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2:10 PM ET, May 8, 2018

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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Tells Macron the U.S. Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday morning that he plans to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, according to a person briefed on the conversation.
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New York Times:
Opponents of Iran Deal Hired Investigators to Dig Up Dirt on Obama Aide  —  WASHINGTON — For years, opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran have accused Benjamin J. Rhodes, a top national security aide to President Barack Obama, of scheming to sell the diplomatic agreement on false pretenses to the American people.
New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Leave Iran Deal, Allies Say
Tom DiChristopher / CNBC:
Oil prices snap back in volatile trade ahead of Trump speech on Iran nuclear deal
Discussion: Breitbart, Joe.My.God., Politico and Axios
Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Senator Marco Rubio: President Trump should nix the Iran nuclear deal
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
As headlines swirl, Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani's frequently off-message media blitz, in which he has muddied the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and made claims …
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Eli Okun / Politico:
Comey casts doubt on judge who slammed Mueller probe  —  Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday criticized a judge who voiced skepticism about the prosecution of Paul Manafort, saying the judge's comments about overstepping were themselves going too far.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
CBS News:
Mueller rejects Trump request to answer questions in writing  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now on President Trump's legal team, told CBS News correspondent Paula Reid Monday afternoon that special counsel Robert Mueller's office has rejected proposals to allow Mr. Trump …
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Giuliani Says Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen ‘Has No Incriminating Information About The President’
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Aim to Decide by May 17 Whether President Testifies in Mueller Probe
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller's team shoots down idea of written interview with Trump
Discussion: Salon, New York Magazine and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web  —  An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation.  Should we be listening?  —  By Bari WeissPhotographs by Damon Winter  —  Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard …
Paul Campos / New York Magazine:
Here's a Theory About That $1.6 Million Payout From a GOP Official to a Playboy Model  —  On May 2, Rudy Giuliani revealed that the Trump administration has been lying for months about the fact that Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 he fronted …
New Yorker:
Four Women Accuse New York's Attorney General of Physical Abuse  —  Eric Schneiderman has raised his profile as a voice against sexual misconduct.  Now, after suing Harvey Weinstein, he faces a #MeToo reckoning of his own.  —  Update: Three hours after the publication of this story, Schneiderman resigned from his position.
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Kate Sheehy / New York Post:
Ex: Schneiderman called me his ‘brown slave,’ would slap me until I called him ‘Master’
New York Times:
Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, Quits After Assault Claims
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
US military wives threatened by Russian hackers posing as IS  —  PARIS (AP) — Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family.  —  “Dear Angela!” the Facebook message read.
Discussion: The Week
Dennis Green / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney wore a tux he bought on Amazon to the Met Gala — and it embarrassed his wife  — He told the New York Times that he was wearing a Brioni tuxedo he had bought from Amazon at a discount.  —  It seems Mitt Romney loves the convenience of Amazon.
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Kate Conger / Special Projects Desk:
Univision Is A Fucking Mess  —  Kate Conger, David Uberti, and Laura Wagner  —  This is the story of how corporate raiding, complacency, excess, and incompetence are gutting a media company that matters to tens of millions of people.  It's not a novel story, and perhaps not even scandalous …
CNN:
Trump's support for embattled Pruitt could be wavering  —  New scandals only add to problems for Pruitt  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's support for Scott Pruitt may be wavering as White House aides renew a push to convince the President he should fire his embattled EPA chief, several sources told CNN.
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pelosi's message to Dems who criticize her while campaigning: ‘Just win, baby’  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she is unbothered by Democrats campaigning in swing districts by pledging not to support her for speaker.  —  Her message to such candidates …
Discussion: CNN, Townhall, Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
Republicans pounce after Pelosi says Democrats would reopen tax cut bill if they gain majority
Discussion: twitchy.com and IJR
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The connection that may decide 2018 isn't what you think
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
MoviePass Owner's Cash Runs Low With $9.95 Monthly Deal Taking Toll  — Helios & Matheson has less than one month's worth of cash left  — Movie chain AMC says that MoviePass model isn't sustainable  —  The clock may be ticking for MoviePass Inc. and owner Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc.
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Democratic Meddling In West Virginia And 4 Other Things To Watch This Election Day  —  North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio all have high-profile primary fights.  —  It's not surprising that the spotlight is on Don Blankenship's campaign for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia.
Discussion: Vox, Politico, Townhall and Fox News Insider
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Paola Chavez / ABC News:
‘Kids Kick Opioids’ winner to be announced in West Virginia, amid contested primary
Discussion: Politico and Register-Herald
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Defector: WikiLeaks ‘Will Lie to Your Face’ … Last February leaked messages from a private WikiLeaks chat group offered an unfiltered glimpse of Julian Assange, complete with misogyny, anti-Semitism, and a clear, early preference for a GOP election victory.
BuzzFeed:
New CIA Documents Raise More Questions About Efficacy of The Agency's Torture Program  —  “He was under ‘enhanced measures’ when he made these claims and simply told his interrogators what he thought they wanted to hear.”  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  As Gina Haspel …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gina Haspel is tainted by her torture involvement. But she understands Russia.
CBS News:
More Americans now say Russia investigation is politically motivated - CBS News poll  —  A year into the special counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, a slight majority of Americans thinks the investigation is politically motivated.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Christiane Amanpour named as Charlie Rose's official replacement  —  Christiane Amanpour will officially replace Charlie Rose on PBS stations across the country.  —  The move was made official at the public broadcaster's annual meeting on Tuesday.  It has been in the works for five months …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly: I Offered Sarah Sanders to Stand at Press Briefings and Scold ‘Out of Line’ Reporters  —  Bill O'Reilly is mostly sticking to his online show these days, but over the weekend the ex-Fox News host mingled at an event that included White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Discussion: RT
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly Offered to Stand Next to Sarah Huckabee Sanders During White House Press Briefings
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Meyers: Trump Wanted Me To Apologize On-Air for Making Fun of Him  —  Four years after the ‘Late Night’ host torched Trump at the WHCD, he says Michael Cohen was sent to negotiate Trump's appearance on his show—with one big demand. … NEW YORK—It wasn't all porn star hush money …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and The Week
Mike Vilensky / Wall Street Journal:
Worst Job in America: Responding to Irate Tweets From New York City Subway Riders  —  Life on the receiving end of 2,500 often profanity-laced tweets a day from angry commuters venting to @MTA can be intense  —  Every day, the frustrations of New York City subway riders spew out in the form …
 
 
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Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
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Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
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Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Ryan: House and Senate have struck deal on Dodd-Frank rollback
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney does not want you to see complaints against banks that bankrolled his campaigns, report says
Human Rights Watch:
Israel Orders Human Rights Watch Official Deported
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
FEC says Chaffetz may have broken the law in money transfer; Chaffetz's lawyer says it was a paperwork error
Russ Vought / Wall Street Journal:
The White House Announces Its Rescission Package
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Virginia Bridges / Durham Herald-Sun:
Durham County sheriff disavows, removes controversial Facebook post on election day
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters:
The Media Get Trumped: President's Polls Improve Despite 90% Negative Coverage
Discussion: Hot Air and WND
Mari Uyehara / GQ:
How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists
Daily Mail:
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Washington Post:
Hear China's totalitarian cruelty in this widow's sobs
Discussion: National Review
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris cancels Cal graduation speech in boycott of UC over labor dispute
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
April was best month in history for U.S. budget, according to CBO figures
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Leaders of Turning Point USA bail on college kids to hang out with Kanye West