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11:20 PM ET, May 15, 2018


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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.
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: Slate and Washington Press
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 …
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill … North Korea said Wednesday it is canceling high-level talks with South Korea planned for later in the day due to ongoing military exercises between the South and the United States.
Steve Cortes / Washington Examiner:
Trump's winning streak rivals one of the greatest streaks in sports  —  John Wooden, perhaps the best basketball coach of all-time, once led his UCLA Bruins to 88 straight wins over three seasons in the early 1970s, still an NCAA men's record.  That streak, plus 10 national championships …
Discussion: Washington Post
Sources: Trump sought to evacuate military families from South Korea before Olympics
Discussion: and Task & Purpose
Dave Lawler / Axios:
North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and The Week
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Nebraska Primary Election Results
Discussion: Daily Kos
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
LIVE: Key test for ‘pink wave’ power in Tuesday's primaries
Discussion: Politico
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 …
The Guardian:   How Julian Assange became an unwelcome guest in Ecuador's embassy
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
China gave Trump a list of crazy demands, and he caved to one of them … After top Trump officials went to Beijing last month, the Chinese government wrote up a document with a list of economic and trade demands that ranged from the reasonable to the ridiculous.
John Harwood / CNBC:   President Trump shrinks from another fight with China
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: ABC News
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.
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.
New York Times:   White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator Role
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.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly  —  Act like a jerk, and Twitter will start limiting how often your tweets show up.  —  On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change to the way its conversations will work, evaluating not just the content of individual tweets …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter Will Start Hiding Tweets That “Detract From the Conversation”
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo, NewsBusters and Twitter
New York Times:
Tom Wolfe, Pyrotechnic Nonfiction Writer and Novelist, Dies at 87  —  Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattans moneyed status-seekers in works like …
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
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.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN's Cillizza Tweets GIF Of Crosshairs Over Image Of President Trump  —  CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza posted a gif containing crosshairs over the image of President Trump on Tuesday.  —  The original tweet read, “Donald Trump, pointing to heavens to commemorate police officers killed …
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
CNN analyst Chris Cillizza deletes tweet showing Trump in crosshairs
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 …
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
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 …
Trump's lawyer falsely claimed in 2017 interview that Trump Organization had no recent activity in Russia  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, claimed in a January 2017 interview that the Trump Organization had no recent relationship with Russia …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Disgraced former congressman Blake Farenthold won't repay $84K sexual harassment settlement  —  Former Rep. Blake Farenthold, the disgraced Texas Republican who resigned last month in the aftermath of a sexual harassment settlement, has secured his next paid gig - as a government lobbyist.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal judge rejects Manafort's bid to dismiss Mueller indictment  —  A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman, to get an indictment against him dismissed by claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment was flawed.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:   A Judge Just Denied Paul Manafort's Motion To Dismiss The Indictment Against Him In DC
Washington Post:
Key Democrat backs Haspel for CIA director after she says interrogation program should not have been started  —  Gina Haspel appears to have secured enough votes to be confirmed as the country's next CIA director after stating in a letter to a top Democrat that the agency never …
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Haspel says CIA should not have carried out harsh interrogations, earns Dem support
Discussion: Politico
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.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Steve Schmidt: Trump Has “Blood On His Hands” For Jerusalem Embassy, Trying To Stave Off Midterm Loss  —  Republican strategist and campaign veteran Steve Schmidt, who two days before the 2016 U.S. presidential election told then-candidate Donald Trump to prepare a concession speech …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
For Meghan Markle's American Family, a Relentless U.K. Glare  —  It is notoriously hard to escape your background in Britain, no matter how successful you are or how much your life has diverged from that of your relatives.  And so the British tabloids have for some months been treating …
Los Angeles Times:
USC let a gynecologist continue treating students despite years of misconduct allegations  —  For nearly 30 years, the University of Southern California's student health clinic had one full-time gynecologist: Dr. George Tyndall.  Tall and garrulous with distinctive jet black hair …
Discussion: New York Times
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Why Trump Is a President Like No Other  —  Conrad Black's …
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:
Feds: Airline Workers At DFW Used Flights To Distribute Meth
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Publix is supporting Adam Putnam's run for governor like no politician before
Discussion: The Capitolist and Splinter
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
Discussion: Political Wire and NPR
The Onion:
IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, Heroic War Story Of Killing 8-Month-Old Child
Discussion: NewsBusters
 Earlier Items: 
Nina Siegal / New York Times:
Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank's Diary
Discussion: Jezebel
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Conservatives Freak Out at Miami Cheesecake Factory Over MAGA Hat Incident
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
The Ivy League School That Won't Talk About Its Most Famous Graduate
Discussion: Raw Story