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11:05 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, Axios and Balloon Juice
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 and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and Raw Story
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Why Is a Qatari Diplomat Refusing to Confirm Video Footage of Him Attending His Trump Tower Meeting?  —  On Monday, the company of a one-time Qatari diplomat and investor said it could not confirm and had “no basis to confirm” that the company's owner, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, was pictured in a video …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Panel Releases 2,500 Pages of Testimony on Meeting Between Trump Campaign Officials and Russians
Discussion: Daily Kos
Philip Ewing / NPR:
Senate Committee Releases 2,500 Pages About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
Discussion: CNBC
MJ Lee / CNN:
Qatari investor confirms he attended Trump Tower meetings in 2016
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:
The #Resistance Had A Very Good Night  —  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.  The question, however …
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
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:
Pennsylvania Primaries Deliver Strong Wins for Democratic Women  —  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: Bustle, Axios and CNN
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 and NK News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Just about everything is odd about Trump's support of Chinese firm ZTE
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill
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 …
John Miller / Reuters:
Top Novartis lawyer exits over Trump attorney deal error
Discussion: IJR, The Week, STAT and Axios
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
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 …
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 …
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Democrats are about to have to pay up  —  Before the ink was dry on our new tax bill, outraged blue states were screaming about the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes.  Their governments were also frantically seeking ways around it, and small wonder.
Discussion: The Mahablog and CNBC
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 …
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
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 and The Root
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland school cop Scot Peterson gets $8,702 a month in pension  —  Broward Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson resigned after public criticism from Sheriff Scott Israel for not confronting the Florida school gunman on Feb. 14.  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  Privacy Policy
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: Towleroad, PinkNews and Joe.My.God.
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
EU's Tusk slams ‘capricious’ Trump  —  SOFIA — European Council President Donald Tusk slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord and threatening the EU with tariffs on steel and aluminum in by far the harshest rebuke yet by Brussels of the unpredictable American leader.
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 …
Ernest Owens / Pushback:
Malcolm Kenyatta Makes History With State House Primary Victory  —  The LGBTQ community advocate has now become the first openly gay candidate of color ever to win a state House primary in Pennsylvania.  —  This election night, LGBTQ community leader and former Democratic National Convention …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
No-whites-allowed ‘Day of Absence’ lives on despite last year's uproar at Evergreen State College  —  ‘In addition to POC centered events there will be antiracist workshops for white folks’  —  Students at the embattled Evergreen State College, which made national headlines last year …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
How Trump's ZTE deal could undercut his foreign policy
Associated Press:
Following U.S. lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem
Discussion: Daily Wire
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Flip a Pennsylvania Seat, Making 41 Since Trump's Inauguration
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
CIA nominee wins Senate panel backing, confirmation expected
Discussion: Politico
Maher Chmaytelli / Reuters:
Iran's Soleimani holds talks about future Iraqi cabinet
James Hill / ABC News:
Michael Avenatti casts himself as anti-Trump avenger
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
This is what a death spiral looks like
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Elizabeth Warren steals show at 2020 audition
Discussion: Political Wire
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