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10:25 AM ET, May 8, 2018


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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.
New York Times:
Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, Quits After Assault Claims  —  Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general who rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.
Kate Sheehy / New York Post:
Ex: Schneiderman called me his ‘brown slave,’ would slap me until I called him ‘Master’  —  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called his Sri Lankan girlfriend his “brown slave” and wanted her to refer to him as “Master,” the woman says.  —  Harvard-educated activist writer Tanya Selvaratnam told …
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
What Did Gov. Cuomo Know About His Attorney General?
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Mediaite and New York Times
New York Post:
Manhattan DA opens probe into Schneiderman
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani as Stormy Daniels drama rages on  —  President Donald Trump has shaken up his legal team in the last three weeks — and he's still not happy.  —  The president has been griping to associates that Rudy Giuliani, his new personal attorney, has failed to shut down the Stormy Daniels hush money saga.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyers Aim to Decide by May 17 Whether President Testifies in Mueller Probe
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
State Dept.: Giuliani doesn't speak for US on foreign policy
Discussion: HuffPost and Shareblue Media
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  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, European diplomats said after concluding that they had failed to convince him that reneging on America's commitment …
Pompeo signaled Iran deal withdrawal to European colleagues  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his colleagues from the E3 — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — on Friday that President Trump has rejected the understandings that were drafted with American negotiators …
Grace Sparks / CNN:
Majority say US should not withdraw from Iran nuclear agreement
Discussion: Washington Times and The Week
Weekly Standard:
John Kerry, Busybody
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Washington Times
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The dishonest case against the Iran deal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Al-Monitor:   Rouhani suggests Europe can keep Iran nuclear deal alive
Barbara Slavin / Atlantic Council:
The Dangerous Consequences of US Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal
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?  —  Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web …
New York Times:
White House Aides Are Urging President Trump to Fire Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House staff members are encouraging President Trump to fire Scott Pruitt, his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, according to two top administration officials.
Pruitt fast-tracked California cleanup after Hugh Hewitt brokered meeting  —  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for “immediate and intense” action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered …
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.
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The West Virginia primary shows Trump's election was no aberration
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
7 things to watch in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Two Rod Rosensteins  —  Limiting Congress but letting the special counsel do pretty much what he pleases.  —  In federal court last Friday, Robert Mueller's prosecutors claimed it was no big deal if they didn't abide by the Justice Department's own regulations in their prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Alan Dershowitz / The Hill:
Federal judge rightly rebukes Mueller for questionable tactics
Discussion: Politico and JONATHAN TURLEY
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Mueller's Tough Week in Court
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 …
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: The Week and Raw Story
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gina Haspel is tainted by her torture involvement.  But she understands Russia. … The argument against Gina Haspel's nomination to be CIA director is simple and, in some ways, compelling: The Senate shouldn't approve someone who was involved, however tangentially, in the torture …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Undercover to under scrutiny: Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, to face Senate grilling
Micheline Tang /
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates Rejoins King & Spalding  —  King & Spalding today announced that former Acting Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has returned to the firm as a partner on the Special Matters & Government Investigations team.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The connection that may decide 2018 isn't what you think  —  But the Democratic hopes of retaking the House, the Senate or both could pivot on whether the party can complete a very different connection: linking voters' perceptions of the Republican tax bill with the GOP's persistent efforts …
Discussion: New York Times and Shareblue Media
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Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
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Haley Britzky / Axios:
Arab youth see the U.S. as an enemy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Would-be robber dead in St. Louis shootout after victim, 74, pulls own gun
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
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Aric Jenkins / TIME:
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Mitchell Schnurman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn pans Texas lawsuit to end DACA: 'I honestly don't understand'
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
It's Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana's Risks
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Hatch to McCain: Invite Trump to your funeral
Washington Post:
Trump calls on Congress to pull back $15 billion in spending, including on Children's Health Insurance Program.