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5:15 PM ET, May 26, 2017


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Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Inside Hillary Clinton's Surreal Post-Election Life  —  The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.  —  When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past.
Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Overcome by Coughing Fit During Commencement Speech, Needs Water
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton has a coughing fit while delivering Wellesley graduation speech …
Discussion: Power Line
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Clinton launches new campaign against Trump
Discussion: Vox and ABC News
MJ Lee / CNN:
Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in fiery speech at alma mater
Discussion: AOL
Peter Holley / Washington Post:   Hillary Clinton's remarkably aggressive anti-Trump speech, annotated
Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake  —  Washington (CNN)Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake — created by Russian intelligence — but he feared that if it became public …
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It  —  Greg Gianforte's victory, after assaulting an America reporter, should horrify anyone who cares about the strength of our political institutions.  —  Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Law Enforcement Turns on the Law and Order President … Every time a new story breaks that moves the Russia story down the field, there's an inevitable eruption from the right and alt-right about the liberal media trying to bring the great man down.  It never fails.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mona Charen / National Review:
Stop Making Excuses for Greg Gianforte's Assaulting a Reporter
Discussion: The Atlantic
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Texas teachers give ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award to 13-year-old  —  Seventh-grader Lizeth Villanueva has been in her school's academic honors program for two years.  She gets good grades and has never been a discipline problem.  Yet on Tuesday, her teacher gave her a “most likely to become a terrorist” award.
Rose-Ann Aragon /
Mom furious after teacher names daughter ‘most likely to become a terrorist’  —  CHANNELVIEW - “Most likely to be a terrorist.”  Those are the words one seventh-grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School brought home from her teacher.  —  It was an award given to 13-year-old Lizeth Villanueva by her teacher.
Discussion: CNN, IJR, RT, KXAN-TV, Refinery29, vice and POPSUGAR Moms
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon's back  —  The escalating crisis surrounding the Russia investigation (with reports last night on FBI interest in Jared Kushner) looks like good news for somebody in the White House: Steve Bannon.  —  Nine sources in the West Wing and within Trump's close orbit said the Russia situation is Bannon's shot at redemption.
Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe, officials
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
Sources: Nunes still has say in issuing subpoenas in House Intel's Russia inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
FBI probing attempted hack of Trump Organization, officials say  —  The FBI is investigating an attempted overseas cyberattack against the Trump Organization, summoning President Donald Trump's sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for an emergency session with the bureau's cybersecurity agents and representatives of the CIA, officials tell ABC News.
Valerie Jones / Rigzone:
Former House Speaker Boehner: Trump ‘Still Learning How to be President’  —  John Boehner delivers a fierce keynote in which he shares his view on Trump's presidency, whether or not he'd consider running for president and of course, Russia.  —  Regina Mayor, KPMG's global sector head …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
John Boehner unloads on Trump: A ‘complete disaster’
Discussion: Politicus USA and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’  —  A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America's most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that's accelerating.
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia  —  When will Admiral Rogers say publicly what he told his agency's workforce?  —  President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey continues to reverberate in the KremlinGate scandal, which threatens to consume the Trump administration.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you'd ‘never leave the house’  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth.  —  “I was telling [Fox host] Steve …
Tegna / KING-TV:
Professor told he's not safe on campus after college protests  —  A faculty member at the Evergreen State College had been told he's not safe on campus.  He's been called a racist during two days of protest at the college in Olympia. … As a biology professor for 15 years at Olympia's …
Washington Times:
Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites ‘Day of Absence’
Discussion: Heat Street
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On travel ban, judges reach ‘Trump only’ decision  —  There's a glaring political divide in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stop President Trump's revised executive order limiting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued Muslim-majority nations.
Karen Jowers / Military Times:
John Glenn's remains were disrespected at the military's mortuary, Pentagon documents allege  —  WASHINGTON — A senior mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware twice offered horrified inspectors a peek at American icon John Glenn's dead body while the famed astronaut awaited burial earlier …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's claim that he's already saved ‘millions of jobs’ on his foreign trip  —  “Just arrived in Italy for the G7.  Trip has been very successful.  We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.”  —  All presidents like to claim their foreign travels are a success.
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump Angled for Soviet Posting in 1980s, Says Nobel Prize Winner (Exclusive)  —  In 1986, the future president met with one of the few Americans who knew Mikhail Gorbachev, seeking information about the USSR's new leader and revealing plans to ask Ronald Reagan to post him to Moscow.
New York Post:
De Blasio employee arrested for child pornography … A leading young Democrat and de Blasio administration employee has a secret taste for sickening kiddie porn that involves baby girls as young as 6 months old, court papers revealed Friday.  —  Jacob Schwartz, 29, was busted for allegedly keeping …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial  —  Maybe Flynn committed treason.  But so far no one has presented any evidence, just innuendo.  That's not justice.  —  Heard any good Mike Flynn jokes lately?  —  How about this one from “Morning Joe,” this week?
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP leaders launch internal review into leak  —  House GOP leaders have launched an internal review into how someone secretly recorded and leaked audio of a private 2016 leadership meeting in which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) jokes about how Russia is paying off President Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Times:
The latest news from the president in exile  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The government in exile — the real one, according to the media — has had a busy week at home and abroad.  “President Obama” has given up leading from behind and presumes now to lead from overseas.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
How Republicans Botched Their Drug-Test Legislation  —  The GOP tries to give states more power and hampers them instead.  —  On St. Patrick's Day, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted a photo of himself and Republican Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, both in green ties …
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James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
Yale Cements Its Line in the Academic Sand by Awarding the Student ‘Truthtellers’ Who Bullied Faculty
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The reason behind Macron's firm handshake with Trump, revealed: He was warned!
Jeremy Beaman / The College Fix:
University hosts training on how to ‘reduce the impact of white privilege’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Alabama moves to protect Confederate monuments
Discussion: vice
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Trump, Ryan, Mulvaney, All of Them: Partners in Plutocracy
Discussion: New York Times
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump Is the Antithesis of Christian Values
The Texas Tribune:
Fearing 2018 losses, Texas Republicans in Congress want special session on redistricting
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The conservative mind has become diseased
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo