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11:50 AM ET, May 29, 2017

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New York Times:
Kushner's Relationship With Trump Tested as Russia Accusations Swirl  —  WASHINGTON — The most successful deal of Jared Kushner's short and consequential career in real estate and politics involves one highly leveraged acquisition: a pair of adjoining offices a few penny-loafer paces from his father-in-law's desk in the White House.
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NBC News:
Kushner Asked to ‘Lay Low’ After Russia-Related Reports, Source Says  —  WASHINGTON — Back on his home turf after an eight-day foreign trip, President Donald Trump is once again facing down controversy — and now it's hitting close to home.  —  Trump was greeted on U.S. soil by new reports involving …
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.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The shadow secretary of State  —  While Rex Tillerson fills the official duties of America's top diplomat, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, has a parallel foreign policy role that was on full display during Trump's first foreign trip last week.  —  A White House official told Axios …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Kushner under pressure to take hiatus from White House: report
Discussion: The Right Scoop
ABC:
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 …
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Brandon Carter / The Hill:
McCain: Putin a greater threat than ISIS … (R-Ariz.) said Monday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a greater threat to the world than ISIS.  —  In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's “7:30,” McCain said Putin is the “premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.”
Discussion: ABC News and AOL
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Washington Post:
Following Trump's trip, Merkel says Europe can't rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S.
Discussion: The Atlantic, France 24 and Hot Air
Nile Gardiner / CNN:
President Trump passes his first test on the world stage
Discussion: Axios, War in Context and New York Post
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GOP's Proposed Tax Changes Are No Match for Status Quo  —  Republicans are scouring the tax code, searching for breaks to eliminate so they can offset the deep rate cuts they desire.  But the biggest tax breaks are surviving and the boldest ideas for change are on political life support or already dead.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberals Are Shocked To Find We're Starting To Hate Them Right Back  —  I know it's theoretically wrong for a Republican candidate to smack around an annoying liberal journalist, but that still doesn't mean that I care.  Our ability to care is a finite resource, and, in the vast scheme of things …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Donald Trump: The Gateway Degenerate  —  Last week, when voters in Montana elected Greg Gianforte to fill the state's lone seat in the House of Representatives, even after he was recorded in a physical altercation with a reporter, many Americans — like me — were left to look on in astonished bewilderment.
Arutz Sheva:
Trump furious with Abbas: You lied to me  —  President Trump reportedly outraged with Palestinian Authority leader.  ‘The Israelis showed me that you are involved in incitement.’  —  Abbas and Trump  —  President Donald Trump lambasted Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas …
Discussion: Israpundit and RedState
Dan Rather:
Dear President Trump,  —  Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best.  One was a recent college graduate.  The other was an army veteran and father of four.  I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them.  They were brave Americans who died …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Marwa Eltagouri / Chicago Tribune:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
What Angela Merkel meant at the Munich beer hall
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Hot Air
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kelly on Manchester leaks: 'I think it's darn close to treason'
Discussion: Washington Monthly