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10:15 PM ET, May 20, 2018

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New York Times:
Mueller Plans to Wrap Up Obstruction Inquiry Into Trump by Sept. 1, Giuliani Says  —  WASHINGTON — The special counsel plans to finish by Sept. 1 the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
DOJ asks watchdog to probe Trump campaign surveillance claims  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked its inspector general to look into whether or not the FBI surveilled President Trump  —  's campaign for “inappropriate purposes.”  —  “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants …
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all  —  The “deep state” is in a deep state of desperation.  With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general's report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller  —  having failed to bring down Donald Trump
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Department calls for inquiry after Trump demands probe into whether FBI ‘infiltrated or surveilled’ his campaign  —  Under pressure from President Trump, the Justice Department on Sunday asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation …
Washington Post:
Trump says he will call for Justice Department to probe whether FBI 'surveilled the Trump Campaign …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Demand Investigation Into Whether FBI Infiltrated His Campaign
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Should Get Details on Informant Before Mueller Interview, Giuliani Says
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump Grappling With Risks of Proceeding With North Korea Meeting  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, increasingly concerned that his summit meeting in Singapore next month with North Korea's leader could turn into a political embarrassment, has begun pressing his aides and allies about whether …
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Washington Post:   Trump, South Korean leader commiserate over upcoming summit
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Paul Ryan's House is collapsing, and if the chaos keeps accelerating it could force him out of the speakership before his planned graceful exit at the end of the year:  —  The state of play: A group of about 20 moderate Republicans are threatening to help Democrats force a vote on a DACA bill.
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Haley Byrd / Weekly Standard:
A Coup in the Offing?  —  Top Republicans consider amping up the pressure on Paul Ryan to step down as Speaker of the House before midterm elections.  —  Top Republicans in Congress and the White House have in recent days entertained a plan to push House Speaker Paul Ryan out of his post over the summer …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
A Border Patrol agent detained two U.S. citizens at a gas station after hearing them speak Spanish … A Montana woman said she plans to take legal action after a Border Patrol agent detained and questioned her and a friend — both U.S. citizens — when he overheard them speaking Spanish at a gas station.
Mara Gay / New York Times:
Thanks, Meghan Markle, We Needed That  —  We went to church on Saturday, all of us, and caught the Meghan and Harry spirit.  —  This American girl tried to avoid it as best she could.  Yes, I'm biracial like Meghan Markle, black like Meghan Markle, but I told myself I would watch …
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CNN:
Royal family website notes Meghan's ‘proud feminist’ credentials
Discussion: New York Times, KTLA and Bustle
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
How the Trump family sold U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder |  Will Bunch  —  Today marks the 16-month anniversary of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States, and nowhere has our unlikeliest commander-in-chief placed a greater stamp on America's place in the world …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The China bargain emerges  —  You could almost hear the markets breathe a sigh of relief this morning when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced an armistice in the trade war.  —  Between the lines: This was basically foreseeable.  A few weeks ago, Axios had a story headlined …
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Washington Post:   Confusion and squabbling undermine Trump's steps forward on the world stage
New York Times:
Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote  —  WASHINGTON — The pace of new voter registrations among young people in crucial states is accelerating, a signal that school shootings this year — and the anger and political organizing in their wake — may prove to be more than ephemeral displays of activism.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
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Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Mother of slain Santa Fe shooting victim believes daughter was targeted for rejecting shooter's advances
Discussion: RedState, Bustle, ThinkProgress and AOL
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Mario Batali Under Criminal Investigation For Sexual Misconduct: NYPD  —  Police confirm they're investigating the disgraced celebrity chef.  —  Mario Batali, the world-famous chef and restaurateur who has been accused by at least 11 women of sexual misconduct, is the subject …
Discussion: Mediaite
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Roger Stone ‘prepared’ for Mueller indictment  —  WASHINGTON — Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he is “prepared” to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation if that's where the probe leads.
CNN:
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  [11:00:09] BRIAN STELTER, CNN HOST: Hey, I'm Brian Stelter.  And it's time for RELIABLE SOURCES.  This is our weekly look at the story behind the story, of how the media really works, how the news gets made.
Ed Stannard / New Haven Register:
Hillary Clinton tells Yale seniors they need resiliency to meet democratic ‘crisis’  —  NEW HAVEN — The Yale University class of 2018 has prepared itself to meet the challenges facing American democracy, and it will need that resilience to take on those who would divide the country …
Melissa Klein / New York Post:
Parents outraged at school's silent tribute for Gaza victims  —  This moment of silence caused a lot of noise.  —  Students at the elite Beacon School were asked to pause from their studies last week to pay tribute to the victims of violence in Gaza, where some 60 Palestinians were killed the day before by Israeli soldiers.
Kim Barker / New York Times:
Teresa Gómez, 59  —  “This neighborhood is not the same as when I moved,” says Ms. Gómez, an archivist at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.  Grocery stores, travel agencies, small stores — “Everything disappeared,” she says.  She attributes this to gentrification.
Erin Durkin / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio to tell NYPD to stop arresting New Yorkers for smoking pot in public  —  Mayor de Blasio will tell the NYPD to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a new group to officially prepare the city for the outright legalization of marijuana in New York
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen payments put spotlight on New York investment firm linked to Russian billionaire … In June 2017, Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, had an invitation for one of his other clients: Would he like to attend a fundraiser for Trump's reelection?
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Hillary Clinton to get Harvard medal for ‘transformative impact on society’  —  Hillary Clinton will receive Harvard's prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society,” according to the Ivy League university.  —  She will receive the award Friday as part of the school's graduation-week activities.
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Annie Vainshtein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palo Alto pastor resigns after nasty tweets about city: ‘An elitist sh— den of hate’
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