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7:25 PM ET, May 14, 2018


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New York Times:
Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem  —  Right Now: Palestinian officials say at least 55 people have been killed in the latest round of protests.  —  • More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were wounded on Monday along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported.
Washington Post:
Israelis kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza protesting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem … ZEITOUN, Gaza Strip — Israeli soldiers on Monday killed 37 Palestinians demonstrating along the border fence and wounded more than 1,600 in the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war with Israel, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
The Times of Israel:
Palestinians say 45 killed, including terror operatives, as 50,000 rally in Gaza
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
Romney denounces pastor slated to speak at US Embassy in Jerusalem
Discussion: CNN, Jerusalem Post and Washington Post
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center  —  (CNN)First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, DC, according to a statement from her office.  —  Trump had been experiencing an issue …
Anika Reed / USA Today:
Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery; will remain hospitalized through the week
Discussion: The Root
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Corey Lewandowski joining Pence team, will focus on midterms and then 2020  —  EXCLUSIVE: Corey Lewandowski, who helped Donald Trump win the Republican nomination, is getting back in the campaign game.  —  He is joining Vice President Pence's political action committee …
The Daily Caller:
With Avenatti In The Spotlight, His Own Questionable Past Emerges  —  Much of the developments surrounding Stormy Daniels' lawsuit again President Donald Trump have focused on the business dealings of attorney Michael Cohen, but an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveals …
USA Today:
Out of loopholes, Trump must disclose Stormy Daniels debt in next financial report
Discussion: Bustle
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
The Russians Try to Call Mueller's Bluff, File Request to View Secret Grand Jury Info  —  Attorneys for an alleged component of Russian trolling efforts during the 2016 presidential election are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller be forced to reveal the grand jury instructions used …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Ukrainian politician behind controversial peace proposal to appear in Mueller probe  —  KIEV — A Ukrainian politician who communicated with Trump associates about a controversial plan to resolve Ukraine's conflict with Kremlin-backed rebels said Monday that he has been called to testify …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russian firm accused of funding U.S. election trolling disputes Mueller charge
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Troll Farm Lawyers: Russians Didn't Know Election Meddling Was Illegal
Discussion: The Week
Robert Maguire / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
$1 million mystery gift to inauguration traced to conservative legal activists  —  WASHINGTON  —  One of the largest contributions to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee in 2016 appears to have been orchestrated by a set of powerful conservative legal activists who have since …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt requested and received 24/7 security starting on his first day at EPA … Scott Pruitt began receiving round-the-clock security from the moment he stepped foot inside the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2017, the agency's inspector general revealed Monday.
Annie Snider / Politico:
White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study  —  The intervention by Scott Pruitt's aides came after one White House official warned the findings would cause a ‘public relations nightmare.’  —  Scott Pruitt's EPA and the White House sought to block publication of a federal health study …
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:   EPA requested 24/7 security for Pruitt on day one, internal watchdog says
Pruitt sought 24-7 security from first day, EPA watchdog says
Discussion: Axios
John Solomon / The Hill:
Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch  —  has withstood relentless political attacks, many distorting his record of distinguished government service.  —  But there's one episode even Mueller's former law enforcement comrades — and independent ethicists …
Michelle Rindels / The Nevada Independent:
Former Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer.  —  The operation, first reported on Twitter by KLAS-TV journalist George Knapp and confirmed by a source close to the powerful former lawmaker, took place Monday morning.
Harry Reid receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Trump's White House never says sorry  —  Usually when people say stupid or cruel things, they apologize and move on, instead of defiantly standing by their statements.  But that doesn't happen in Trumpworld, and it certainly hasn't happened in the case of White House staffer Kelly Sadler's callous remark about John McCain.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Trump vs. the “Deep State”  —  How the Administration's loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.  —  Two months after Donald Trump's Inauguration, the White House took a sudden interest in a civil servant named Sahar Nowrouzzadeh.  At thirty-four, she was largely unknown outside …
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
The 9 Minutes That Almost Changed America  —  You don't know the whole story of how close we came to one of the deadliest political shootings in US history last year.  —  Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed DC  —  Lissandra Villa  —  Roger Williams cannot enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July anymore.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
David Uberti / Splinter:
DC Journalists Are Getting Very Rich Off of Trump  —  Over the past 18 months, political journalists and news executives have done plenty of dancing around the idea that a “Trump Bump” has provided a financial lifeline for national media outlets.  The idea that a Donald Trump presidency …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
It's A Good Time To Be A Reporter Covering Trump If You Like Money And Going On TV
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Friends without benefits: how Europe was wrongfooted by Trump over Iran  —  World leaders thought they gained traction in a last-minute bid to salvage the Iran deal, but Trump's radicalism persisted  —  It was clear within the first few minutes of Emmanuel Macron's White House meeting …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Is Mike Pompeo backing off Trump's demand that North Korea get rid of its nukes?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Some senators said to be disturbed by details of torture in Democrats' Haspel memo  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee has prepared a classified background document on President Trump's CIA nominee that includes details some senators and aides have found disturbing …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Ahead of Vote on Gina Haspel, Senate Pulls Access to Damning Classified Memo
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tricia Escobedo / CNN:
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry deal with ‘difficult situation’ after report dad won't attend  —  (CNN)Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, told American publication TMZ on Monday that he will not attend his daughter's wedding to Prince Harry.  —  According to the TMZ report …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court allows sports betting across the country  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court acted Monday to bust Nevada's monopoly on legal sports betting, allowing more states to get in on the action and reap the tax benefits.  —  The court, in a 6-3 ruling, struck down a federal law …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Attorney General Brad Schimel concludes for the second time Project Veritas videos shows no voter fraud by Dem activist  —  MADISON - For the second time, GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel's office has concluded there is no evidence a Democratic activist broke voting laws in the runup to the 2016 election.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Colin Drury / The Independent:
Pet dog raised by Chinese family for two years turns out to be a black bear  —  Owners grew suspicious when animal showed talent for walking on two legs  —  Norway-style Brexit declared ‘dead’ by Labour MP  —  White House blames Hamas over 55 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops
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The Hill's John Solomon moves to new spot as ‘opinion contributor’
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
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Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
House Democrat chastises Pelosi for ‘trivializing’ impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Crowe / National Review:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
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New Scientist:
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Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
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Discussion: Fox News and Daily Kos
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
An Evangelical Journalist Finds His Calling at the White House
Discussion: Washington Post
Rebecca Berg / CNN:
Top GOP donors close wallets over tax law
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Vox
Washington Post:
Va. election officials assigned 26 voters to the wrong district.  It might've cost Democrats a pivotal race.
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos