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9:20 AM ET, May 29, 2017


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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's obsession over Russia probe deepens  —  President Donald Trump has been aggressively working the phones since returning this weekend from his foreign trip, talking to friends and outside lawyers as he obsesses over the deepening investigations into his aides and Russia.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Kushner under pressure to take hiatus from White House: report … Administration officials close to President Trump are reportedly pushing White House adviser Jared Kushner to take a leave of absence amid recent reports that he is under FBI scrutiny.  —  The FBI is reportedly interested …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
President Trump Turned International Diplomacy Into A Fistfight—And Lost … During his inaugural international trip as the leader of the free world, President Donald Trump learned the problem with first impressions—you only get to make one.  —  After indulging the royals of Saudi Arabia …
Nile Gardiner / CNN:
President Trump passes his first test on the world stage
Discussion: Axios and War in Context
Miguel Medina / Agence France-Presse:
Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
What Angela Merkel meant at the Munich beer hall
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Angela Merkel says Germany can no longer rely on Donald Trump's America: 'We Europeans must …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
The Coat of Arms Said ‘Integrity.’ Now It Says ‘Trump.’  —  LONDON — At the Trump National Golf Club outside Washington, which hosted the Senior P.G.A. Championship this weekend, the president's coat of arms is everywhere — the sign out front, the pro shop, even the exercise room.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
How Trump Is Torturing Capitol Hill  —  The speaker of the house strode to his lectern on a recent Thursday to confront another totally normal day on Capitol Hill: health care, tax reform, a president under investigation, rumblings of impeachment.  —  “Morning, everybody!”  Paul Ryan chirped.
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan  —  For students across the country, the traditional eighth-grade trip to Washington is a chance to join the throngs on the Mall and perhaps spot some of the world's most powerful people on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Sam Stein / HuffPost:
The Madness And Science Behind The Donald Trump Handshake  —  The definitive breakdown of the most insane greeting in all of politics.  —  Had French President Emmanuel Macron been paying close attention, he would have recognized quickly just how fraught his coming exchange with Donald Trump was to be.
Vladimir Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State, John McCain says  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the Islamic State group, US senator John McCain has told the ABC.  —  The Republican also admitted in an exclusive interview with 7.30 …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and The Guardian
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Credit Scores Hit Record High as Recession Wounds Heal  —  Americans' average credit score hit 700 in April, the highest since at least 2005, leading to more credit available to more consumers at a cheaper cost.
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Kellyanne Conway and other women reveal what it's like to work in Trump's White House  —  When K.T. McFarland first heard the 2005 tape of Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women's genitals, she talked to her two daughters.  —  “If anybody ever says stuff like that to you, walk away,” she told them.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Maxine Waters: American Public ‘Getting Weary’ That Trump Not Impeached Yet  —  Sunday on MSNBC's “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said the public was “getting weary” that Democrats have not done enough to begin the process of impeaching President Donald Trump.  —  Partial transcript as follows:
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Assange: ‘Kushner correct to create channels with everyone’  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday said he thinks President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was “correct” if he attempted to set up backchannel communication with Russian leadership.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: Many leaks are ‘fabricated lies’ made up by ‘fake news’ media
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Arutz Sheva:
Trump furious with Abbas: You lied to me
Discussion: Israpundit and RedState
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm Emanuel
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Jim Bunning, RIP
Discussion: Washington Post
Marwa Eltagouri / Chicago Tribune:
New accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly on Manchester leaks: 'I think it's darn close to treason'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Trump's first foreign trip was a huge success
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump campaign likely didn't save documents: report
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Pentagon chief: War with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
Exclusive: Suspect confesses to C-L reporter; 8 dead, including deputy