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Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Pulls Out of June Summit Meeting With North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has notified Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that he has canceled their much-anticipated meeting, which was set for June 12.  —  In a letter dated Thursday to Mr. Kim, the American president …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Pompeo not saying if South Korea was notified
Discussion: Axios and Yonhap News Agency
Richard Haass / Axios:   We're back where we started with North Korea
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Art of the Fail  —  By canceling his summit with North Korean … NEW!
Discussion: CNN and The Mahablog
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Threatens to Call Off Summit, Calls Pence a ‘Political Dummy’
Joshua Berlinger / CNN:
North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence ‘political dummy’
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
CNN:
Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment  —  An Phung and Chloe Melas  —  (CNN)A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
New York Times:
Lawmakers Briefed on F.B.I.'s Informant in Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Top law enforcement and intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders from both parties on Thursday about the F.B.I.'s use of an informant in the Russia investigation, a highly unusual concession to Congress all but ordered by President Trump.
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NBC News:
Separate classified briefing for Nunes and Gowdy raises eyebrows  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to Congress' role in the Russia investigation, there's the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has conducted its work in a cautious and bipartisan manner.  Despite their political differences …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama officials' spying on Trump a departure from norms  —  “FBI used informant to investigate Russia ties to campaign, not to spy,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18.  —  “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides …
David French / New York Times:
Conservatives Fail the N.F.L.'s Free Speech Test  —  The United States is in the grips of a free-speech paradox.  At the same time that the law provides more protection to personal expression than at any time in the nation's history, large numbers of Americans feel less free to speak.
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Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
The NFL's New Anthem Policy Is Madness—But the Players Can Stop It … In its own, typically blinkered and inimitable fashion, the NFL decided to dig in its heels on Wednesday, wrapping itself in the flag, and requiring players who are on the field to stand during the national anthem or face a series of penalties.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
What the NFL Should Have Done About the National Anthem
Discussion: Vox, Shakesville and Al Jazeera English
Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:NEW!
Harvey Weinstein set to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York  —  Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges related to alleged sexual misconduct in connection to a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD, the Daily News has confirmed.
New York Times:
Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Pardoned by Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 of transporting a white woman across state lines.  —  Mr. Trump signed the pardon for Johnson during …
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Associated Press:10 minutes ago
Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.  —  Jack Johnson was convicted in 1913 …
CNBC:
The Trump-Russia ties hiding in plain sight  —  Trump's in-plain-sight embrace of Russia gets obscured by the Trump news avalanche.  But long before running for president, Trump relied on Russian money.  Trump also consistently defends Russia and attacks U.S. officials investigating Russia.
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say  —  The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say.  —  For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia.
Discussion: Instapundit
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CNN:
Missile that downed MH17 ‘owned by Russian brigade’  —  (CNN)A missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 was fired from a launcher belonging to Russia's 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, investigators said Thursday.  —  The announcement …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia.  Another marveled at the vibrant colors.  A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.”  —  Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal.
Tom Toles / Washington Post:
No, we can't just discuss things like reasonable adults, and Fox News is the reason  —  Much has been made of how Fox “News” has degenerated into something between President Trump's propaganda arm and his shock troops.  And many Americans are still somewhat unaware of how unfair and unbalanced this spigot of misinformation has become.
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
Hans Morgenstern / WSVN-TV:
Lockdown lifted at Blanche Ely High after all-clear given by BSO  —  The lockdown at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach has been lifted after deputies found no threat following reports of someone on campus possibly armed with a gun.  —  Broward Sheriff's Office deputies first responded …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Elon Musk Shows Billionaires Need “News Literacy” Classes As Much As High Schoolers Do  —  When it comes to media criticism, comparing Elon Musk to Donald Trump is very unfair — to Trump.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  When Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that media reports …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:25 minutes ago
The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees?  Evangelicals.  —  In February 2017, as debate raged nationally over President Trump's decision to curtail immigration to the United States, the conservative Christian Broadcasting Network dipped into the Bible …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Annie Karni / Politico:
George Conway's Tweets Raise West Wing Eyebrows  —  The spicy Twitter feed of Kellyanne Conway's husband has gotten noticed in the Oval Office.  But friends say the real target of his ire isn't Donald Trump.  —  George Conway's Manhattan law firm sits near the corner of Sixth Avenue and 52nd Street …
Discussion: Mediaite
David McCabe / Axios:
Facebook's archive of political ads is now live  —  Facebook turned on its new political ad transparency regime on Thursday.  —  Why it matters: After the 2016 election manipulation scandal, Facebook's efforts to police ads on its platform will be closely watched ahead of the midterms.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:NEW!
How a Weakened ESPN Became Consumed by Politics  —  Arguments over tweets, tension with owner Disney increased anxiety over the network's future in era of cord-cutting  —  John Skipper was furious.  —  One of his star anchors, Jemele Hill, had sent a tweet calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller fights media access to secret court filings  —  The special prosecutor's portrayal of an active, ongoing investigation seems at odds with claims by Trump's lawyers.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is fighting a drive by media organizations to unseal secret court filings relating …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Big changes at the Daily Beast: EIC John Avlon to CNN; Noah Shachtman to replace him  —  How do you improve the Daily Beast?  —  “I want us to lean harder into who we are,” says Noah Shachtman of the Daily Beast.  That means that if the Daily Beast is in the business of scoops — more scoops.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Elevation of Imprecision  —  There has been no shortage of analysis of Donald Trump's rhetorical tics, the way he overuses particular phrases, the way he falls back on others.  The way he lies.  The way he threatens, bullies and whines with language.  —  All of these observations …
Discussion: Althouse
Matt Volz / Associated Press:20 minutes ago
APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year.
USA Today:
Donald Trump should not assume he's above the law.  A sitting president can be indicted.  —  Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani would be unwise to assume presidents can't be indicted.  The Constitution doesn't bar it and Rod Rosenstein could allow it.  —  CONNECT
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Stop Talking about ‘Norms’  —  I just finished listening to a CNN segment where “norms” figured heavily in the discussion.  It was a good segment.  I clipped a couple snippets of video because they were so good.  But we need to stop talking so much about “norms”.  And it's not just CNN.
Wall Street Journal:
Attention, America: We've All Been Saying Gerrymander Wrong  —  Elbridge Gerry, the New England politician whose political map inspired a cartoon, pronounced his name with a hard G  —  Two hundred years after a cartoonist used Elbridge Gerry's name to skewer political cartography …
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
Andrew McCabe Spent $70,000 On A Table.  The FBI Hid It From Congress  —  Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying under oath, spent $70,000 in taxpayer dollars on a conference table.  The FBI also redacted the conference table's steep price tag from documents …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Putin ally suggests Seychelles meeting with Erik Prince more than chance encounter over a beer  —  The Russian fund manager involved in a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles Islands with Trump supporter Erik Prince has become the latest person to raise questions about Prince's claim during …
 
 
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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
How a Weakened ESPN Became Consumed by Politics   Find
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Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:
Harvey Weinstein set to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York   Find
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Associated Press:
Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson   Find
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Progressive Energy Is Sweeping the Country — But Not New York's Democratic Party   Find
 
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
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President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
President Donald J. Trump is Reforming and Modernizing American Commercial Space Policy25 minutes ago
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jake Wallis Simons / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: MPs demand police investigation after Amazon is found selling jihadi recruitment material …
Discussion: Breitbart and Jihad Watch
John Patrick / Washington Examiner:
‘Girls Code Camp’ and other gender-specific programs under fire at University of Michigan …
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah Jones / New Republic:
How American Christians Are Swaying Ireland's Abortion Referendum
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Liberals Really Shouldn't Be Defending MS-13 Just Because Donald Trump Doesn't Like Them
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Adam Linehan / Task & Purpose:
Just Kills: How The Marine Corps Blew The Biggest War Crimes Case Since Vietnam
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Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
“Most Progressive Democrat” Shri Thanedar Denied He Was Enamored With Marco Rubio.  C-SPAN Footage Begs to Differ.
Discussion: Washington Post
Uri Blau / Haaretz:
Spying on Linda Sarsour: Israeli firm compiled BDS dossier for Adelson-funded U.S. group battling her campus appearances
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland victims sue, calling gun maker and seller complicit in massacre
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Fifteen Unanswered Criminal-Law Questions About Trump
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's torch-it-all strategy
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Nicolle Wallace Warns Viewers About Lies And Smears Before Playing Trump Comments