in high school once we had a girl at our Dungeons & Dragons party, but doesn't mean it was coed." Zero Republicans have joined Amash, and Colbert singled out Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for shunning courage and then mocked Trump for publicizing Amash's impeachment comments; he even sang a song about Amash in Trump voice. "If Trump didn't tweet about it, Amash would be a Page 3 news story, like war with Iran," he said.

"Speaking of which, up until now, Trump has been the voice of reason on Iran," Colbert said, acting disoriented by his own words. Well, that ended on Sunday. Watch below. Peter Weber

May 20, 2019

Dressbarn is shutting down all of its stores in the United States, the retailer announced on Monday.

"This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today's retail environment," Dressbarn CFO Steven Taylor said in a statement. There are about 650 Dressbarn stores, and the company said they won't all close down right away.

Dressbarn was founded in 1962, and is owned by the Ascena Retail Group, which also operates Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Cacique, and Justice. Catherine Garcia

May 20, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) warned former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Monday night that if he ignores a congressional subpoena and refuses to testify before his panel on Tuesday, "the committee is prepared to use all enforcement mechanisms at its disposal."

Earlier Monday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone notified Nadler that Trump had instructed McGahn to ignore the subpoena and skip the hearing. In a letter to McGahn, Nadler said "President Trump's order — which seeks to block a former official from informing a coequal branch of government about his own misconduct — is unprecedented," adding that this "does not excuse your obligation to appear before the committee."

Nadler listed several reasons why Trump cannot keep McGahn from testifying, including that "the president himself has already called your credibility into question." Nadler is referring to Trump tweeting earlier this month he "was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller," contradicting what McGahn told Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "In attacking your credibility and asking you to make public comments about these events, the president has not only further waived any possible privilege with regard to your testimony; he has also created substantial concerns about acts of witness intimidation and further obstruction of Congress' ongoing investigations," Nadler said. Catherine Garcia

May 20, 2019

Kris Kobach has a long list of demands for a job that doesn't even exist yet, three people with knowledge of his requests told The New York Times.

President Trump approached the former Kansas secretary of state in April about a job offer, after former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned, the Times reports. Trump wanted to know if Kobach, an immigration hardliner, might be interested in Nielsen's old position. Trump was concerned that the Senate would not confirm Kobach, so they talked about making an "immigration czar" position. Trump hasn't yet decided if he'll create the role — and if he does, he hasn't settled on hiring Kobach, the Times reports.

Following the meeting, Kobach got to work putting together 10 conditions for his employment, people with knowledge of the matter said. His demands shocked White House staffers; among other things, he asked for an office in the West Wing, weekends off, 24/7 access to a government jet, the ability to walk into the Oval Office whenever he wants, a staff of seven, the title "assistant to the president," at the highest pay grade, and a guarantee that all Cabinet secretaries who have anything to do with immigration policy defer to him, the Times reports. Kobach also wanted Trump's promise he will nominate him for Homeland Security secretary by Nov. 1, unless Kobach asks to remain immigration czar.

Kobach, who lost the Kansas governor's race last year, was appointed by Trump to lead a voter fraud commission launched after Trump baselessly claimed millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election. The committee was dissolved last year. Catherine Garcia

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