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1:50 AM ET, May 29, 2017


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New York Times:
Kushner's Relationship With Trump Tested as Russia Accusations Swirl  —  WASHINGTON — The most successful deal of Jared Kushner's short and consequential career in real estate and politics involves one highly leveraged acquisition: a pair of adjoining offices a few penny-loafer paces from his father-in-law's desk in the White House.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's obsession over Russia probe deepens  —  President Donald Trump has been aggressively working the phones since returning this weekend from his foreign trip, talking to friends and outside lawyers as he obsesses over the deepening investigations into his aides and Russia.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Kushner under pressure to take hiatus from White House: report … Administration officials close to President Trump are reportedly pushing White House adviser Jared Kushner to take a leave of absence amid recent reports that he is under FBI scrutiny.  —  The FBI is reportedly interested …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Miguel Medina / Agence France-Presse:
Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe must fight for its own destiny in a western alliance divided by Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump, with whom she did not see eye to eye at the “six against one” G7 summit
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
What Angela Merkel meant at the Munich beer hall  —  Spoiler alert: The German chancellor didn't just throw in the towel on the alliance with America.  —  BERLIN — Did Angela Merkel just draw a line under the Western postwar order?  —  In a word, Nein.  —  A comment by Merkel …
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on Donald Trump's America: 'We Europeans must …
Michelle Moons / Breitbart:
Report: Trump Tells Allies He Plans to Remove U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement
Sam Stein / HuffPost:
The Madness And Science Behind The Donald Trump Handshake  —  The definitive breakdown of the most insane greeting in all of politics.  —  Had French President Emmanuel Macron been paying close attention, he would have recognized quickly just how fraught his coming exchange with Donald Trump was to be.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
The Guardian:   Emmanuel Macron: my handshake with Trump was ‘a moment of truth’
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
The Coat of Arms Said ‘Integrity.’ Now It Says ‘Trump.’  —  LONDON — At the Trump National Golf Club outside Washington, which hosted the Senior P.G.A. Championship this weekend, the president's coat of arms is everywhere — the sign out front, the pro shop, even the exercise room.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Assange: ‘Kushner correct to create channels with everyone’  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday said he thinks President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was “correct” if he attempted to set up backchannel communication with Russian leadership.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: Many leaks are ‘fabricated lies’ made up by ‘fake news’ media
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:   Former CIA Director: ‘Now we know’ why Trump officials talking to the Russians may have been ‘unmasked’
Thomas E. Ricks / Politico:
General McMaster, Step Down—and Let Trump Be Trump
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly: Any channel of communication with a country like Russia a ‘good thing’
Discussion: Politico and The Last Tradition
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 5-28-17: DHS Secretary John Kelly and Rep. Adam Schiff
Discussion: Politicus USA
Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
Exclusive: Suspect confesses to C-L reporter; 8 dead, including deputy  —  Authorities from multiple agencies took Cory Godbolt into custody on East Lincoln Road in Brookhaven Sunday morning after they say he killed eight people, including a Lincoln County deputy.
Donna Campbell / Daily Leader:
Lincoln County deputy, seven others killed in shooting spree; suspect in custody
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Kellyanne Conway and other women reveal what it's like to work in Trump's White House  —  When K.T. McFarland first heard the 2005 tape of Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women's genitals, she talked to her two daughters.  —  “If anybody ever says stuff like that to you, walk away,” she told them.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan  —  For students across the country, the traditional eighth-grade trip to Washington is a chance to join the throngs on the Mall and perhaps spot some of the world's most powerful people on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: IJR
Nile Gardiner / CNN:
President Trump passes his first test on the world stage  —  Trump scolds NATO members for low payments  — Nile Gardiner: On this first overseas tour, President Trump certainly made an indelible impression  —  Nile Gardiner is the director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Trump's first foreign trip was a huge success
Marwa Eltagouri / Chicago Tribune:
New accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago after sentencing on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  —  Less than three months before Dennis Hastert's scheduled release from prison …
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Jim Bunning, RIP  —  Today's Washington Post features three obituaries — one for Zbigniew Brzezinski (written by long-time Post foreign policy writer Jim Hoagland), one for Gregg Allman, and one for Jim Bunning.  The headline in the paper edition for Brzezinski's obit reads: “Combative adviser helped shape Carter's foreign policy.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm Emanuel  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Sunday said he doesn't think asking whether Hillary Clinton  —  should run for the White House in 2020 is a “good question.”  —  During an interview on CNN's “State of the Union,” …
Fedor Zarkhin / Oregonian:
Surviving victim of Friday train stabbing a poet and PSU student  —  One of the men who came to the defense of a teenager wearing a hijab on a MAX train Friday won a 2013 poetry competition with a poem condemning prejudices faced by Muslims.  —  Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pentagon chief: War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’ … Defense Secretary James Mattis warned on Sunday that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic,” and would place United States allies in the region at extreme risk.  —  “The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly on Manchester leaks: 'I think it's darn close to treason'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elliot Njus / Oregonian:
MAX stabbing victim was Portland employee, Army veteran
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Post
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump campaign likely didn't save documents: report
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russia scandal ices government lawyer hiring
Discussion: Raw Story
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Route to Air Travel Discomfort Starts on Wall Street