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10:25 AM ET, May 22, 2018


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Exclusive: Peter Navarro pushed Stefan Halper for Trump job  —  President Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, recommended appointing Stefan Halper, an academic and suspected FBI informant on the Trump campaign, to a senior role in the Trump administration, Axios has learned.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump Wants You to Hate Robert Mueller, Too  —  The president takes on the Justice Department.  —  Back in 2011, Donald Trump published “Midas Touch,” one of his many how-to books offering secrets for financial success.  This is where Trump, a lifelong performance artist …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Team's Mueller Strategy: Limit the Investigation and Attack the Investigators  —  WASHINGTON — Frustrated and impatient, fed up with waiting and eager to fight back, President Trump has embarked on what amounts to a two-prong strategy to contain the threat and undercut the credibility …
Washington Post:
Who is Stefan A. Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia investigation?
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Meet Mueller's new spokesman: Rudy Giuliani
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Latest FBI Attack Stuns Justice Dept. Officials: 'We're in Venezuela'
Discussion: Washington Post
The Washington / Mercury News:   GOP lawmaker, intel officials will meet to discuss FBI source
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   When did Trump-Russia probe begin? Investigators focus on mystery months
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., China Agree on Outline to Settle ZTE Controversy  —  Deal would lift the sales ban on ZTE and require the Chinese telecom giant to make significant changes to its management and board  —  Lingling Wei in Beijing and Bob Davis in  —  The U.S. and China have agreed on the broad outline …
New York Times:
Chances of China Trade Win Undercut by Trump Team Infighting  —  WASHINGTON — By the time American negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Trump's ambitions for a multibillion-dollar trade agreement had, for the time being …
3 factors behind Trump's cave on his China trade war  —  Who knows how the chest-bumping over China ends.  But for now, President Trump's anti-China advisers are right: The president is buckling on his threats to punish China with fundamental, lasting changes to trade tariffs and rules.
Associated Press:
Can the ‘dealmaker’ president deliver on North Korea?  —  Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.  —  As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near …
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:   In Trade War With U.S., China Gets the Upper Hand
China Makes Massive Cut to Car Tariffs After Truce With Trump
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Annie Linskey /
Trump's tweets include grammatical errors.  And some are on purpose  —  WASHINGTON — The hallmark of President Trump's Twitter feed is that it sounds like him — grammatical miscues and all.  —  But it's not always Trump tapping out a Tweet, even when it sounds like his voice.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security  —  The president has kept features at risk for hacking and resisted efforts by staff to inspect the phones he uses for tweeting.  —  President Donald Trump uses a White House cell phone that isn't equipped with sophisticated security features designed …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Doing Same Thing He Demanded Clinton Be Locked Up For  —  While serving as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton disregarded an instruction from the Foreign Affairs Manual directing her to use State Department equipment for day-to-day operations.  Clinton almost certainly …
Agence France-Presse:   Commemorative Coin Struck for Trump-Kim Summit
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Donald Trump shuns iPhone security because it's ‘inconvenient’, reports say
Discussion: Shakesville and Politico
Associated Press:
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bloomberg:   Kushners' Startup Cadre Seeking Saudi-Backed Softbank Funds
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Elliott Broidy's Company Got Its Biggest U.S. Government Contract Ever While He Pitched Trump Administration
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Top South Carolina candidate refuses to quit congressional race after abuse discovery  —  Archie Parnell, a Democratic congressional hopeful who earned national attention after nearly winning in deep red South Carolina last year, is resisting pleas to withdraw after his campaign staff discovered …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Feds Seized a Fortune From #Resistance Icons Accused of Boosting Online ‘Ponzi Schemes’ … In late 2016, federal agents showed up at the Fort Myers, Florida, homes of brothers Brian and Edward Krassenstein, seizing computers and financial records, and hauling off with “at least 20 to 30 bundles of stuff.”
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
BREAKING: E-mails Show FBI Brass Discussed Dossier Briefing Details With CNN  —  New e-mails show former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was surprisingly knowledgeable about CNN's understanding of and deliberation about a dossier briefing given to Donald Trump days before CNN ever reported on the matter.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge  —  From Miami to Denver, financial firms are playing a bigger role at local papers struggling to adapt in digital age  —  A group of journalists protesting outside the offices of a New York City hedge fund recently shined …
Dennis Baron / Washington Post:
Antonin Scalia was wrong about the meaning of ‘bear arms’  —  Dennis Baron is a professor of English and linguistics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  —  For most of its history, the Second Amendment protected a collective right to gun ownership connected to service in the militia.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders  —  The motorcycle maker in January told Kansas City workers it would close a plant there.  Days later, it announced a nearly $700 million stock buyback plan.  —  In September 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNNMoney
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker turns down offer to become next U.S. ambassador to Australia  —  Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel  —  The Trump administration wanted U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to join its diplomatic ranks.  —  But the retiring Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman declined …
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Tony Perkins: School Shootings Happen Because Liberal Society Has Created A “Moral Vacuum” By Expelling God  —  Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins:  —  As the first bodies of those eight students and two teachers are laid to rest, America returns to the question burned on everyone's mind: why?
Alec Luhn / Telegraph:
Putin's ‘unlimited range’ nuclear missile crashed after 22 miles, US intelligence sources claim  —  The Kremlin has denied US claims that Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range crashed after only 22 miles.  —  The weapon was one of a range of “invincible” …
Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
From the E.R. to the Garden, M.T.A. Chief Holds Unusually Powerful Perch  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was in a bind.  —  The New York City subway system was falling apart and taking the governor's approval rating down with it.  Looming construction at Pennsylvania Station was sparking fears of a “summer of hell” for commuters.
Travis Clark / Business Insider:
People are threatening to boycott Netflix after the Obamas signed a deal with the streaming service  — Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce original shows.  — It's not the first time: In March …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Beating Republicans in November will be harder than Democrats thought  —  CNN Poll: Trump approval holding steady  —  (CNN)It's become a numbing Washington ritual.  Donald Trump shatters a traditional boundary on the exercise of presidential power.  Or he uses inflammatory language that stirs racial animosities.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo gives a silly speech on Iran  —  Mike Pompeo used his first speech as secretary of state Monday to send a message directly to the Iranian leadership and its people: “Do what we want, or else!”  —  Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank …
Discussion: Associated Press
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online.  Publix censors it: Summa ... Laude.  —  Saturday was Jacob Koscinski's big day.  His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, S.C., student graduate from his Christian-based home-school program with a 4.89 grade-point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude.
Discussion: The Root
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Meet Virginians who would be helped by a Medicaid expansion
Michael Nordine / IndieWire:
Asia Argento Says Spike Lee Was the Only One Who ‘Spoke Kind Words’ to Her After Her Fiery Cannes Speech
Sebastian Rotella / ProPublica:
The U.S. Considered Declaring Russia a State Sponsor of Terror, Then Dropped It
Discussion: Washington Post
Rebecca Drago / DCCC:
New DCCC Data - GOP Tax Bill Support Dropping Fast
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump and McConnell, once adversaries, have realized they need each other
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hundreds in Oakland Turn Out to BBQ While Black
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Sweden distributes ‘be prepared for war’ leaflet to all 4.8m homes
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Key takeaways from John McCain's new book ‘The Restless Wave’
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Voters choose nominees in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas
Discussion: Politico
Raquel Laneri / New York Post:
Robots can now grow human organs
Erika Andiola:
There is so much to say about today's POLITICO article …
Rebecca Berg / CNN:
FBI agents asking Missouri lawmakers about tactics by Greitens associates
Discussion: The Resurgent
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen Helped Trump Donor Seek Investment From Qatar Fund