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7:45 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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
FBI agents said to be probing Michael Cohen's deal with Korean firm … A California man who says he served as a translator last year for Michael Cohen and a South Korean aerospace firm that paid Cohen's company $150,000 said Tuesday that FBI agents recently interviewed him.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Playbook: Republicans in the middle of an immigration nightmare
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president, Giuliani says  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team told President Trump's lawyers recently that prosecutors do not believe they can charge a sitting president with a crime under Justice …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New York Times acknowledges it buried the lead in pre-election Russia-Trump story
DOJ Inspector General report on FBI handling of Clinton email probe entering final stages
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Trump's North Korea Nobel buzz could die with John Bolton  —  Is Trump's biggest obstacle to a deal with North Korea his own national security adviser?  —  Donald Trump wants a deal with North Korea.  His national security adviser thinks the North Koreans can't be dealt with.
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:   A Washington Lightning Rod Draws a Bolt From North Korea
FOX News Radio:
Ambassador John Bolton Responds To North Korea Calling Him Out; Tracking Down White House Leaks
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Christopher Wylie: Bannon wanted “weapons” to fight a “culture war” at Cambridge Analytica
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 …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Criminal Complaint over Trump Financial Disclosures  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Following the release of President Trump's 2018 public financial disclosures, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed a criminal complaint against the president …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
USA Today:
Trump discloses his reimbursement to lawyer for settlement with porn star Stormy Daniels
Discussion: The Root
New York Times:
Trump Discloses Payment to Cohen in Financial Report
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Michael Avenatti being investigated by California State Bar
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Rising Star In Swing District Gave $300K To Pro-BDS Groups  —  The foundation run by the newly minted Democratic candidate for Congress in one of the most heavily Jewish congressional districts in the country has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:   The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update
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
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Gaza's Miseries Have Palestinian Authors
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
Tom Cleary /
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Scoop: Peter Navarro explodes at Steven Mnuchin
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
Peter Rowe /
Pop goes a tradition: county cracks down on free popcorn in hardware stores  —  San Diego County health inspectors stop a hardware store from offering free bags of freshly-popped popcorn.  —  Around San Diego County, a hot, salty, buttered controversy has popped up.
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.
Tiffany Crawford / The Province:
Woman detained after feces flinging incident at Langley Tim Hortons  —  A woman could be facing charges after an irate confrontation at a Langley Tim Hortons Monday ended in feces being thrown at staff.  —  On Wednesday, surveillance video showing Tim Hortons staff being harassed was posted on Liveleak and YouTube.
Angela Helm / The Root:
White Woman Calls Security on ‘Suspicious Man With a Baby’ at Park in Washington, DC  —  Well, it looks like the epidemic of well-meaning white folks (I guess) calling the police or security on black people as they go about their lives is par for the course in 2018 America.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Has Spent $2.8 Trillion on Terrorism Fight, Study Finds
Clark Mindock / Yahoo:
Former Obama ethics chief says $500m Chinese support for Trump project ‘violates emoluments clause’
David Knowles / Yahoo:
Trump blasts some deported immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'
Ruben Navarrette Jr. / USA Today:
‘Roseanne’ just took an irresponsible slap at illegal immigrants. Do better, please.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
New Jersey Emerges as a Liberal Bulwark Under Murphy
U.S. sanctions Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, deputy Qassem
Discussion: Axios
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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