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5:35 PM ET, May 28, 2017


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Miguel Medina / Agence France-Presse:
Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe must fight for its own destiny in a western alliance divided by Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump, with whom she did not see eye to eye at the “six against one” G7 summit
New York Times:
Merkel, After Discordant G-7 Meeting, Is Looking Past Trump  —  BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's most influential leader, has apparently concluded that the United States of President Trump is not the reliable partner her country and continent have automatically depended on in the past.
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on Donald Trump's America: ‘We Europeans must take our destiny into our own hands’  —  German Chancellor says traditional western alliance threatened by new presidency and UK's Brexit  —  You can finally watch Deadpool's hilarious blooper reel
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump tells confidants U.S. will quit Paris climate deal
Thomas E. Ricks / Politico:
General McMaster, Step Down—and Let Trump Be Trump  —  During the presidential transition, when a friend called me to discuss whether he should accept a national security post in the Trump administration, I advised him to do so.  My thinking was that the more mature, thoughtful people we had in the administration, the better.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:   Former CIA Director: ‘Now we know’ why Trump officials talking to the Russians may have been ‘unmasked’
New York Times:
Reported Talks by Jared Kushner With Russia Would Be ‘Good Thing,’ Trump Official Says
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: Many leaks are ‘fabricated lies’ made up by ‘fake news’ media
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 5-28-17: DHS Secretary John Kelly and Rep. Adam Schiff
Discussion: Politicus USA
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly: Any channel of communication with a country like Russia a ‘good thing’
Discussion: Politico and The Last Tradition
Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
Exclusive: Suspect confesses to C-L reporter; 8 dead, including deputy  —  Authorities from multiple agencies took Cory Godbolt into custody on East Lincoln Road in Brookhaven Sunday morning after they say he killed eight people, including a Lincoln County deputy.
Donna Campbell / Daily Leader:
Lincoln County deputy, several others killed in shooting spree; suspect in custody
Discussion: The Week
Heather Dockray / Mashable:
8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don't “want to be associated with him”  —  Speaker Ryan is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country — and he's polling particularly poorly among one 8th grade class.  —  Eighth grade students from South Orange Middle School …
The Guardian:
Emmanuel Macron: my handshake with Trump was ‘a moment of truth’  —  French president says his white-knuckle prolonged handshake with US counterpart was designed to show he's no pushover  —  The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said his now-famous white-knuckle handshake showdown …
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pentagon chief: War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’ … Defense Secretary James Mattis warned on Sunday that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic,” and would place United States allies in the region at extreme risk.  —  “The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons …
Discussion: The Week
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
These Are The Victims Of The Portland Train Stabbing Attack  —  Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23 were killed when they tried to stop a man hurling abuse at two women of Muslim appearance, police said.  Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured but expected to survive.
Fedor Zarkhin / Oregonian:
Surviving victim of Friday train stabbing a poet and PSU student
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump campaign likely didn't save documents: report  —  The Trump campaign likely did not preserve documents and communications key to the law enforcement investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's associates and the Kremlin, Politico reported Saturday.
Discussion: Politico
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Route to Air Travel Discomfort Starts on Wall Street  —  When an unlucky passenger was violently dragged off a full United Airlines flight in Chicago in April, setting off a public-relations nightmare for the company, the blame naturally fell on the cabin crew, the police and eventually airline executives.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly on Manchester leaks: 'I think it's darn close to treason'  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday called the intelligence leaks related to the Manchester, England attack “close to treason.”  —  During an interview on NBC's “Meet The Press,” Kelly said he doesn't know where the leaks came …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Trump's first foreign trip was a huge success  —  Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron at NATO headquarters on May 25.  —  Getty Images  —  MORE FROM: … He was clear, concise and disciplined.  Those were the key ingredients that created a striking success for President Trump in his first foreign trip.
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Emma Brown / Washington Post:
With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Democrats Need a New Message
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Elliot Njus / Oregonian:
MAX stabbing victim was Portland employee, Army veteran
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russia scandal ices government lawyer hiring
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Clinton: Trump tapped “malicious nostalgia”
Discussion: TheBlaze
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Yale psychiatrist …
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Trumping your life: How to be a better, stronger person by being more like the president