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3:10 PM ET, May 17, 2018


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The Definitive Story Of How Trump's Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign  —  On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent.  —  All through the hot summer campaign of 2016, as Donald Trump and his aides dismissed talk …
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Kushners Near Deal With Qatar-Linked Company for Troubled Tower  —  The company controlled by the family of the White House adviser Jared Kushner is close to receiving a bailout of its financially troubled flagship building by a company with ties to the government of Qatar, according to executives briefed on the deal.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
On a Willful Lie from the Press  —  This claim is omnipresent on social media and beyond: … Peruse Twitter or Facebook right now, and you'll see this line everywhere — and not solely in the feeds of left-leaning journalists or from admitted critics of the president.
Discussion: Washington Post, USA Today and The Root
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.”
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reporting full context of Trump's immigration comments should cut both ways
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump riff on immigration kicks up partisan feud
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Mueller's office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe: filing  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope …
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Mueller Reveals Basis for Manafort Probe to Skeptical Judge  — Virginia judge weighing Manafort request to dismiss indictment  — Prosecutors had earlier redacted three-page Rosenstein memo  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave a judge the complete three-page memo …
Discussion: Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller hands judge full memo detailing Russia probe scope
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
New York Post:
Racist lawyer runs scared from cameras outside home  —  The Midtown lawyer who was caught on video hurling racist comments at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers refused to comment outside his home Thursday while shielding himself from reporters.  —  Aaron Schlossberg, 42 …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
WATCH: Racist NYC lawyer tries to hide in his umbrella as he flees reporters outside his home
New York Times:
Show Starring Avenatti and Scaramucci Is Being Pitched to Television Executives  —  A television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who is suing President Trump on behalf of a pornographic film actress, and the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched …
Discussion: Mediaite
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just watered down Trump's Russia collusion denial — again  —  This is now at least the seventh time the goal posts have been moved — all in one direction.
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
How Mueller's First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater
Discussion: New York Times and The Resurgent
Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Scott Waldmann / Science:
Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise  —  The Earth is not warming.  The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise.  Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet.  —  Those are some of the skeptical assertions echoed …
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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI's Trump Investigation
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.
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update
Discussion: The Forward
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are betting it all on aging white Trump voters
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Bad Liars  —  ICE claimed a Dreamer was “gang-affiliated” and tried to deport him.  A federal judge ruled that ICE was lying.  —  On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez shot down the federal government's efforts to strip Daniel Ramirez Medina of his DACA status.
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.
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 …
Jessica Chia / New York Daily News:
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock claimed Americans needed to wake up to government plot to seize guns  —  A man who met Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Las Vegas massacre said the mass shooter ranted about a government plot to confiscate guns and called for the American public …
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 …
Justice News:
Arizona Men Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With $23 Million Fraud And Money Laundering Scheme In Connection With Purported Fundraising For Numerous Scam Political Action Committees  —  Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr. …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jessica Garrison / BuzzFeed:
The Life Of One Of America's Bloodiest Hitmen  —  “True Evil has a face you know and a voice you trust.”  —  “Look, Jose,” the cop said to the genial grandfather sitting across the desk.  “The fact is, you're being charged with murder.”  —  Tim McWhorter, the chief investigator …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Poll: Just 13 percent of Americans consider Trump honest and trustworthy  —  Only thirteen percent of Americans said they would consider President Trump  —  to be honest and trustworthy, according to a new Survey Monkey tracking poll.  —  Trump's honesty and trustworthiness score …
Washington Post:
McConnell warns control of the Senate is ‘absolutely’ in play in midterm elections  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Thursday that control of the Senate is “absolutely” in play in the midterm elections, identifying the nine battleground states he believes will decide the outcome in November.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Sex Isn't Everything In Donald Trump's Big Reveal  —  Stormy Daniels grabs the headlines, but humdrum details in financial disclosure may matter most.  —  Thanks to the Office of Government Ethics, a U.S. federal agency created after the Watergate scandals to curb the kind of flagrant conflicts …
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 …
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 …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP rep authors resolution calling for White House apology to McCain  —  (N.C.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would instruct the House to call on the White House to formally apologize for a staffer's “insensitive comments” that Sen. John McCain  —  (R-Ariz.) was “dying anyway.”
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Eric Holthaus / Grist:
Bitcoin's energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual
Eli Okun / Politico:
Trump donates first-quarter 2018 salary to VA
Discussion: ABC News
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News appoints first female CEO
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. inspector general finishes draft of report on Clinton email case
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
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Google's Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering
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Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
U.S. Navy Reserve Doctor on Gina Haspel Torture Victim: “One of the Most Severely Traumatized …
Aaron Gordon / Village Voice:
The L Train Shutdown Scenario Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Employees Altered Information on Business Customers' Documents
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House
Discussion: Political Wire