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4:25 PM ET, May 21, 2018


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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
Michael B. Mukasey / USA Today:
End Robert Mueller's investigation: Michael Mukasey  —  President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the special counsel Robert mueller will finish its investigation into whether or not trump obstructed justice in the Russia inquiry by September 1st.  For more on the story here is Zachary Devita.
Discussion: Townhall
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Has All the Power  —  Sunday afternoon, President Trump tweeted an extraordinary threat—extraordinary even by the standards of Donald Trump's norm-busting use of Twitter and abusive conduct toward the Justice Department and federal investigations: “I hereby demand …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
There Is Only One Trump Scandal  —  The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of.  —  There's the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump's candidacy and defeat his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
It's About Time Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Located Their Spines
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules that companies can require workers to accept individual arbitration  —  The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 Monday that companies may require workers to accept individual arbitration over wage and other workplace disputes.  —  Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for the court's conservatives …
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:   Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights
Discussion: Mother Jones
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Common Dreams
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Workplace Arbitration Contracts
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Splinter
The Onion:
‘The Onion’ Has Finally Read Michael Cohen's 2013 Email Regarding His Client Donald Trump And Would Like To Discuss The Matter Further At His Convenience  —  In a free press, journalists must expose the truth even if it upsets those in power.  Our work often leads to significant backlash …
The Daily Beast:
Michael Cohen Has Become a Trumpworld Pariah: ‘Time to Keep a Distance’
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pompeo threatens Iran with worst sanctions yet  —  The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussing strategy on Iran (all times local):  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is offering a series of dramatic potential U.S. concessions to Iran if it agrees to make “major changes.”
Mike Pompeo / US Department of State:
U.S. Department of State
Barbara Slavin / Axios:
Pompeo's Mission Impossible on Iran
Carol Morello / Washington Post:   Pompeo vows U.S., Mideast allies will ‘crush’ Iranian operatives around the world
Netflix Media Center:
Netflix Forming Storytelling Partnership With Barack and Michelle Obama  —  Hollywood, Calif., May 21, 2018 — President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Coming to Netflix: The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Shows and Films  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.
New York Times:
Hillary and Bill Clinton Go Separate Ways for 2018 Midterm Elections  —  For years they dominated the party, brandishing their powerful financial network and global fame to pick favorites for primary elections and lift Democrats even in deep-red states.  They were viewed as a joint entity …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Blankenship to wage third-party bid after losing primary  —  The failed GOP candidate said he'll run as the Constitution Party nominee, but West Virginia law appears to stand in his way.  —  West Virginia coal baron and former prisoner Don Blankenship announced on Monday that he plans …
David Edelstein / Vulture:
Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked  —  A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was no Star Wars, and the business and art of movies were vastly different.  —  Yes, it was technically a mere 42 Earth years ago and in our own Milky Way galaxy, but it was before studios spoke of “franchises” …
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 …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Who's to blame for the hiccup in North Korea talks? South Koreans say Bolton.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Democrats Need to Get Much Tougher on These Trump Scandals or They Will Lose the Midterms … Okay, Democrats.  It's time.  —  Sunday afternoon at 1:37 pm, the president of the United States tweeted that he is ordering an investigation of the investigation into him.  His campaign, okay; but him.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   House Republicans set terms for Trump to campaign on their turf
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration  —  For John Feeley, the Ambassador to Panama, moral failings at home seemed to compound tactical failings abroad.  —  John Feeley, the Ambassador to Panama and a former Marine helicopter pilot, is not averse to strong language …
Discussion: The Week
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie's army in disarray  —  The Sanders-inspired grass-roots group ‘Our Revolution’ is flailing, an extensive review by POLITICO shows, fueling cocerns about a potential 2020 bid.  —  Bernie Sanders' top operatives formed “Our Revolution” after he lost the 2016 primaries to keep …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Advising Bolton Is a ‘Shadow N.S.C.’  —  WASHINGTON — In the weeks after President Trump chose John Bolton to be his third national security adviser in March, Mr. Bolton, a veteran of the George W. Bush State Department whose bellicose manner kept him from a high-level job at the beginning …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy that targeted racial bias  —  has repealed auto-lending guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), revoking a rule that was put in place to protect minority customers from predatory practices.  —  Trump's signature on a congressional …
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
The FBI Informant Who Wasn't Spying  —  A secret source insinuated himself with Trump campaign officials.  Ho hum.  —  Well, what do you know.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation really did task an “informant” to insinuate himself with Trump campaign advisers in 2016.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump praises Nunes as ‘a very courageous man’
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Kaepernick collusion case proving that teams viewed him as a starting quarterback  —  Remember when quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially went unsigned after becoming a free agent in March 2017?  Remember the false and overstated concerns that were being pushed to justify the position that he was unemployed for football reasons?
Discussion: Raw Story, The Root and AOL
Nelson W. Cunningham / Politico:
3 Predictions for What Mueller Will Do Next  —  As a former prosecutor, here's where I think the special counsel is headed.  —  Robert Mueller's investigation is now one year old.  Watching the slow reveal of witnesses, search warrants, and subpoenas, the president's supporters and his opponents …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why the New Times Report on the Gulf Meeting Is Freaking Trump Out  —  This weekend, the New York Times revealed that, in August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. met in Trump Tower with representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who offered campaign help.
China Considers Ending Birth Limits as Soon as This Year  — Plans to scrap controversial policy after about four decades  — Births fall despite 2015 decision to let parents have two kids  —  China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have …
Paul Joseph Watson /
REPORT: OBAMA PLEADS WITH JAY-Z TO PREVENT OTHER HIP HOP ARTISTS MEETING WITH TRUMP  —  Democrats terrified of slipping support amongst millennials  —  Former President Barack Obama has reportedly asked Jay-Z to encourage other hip hop artists not to meet with Donald Trump following the firestorm of publicity over Kanye West.
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Timothy Snyder / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Ken Livingstone and Politico
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Barbara Bradley Hagerty / The Atlantic:
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Amb / Fox News:
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
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