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8:25 AM ET, May 16, 2018

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New York Times:
Pennsylvania Primary Election Results  —  Tuesday's primaries are the first test of Pennsylvania's new districts, drawn in response to a court order that deemed the old map unconstitutional for its gerrymandering in favor of Republicans.  The new map is more favorable to Democrats …
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Did Democrats Just Have Their First Tea Party Moment Of The 2018 Primaries?  —  The Democratic Party woke up this morning with a clear signal from Tuesday's primary elections: The #Resistance means business.  The more progressive candidate won in Democratic primaries around the country.
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
New York Times:
Nebraska Primary Election Results  —  Gov. Pete Ricketts and Senator Deb Fischer, both Republicans, are running for re-election in Nebraska, a deep-red state where they will probably prevail in November.  —  Read more  —  Voters are also choosing their candidates for a competitive House seat …
Omaha World-Herald:   Eastman rides a progressive wave to the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Women Score Major Victories in House Primary Races in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Axios
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
LIVE: Key test for ‘pink wave’ power in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: Politico
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cohen ‘asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars’ which he said he would ‘pass to Trump family members’ at Trump Tower meeting - and Qatar's foreign minister was there too … - Donald Trump's personal attorney is facing new claims that he asked for millions in cash …
Discussion: Washington Press
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MJ Lee / CNN:
Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016  —  Washington (CNN)A Qatari investor referenced in a series of tweets from Michael Avenatti this week confirmed to CNN through a spokesperson on Tuesday that he did attend meetings at Trump Tower in December 2016.
James Hill / ABC News:
Michael Avenatti casts himself as anti-Trump avenger
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Michael Cohen's Meetings With Michael Flynn and a Qatari Diplomat Might Be the Key to Unlocking the Steele Dossier
Discussion: Washington Press
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills … SEOUL — North Korea is casting doubt on next month's summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump over joint Air Force drills taking place in South Korea, which it says are ruining the diplomatic mood.
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Steve Cortes / Washington Examiner:
Trump's winning streak rivals one of the greatest streaks in sports
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Sources: Trump sought to evacuate military families from South Korea before Olympics
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com and Task & Purpose
Nyshka Chandran / CNBC:
North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit, rejects denuclearization: Reuters, citing North Korean news agency
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Just How Fragile Is Trump's North Korea Diplomacy?
Discussion: NK News and Vox
New York Times:
Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof  —  WASHINGTON — The White House official had a startling assertion: He thought he had received an email in the first half of 2016 alerting the Trump campaign that Russia had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm, and have sought to question former employees and banks that handled its business …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump team ready to ‘pressure’ Mueller at probe's one-year mark  —  In an interview, Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, even cited James Comey's mid-2016 exoneration of Hillary Clinton as a model for the Russia special counsel.  —  President Donald Trump's attorney has an unlikely new role model …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:   Robert Mueller's Most Important Accomplishment
Wall Street Journal:
Novartis Top Lawyer Departs Over Cohen Payments  —  Felix Ehrat was a co-signatory of the agreement to hire Trump's personal lawyer for $100,000 a month  —  ZURICH—A top executive at Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG NVS -1.12% is stepping down as the global fallout widens from the recent disclosure …
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CNN:   Trump's lawyer falsely claimed in 2017 interview that Trump Organization had no recent activity in Russia
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
The Newest Star Of The Trump Movement Ran A Trump-Bashing Publication — Less Than Two Years Ago  —  A rising star on the right, Owens was CEO of a site that compared Trump to Hitler and speculated that he has a small penis.  —  Even by the whiplash-inducing standards of Trumpworld, Candace Owens' rise has been fast.
Discussion: Mediaite
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump files ethics disclosure, which could shed light on Stormy Daniels payment  —  President Donald Trump met a deadline to file his annual ethics statement on Tuesday, a document that could shed light on his net worth and his financial relationship with an adult film actress.
Discussion: NY State of Politics and ABC News
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Eric Geller / Politico:
White House eliminates top cyber adviser post  —  The Trump administration has eliminated the White House's top cyber policy role, jettisoning a key position created during the Obama presidency to harmonize the government's overall approach to cybersecurity policy and digital warfare.
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New York Times:   White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator Role
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Gay Alabama lawmaker suggests governor is lesbian; Ivey calls it ‘disgusting lie’  —  Patricia Todd, Alabama's only openly gay state legislator, posted comments on social media Tuesday night suggesting that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is gay.  —  Todd, who is not seeking re-election to office this year …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and PinkNews
Nicole Radzievich / Morning Call:
John Morganelli concedes PA-7 primary contest to Susan Wild  —  Democrat congressional candidate Susan Wild waves to supporters as she arrives on election night at Louie's restaurant in south Allentown on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  Wild is one of six running for the Democratic nomination …
New York Times:
Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’ Dies  —  Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan's moneyed status-seekers in works like …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
This is what a death spiral looks like … This is what the start of a death spiral looks like.  —  Three states have announced preliminary 2019 premium-rate requests for Obamacare individual-market policies, and the numbers don't look good.  —  In Virginia, the first state out of the gate …
Clint Hendler / Mother Jones:
Two Socialists In Pennsylvania Just Won Victories Democrats Can't Ignore  —  Statehouse wins highlight the Democratic Socialists of America's growing electoral power. … Dom Costa was first elected to Pennsylvania's statehouse nearly a decade ago.  Paul Costa joined the same body 10 years earlier.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of CIA hacking tools … The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak last year of a large portion of the CIA's computer hacking arsenal, the cyber tools the agency had used to conduct espionage operations overseas, according to interviews and public documents.
David M. Drucker / Vanity Fair:
“Pence Is Not Stupid”: As Trump Sinks, G.O.P. Insiders See a Shadow Campaign Taking Shape  —  Could Pence's ambition make him the president's next mortal enemy?  Or will his well-oiled political operation allay Trump's concerns—at least for now?  —  “There is no shadow campaign,” …
Washington Post:
Metro will stay open later for Caps-Lightning Games 3 and 4 — thanks partly to ... Qatar? … Metro announced early Monday morning that it will extend service by one hour Tuesday night to accommodate fans attending Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs' Eastern Conference finals between the Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Discussion: Townhall
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Democrats can't win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters … In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.”  If only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people …
Washington Post:
Trump administration preparing to shelter migrant children on military bases  —  The Trump administration is making preparations to warehouse migrant children on military bases, according to Defense Department communications, the latest sign the government is moving forward with plans to split up families who cross the border illegally.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Elizabeth Warren steals show at 2020 audition  —  Democratic jockeying for the 2020 presidential race was on full display Tuesday as a host of likely contenders addressed liberal activists in Washington.  —  It was Sen. Elizabeth Warren  —  (D-Mass.) who ultimately won …
Discussion: Political Wire
The Guardian:
Revealed: Ecuador spent millions on spy operation for Julian Assange  —  Exclusive: Files show at least $5m went on activities including spying on guests at London embassy  —  Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy …
 
 
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Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
US intelligence reports: Russia's new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020
Gillian McGoldrick / Morning Call:
John Fetterman takes historic win over incumbent lieutenant governor Mike Stack
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Nature of Progressive Insensitivity
New York Times:
Trump Indonesia Real Estate Project Gets Chinese Government Ally
Discussion: Instapundit and The Hill
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland school cop Scot Peterson gets $8,702 a month in pension
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Wire
CBS Dallas:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Steve Schmidt: Trump Has “Blood On His Hands” For Jerusalem Embassy, Trying To Stave Off Midterm Loss
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Los Angeles Times:
USC let a gynecologist continue treating students despite years of misconduct allegations
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Kendall Breitman / NBC News:
Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes
Discussion: The Week
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
'That's not what we do': Republicans balk at confronting Trump over McCain smear
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Conservatives Freak Out at Miami Cheesecake Factory Over MAGA Hat Incident