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10:20 AM ET, May 16, 2018


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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: The Atlantic and Politico
Washington Post:
Thousands of pages of Congressional testimony shed light on 2016 Trump Tower meeting  —  A music promoter who promised Donald Trump Jr. over email that a Russian lawyer would provide dirt about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 made the offer because he had been assured the Moscow attorney was …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Axios
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
Glenn Simpson / United States Senate Committee …:
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting  —  As a part of its oversight of the Justice Department's enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and federal investigations into potential improper influence during the 2016 presidential election …
Associated Press:
Trump Jr: Can't recall discussing Russia probe with father  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russia investigation with his father, according to transcripts released Wednesday of his interview with the panel.
Discussion: Bustle
Glenn Simpson / United States Senate Committee …:
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting  —  As a part of its oversight of the Justice Department's enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and federal investigations into potential improper influence during the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Ewing / NPR:   Senate Committee Releases 2,500 Pages About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
MJ Lee / CNN:
Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:   Why Is a Qatari Diplomat Refusing to Confirm Video Footage of Him Attending His Trump Tower Meeting?
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 and The Week
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.
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 …
Top takeaways from a wild primary night  —  Women candidates won big, but moderate Democrats took it on the chin.  —  One thing was clear after the latest round of primaries on Tuesday: Democrats will be spending the next four months fighting among themselves along the familiar battle lines of ideology and identity.
Discussion: ABC News
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Primaries Deliver Strong Wins for Democratic Women
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Idaho Primary Election Results
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters more confident in Trump on North Korea  —  Voters' confidence in President Donald Trump when it comes to North Korea is increasing ahead of a possible meeting next month with Kim Jong Un, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  A combined 50 percent of voters have either …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Just How Fragile Is Trump's North Korea Diplomacy?
Discussion: Althouse and NK News
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Just about everything is odd about Trump's support of Chinese firm ZTE
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times, Vox and USA Today
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 …
Matt Ford / New Republic:   Robert Mueller's Most Important Accomplishment
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Trump to Use Mueller One-Year Mark to Blast Probe, Giuliani Says
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and Hot Air
Annie Linskey /
Putting ‘White House’ on the resume is less of a boost  —  WASHINGTON — Listing a White House gig on your resume used to be considered a sparkling credential, reflecting a stint at the apex of the country's political power.  —  But as with so many other things about Donald Trump's …
Eric Geller / Politico:
White House eliminates top cyber adviser post
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:   Novartis executive retiring over drugmaker's payments to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
Matthew Stewart / The Atlantic:
The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy  —  1.  —  The Aristocracy is Dead ...  For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America's fading aristocracies.  Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up residence …
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,” …
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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Tom Wolfe captured and caricatured New York City better than anyone
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Maher Chmaytelli / Reuters:
Iran's Soleimani holds talks about future Iraqi cabinet  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is holding talks with politicians in Baghdad to promote the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet which would have Iran's approval, two people familiar with the political process underway in Iraq said on Wednesday.
Paul Gattis /
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The rise of the pro-Trump media machine  —  Pro-Trump media is spreading across the U.S., disseminating Trumpian rhetoric about fake news and mainstream media bias through every medium.  —  The big picture, from Rodney Benson, chair of NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication …
Kendra Pierre-Louis / New York Times:
The World Wants Air-Conditioning.  That Could Warm the World.  —  More than crickets and fireflies, more than baseball and cookouts, perhaps nothing signals the arrival of summer in the United States like the soft familiar whir of air-conditioning.  —  But there is growing concern …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump's pointless Mideast provocation  —  The Trump administration has exported its politics of provocation to the last place that needs it, the Middle East.  The all too predictable immediate result has been carnage.  The long-term consequences are likely to be worse.
James Hibberd /
ABC boss defends Roseanne joke about black and Asian families  —  ABC says Roseanne will edge away from politics as it goes into next season.  —  While on a conference call with reporters, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked if she felt that stories about Roseanne Barr's politics …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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
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 …
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Flip a Pennsylvania Seat, Making 41 Since Trump's Inauguration
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Senate panel ready to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation
Discussion: Politico
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
Clint Hendler / Mother Jones:
Two Socialists In Pennsylvania Just Won Victories Democrats Can't Ignore
 Earlier Items: 
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump files ethics disclosure, which could shed light on Stormy Daniels payment
Discussion: NY State of Politics and ABC News
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Elizabeth Warren steals show at 2020 audition
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland school cop Scot Peterson gets $8,702 a month in pension
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Wire
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: The Week and New York Times
Kendall Breitman / NBC News:
Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Trump administration preparing to shelter migrant children on military bases