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4:55 PM ET, May 19, 2017

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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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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
Bwittes / Lawfare:
What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump
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
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 …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Ink ‘Largest Single Arms Deal in American History’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Intercept
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.
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Brian Flood / The Wrap:   Fox News Fires Bob Beckel After Racism Accusation
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.
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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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.
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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New York Times:
Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden  —  STOCKHOLM — Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London five years ago after the authorities …
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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
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.
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 …
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
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Approval Sinks Further Amid Avalanche of Bad Headlines  —  Political observers have said it's been a very bad week for President Donald Trump, and that notion is underscored by a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey that shows his support continues to decline as many voters expressed concern about his fitness for office.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Shareblue and AOL
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
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Dear Donald, when did the ballsy winner who was going to Make America Great Again turn into President Paranoid Snowflake?  Stop whining.  Your friend, Piers  —  My favourite poem is only two lines long.  —  It's called ‘Self-pity’ and was written by my fellow Brit, DH Lawrence.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Matt Egan / CNN:
Jeb Bush on Trump: I predicted a chaos president
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump turmoil is spreading far beyond Washington to state and local races
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Mark P. Mills / The Hill:
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Kaileen Gaul / Daily Mail:
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 Earlier Items: 
Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
Notre Dame students are protesting the Vice President's commencement speech
Discussion: The Hill and Common Dreams
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
George Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorneys' Seats
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Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Don't underestimate Trump  —  Ron Klain, a Post contributing …
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’