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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 …
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Yahoo:
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Washington Post:
Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president, Giuliani says
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:   Giuliani Calls For Mueller Probe To End: 'We've Tortured This President Enough'
New York Times:   Mueller Won't Indict Trump if He Finds Wrongdoing, Giuliani Says
CNN:
DOJ Inspector General report on FBI handling of Clinton email probe entering final stages
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.”
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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
CNN:
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint over Trump Financial Disclosures
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
USA Today:
Trump discloses his reimbursement to lawyer for settlement with porn star Stormy Daniels
Discussion: The Root
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.
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.
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
TIME:
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.
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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 …
Tennessean.com:
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
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
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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Should the U.S. Break Up Amazon?  —  Some time later this year, Amazon could become the first trillion-dollar company in American history.  Its valuation has already doubled in the last 14 months to about $800 billion, and Jeff Bezos, its founder and CEO, is officially the richest man on the planet.
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 …
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 …
Tom Cleary / Heavy.com:
Aaron Schlossberg: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  A New York City lawyer has been accused of going on a bigoted rant against employees of a Manhattan restaurant because they were taking orders in Spanish and speaking in the language to each other.  Aaron M. Schlossberg was identified …
Discussion: Vox, BuzzFeed, KTLA and fox8.com
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Satisfaction With Way Things Are Going in U.S. Rises to 37%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-seven percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country today, up from 29% in April.  Gallup has not measured a higher level of satisfaction since a 39% reading in late September 2005 …
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Reuters:
U.S. sanctions Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, deputy Qassem
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
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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