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10:40 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.
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources  —  The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Vox and Politicus USA
CNN:
First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say  —  Washington (CNN)Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’ … Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials—a meeting …
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
Evan Perez / CNN:
Sources: White House lawyers research impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office …
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: Mediaite
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner ‘person of interest in Russia investigation’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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 …
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
Mike Cernovich / Medium:   Trump's Media Strategy is Failing — Here's How to Fix It
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Comey agrees to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee  —  Former FBI Director James Comey will get to tell his side of the story behind his abrupt firing last week, agreeing to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
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Christine Wang / CNBC:
Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee
Discussion: The Root
Associated Press:   The Latest: Cummings wants WH documents on Russia meeting
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Israeli intel officials shouted at US counterparts after Trump disclosure: report  —  Israeli intelligence officials have expressed anger that President Trump revealed sensitive information during a meeting with Russian officials last week, saying it could have compromised a source, Foreign Policy reported Friday.
Discussion: RedState
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Foreign Policy:
Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump's Loose Lips
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Democracy Is Not Your Plaything  —  When the circus comes to Washington, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy.
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.
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win
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 …
Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies  —  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.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’  —  “Chaos.”  —  “Circus.”  —  “Laughingstock.”  —  Those were just a few of the comments I heard in Berlin this week from senior European officials trying to make sense of the meltdown in Washington at just the moment when a politically …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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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.
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.
CNN:
US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near North Korea  —  North Korea claims missile can strike US  —  Washington (CNN)The US Navy is moving the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula where it will conduct dual-carrier training exercises with the USS Carl Vinson amid heightened tensions …
Discussion: The National Interest
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
Kaileen Gaul / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Judge dismisses ‘clock boy’ lawsuit saying the school didn't discriminate against Ahmed Mohamed when the Muslim teen's teacher called the police because she thought he made a bomb  — A federal judge ruled both the city of Irving, Texas and the school district do not owe damages to Ahmed Mohamed's family
 
 
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Connor Sheets / al.com:
Alabama Legislature approves bill that would restore ‘many’ felons' voting rights
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Russia's ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump turmoil is spreading far beyond Washington to state and local races
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
Donovan dropping out as Trump's nominee for deputy Treasury secretary
Discussion: TheStreet and Mother Jones
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Discussion: AOL
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:
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Discussion: The Hill, Common Dreams and AOL
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Talent Vacuum
CNN:
Chinese fighter flies inverted over US Air Force jet
Discussion: NPR
Rachel B. Tiven / The Nation:
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Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story