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11:35 PM ET, May 22, 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 …
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
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
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 …
Christopher Dickey / Washington Post:   Former intelligence chief's argument that Putin did indeed sway the 2016 vote
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mystery in Mueller probe: Where's the hacking indictment?
Discussion: ABC News
DHS chief reignites debate over Russian election meddling findings
Discussion: The Daily Beast and MSNBC
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 …
The Hill:
Pruitt spent at least $9,600 on office decor, restored desks: email
Discussion: Washington Press
Miranda Green / The Hill:
Media push back against EPA limiting reporters at chemical summit
New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History  —  Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former state house leader, who will test …
New York Times:
Georgia Primary Election Results
Discussion: The Root and Daily Kos
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
LIVE UPDATES:Southern primary showdowns loom large
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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.
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.
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.
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: Axios, Political Wire and Splinter
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach
Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers will review classified information on FBI source Thursday, White House says
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  —  Psy-Group is owned by entrepreneur Joel Zamel, who has been questioned by special-counsel investigators  —  WASHINGTON—A company owned by Joel Zamel, an Israeli entrepreneur whose work has drawn …
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
An actual sinkhole has opened on the White House lawn.  It's growing  —  Construction on the US White House began in 1792.  It has been almost continuously occupied by US presidents since 1800, barring a few years after the British set it on fire in 1814.  —  But that doesn't mean …
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.
The Weather Channel:
A Sinkhole Is Growing on the White House Lawn
Discussion: HuffPost
New Yorker:15 minutes ago
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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, CNN and National Review
Gregory Korte / USA Today:10 minutes ago
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.
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 …
Jared Gilmour / Raleigh News & Observer:NEW!
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
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House Ratings Changes: GOP Fortunes Improve in Four Districts  —  After a rough start to year, House Republicans are suddenly feeling less pessimistic about their fall prospects.  At the “macro” level, robust economic data and positive developments on the Korean peninsula …
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online.  Publix censors it: Summa ... Laude.  —  Saturday was Jacob Koscinski's big day.  His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, S.C., student graduate from his Christian-based home-school program with a 4.89 grade-point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Our Revolution keeps consultant who made anti-immigrant comments  —  Nina Turner is keeping her personal consultant on the Our Revolution payroll despite complaints from current and former board members and staff that the woman has made anti-immigrant comments that compromise the Bernie Sanders-inspired political group's values.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Feds Seized a Fortune From #Resistance Icons Accused of Boosting Online ‘Ponzi Schemes’ … In late 2016, federal agents showed up at the Fort Myers, Florida, homes of brothers Brian and Edward Krassenstein, seizing computers and financial records, and hauling off with “at least 20 to 30 bundles of stuff.”
Shots Fired While Reporter is on Air  —  Panama City, Fla. - Multiple agencies are dealing with an active shooter situation at Beck Avenue and 23rd Street.  Shots were fired while we were live on air.
Emily Badger / New York Times:
Rural and Urban Americans, Equally Convinced the Rest of the Country Dislikes Them  —  Country and city voters have been increasingly polarized in recent presidential elections, yet a new survey finds many points of similarity.  —  For all the ways Americans are divided today along urban and rural lines …
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
The US is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more  —  WASHINGTON The Pentagon plans to invest more than $20 billion in munitions in its next budget.  But whether the industrial base will be there to support such massive buys in the future is up in the air …
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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
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood's LGBTQ Representation Hits New Low as GLAAD Gives Studios “Failing” Grades
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg hearing shows it's Europe — not America — Facebook should be worried about
Vincent Boucher / Hollywood Reporter:
Print Press Corps to TV Pundits: Style Makeovers for the Trump News Cycle
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Congress Is Poised to Pass Dodd-Frank Rollback for Smaller Banks
Discussion: Washington Post and Instapundit
James Kirchick / Washington Post:
An independent pole isn't plausible.
Discussion: Big Think
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Associated Press:
Washington lobbyists put on notice over foreign agent law
Toni Airaksinen / Campus Reform:
USC under federal investigation for anti-male discrimination
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zach Berman /
Carson Wentz plans to make White House visit; Doug Pederson leaving decision up to individuals
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adrianne Haney / WXIA-TV:
Actresses claim they were wrongfully arrested after using Atlanta Houston's bathroom
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Banned From Amazon: The Shoppers Who Make Too Many Returns
Discussion: AOL and The Week