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11:20 PM ET, May 15, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador  —  President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials …
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:
Bombshell: Initial Thoughts on the Washington Post's Game-Changing Story  —  Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak / Russian Foreign Ministry  —  The Washington Post this afternoon published a stunning story reporting …
Trump Revealed Highly Classified Information To Russians During White House Visit  —  The president discussed classified national security information with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister last week, two US officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News.  —  President Trump revealed highly …
The Daily Beast:
White House Staff ‘Hiding’ As Russia Chaos Engulfs West Wing … White House and administration officials are reeling at reports that President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified information with Russia's top diplomats during an Oval Office meeting last week.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information …
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump  —  Current and former U.S. officials, supposedly concerned that President Trump had shared some “highly classified information” with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. last week …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
How Trump gets his fake news  —  White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Donald Trump.  —  Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers.
David Brooks / New York Times:
When the World Is Led by a Child  —  At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist.  —  But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews …
White House pushes back against report Trump shared classified info with Russians  —  The White House went into fresh damage control mode on Monday, pushing back against a Washington Post report that Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week …
Josh Meyer / Politico:   Trump's handling of classified info brings new chaos to White House
Austin Wright / Politico:
Republicans concerned about report Trump shared secrets with Russia
NBC News:
After Weeks of Missteps, Nervous Trump Aides Hope for a Reboot
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Russia Redux: Republican Senators Confront Another Trump Disaster
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and The Week
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
Associated Press:   Report: Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians
Rachel Manteuffel / Washington Post:
When President Trump's bodyguard revealed Jim Mattis's private cellphone number  —  This Is Not Normal.  It's a mantra among politics-watchers, an attempt to force ourselves to see clearly through the toxic levels of absurdity caking Washington these days.  The poker-faced way the news …
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney Chief Bob Iger Says Hackers Claim to Have Stolen Upcoming Movie  —  He says the thieves demanded a ransom, which the company is refusing to pay.  —  Have real-life pirates taken aim at Disney?  —  Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed Monday that hackers claiming to have access …
Anita Busch / Deadline:
Hackers Holding Disney's Latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ For Ransom
Discussion: The Verge
Scott Campbell / Daily Mail:
North Korean hacking group is thought to be behind cyber attack which wreaked havoc across the globe  —  A hacking group linked to North Korea is thought to be behind the cyber attack that wreaked havoc across the globe, according to security experts.  —  Analysts from security firms Symantec …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
GreAt / Securelist:
WannaCry and Lazarus Group - the missing link?
Los Angeles Times:
‘WannaCry’ ransomware shares code with Sony hack, raising possibility of North Korea connection
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman Says Donald Trump Has Committed An “Impeachable Act”  —  Texas Rep. Al Green made the most explicit call yet to impeach the president on Monday, citing his firing of former FBI director James Comey in the midst of the Russia investigation.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Trump admits he fired Comey over Russia. Republican voters don't believe him.
Discussion: Politico and RedState
The Times of Israel:
Senior member of Trump team said to tell Israelis: Western Wall is not your territory  —  Bitter diplomatic spat over Jews' holiest place of prayer reported during preparation for president's visit; Netanyahu's office said seeking clarification from DC  —  In a bitter diplomatic incident …
Nancy Solomon / WNYC News:
GOP Congressman Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer  —  The most powerful congressman in New Jersey, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, wrote a fundraising letter in March to a board member of a local bank, warning him that a member of an activist group opposing the Republican worked at his bank.
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
NATO Frantically Tries to Trump-Proof President's First Visit  —  A ‘freaked out’ NATO braces for Donald Trump's first meeting of the transatlantic alliance.  —  NATO is scrambling to tailor its upcoming meeting to avoid taxing President Donald Trump's notoriously short attention span.
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Ann Coulter Is Worried The ‘Trump-Haters Were Right’  —  Conservative author Ann Coulter was one of the most vocal supporters of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.  —  She wrote “In Trump We Trust” and proclaimed that she worships him like the “people of North Korea worship their Dear Leader - blind loyalty.”
Marina Marraco / WTTG-TV:
Family's private investigator: There is evidence Seth Rich had contact with WikiLeaks prior to death  —  WASHINGTON - It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation's capital.  There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
'SNL's' Yuuuge Year: 20 Insiders Reveal Alec Baldwin's Future as Trump, “Spicey” Secrets and Lorne Michaels' Election Pep Talk  —  Everyone from Kate McKinnon to Chris Rock gives THR backstage access to a historic season as they reveal how Melissa McCarthy became Sean Spicer …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans wary of Cornyn as FBI chief  —  Senate Republicans love John Cornyn.  But not all of them are sold on him being the next FBI director.  —  It's nothing personal toward the affable Senate majority whip from Texas, who has built up loyalty during his years in the Senate …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NBC News
US intel sources warn Israel against sharing secrets with Trump administration  —  Israeli intelligence officials fear that top-secret information that has been exposed to the United States will be leaked to Russia—and from Russia to its close ally, Iran.  —  Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration …
New York Times:
In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world.
Congress' exasperated as White House in ‘downward spiral’  —  McMaster: Washington Post story is false  —  (CNN)Republicans in Congress barely had time to get their footing Monday, as another wild development, this time reports that President Donald Trump had revealed sensitive intelligence …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Budget Director Says Fat, Lazy Americans Don't Deserve Health Care  —  Many conservatives believe that a large proportion of Americans do not deserve access to medical care because their high medical costs result from poor decisions.  This belief has been floating around right-wing circles for years.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bhaskar Sunkara / The Guardian:
Why the ‘alt-left’ will succeed where centrists fail  —  The label is meant as a slur to discredit us.  But that won't change the fact that left-wing populists speak to anti-system anger in a way that others don't  —  ould you be a member of a political conspiracy without even knowing it?
Discussion: Vanity Fair
NBC News:
It's Early, but the GOP Is Already in the Midterm Danger Zone  —  First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter  —  Bannon, Preibus & Spicer on the Chopping Block?
Discussion: New York Magazine and Reuters
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Tom Ciccotta / Breitbart:
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Matt Schlapp / The Hill:
Good riddance to James Comey, Obama's enabler
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
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Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Morning Joe’ hosts: Conway secretly hates Trump
Discussion: RedState