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11:25 PM ET, May 18, 2017


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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Advisers Urge Trump to Hire Outside Lawyer in Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Several White House advisers and personal associates of President Trump have urged him to hire an experienced outside lawyer to help him deal with issues arising from a surging controversy over whether his campaign …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job … President Donald Trump pressured a “reluctant” Michael Flynn into accepting a job as the White House's top national security official even after Flynn warned the president that he was under investigation over undisclosed lobbying …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
As investigators circled Flynn, he got a message from Trump: Stay strong  —  Late last month, fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—under investigation by federal prosecutors, with his lawyer seeking immunity for him to testify to Congress-met with a small group of loyalists at a restaurant in the northern Virginia suburbs.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump meets with lawyers at the White House
Discussion: Axios
Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump weighs downsizing Spicer's public role
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP's Obamacare Repeal Bill  —  Two weeks after passage, measure still not sent to Senate  —  CBO report could force Ryan, other party leaders into redo  —  House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
House leaders worry more meetings secretly recorded
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Lieberman might be FBI director.  Really.  —  The perfect choice for America's troll-in-chief.  —  Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut with a complicated history with his political party, has emerged as the frontrunner to replace the now-fired James Comey as FBI director …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director  —  President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen. Joe Lieberman would have among his former Democratic colleagues if nominated to become FBI director.  —  Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jason Chaffetz / Chaffetz:
Chaffetz Letter to Utah's 3rd Congressional District  —  f t # e  —  Dear 3rd District Constituents:  —  Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege.  When I first ran for Congress in 2008 I promised I would get in, serve, and get out.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Chaffetz to announce early departure from Congress
Jenna McLaughlin / Foreign Policy:
Trump Team Planning Possible Retaliation for Classified Leak Allegations  —  White House officials concoct “ludicrous” revenge plan targeting former Obama administration.  —  President Donald Trump's inner circle is war-gaming how best to respond to the Washington Post's bombshell report …
Elizabeth Landers / CNN:
Pence is a loyal solider, but news cycle is wearing on him  —  What did Mike Pence know about Flynn?  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)After a fast and furious news cycle at the White House this week, the last few days may have worn on Vice President Mike Pence.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
William Cummings / USA Today:
Special counsel vs. special prosecutor: What's the difference?  —  1.4k Shares  —  On Wednesday, former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed to be a special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Rubio on Trump's ‘witch hunt’ tweet: 'We're a nation of laws'
Discussion: RedState, ABC News and TheBlaze
Bill O'Reilly / USA Today:
Roger Ailes had my back at Fox News  —  Roger experienced hatred, and it killed him.  —  CONNECT  —  To say that Roger Ailes led a full life is a massive understatement.  A force of nature with an agenda, RA, as fellow executives called him, was a man on a mission.
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on Roger Ailes' Final Days and a Complicated Murdoch Relationship
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
That Didn't Go Great  —  Let me share a few thoughts on the press conference President Trump just held with the President of Colombia.  In the nature of the moment, I'll just focus on the questions President Trump fielded on the investigations.  —  First, on question one …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Senate Dems: Deputy AG knew Comey was being removed before writing memo
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump: Special counsel appointment ‘hurts the country’
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Health insurers and state officials say Trump is undermining Obamacare, pushing up rates  —  President Trump meets in February with the heads of major health insurers.  Many industry officials and state regulators now believe they cannot rely on Trump to effectively manage the country's insurance markets.
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
First on CNN: Devin Nunes continues reviewing Russia intelligence, despite recusal  —  House Intel chair steps aside in Russia probe  —  (CNN)The former head of the House Russia investigation, Rep. Devin Nunes, is continuing to review intelligence relating to Russia, a move that has Democrats grumbling …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Tom LoBianco / CNN:   First on CNN: House Russia investigators get access to Treasury data
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Video Emerges Of Turkey's President Watching As His Goons Attack Protesters [VIDEO]  —  Video has emerged showing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calmly looking on as members of his security detail attack a group of Kurdish protesters outside of the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Discussion: Voice of America and Mediaite
US summoned Turkish ambassador after protester violence
Jack Moore / Newsweek:
TRUMP CANCELS VISIT TO ANCIENT MASADA SITE AFTER ISRAEL REFUSES HELICOPTER LANDING  —  WORLD ISRAEL TRUMP  —  President Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit and speech at the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel after authorities told him that he could not land his helicopter on top of the UNESCO-listed site.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Russia tried to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts: report  —  Russia tried to gain access to the Twitter accounts of Defense Department officials using messages carrying malware, according to Time magazine.  —  Russia is said to have sent messages to over 10,000 Pentagon Twitter users …
Des Moines Register:
Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics after legislative defunding  —  Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Thursday it is closing four clinics in Iowa in response to state legislation passed by majority Republican lawmakers that blocks public money for family planning services to abortion providers.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
‘Mom’ Trades Emmy Campaign for $250K Donation to Planned Parenthood
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New York Times:
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Laurel Raymond / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Congress should abandon Russia investigation, go back to Clinton's emails
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Daniel Cox / FiveThirtyEight:
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Discussion: Telegraph
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey
Discussion: Axios
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed sues for records on Trump-Obama tapping tweets
Discussion: The Week