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4:30 AM ET, May 23, 2018


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New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal  —  A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure …
New York Times:
Georgia Primary Election Results  —  With Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, unable to run because of term limits, a large field of candidates is running to replace him.  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will advance with Georgia's secretary of state, Brian Kemp, to a July 24 runoff.  —  Read more
Discussion: HuffPost, The Root and Daily Kos
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   GOP Candidate Who Pointed Gun At Teenager Advances To Georgia Governor Primary Runoff
New York Times:
Texas Primary Runoff Election Results
Discussion: HuffPost
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Stacey Abrams wins Georgia ‘Battle of the Staceys’ in bid to become first black female governor in U.S.
Discussion: New York Times, BuzzFeed and ABC News
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
Southern primary showdowns featured candidates with strong backstories
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and CBS Dallas
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Giuliani's New Stance On Russian Collusion: So What?  It's Not Illegal.  —  “It was sort of like a gift,” Giuliani said of the Clinton campaign material stolen by Russia.  “And you're not involved in the illegality of getting it.”  —  WASHINGTON His client insists there was “NO COLLUSION” …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Christopher Dickey / Washington Post:
Former intelligence chief's argument that Putin did indeed sway the 2016 vote  —  Christopher Dickey, the Paris-based world news editor of the Daily Beast, is the author, most recently, of “Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South.”
David French / National Review:
Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign  —  The Mueller investigation should be allowed to reach its natural conclusion, as should the DOJ's investigation of the FBI's conduct.  —  We're rapidly reaching a point in the Russia investigation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mystery in Mueller probe: Where's the hacking indictment?
Discussion: ABC News
New Yorker:
Philip Roth, the Seminal American Novelist, Has Died  —  Philip Roth, the seminal American novelist whose book “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1998, has died, at the age of eighty-five.  His great subjects, as Claudia Roth Pierpont wrote in this magazine, in 2006 …
Discussion: NPR
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85  —  Mr. Roth won almost all the major literary awards and published an exceptional sequence of historical novels in his 60s, an age when many writers are winding down.  —  By CHARLES McGRATH  —  Comments
Discussion: The Week and Front Page Magazine
Paul Campos / New York Magazine:
Hey, Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair  —  was a big day for David Dennison.  Dennison — as Donald Trump was called in his hush-money agreement with Stormy Daniels — was taking a break from the golfing trips that had dominated his weekends for that entire fall.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Did Rosenstein and Wray play Trump?  —  On Monday, President Trump met at the White House with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (among others) about the investigation into “any irregularities with the Federal Bureau …
Discussion: NPR, The Hill and Breitbart
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
White House Bars Democrats From Meeting on Russia Investigation Records  — Meeting with Justice Department officials set for Thursday  — Chief of staff Kelly organized meeting but won't participate  —  Two House Republican leaders — and no Democrats — will meet …
DHS chief reignites debate over Russian election meddling findings
Discussion: The Daily Beast and MSNBC
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“That Psychopath Is Going Down”: Inside Trumpworld, a Bizarre Counter-Narrative Takes Hold  —  People in Trump's orbit have become convinced that anti-Trump forces in the F.B.I. entrapped his advisers using informants to plant evidence about Russian collusion—and that former C.I.A. director John Brennan is somehow behind the plot.
Discussion: Sputnik International and Fox News
Associated Press:
The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a hearing with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on a widespread contaminant in drinking water (all times local):  —  The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
EPA bars three reporters from covering meeting; one says she was shoved by a guard
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
The Hill:
Pruitt spent at least $9,600 on office decor, restored desks: email
Discussion: Washington Press
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Teacher narrowly upsets Kentucky House GOP leader.  A sign of things to come?  —  As upset teachers across Kentucky Tuesday tried to flex their political muscle, Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda narrowly defeated House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell …
Discussion: HuffPost, Splinter, Axios and Political Wire
Mueller Asked About Money Flows to Israeli Social-Media Firm, Source Says  — PSY Group's work included fake personas, firm's documents show  — Founder is reported to have met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked about flows of money …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Wall Street Journal:   Israeli Intelligence Company Formed Venture With Trump Campaign Firm Cambridge Analytica
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Sinkhole develops on White House lawn  —  A sinkhole has developed on the White House's North Lawn, reporters observed Tuesday.  —  Voice of America's Steve Herman and Breitbart's Charlie Spiering shared photos on Twitter of the sinkhole, which is located just outside the entrance to the briefing room.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney hit with $10-million judgment  —  The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10-million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.
Matt Viser /
‘Shame on you, Jared Kushner’: Harvard alumni tear apart classmate in 15th reunion notes  —  WASHINGTON — Graduates of the Harvard class of 2003 are making known their displeasure with the current White House administration in an unusual way, using the platform of their 15th reunion alumni notes …
Discussion: Mediaite
Trump's lawyers seek to narrow scope of special counsel interview  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's legal team is trying to narrow the scope of the President's potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller to questions on Russia-related matters that occurred before Trump's election, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump Adviser Admits Talk Of Second Government ‘Informant’ Directed At Trump Campaign Was A ‘Misunderstanding’  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo suggested on Monday during an interview on Fox News that there may have been a second informant that approached the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public  —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach  —  Speaker Paul D. Ryan is losing his grip on the feuding House Republican conference just months before pivotal midterm elections, caught between dueling factions vying for power inside the party and facing scattered calls …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and MSNBC
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump demands housecleaning on White House communications team  —  Chief of staff John Kelly has signed off on a plan to dismiss mid-level and junior aides in an effort to limit leaks.  —  President Donald Trump has demanded changes to his communications team - long seen …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation  —  The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos.  It originated with the Obama administration.  —  E  —  xactly when is the “late Spring”?  —  Of all the questions that have been asked …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pompeo says NK could benefit from US investment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea could benefit from American investment and technology if it denuclearizes.
Discussion: New York Times, National Review and CNN
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump signs security clearance reform bill — but may not comply with it  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a bill Tuesday aimed at reducing the backlog of security clearance investigations — but later reserved the right not to comply with it on constitutional grounds.
Jared Gilmour / Raleigh News & Observer:
Walmart shoppers witnessed a harrowing kidnapping — or so they thought, Va. cops say  —  Shoppers at Walmart watched helplessly as the kidnapping spectacle unfolded — but only later did witnesses, police and local media realize they had been duped, police said.
Discussion: Daily Wire and WTVR-TV
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
UK urged to sanction ‘top Putin oligarchs’ as new powers take effect  —  Follow US lead and seize assets of Russians accused of human rights abuses, say campaigners  —  Britain should target high-profile Russians with economic sanctions soon after so-called Magnitsky powers passed …
Albert Breer / Sports Illustrated:
NFL's Proposed National Anthem Rules: Penalties for Kneeling Being Considered  —  Created with Sketch.  — The league continues to grapple with how to handle players demonstrating during the national anthem  —  ATLANTA — On Tuesday, NFL owners put three hours aside for a privileged session to speak …
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Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
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Los Angeles Times:
New poll finds a volatile race for second place in California governor's contest
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and KTLA
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pompeo Calls For Russian Troop Pullout From Georgia
Max Berger / Splinter:
So You Want to Overthrow a Party Establishment
New York Daily News:
Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood to remain in office until year's end
Discussion: Vox
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
3 Ways Nancy Pelosi Won't Be Speaker Next Year
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Evan Real / Hollywood Reporter:
Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep and Chadwick Boseman Among 150 Stars to Sign Letter on Gender Equality
Discussion: ONE, Daily Wire and Breitbart
Vincent Boucher / Hollywood Reporter:
Print Press Corps to TV Pundits: Style Makeovers for the Trump News Cycle
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Washington Post:
Congress passes rollback of banking rules put in place after financial crisis, sending bill to Trump to sign
Discussion: New York Times
James Kirchick / Washington Post:
An independent pole isn't plausible.
Discussion: Big Think
Zach Berman /
Carson Wentz plans to make White House visit; Doug Pederson leaving decision up to individuals
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
The US is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more
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