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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, Washington Press and Mediaite
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.
Washington Post:
Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president, Giuliani says  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team told President Trump's lawyers recently that prosecutors do not believe they can charge a sitting president with a crime under Justice …
CNN:
DOJ Inspector General report on FBI handling of Clinton email probe entering final stages
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP lawmakers to Trump: Make DOJ release Mueller documents
Discussion: ABC News, Shareblue Media and Raw Story
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 …
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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
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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Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint over Trump Financial Disclosures
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:   Trump's Businesses Lost Big in 2017, Except His D.C. Hotel
Associated Press:
The Latest: Footnote in Trump report lists Cohen payment
Discussion: Breitbart
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Trump DID reimburse Michael Cohen after ‘expenses were incurred’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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Politico:
Trump's North Korea Nobel buzz could die with John Bolton
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:   A Washington Lightning Rod Draws a Bolt From 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
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘Diplotainment at its pinnacle’: Critics fear Trump's style eclipses substance on North Korea
Rachel Stockman / Law & Crime:
Michael Avenatti Threatened to Sue Our Reporter After Unfavorable Coverage, Then Trolled Him on Twitter  —  As Michael Avenatti continues his hourly cable news appearances to further his so-called #basta movement, reporters for The Daily Caller gave us a little inside look …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Michael Avenatti being investigated by California State Bar
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
The White House is discussing replacements for homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen  —  The White House is discussing possible replacements for Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, because Donald Trump is unhappy with how she is running the massive agency tasked …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country's borders and branding such people “animals.”
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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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
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.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Ronan Has a Story to Tell”: Curiosity and Agita Inside 30 Rock as Ronan Farrow Begins Work on Catch and Kill  —  NBC is jittery as Farrow prepares to tell his side of the story about what went down at the network while he was reporting on Harvey Weinstein.  —  Of all the headaches …
Discussion: Vox
Matti Friedman / New York Times:
Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy  —  JERUSALEM — During my years in the international press here in Israel, long before the bloody events of this week, I came to respect Hamas for its keen ability to tell a story.  —  At the end of 2008 I was a desk editor, a local Israeli hire …
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Gaza's Miseries Have Palestinian Authors
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: Raw Story and Washington Post
Kathleen A. Schultz / SaukValley.com:
Dixon High School shooting: Former student shot, wounded after bringing gun  —  UPDATED STORY: Dixon High School shooting: Shooter is former senior, recently expelled  —  DIXON - A 19-year-old former Dixon High student is in custody with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder …
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Mahita Gajanan / TIME:
Officer ‘Saved Lives’ by Shooting Ex-Student Who Opened Fire at Illinois High School, Chief Says
Tiffany Crawford / The Province:
Woman detained after feces flinging incident at Langley Tim Hortons  —  A woman could be facing charges after an irate confrontation at a Langley Tim Hortons Monday ended in feces being thrown at staff.  —  On Wednesday, surveillance video showing Tim Hortons staff being harassed was posted on Liveleak and YouTube.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Rowe / sandiegouniontribune.com:
Pop goes a tradition: county cracks down on free popcorn in hardware stores  —  San Diego County health inspectors stop a hardware store from offering free bags of freshly-popped popcorn.  —  Around San Diego County, a hot, salty, buttered controversy has popped up.
Tom Cleary / Heavy.com:
Aaron Schlossberg: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  A New York City lawyer has been accused of going on a bigoted rant against employees of a Manhattan restaurant because they were taking orders in Spanish and speaking in the language to each other.  Aaron M. Schlossberg was identified …
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
 
 
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Ruben Navarrette Jr. / USA Today:
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
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Marcy Wheeler / HuffPost:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump's Assault on Democracy Doesn't Bother the Radical Left
George Neumayr / The American Spectator:
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Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Wall Street Journal:
‘I Am the Mastermind’: Mohammed bin Salman's Guide to Getting Rich
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
Discussion: Daily Wire and Jezebel
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democratic Party Has an ‘MSNBC Problem’
Discussion: Shakesville