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12:00 PM 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
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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 …
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: Slate, The Week and 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, Splinter and Raw Story
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:   Trump attorney fed statement to publicist for Russians about Trump Tower meeting
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Panel Releases 2,500 Pages of Testimony on Meeting Between Trump Campaign Officials and Russians
Philip Ewing / NPR:
Senate Committee Releases 2,500 Pages About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
Discussion: Vox, Bloomberg and CNBC
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 …
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Politico:
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
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
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
New York Times:
White House Brushes Aside North Korea's Threats to Cancel Summit With Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The White House brushed aside threats by North Korea on Wednesday to cancel an upcoming summit meeting between President Trump and the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, saying it was still “hopeful” …
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Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Just How Fragile Is Trump's North Korea Diplomacy?
Discussion: Althouse and NK News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Just about everything is odd about Trump's support of Chinese firm ZTE
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite, USA Today and Vox
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.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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James Hill / ABC News:
Michael Avenatti casts himself as anti-Trump avenger
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Week
Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Flip a Pennsylvania Seat, Making 41 Since Trump's Inauguration … Democrats flipped another seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday night, bringing the total number of state legislative flips to 41 since Donald Trump's inauguration.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:   Robert Mueller's Most Important Accomplishment
Joshua Davidovich / Associated Press:
Sderot homes hit with heavy machine gun fire from Gaza, army says  —  No injuries after gunmen in Strip target military aircraft and hit homes in city with errant rounds; IDF shells Hamas post in Gaza  —  The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday's events as they unfold.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Tom Wolfe captured and caricatured New York City better than anyone  —  Tom Wolfe, who died Monday at the age of 88, carried his Virginia accent with him all of his days.  He famously, or notoriously, dressed himself in a creamy white suit whose purpose seemed to be to say “Whatever I am, I am not one of you.”
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Roger Kimball / Wall Street Journal:   Tom Wolfe Had the Right Stuff
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 …
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John Miller / Reuters:
Top Novartis lawyer exits over Trump attorney deal error
Discussion: IJR, STAT, The Week and Axios
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.
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
total.com:
US withdrawal from the JCPOA: Total's position related to the South Pars 11 project in Iran  —  Paris - On 4 July 2017, Total, together with the other partner Petrochina, executed the contract related to the South Pars 11 (SP11) project, in full compliance with UN resolutions and US, EU and French legislation applicable at the time.
Paul Gattis / al.com:
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.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democratic Party Has an ‘MSNBC Problem’  —  “The Democrats need to stop obsessing about Trump and Russia, and start talking about the bread-and-butter issues that matter to ordinary people.”  Since Donald Trump took office, that sentiment has been a refrain for the party's leading critics on both the left and right.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Weighs Return of Pixar Co-Founder John Lasseter After Concerns on Behavior  —  Executives discuss reduced role for animation guru who took leave of absence following accusations of unwelcome hugging and other touching  —  LOS ANGELES—Executives at Walt Disney Co. DIS 1.15% …
 
 
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David McCabe / Axios:
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Politico:
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Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
No-whites-allowed ‘Day of Absence’ lives on despite last year's uproar at Evergreen State College
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Gillian McGoldrick / Morning Call:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Clint Hendler / Mother Jones:
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Discussion: National Review
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Washington Post:
Metro will stay open later for Caps-Lightning Games 3 and 4 — thanks partly to ... Qatar?
Discussion: Townhall