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10:55 AM ET, May 27, 2017


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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin  —  Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin …
Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy - sources  —  U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, has asked President Trump's political organization to gather and produce all documents, emails and phone records …
New York Times:
Kushner Is Said to Have Discussed a Secret Channel to Talk to Russia  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke in December with Russia's ambassador to the United States about establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be?
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions ‘espionage’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   ‘Game-changer’: MSNBC panelists explain magnitude of ‘devastating’ Kushner revelations
Business Insider:
‘This is serious’: Jared Kushner reportedly tried to set up a secret Trump-Russia back channel
Discussion: RedState and emptywheel
Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
The attack occurred in the Hollywood District.  “He said, 'Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don't pay taxes here.'”  —  A man riding the MAX in Northeast Portland fatally stabbed two passengers who tried to stop him from hurling racial and anti-Muslim insults at women on the train …
Jim Ryan / Oregonian:
2 killed in stabbing on MAX train in Northeast Portland as man directs slurs at Muslim women, police say  —  Gallery: Deadly MAX stabbing, May 26, 2017  —  Update, 3:30 a.m., May 27: Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated murder …
Man shouting ‘anti-everything slurs’ kills 2 in Portland, police say  —  (CNN)Two men were fatally stabbed Friday on a crowded commuter train in Portland, Oregon, when they confronted a passenger who was “yelling a gamut of anti-Muslim and anti-everything slurs,” a police spokesman said.
Discussion: The Week
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Two Killed in Portland After Trying to Stop Anti-Muslim Rant, Police Say
Discussion: Fusion
PPB: Suspect hurled insults at Muslim women, slashed throats of men who tried to stop him
Discussion: Portland Mercury
The Intercept:
LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL COUNTERTERRORISM TACTICS USED AT STANDING ROCK TO “DEFEAT PIPELINE INSURGENCIES”  —  A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures …
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lewis / New York Times:
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89  —  Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s …
Associated Press:
Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Russian Once Tied to Trump Aide Seeks Immunity to Testify Before Congress  —  Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump's former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Tyler Durden / …:
Merkel Furious With Trump After “Unprecedented” G-7 Failure To Reach Consensus On Climate Change  —  In the end it was not mean to be.  As discussed on Friday, during Trump's first G-7 summit, world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron …
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and The Guardian
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Pushing Big White House Changes as Russia Crisis Grows  —  President Trump is actively discussing major changes, including a shakeup of his senior team, after spending much of his free time during his overseas trip weighing the Russia investigation and the political crisis it poses for him.
David Catanese / US News:
Democrats Aren't Winning  —  The Republican triumph in Montana punctuates how difficult the climb back will be for the out-of-power party in the hyperpartisan Trump era.  —  Democrats still aren't winning.  —  Four months into his administration, President Donald Trump registers the approval of barely 40 percent of the country.
Discussion: TheBlaze, CNN and Portland Mercury
New York Times:
Liberals Wanted a Fight in Montana. Democratic Leaders Saw a Lost Cause.
Discussion: The Last Tradition
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.
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
How Team Obama tried to hack the election  —  MORE FROM: … New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.  —  The irony is mind-boggling …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In  —  WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department's restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Trump ‘complained to Belgian PM of difficulty setting up golf resorts in EU’  —  US president said his view of Europe was based on experiences trying to do business, according to account of Brussels meeting … Donald Trump offered an insight into his approach to political life during …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
White House Backs Down on Keeping Ethics Waivers Secret  —  WASHINGTON — The White House unexpectedly backed down Friday in a confrontation with the government's top ethics officer, announcing it will publicly disclose waivers that have been quietly handed out since January to let certain former lobbyists work in the administration.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
'It's my only income': Trump voter shocked after learning he plans to cut key program she needs  —  Krista Shockey, a Trump voter who relies on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program to survive, reacted with shock this week after CNN told her that President Donald Trump's budget proposes massive cuts to the program.
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Suddenly There's Another Littoral Ship in Trump's Budget Plans  —  White House, Navy rush to add an extra ship and funding for it  —  Adding a ship would guarantee one each for Lockheed, Austal  —  The White House budget office and the Navy are rushing to find an extra $600 million to buy …
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
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George Melloan / Wall Street Journal:
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Channel NewsAsia:
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Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
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John Sexton / Hot Air:
Students demand firing of professor who objected to asking whites to leave campus (Update)
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
Thousands of people have dropped off the food stamp rolls in Georgia as a result of the state …
Mona Charen / National Review:
Stop Making Excuses for Greg Gianforte's Assaulting a Reporter
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and Vox
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The reason behind Macron's firm handshake with Trump, revealed: He was warned!
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On travel ban, judges reach ‘Trump only’ decision
Wall Street Journal:
Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’