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9:05 PM ET, May 16, 2018

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Dana Bash / CNN:
Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer.
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New York Times:
A Secret Mission, a Code Name and Anxiety: Inside the Early Days of the F.B.I.'s Trump Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued two subpoenas to a social media expert who worked for longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP lawmakers to Trump: Make DOJ release Mueller documents
Discussion: ABC News, Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Fox News:
Mueller told Trump's legal team he will not indict the president, Giuliani tells Fox News
Discussion: Breitbart, TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen's Financial Records  —  A law-enforcement official released the documents after finding that additional suspicious transactions did not appear in a government database.  —  Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing …
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Washington Post:
FBI agents said to be probing Michael Cohen's deal with Korean firm … A California man who says he served as a translator last year for Michael Cohen and a South Korean aerospace firm that paid Cohen's company $150,000 said Tuesday that FBI agents recently interviewed him.
Discussion: CNN
Yahoo:
Michael Cohen's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow went on longer than he has previously acknowledged  —  WASHINGTON—Prosecutors and congressional investigators have obtained text messages and emails showing that President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Washington Post:
Trumpâs personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from the government of Qatar in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Qatari Investor: Michael Cohen Asked Me for a Million Dollars  —  In the blink of a Michael Avenatti tweet, Ahmed al-Rumaihi has suddenly found himself internet-famous.  It began on Sunday evening, when the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels posted a screenshot of video footage …
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Washington Post:
Thousands of pages of Congressional testimony shed light on 2016 Trump Tower meeting
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump attorney fed statement to publicist for Russians about Trump Tower meeting
Discussion: Washington Press
New York Times:
Trump Discloses Payment to Cohen in Financial Report  —  President Trump's financial disclosure, released on Wednesday, revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payments to a “third-party.”
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The Daily Beast:   Trump's Businesses Lost Big in 2017, Except His D.C. Hotel
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Trump DID reimburse Michael Cohen after ‘expenses were incurred’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Trump Acknowledges Repaying Michael Cohen After Stormy Daniels Payment
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy  —  WASHINGTON — In what appeared to be a rebuke of President Trump, former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned on Wednesday that American democracy is threatened by a “growing crisis in ethics and integrity.”
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Gaza's Miseries Have Palestinian Authors  —  For the third time in two weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have set fire to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, through which they get medicine, fuel and other humanitarian essentials from Israel.  Soon we'll surely hear a great deal about the misery of Gaza.
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Matti Friedman / New York Times:   Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy
TIME:
President Trump 'Doesn't Think He Needs' to Prepare Much for His Meeting With North Korea's Kim Jong Un  —  With just one month until a scheduled sit-down with North Korea's leader, President Donald Trump hasn't set aside much time to prepare for meeting with Kim Jong Un, a stark contrast to the approach of past presidents.
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘Diplotainment at its pinnacle’: Critics fear Trump's style eclipses substance on North Korea
FOX News Radio:
Ambassador John Bolton Responds To North Korea Calling Him Out; Tracking Down White House Leaks
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Navarro to Be Excluded From China Talks, Officials Say  — China's vice premier arrived in Washington Tuesday for talks  — Trade adviser Peter Navarro took part in recent Beijing visit  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been excluded from talks Thursday …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Peter Navarro explodes at Steven Mnuchin  —  A major rift has opened up between Trump's hardline trade adviser, Peter Navarro, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to five sources familiar with their encounters.  —  What we're hearing: On the Trump delegation's trip …
NewsBusters:
Porn Star Lawyer Interviewed 147 Times in 10 Weeks  —  In the past ten weeks, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, has been interviewed a staggering 147 times on broadcast and cable news shows.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Michael Avenatti being investigated by California State Bar
CNN:
Cambridge Analytica ran voter suppression campaigns, whistleblower claims  —  Washington (CNN)The whistleblower whose disclosures about Cambridge Analytica shook the tech world over questions about users' data privacy told Congress on Wednesday that the company engaged in efforts to discourage or suppress voting.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
At data privacy hearing, Ted Cruz again avoids mention of his work with Cambridge Analytica
USA Today:
Who is drinking the most?  The drunkest (and driest) cities in America  —  A new study reveals that alcohol may change the microbial makeup of our mouths.  Tony Spitz has the details.  Buzz60  —  Though alcohol is enjoyed responsibly by millions of Americans every day …
Discussion: smokeroom.com
Angela Helm / The Root:
White Woman Calls Security on ‘Suspicious Man With a Baby’ at Park in Washington, DC  —  Well, it looks like the epidemic of well-meaning white folks (I guess) calling the police or security on black people as they go about their lives is par for the course in 2018 America.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump's Assault on Democracy Doesn't Bother the Radical Left  —  The rise of Donald Trump has galvanized what could be called a democracy movement in the United States.  Drawing on the findings of political scientists who have studied democratic governments, and how they can collapse …
Washington Post:
The revolution is real, but itâs unclear whether Sanders will lead it  —  The revolution is real, but it's not clear Bernie is going to lead it.  —  Democrats across the board are embracing the policies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Medicare for all, legal marijuana and free college …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war … THE BIG IDEA: Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates.  —  The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists …
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Rising Star In Swing District Gave $300K To Pro-BDS Groups  —  The foundation run by the newly minted Democratic candidate for Congress in one of the most heavily Jewish congressional districts in the country has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Sinclair circling Sean Hannity  —  The Fox News rival is courting the host's top producer, along with another of Hannity's close friends.  —  Sinclair Broadcasting is zeroing in on Sean Hannity's team.  —  As its executive chairman David Smith prepares to launch a competitor to Fox News …
Daily Mail:
'World's oldest woman', 128, says she's been miserable every day of her life and her long life is a punishment from God  —  A Russian woman is claiming to be the oldest person in the world, but says her upcoming 129th birthday is nothing but ‘punishment’.  —  Koku Istambulova, from Chechnya …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Jezebel
Paul Gattis / al.com:
Gov. Kay Ivey on gay accusations: 'It's false.  It's wrong'  —  A little more than 12 hours after a state legislator suggested she was gay, Gov. Kay Ivey again issued a strong denial on Wednesday morning.  —  “There's absolutely no truth to it,” Ivey said.  “It's false.  It's wrong.”
 
 
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Reuters:
U.S. sanctions Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, deputy Qassem
Discussion: Axios
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah's Senior Leadership
Marcy Wheeler / HuffPost:
Mark Warner Let Gina Haspel Off The Hook For Covering Up Torture
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The News Star:
Louisiana lawmakers apologize after bar fistfight; next time ‘dueling guns’
Emma Anderson / Politico:
Tajani to Jourová: ‘Not your job’ to question Zuckerberg meeting
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
The Big Three Finish Among Top 10 in Total Day; Fox News Is No. 1 and Posts Year-Over-Year Growth
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Say it ain't so: McConnell threatens to kill August recess
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
George Neumayr / The American Spectator:
John Brennan's ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue
Discussion: RedState
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Leaders warn Republicans against forcing immigration vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
Lyman Stone / Institute for Family Studies Blog:
Baby Bust: Fertility is Declining the Most Among Minority Women
Discussion: National Review and Daily Wire
Kathleen A. Schultz / SaukValley.com:
Dixon High School shooting: Former student shot, wounded after bringing gun
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democratic Party Has an ‘MSNBC Problem’
Discussion: Shakesville
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Flip a Pennsylvania Seat, Making 41 Since Trump's Inauguration
Discussion: Rewire.News, Hullabaloo and The Week
Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
Putting ‘White House’ on the resume is less of a boost
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
 

 
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