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New York Times:
Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
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Washington Post:
Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say  —  The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told  —  WASHINGTON  —  Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. warned a Republican congressman in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, officials said, an example of how aggressively Russian agents have tried to influence Washington politics.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win  —  WASHINGTON — As Saudi Arabia's leaders prepared to make a pitch to the White House for a visit by President Trump, a PowerPoint presentation was put together complete with slides describing Saudi demographics …
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Will Melania Trump wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia?  Donald Trump circa 2015 seems to think she should.  —  In January 2015, President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia.  It was a high-profile trip: Obama was there to attend the funeral of the late Saudi King Abdullah at a time when the …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Huma Abedin finally files for divorce from Anthony Weiner  —  The long suffering wife of Human Abedin has finally filed for divorce against Anthony Weiner, just as her estranged husband pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.  —  She brought an anonymous versus anonymous action in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday.
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New York Times:
Anthony Weiner to Plead Guilty to Resolve ‘Sexting’ Inquiry  —  Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, is to appear in a federal courtroom …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Huma Abedin divorcing Anthony Weiner
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Fires ‘The Five’ Co-Host Bob Beckel Over Racist Comment  —  Fox News Channel is parting ways - again - with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, “The Five.”  —  “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement.
CNN:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defends Comey memo  —  Trump tells NBC he planned to fire Comey  —  (CNN)Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday defended the now-famous memo he wrote to President Donald Trump, which the President initially cited as a recommendation to fire FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos, The Week and AOL
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Fox News:
Rosenstein on Comey memo: ‘I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it.’
Bloomberg:
Rosenstein Defends Memo Condemning Comey Before Trump Fired Him
Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
News Coverage of Donald Trump's First 100 Days  —  A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump's first 100 days in office.  —  The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions …
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Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump said to favor move that could destabilize Obamacare  —  President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Roger and Me  —  For the past six years, ever since I began researching a biography of Roger Ailes, there probably hasn't been a day when I haven't thought or talked about him.  I considered Ailes to be the most consequential media and political figure of his generation — a modern-day Citizen Kane.
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Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
We Live in the World Roger Ailes Broke
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia  —  Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump.  —  President Donald Trump is about to resign as a result of the Russia scandal.  Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity are Russian agents.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Between Trump and his national security adviser lie ‘ferocious’ internal politics  —  Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump heads overseas for his first international trip as President, many in the international community will be watching his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster …
Foreign Policy:
Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump's Loose Lips  —  As the U.S. president heads to Israel for a show of unity, the country's spies are alarmed at his disclosures to the Russians.  —  Just days before President Donald Trump's arrival in Tel Aviv, Israeli intelligence officials were shouting …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake  —  Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead.  —  Trump, several people close to him say, sometimes appears to question decisions even after they've been made.
Discussion: Refinery29
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden disses Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great candidate.  I thought I was a great candidate.’  —  Former vice president Joe Biden stirred the Democratic pot a little bit on Thursday night.  —  Appearing at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, the possible 2020 presidential candidate weighed …
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Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
N.A.A.C.P. Votes to Dismiss Its President  —  WASHINGTON — The national board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted Friday to dismiss the organization's president, Cornell William Brooks, after only three years, pledging a “systemwide refresh” at the nation's largest and most storied civil rights group …
Discussion: NPR and Washington Free Beacon
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum  —  After an eruption, volcanoes sometimes collapse at the center.  The magma chamber empties out and the volcano falls in on itself, leaving a caldera and a fractured ring of stone around the void, covered by deadening ash.
Matt Egan / CNN:
Jeb Bush on Trump: I predicted a chaos president  —  Jeb Bush to Trump: Stop making false statements  —  Las Vegas (CNN)Jeb Bush just gave the political equivalent of an “I told you so” to President Donald Trump.  —  “When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president,” Bush said on Friday.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Johnson And Mike Cernovich Prepare To Launch Sites To Go After Journalists  —  EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Johnson, Mike Cernovich Each Launching Sites To Go After Journalists  —  ‘The American press no longer behaves properly’  —  Audio Analysis: Erdogan Goons Were Told To ‘Attack’ Protesters
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Watching the downfall of a generation of Washington Republicans  —  President Trump, we have noted, has not only disgraced himself but also besmirched the reputations of everyone from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to son-in-law Jared Kushner for their complicity in a dark comedy of deceit and self-created debacles.
Ben White / Politico:
Donovan dropping out as Trump's nominee for deputy Treasury secretary  —  NEW YORK — Jim Donovan is dropping out as President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as deputy Treasury secretary.  —  The Goldman Sachs executive, nominated in March to serve as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's No. 2 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and TheStreet
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Don't underestimate Trump  —  Ron Klain, a Post contributing columnist, served as a senior White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.  —  Last October, we were in the midst of debate preparation for Hillary Clinton …
Rachel B. Tiven / The Nation:
THE AIRPORT LAWYERS WHO STOOD UP TO TRUMP ARE UNDER ATTACK  —  The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers.  —  While the country has been fixated on President Trump's firings, leaks and outbursts involving the Department of Justice …
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
 
 
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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Media Matters for America:
On NRATV, Fabio promotes gun ownership in California because “there's going to be a lot of raping going on”
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump turmoil is spreading far beyond Washington to state and local races
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark P. Mills / The Hill:
Despite four decades and $500 billion, the Energy Department hasn't accomplished much
Discussion: Power Line
Kaileen Gaul / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Judge dismisses ‘clock boy’ …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Shoe company accused of shocking racism against Serena Williams
Discussion: Daily Mail and AOL
Ruth Brown / New York Post:
Parents killed baby with quinoa ‘milk’ diet: authorities
Discussion: AOL
Will Hobson / Washington Post:
The sad saga of thoroughbred D.J. Trump, Donald Trump's lone foray into horse racing
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Dear Donald, when did the ballsy winner who was going to Make America Great Again turn …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
Notre Dame students are protesting the Vice President's commencement speech
Discussion: The Hill, AOL and Common Dreams
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration's hiring freeze
Discussion: The Week
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Art of the Deal’ co-writer: Trump will resign so he doesn't ‘lose’