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12:30 AM ET, May 23, 2018


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New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal  —  A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure …
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Giuliani's New Stance On Russian Collusion: So What?  It's Not Illegal.  —  “It was sort of like a gift,” Giuliani said of the Clinton campaign material stolen by Russia.  “And you're not involved in the illegality of getting it.”  —  WASHINGTON His client insists there was “NO COLLUSION” …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Christopher Dickey / Washington Post:
Former intelligence chief's argument that Putin did indeed sway the 2016 vote  —  Christopher Dickey, the Paris-based world news editor of the Daily Beast, is the author, most recently, of “Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South.”
David French / National Review:
Yes, a Reasonable Prosecutor Would Have Ordered an Investigation of the Trump Campaign  —  The Mueller investigation should be allowed to reach its natural conclusion, as should the DOJ's investigation of the FBI's conduct.  —  We're rapidly reaching a point in the Russia investigation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
White House Bars Democrats From Meeting on Russia Investigation Records  — Meeting with Justice Department officials set for Thursday  — Chief of staff Kelly organized meeting but won't participate  —  Two House Republican leaders — and no Democrats — will meet …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Did Rosenstein and Wray play Trump?
Discussion: NPR, The Hill, Breitbart and Slate
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mystery in Mueller probe: Where's the hacking indictment?
Discussion: ABC News
DHS chief reignites debate over Russian election meddling findings
Discussion: The Daily Beast and MSNBC
New Yorker:
Philip Roth, the Seminal American Novelist, Has Died  —  Philip Roth, the seminal American novelist whose book “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 1998, has died, at the age of eighty-five.  His great subjects, as Claudia Roth Pierpont wrote in this magazine, in 2006 …
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85  —  Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th century literature, died Tuesday.  He was 85 and lived in Manhattan and Connecticut.
New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History  —  Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former state house leader, who will test …
New York Times:
Georgia Primary Election Results
Discussion: The Root and Daily Kos
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Stacey Abrams wins Georgia ‘Battle of the Staceys’ in bid to become first black female governor in U.S.
Discussion: New York Times, BuzzFeed and ABC News
New York Times:
Texas Primary Runoff Election Results
Discussion: HuffPost
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
LIVE UPDATES:Southern primary showdowns loom large
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Associated Press:
The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a hearing with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on a widespread contaminant in drinking water (all times local):  —  The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press …
Miranda Green / The Hill:
Media push back against EPA limiting reporters at chemical summit
The Hill:
Pruitt spent at least $9,600 on office decor, restored desks: email
Discussion: Washington Press
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   EPA bars three reporters from covering meeting; one says she was shoved by a guard
Paul Campos / New York Magazine:
Hey, Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair  —  was a big day for David Dennison.  Dennison — as Donald Trump was called in his hush-money agreement with Stormy Daniels — was taking a break from the golfing trips that had dominated his weekends for that entire fall.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“That Psychopath Is Going Down”: Inside Trumpworld, a Bizarre Counter-Narrative Takes Hold  —  People in Trump's orbit have become convinced that anti-Trump forces in the F.B.I. entrapped his advisers using informants to plant evidence about Russian collusion—and that former C.I.A. director John Brennan is somehow behind the plot.
Mueller Asked About Money Flows to Israeli Social-Media Firm, Source Says  — PSY Group's work included fake personas, firm's documents show  — Founder is reported to have met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked about flows of money …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Intelligence Company Formed Venture With Trump Campaign Firm Cambridge Analytica  —  Psy-Group is owned by entrepreneur Joel Zamel, who has been questioned by special-counsel investigators  —  WASHINGTON—A company owned by Joel Zamel, an Israeli entrepreneur whose work has drawn …
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Teacher narrowly upsets Kentucky House GOP leader.  A sign of things to come?  —  As upset teachers across Kentucky Tuesday tried to flex their political muscle, Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda narrowly defeated House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Splinter
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Sinkhole develops on White House lawn  —  A sinkhole has developed on the White House's North Lawn, reporters observed Tuesday.  —  Voice of America's Steve Herman and Breitbart's Charlie Spiering shared photos on Twitter of the sinkhole, which is located just outside the entrance to the briefing room.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach
Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers will review classified information on FBI source Thursday, White House says
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney hit with $10-million judgment  —  The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10-million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public  —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected …
Matt Viser /
‘Shame on you, Jared Kushner’: Harvard alumni tear apart classmate in 15th reunion notes  —  WASHINGTON — Graduates of the Harvard class of 2003 are making known their displeasure with the current White House administration in an unusual way, using the platform of their 15th reunion alumni notes …
Discussion: Mediaite
Trump's lawyers seek to narrow scope of special counsel interview  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's legal team is trying to narrow the scope of the President's potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller to questions on Russia-related matters that occurred before Trump's election, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pompeo says NK could benefit from US investment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea could benefit from American investment and technology if it denuclearizes.
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and National Review
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump signs security clearance reform bill — but may not comply with it  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a bill Tuesday aimed at reducing the backlog of security clearance investigations — but later reserved the right not to comply with it on constitutional grounds.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation  —  The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos.  It originated with the Obama administration.  —  E  —  xactly when is the “late Spring”?  —  Of all the questions that have been asked …
Albert Breer / Sports Illustrated:
NFL's Proposed National Anthem Rules: Penalties for Kneeling Being Considered  —  Created with Sketch.  — The league continues to grapple with how to handle players demonstrating during the national anthem  —  ATLANTA — On Tuesday, NFL owners put three hours aside for a privileged session to speak …
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump Adviser Admits Talk Of Second Government ‘Informant’ Directed At Trump Campaign Was A ‘Misunderstanding’  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo suggested on Monday during an interview on Fox News that there may have been a second informant that approached the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Jared Gilmour / Raleigh News & Observer:
Walmart shoppers witnessed a harrowing kidnapping — or so they thought, Va. cops say  —  Shoppers at Walmart watched helplessly as the kidnapping spectacle unfolded — but only later did witnesses, police and local media realize they had been duped, police said.
Discussion: Daily Wire and WTVR-TV
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House Ratings Changes: GOP Fortunes Improve in Four Districts  —  After a rough start to year, House Republicans are suddenly feeling less pessimistic about their fall prospects.  At the “macro” level, robust economic data and positive developments on the Korean peninsula …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Our Revolution keeps consultant who made anti-immigrant comments  —  Nina Turner is keeping her personal consultant on the Our Revolution payroll despite complaints from current and former board members and staff that the woman has made anti-immigrant comments that compromise the Bernie Sanders-inspired political group's values.
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Max Berger / Splinter:
So You Want to Overthrow a Party Establishment
New York Daily News:
Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood to remain in office until year's end
Discussion: Vox
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
3 Ways Nancy Pelosi Won't Be Speaker Next Year
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Evan Real / Hollywood Reporter:
Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep and Chadwick Boseman Among 150 Stars to Sign Letter on Gender Equality
Discussion: ONE, Daily Wire and Breitbart
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg hearing shows it's Europe — not America — Facebook should be worried about
Vincent Boucher / Hollywood Reporter:
Print Press Corps to TV Pundits: Style Makeovers for the Trump News Cycle
James Kirchick / Washington Post:
An independent pole isn't plausible.
Discussion: Big Think
Zach Berman /
Carson Wentz plans to make White House visit; Doug Pederson leaving decision up to individuals
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
The US is running out of bombs — and it may soon struggle to make more
Shots Fired While Reporter is on Air
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis says rap and hip-hop are ‘more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Feds Seized a Fortune From #Resistance Icons Accused of Boosting Online ‘Ponzi Schemes’
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it: Summa ... Laude.

From Mediagazer:

Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple and Paramount have discussed an Apple TV+ and Paramount+ bundle that would cost less than subscribing to both streaming services separately

Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Business Insider faces criticism after promoting a story about a female founder in a well-known influencer “snark” subreddit known for harassment against women

Kyodo News:
Sources: South China Morning Post reporter Minnie Chan has gone missing after visiting Beijing to cover a forum in October; SCMP says she's “on personal leave”

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