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1:20 PM ET, May 17, 2018


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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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.
Rudy Giuliani Doubles Down That Trump Can't Be Indicted Even If He Shoots Someone
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Rudy Giuliani just watered down Trump's Russia collusion denial — again
Associated Press:
Mueller investigation enters 2nd year, where is it headed?
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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: Shareblue Media and Shakesville
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
On a Willful Lie from the Press
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and HuffPost
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump riff on immigration kicks up partisan feud
Discussion: One America News Network and CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
WATCH: Racist NYC lawyer tries to hide in his umbrella as he flees reporters outside his home
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.
Discussion: The Forward
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are betting it all on aging white Trump voters
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News appoints first female CEO  —  Suzanne Scott, who oversaw opinion programming, takes the reins of cable news' top-rated outlet.  —  Fox News named Suzanne Scott as its new CEO on Thursday, marking the first time a woman has led the cable news network.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Suzanne Scott Named CEO of Fox News
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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 …
Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
U.S. Navy Reserve Doctor on Gina Haspel Torture Victim: “One of the Most Severely Traumatized Individuals I Have Ever Seen”  —  An American doctor and Naval reserve officer who has done extensive medical evaluation of a high-profile prisoner who was tortured under the supervision …
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 …
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond  —  Days after Carter Page's high-profile trip to Moscow in July 2016, the Trump campaign adviser had his first encounter with Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor with CIA and MI6 contacts.
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 …
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: Bustle, Raw Story and Daily Wire
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 …
GQ's 2018 Comedy Issue Cover Stars Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman  —  Mistakes were made.  —  GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue …
Discussion: Jezebel, Mashable and Just Jared
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Individual Insurance Market Performance in 2017  —  Concerns about the stability of the individual insurance market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been raised in the past year following exits of several insurers from the exchange markets for 2017, and again last year during the debate over repeal of the health law.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google's Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering  —  This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society  —  Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users.
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis: Sorry Adam Putnam, but Trump is solidly behind me  —  He brushes off chatter about Mike Pence trying to keep Trump out of the Florida gubernatorial primary.  —  U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, banking on Donald Trump's endorsement to help him win Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary …
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
How Mueller's First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater  —  It's a big day for Robert Mueller and his team: One year ago today, Mueller was appointed to lead the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Discussion: New York Times
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
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The Rutherford Institute:
Rutherford Institute Sues Forest Service for Denying Medical Care to Pipeline Protester …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
City makes it illegal to sit or lie down on sidewalks
Discussion: Daily Wire
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
Democrats aren't as obsessed with Trump as you think
Discussion: MSNBC and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. inspector general finishes draft of report on Clinton email case
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Aaron Gordon / Village Voice:
The L Train Shutdown Scenario Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
It might take a black candidate to beat Trump's toxic racial politics
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
First confirmed urban Ebola case is a ‘game changer’ in Congo outbreak
Discussion: NPR, Outside the Beltway and STAT
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Employees Altered Information on Business Customers' Documents
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Millions of dollars committed’: Murphy enters new phase of bipartisan bid with Jolly
Jessica Pishko / The Guardian:
12 years in jail for shoplifting: how Walmart is helping prosecutors hike up sentences
Independent voters hold more positive view of Bredesen than Blackburn, new poll finds
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House
Discussion: Political Wire
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
Liberals, It's Not About Being Nice
David Colon / Bicycling:
Why Did Police Run This Cyclist Off His Bike?