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2:35 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.
New York Times:
Senate Inquiries Narrow as Rosenstein Suggests Plan to Fire Comey Predated Memo  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators signaled on Thursday that the Justice Department's special counsel investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and possible collusion by associates …
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
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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Bloomberg:
Saudis Get $6 Billion Lockheed Deal for Littoral Ships
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:
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 …
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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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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Casey Quinlan / ThinkProgress:
Notre Dame students are protesting the Vice President's commencement speech
Discussion: The Hill
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Why the special counsel should make Trump's aides very nervous
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Guardian and Politico
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.
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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Heat Street:
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias
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
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] …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos and Hot Air
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP's Obamacare Repeal Bill
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.”
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
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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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
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: The Hill 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
 
 
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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
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Aims to Balance Budget With Deep Cuts, Bullish Growth Projections
Discussion: TheStreet and The Resurgent
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
George Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorneys' Seats
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
‘Financial Emergency’ at Mills
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Don't underestimate Trump  —  Ron Klain, a Post contributing …
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Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Dershowitz Questions Purpose of Special Counsel — ‘What Is the Crime?’
Discussion: White House Dossier
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration's hiring freeze
Discussion: The Week
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented
Discussion: 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