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9:50 AM ET, May 17, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Playbook: Republicans in the middle of an immigration nightmare  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  EVERY DAY IN THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY is a wild ride, but yesterday was particularly emblematic of the breakneck pace.  —  LET'S RECAP: 1.  The White House released Trump's financial disclosure …
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 …
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.
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Mueller's team of Dem donors under fire from Trump as probe hits one-year mark  —  The long and winding special counsel Russia investigation that President Trump has routinely decried as a “witch hunt” hit the one-year mark on Thursday - giving Trump's legal team an opening to renew criticism of the probe's focus and its investigators.
USA Today:
Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation is a year old. Too soon to ‘wrap it up.’
Discussion: New York Times and Bustle
Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:   Giuliani Calls For Mueller Probe To End: 'We've Tortured This President Enough'
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.”
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 …
Dara Lind / Vox:
Trump on deported immigrants: “They're not people. They're animals.”
Discussion: Breitbart
USA Today:
Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'
Discussion: HuffPost
Annie Linskey /
Putting ‘White House’ on the resume is less of a boost
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times' Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign  —  It's reasonable to assume that much of the new information in the New York Times report relates to leakers' fears about information that will be coming out in the inspector general report.
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 …
Nate Madden / Conservative Review:
Levin breaks down the FBI's secret ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ ‘cabal’ against Trump  —  On his radio show Wednesday night, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed new revelations about a “secret cabal” of FBI agents that began surveillance of President Trump and his campaign over three months before the November 2016 election.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New York Times acknowledges it buried the lead in pre-election Russia-Trump story
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.
Agence France-Presse:
Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower
Discussion: Political Wire
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Pennsylvania Republicans hit the panic button over Senate nominee Lou Barletta  —  Senior Republicans are sounding the alarm about Rep. Lou Barletta's, R-Pa., struggling Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, fretting that his lackadaisical, disorganized effort will hand a third term to incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.
David Colon / Bicycling:
Why Did Police Run This Cyclist Off His Bike?  —  TWO NYPD OFFICERS VEERED INTO HEINS RODRIGUEZ AND THREW HIM FROM HIS BIKE, BUT HE NEVER FACED ANY CHARGES BESIDES “RESISTING ARREST.”  NOW, HE'S SUING THE DEPARTMENT.  —  In the video, the cyclist gets thrown from his bike, sails through the air, and hits the ground hard.
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
TRUMP'S STORMY DANIELS PAYMENT REFERRED TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BY OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS  —  The U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday referred President Donald Trump's financial disclosures to the Department of Justice after determining that he should have disclosed his reimbursement …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint over Trump Financial Disclosures
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — This piece revisits a proposed path to a Democratic House majority we sketched out in early February.  — Overall, the Democrats' odds in the districts mentioned have largely but not universally gotten a little better.
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Liberals, It's Not About Being Nice  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed titled “Liberals, You're Not As Smart As You Think.”  In it, University of Virginia political science professor Gerard Alexander accuses American liberals of arrogance and warns …
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.
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening in Gaza  —  The cacophony that accompanies every upsurge in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can make it seem impossible for outsiders to sort out the facts.  Recent events in Gaza are no exception.  The shrillest voices on each side …
Independent voters hold more positive view of Bredesen than Blackburn, new poll finds  —  A look at the several polls detailing the race of Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate Michael Schwab, The Tennessean  —  Independent voters in Tennessee have a significantly more positive view …
Discussion: Political Wire
Phil Klay / New Yorker:
The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us  —  The charges facing the embattled governor of Missouri have stunned voters, but in the tight-knit Naval Special Warfare community, Greitens has been a divisive figure for years.  —  The Missouri legislature is scheduled …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy  —  WASHINGTON — In a veiled rebuke of President Trump, former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned on Wednesday that American democracy was threatened by a growing “crisis of ethics and integrity.”
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, CNN, Bustle and The Hill
CBS Los Angeles:
Starbucks Facing More Racism Allegations After Latino Customer Receives Cup With ‘Beaner’ On The Label  —  LA CAÑADA (CBSLA) — Nearly two weeks ahead of their day of nationwide racial bias training, coffee chain Starbucks is facing new accusations of racism after a Latino customer discovered …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
Kyle Rempfer / Air Force Times:
Air Force A-10s called in to hold off Taliban attack on major Afghan city … Air Force A-10 Warthogs are over Farah city, Afghanistan, in an attempt to prevent the city's fall to Taliban forces during the first major assault against a provincial capital since the Taliban began their annual fighting season.
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 …
Discussion: American Thinker
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Rand Paul: I Want To Know What Haspel Knows About The Surveillance Of The Trump Campaign, If CIA Was Involved  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) expressed his concern of CIA director-designate Gina Haspel's involvement in a surveillance campaign of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Sputnik International
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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Robert Maguire /
Group that spent millions to boost Gorsuch also paid mysterious inaugural donor
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House
Discussion: Political Wire
David French / National Review:
How #MeToo Has Undermined the #Resistance
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Satisfaction With Way Things Are Going in U.S. Rises to 37%
Eder Campuzano / Oregonian:
Stormy Daniels will not perform with naked Trump statue in Oregon
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Should the U.S. Break Up Amazon?
Philip Terzian / Weekly Standard:
Yes, Americans Should Care About the Royal Wedding
 Earlier Items: 
David Knowles / Yahoo:
Trump blasts some deported immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'
Peter Rowe /
Pop goes a tradition: county cracks down on free popcorn in hardware stores
Tiffany Crawford / The Province:
Woman detained after feces flinging incident at Langley Tim Hortons
Angela Helm / The Root:
White Woman Calls Security on ‘Suspicious Man With a Baby’ at Park in Washington, DC
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Rising Star In Swing District Gave $300K To Pro-BDS Groups