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12:30 PM ET, May 19, 2017


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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Senate Inquiries Narrow as Rosenstein Suggests Plan to Fire Comey Predated Memo  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators signaled on Thursday that the Justice Department's special counsel investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and possible collusion by associates …
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Comey was ‘disgusted’ by hug with Trump
Discussion: RedState
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Senate Demands White House Tapes, Comey Memos On Just About Everyone
Discussion: Vox Popoli
The Hill:   Senators told of broadening Russia investigation
New York Times:
Anthony Weiner to Plead Guilty to Resolve ‘Sexting’ Inquiry  —  Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, is to appear in a federal courtroom …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting with minor
Associated Press:
Anthony Weiner Faces Charges in Sexting Case
Discussion: Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win  —  WASHINGTON — As Saudi Arabia's leaders prepared to make a pitch to the White House for a visit by President Trump, a PowerPoint presentation was put together complete with slides describing Saudi demographics …
Heat Street:
Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias  —  A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media's bias against Donald Trump.  —  Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
News Coverage of Donald Trump's First 100 Days  —  A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump's first 100 days in office.  —  The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions …
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 …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Why the special counsel should make Trump's aides very nervous
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Washington Monthly
New York Times:
F.B.I. Once Warned G.O.P. Congressman That Russian Spies Were Recruiting Him  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. warned a Republican congressman in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, officials said, an example of how aggressively Russian agents have tried to influence Washington politics.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia  —  Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump.  —  President Donald Trump is about to resign as a result of the Russia scandal.  Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity are Russian agents.
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
We Live in the World Roger Ailes Broke  —  Roger Ailes, the former head of the Fox News Channel, passed away on Thursday at the age of 77.  The news was announced via a statement from his wife, Elizabeth, who wrote that “his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions.”
Bill O'Reilly / USA Today:
Roger Ailes had my back at Fox News
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
New York Times:
Julian Assange Rape Investigation Is Dropped in Sweden  —  STOCKHOLM — Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London five years ago after the authorities …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ryan: House do-over on Obamacare repeal unlikely  —  Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday he didn't think the House would have to revote on its high-stakes Obamacare repeal legislation, despite a technical snag that raised the prospect of a do-over.  —  “We're moving [the bill] …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Billy House / Bloomberg:
House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP's Obamacare Repeal Bill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden disses Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great candidate.  I thought I was a great candidate.’  —  Former vice president Joe Biden stirred the Democratic pot a little bit on Thursday night.  —  Appearing at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, the possible 2020 presidential candidate weighed …
Brian Schwartz / Fox Business:
Biden Leaves Door Open for White House Run
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Approval Sinks Further Amid Avalanche of Bad Headlines  —  Political observers have said it's been a very bad week for President Donald Trump, and that notion is underscored by a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey that shows his support continues to decline as many voters expressed concern about his fitness for office.
Discussion: The Hill and AOL
Rachel B. Tiven / The Nation:
THE AIRPORT LAWYERS WHO STOOD UP TO TRUMP ARE UNDER ATTACK  —  The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers.  —  While the country has been fixated on President Trump's firings, leaks and outbursts involving the Department of Justice …
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Don't underestimate Trump  —  Ron Klain, a Post contributing columnist, served as a senior White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.  —  Last October, we were in the midst of debate preparation for Hillary Clinton …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Nearly 700 vacancies at CDC because of Trump administration's hiring freeze  —  Nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public …
Discussion: The Week
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Art of the Deal’ co-writer: Trump will resign so he doesn't ‘lose’  —  The co-writer of President Trump's bestselling book “The Art of the Deal” predicted Thursday that Trump will resign before he is consumed by one of the scandals rocking the White House.  —  In an interview with CNN …
Discussion: RedState
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump Budget Said to Include $200 Billion for Infrastructure  —  Budget first step in Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan  —  Federal funds aim to spark state, local and private investment  —  President Donald Trump will propose spending $200 billion in federal funds over 10 years …
Discussion: CNBC
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds use anti-terror tool to hunt the undocumented  —  Detroit — Federal investigators are using a cellphone snooping device designed for counter-terrorism to hunt undocumented immigrants amid President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, according to federal court records obtained by The Detroit News.
Discussion: The Verge
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
‘Financial Emergency’ at Mills
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julie Schoo / National Press Club:
Reporter manhandled by FCC guards because he asked question
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP rep: Comey may testify as soon as next week
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Dershowitz Questions Purpose of Special Counsel — ‘What Is the Crime?’
Discussion: White House Dossier
Brian Rogers / Houston Chronicle:
14-year-old could face life as sex offender for sex with 12-year-old girlfriend
Discussion: Raw Story and Hit & Run
Dan Merica / CNN:
Wooed by Trump's promises, opioid advocates now worry they were all empty
Discussion: Raw Story
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Embassies court Ivanka Trump to build a relationship with her father's administration
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Guardrails of American Democracy Can't Contain Trump
Discussion: Axios
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
U.S. could get first paid family leave benefit under Trump budget proposal
Discussion: The Week
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
Elizabeth Warren Tests the Waters for 2020
New York Times:
U.S. Warplanes in Syria Hit Pro-Government Militia Convoy
New York Times:
A Basquiat Sells for ‘Mind-Blowing’ $110.5 Million at Auction
Discussion: AOL and Daily Mail
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director