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9:40 AM ET, May 20, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources  —  The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.
Washington Post:
Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say  —  The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Comey agrees to testify in public as Trump-Russia probe heats up  —  WASHINGTON  —  Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now authorized to probe whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Officials: ‘He Looks More and More Like a Complete Moron’ … Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials—a meeting …
Evan Perez / CNN:
Sources: White House lawyers research impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that President Donald Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake
Discussion: Mediaite
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner ‘person of interest in Russia investigation’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee
Discussion: The Root
Hawaii News Now:
Suspect in cockpit threat on Honolulu flight had been detained at LAX  —  A Turkish man on board a Honolulu-bound flight tried to break into the cockpit Friday before being subdued by passengers and flight crew, who used duct tape, pillows and blankets to make sure he couldn't get out of his seat.
Jeff Daniels / CNBC:   Military jets scramble to escort Honolulu-bound American Airlines flight after cockpit incident
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Democracy Is Not Your Plaything  —  When the circus comes to Washington, it consumes everything, absorbs all energy.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Instapundit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump gets elaborate welcome in Saudi Arabia as he embarks on first foreign trip  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump arrived here Saturday for his debut on the world stage, hoping to turn a page on the scandal encircling his presidency back home as he embarks upon an ambitious …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, Hot Air and The Week
Daily Mail:
Donald Trump lands in Saudi Arabia for ‘big foreign trip’
Discussion: Infowars
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Opening First Foreign Trip, Donald Trump Tries to Leave Crisis Behind
Discussion: Sputnik International
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Between Trump and his national security adviser lie ‘ferocious’ internal politics  —  Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump heads overseas for his first international trip as President, many in the international community will be watching his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Huma Abedin finally files for divorce from Anthony Weiner  —  The long suffering wife of Human Abedin has finally filed for divorce against Anthony Weiner, just as her estranged husband pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.  —  She brought an anonymous versus anonymous action in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday.
Mike Cernovich / Medium:
Trump's Media Strategy is Failing — Here's How to Fix It
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Israeli intel officials shouted at US counterparts after Trump disclosure: report  —  Israeli intelligence officials have expressed anger that President Trump revealed sensitive information during a meeting with Russian officials last week, saying it could have compromised a source, Foreign Policy reported Friday.
Discussion: RedState
Foreign Policy:
Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump's Loose Lips
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
GREAT AGAIN: Unlike Obama, Trump doesn't bow to Saudi king  —  What a difference an election can make for the respect American leaders have for our country.  —  There were two very different outcomes when two American presidents greeted the king of Saudi Arabia.
Discussion: RT, New York Times, ABC News and
James Downton / The Federalist:
We Are Watching A Slow-Motion Coup D'etat  —  It's nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d'etat is now taking place.  Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exasperated Trump WH staff admit his special resilience  —  As the the bombshell headlines flew with Air Force One en route Saudi Arabia yesterday, a top outsider adviser to the West Wing emailed me: “The drips are filling the bucket.”  —  And a top official in another Republican White House told …
Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump tells advisers he wants to end key Obamacare subsidies  —  President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Comey agrees to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee  —  Former FBI Director James Comey will get to tell his side of the story behind his abrupt firing last week, agreeing to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee
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Al Jazeera English:
Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election
Discussion: The Week
Daily Kos:
LEADING OFF  —  North Carolina: On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Janell Ross / Washington Post:
‘They were not patriots’: New Orleans removes monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee
Discussion: The Root
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Court strikes down rule forcing toy drone users to register with govt
Claire Newell / Telegraph:
Exclusive: MI5 opened file on Jeremy Corbyn amid concerns over his IRA links
Discussion: Daily Mail
New York Times:
How to Woo Chinese Investors: With Visa Offers and the Trump Name
US Navy moves second aircraft carrier near North Korea
Discussion: The National Interest
 Earlier Items: 
Connor Sheets /
Alabama Legislature approves bill that would restore ‘many’ felons' voting rights
David Axe / The Daily Beast:
Russia's ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Watching the downfall of a generation of Washington Republicans
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump turmoil is spreading far beyond Washington to state and local races
Discussion: Hullabaloo, NBC News and Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
Donovan dropping out as Trump's nominee for deputy Treasury secretary
Discussion: TheStreet and Mother Jones
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Roger and Me  —  For the past six years, ever since …