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5:25 PM ET, May 16, 2018

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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 …
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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 and Raw Story
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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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 …
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, Mother Jones, MSNBC and The Week
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
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, CNN and Splinter
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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Anthony Scaramucci, days after Trump hired him at the White House, reached out to promoter …
Discussion: The Week
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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Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Trump Acknowledges Repaying Michael Cohen After Stormy Daniels Payment
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Trump DID reimburse Michael Cohen after ‘expenses were incurred’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Novartis lawyer to retire over $1.2 million contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen
Discussion: CNN, Forbes and Axios
Associated Press:   Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer
Washington Post:
In new financial disclosure, Trump reports apparent payment through his personal attorney to adult-film star
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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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 …
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
Discussion: ABC News
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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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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Politico:
Pruitt taps outside attorney for help amid investigations
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Splinter
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Scoop: Peter Navarro explodes at Steven Mnuchin
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 …
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 …
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
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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tillerson warns military grads of ‘growing crisis in ethics and integrity’
Discussion: Washington Press, IJR and CNN
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.
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Leaders warn Republicans against forcing immigration vote  —  Republican leaders warned rank-and-file members Wednesday not to move ahead with a discharge petition to force an immigration vote, saying the effort would effectively hand over power to the Democrats, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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Politico:
Republicans wrangle over DACA in tense private meeting
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Refinery29
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
Lyman Stone / Institute for Family Studies Blog:
Baby Bust: Fertility is Declining the Most Among Minority Women … Any serious pro-natal policy in America worth its salt would primarily result in birth gains among minority mothers, not white ones.  —  The decline in fertility has been far greater among minorities than among non-Hispanic whites.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Say it ain't so: McConnell threatens to kill August recess  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seriously considering scrapping some or all of the August recess this year, according to senators and aides.  —  The GOP leader told Republican chairmen on Wednesday that he would speak …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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