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2:50 PM ET, May 19, 2017

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Bwittes / Lawfare:
What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump  —  The New York Times is reporting tonight: … I did not know this particular fact, but it doesn't surprise me at all.  The principal source for the rest of this story is, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Comey Is Said to Have Become Unsettled by Interactions With Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.
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.
Fox News:
Rosenstein on Comey memo: ‘I wrote it.  I believe it.  I stand by it.’  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein firmly stood by the memo he wrote that outlined James Comey's offenses - and later was cited by the White House to support President Trump's decision to fire the FBI director …
Bloomberg:
Rosenstein Defends Memo Condemning Comey Before Trump Fired Him
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Comey was ‘disgusted’ by hug with Trump
Discussion: RedState
The Hill:   Senators told of broadening Russia investigation
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 …
Discussion: RT, Raw Story, AOL and The Gateway Pundit
Bloomberg:
Saudis Get $6 Billion Lockheed Deal for Littoral Ships
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 …
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Huma Abedin finally files for divorce from Anthony Weiner
Discussion: AOL and Heat Street
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
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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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  —  Roger Ailes, the former head of the Fox News Channel, passed away on Thursday at the age of 77.  The news was announced via a statement from his wife, Elizabeth, who wrote that “his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions.”
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
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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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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Fox News:
Biden knocks Clinton: Not a ‘great’ candidate
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.
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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Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Source: Pence Never Informed About Flynn  —  Vice President Mike Pence has been kept in the dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's alleged wrongdoing, according to a source close to the administration, who cited a potential “pattern” of not informing the vice president and calling it …
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Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Why the special counsel should make Trump's aides very nervous
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Guardian and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ryan: House do-over on Obamacare repeal unlikely  —  Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday he didn't think the House would have to revote on its high-stakes Obamacare repeal legislation, despite a technical snag that raised the prospect of a do-over.  —  “We're moving [the bill] …
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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, Shareblue, The Hill and AOL
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
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 …
 
 
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Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Chuck Johnson And Mike Cernovich Prepare To Launch Sites To Go After Journalists
Will Hobson / Washington Post:
The sad saga of thoroughbred D.J. Trump, Donald Trump's lone foray into horse racing
Discussion: The Week
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
Discussion: Philly.com
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
‘Financial Emergency’ at Mills
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rachel B. Tiven / The Nation:
THE AIRPORT LAWYERS WHO STOOD UP TO TRUMP ARE UNDER ATTACK
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP rep: Comey may testify as soon as next week
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration's hiring freeze
Discussion: The Week
Seth Lipsky / New York Post:
The left's ridiculous double standard on spilling secrets
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Week and The Verge
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Art of the Deal’ co-writer: Trump will resign so he doesn't ‘lose’
Discussion: RedState
Brian Rogers / Houston Chronicle:
14-year-old could face life as sex offender for sex with 12-year-old girlfriend
Discussion: Raw Story and Hit & Run
Dan Merica / CNN:
Wooed by Trump's promises, opioid advocates now worry they were all empty
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Guardrails of American Democracy Can't Contain Trump
Discussion: Axios