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The Daily Beast:
‘Kremlin Used’ NRA to Help Trump in 2016, Says Senate Judiciary Committee  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the Russian government apparently used the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.  “The Committee has obtained a number …
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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 big things we just learned from the Trump Tower meeting testimony … The Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of congressional testimony on Wednesday.  The trove of information provides a new window into that ill-fated June 2016 Trump Tower meeting before which Donald Trump Jr …
Discussion: Axios, Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Russia favored Trump in 2016, Senate panel says, breaking with House GOP … The Senate Intelligence Committee has determined that the intelligence community was correct in assessing that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election with the aim of helping then-candidate Donald Trump …
Discussion: Vox, MSNBC and The Week
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
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.
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump attorney fed statement to publicist for Russians about Trump Tower meeting
Discussion: Washington Press
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Anthony Scaramucci, days after Trump hired him at the White House, reached out to promoter …
Discussion: The Week
U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina:
Senate Intel Completes Review of Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in the 2016 U.S. Elections
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
Washington Post:
Russia favored Trump in 2016 election, Senate Intelligence Committee says, breaking with House GOP
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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: Shareblue Media
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Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Trump Acknowledges Repaying Michael Cohen After Stormy Daniels Payment
Washington Post:
In new financial disclosure, Trump reports apparent payment through his personal attorney to adult-film star
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 …
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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 …
Politico:
Top takeaways from a wild primary night
Discussion: ABC News
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: IJR and Political Wire
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Josh Smith / Reuters:
North Korea is dismantling its nuclear site, but is it abandoning its arsenal or hiding evidence?
Discussion: CNN, Instapundit and TheBlaze
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.
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Kathleen A. Schultz / SaukValley.com:
Dixon High School shooting: Former student shot, wounded after bringing gun  —  DIXON - A 19-year-old former Dixon High student is in custody with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder after bringing a gun to the school this morning.  —  The man shot at school resource officer Mark Dallas …
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Chciago / Associated Press:   ‘Things could have gone much worse’: Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Tillerson warns of ethical crisis among U.S. leaders in speech  —  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday appeared to offer an implicit rebuke of his old boss, as he warned of a “growing crisis in ethics and integrity” during a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute.
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
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ABC News:   Pompeo extols 'America's essential rightness' at State Dept
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Shakesville
Politico:
Republicans wrangle over DACA in tense private meeting  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy warns centrists that forcing votes on immigration could cost the party its majority in the midterms.  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned centrist Republicans that their effort to force …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Leaders warn Republicans against forcing immigration vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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.”
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 …
 
 
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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
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Lyman Stone / Institute for Family Studies Blog:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Democrats are about to have to pay up  —  Before the ink was dry …
Discussion: The Mahablog and CNBC
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: The Week
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