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9:15 AM ET, May 16, 2018


 Top Items: 
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:
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Women Score Major Victories in House Primary Races in Pennsylvania  —  A state representative, an Air Force veteran and two high-powered lawyers — all women — won Democratic House primaries on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where a record number of women ran for House seats in a year of intense political enthusiasm among female Democrats.
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Nebraska Primary Election Results
Omaha World-Herald:
Eastman rides a progressive wave to the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District
Discussion: Politico
Top takeaways from a wild primary night
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Idaho Primary Election Results
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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
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
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Just How Fragile Is Trump's North Korea Diplomacy?  —  These days, the eeriest thing about the demilitarized zone in Korea, the world's most fortified border, is the silence.  From a South Korean mountaintop, you can peer through a powerful telescope across the no man's land of the D.M.Z. …
Discussion: Althouse, NK News and Vox
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill
Nyshka Chandran / CNBC:
North Korea casts doubt on Trump summit, rejects denuclearization: Reuters, citing North Korean news agency
Steve Cortes / Washington Examiner:
Trump's winning streak rivals one of the greatest streaks in sports
Discussion: Washington Post
Sources: Trump sought to evacuate military families from South Korea before Olympics
Discussion: and Task & Purpose
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  —  Thursday marks a year since Robert Mueller was appointment as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, and in that time I've written a lot about the known unknowns of his work.  We don't know everyone he's interviewed.
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
CNN:   Trump's lawyer falsely claimed in 2017 interview that Trump Organization had no recent activity in Russia
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 …
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,” …
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
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 …
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 …
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
Matthew Stewart / The Atlantic:
The Birth of a 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
US intelligence reports: Russia's new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020  — Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic weapon the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports.
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.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
The rise of the pro-Trump media machine
San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump's pointless Mideast provocation
New York Times:
Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds
Gillian McGoldrick / Morning Call:
John Fetterman takes historic win over incumbent lieutenant governor Mike Stack
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump files ethics disclosure, which could shed light on Stormy Daniels payment
Discussion: NY State of Politics and ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
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:
Metro will stay open later for Caps-Lightning Games 3 and 4 — thanks partly to ... Qatar?
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Trump administration preparing to shelter migrant children on military bases