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2:10 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 …
New York Times:
Senate Inquiries Narrow as Rosenstein Suggests Plan to Fire Comey Predated Memo
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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
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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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 …
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: The Guardian, Politico and CNN
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  —  A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media's bias against Donald Trump.  —  Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage …
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.
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
Bill O'Reilly / USA Today:
Roger Ailes had my back at Fox News
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka and Jared get a rabbinical pass to fly Air Force One  —  Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be flying aboard Air Force One to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump on Friday, after receiving a rabbinical dispensation to travel on the Jewish Sabbath, according to a White House official.
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Bloomberg:
Saudis Get $6 Billion Lockheed Deal for Littoral Ships
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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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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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: 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
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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Will Hobson / Washington Post:
The sad saga of thoroughbred D.J. Trump, Donald Trump's lone foray into horse racing
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William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
ICE arrests under Trump jump 40 percent as border crossings drop
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Dear Donald, when did the ballsy winner who was going to Make America Great Again turn …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: TheStreet and The Resurgent
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP rep: Comey may testify as soon as next week
Discussion: RedState and CNN
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
Bloomberg:
Chaos Engulfing Trump Stirs Anxiety in Russia Over U.S. Ties
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Guardrails of American Democracy Can't Contain Trump
Discussion: Axios