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10:00 PM ET, May 23, 2018


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Paul Wood / BBC:
Trump lawyer ‘paid by Ukraine’ to arrange White House talks  —  Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Jared Kushner Gets Security Clearance, Ending Swirl of Questions Over Delay  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday, ending a period of uncertainty …
Washington Post:   Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Trump, receives permanent security clearance
Mackenzie Mays / Fresno Bee:
A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event  —  In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay.  —  But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Devin Nunes' fundraising explodes amid aggressive defense of Trump from Russia probe  —  Rep. Devin Nunes raised an extraordinary approximate sum of $2.25 million in six weeks as grassroots Republicans rewarded the House Intelligence Committee chairman for quarterbacking President Trump's counterattack …
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into ‘spygate’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Jets chairman Christopher Johnson says he'll pay anthem-related league fines for his players  —  Christopher Johnson says his Jets players can take a knee or perform another type of protest without fear of repercussion from the team.  —  ATLANTA — Despite the NFL's approval of a revised policy …
New York Times:
N.F.L. Teams Will Be Fined if Players Kneel During National Anthem  —  Seeking to end a political controversy that has embarrassed professional football, the N.F.L.'s team owners on Wednesday held that players could no longer kneel during the national anthem without leaving themselves open …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
New York Jets chairman, brother of Trump ambassador, says he'll pay fines for team players who protest during anthem
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and USA Today
New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Threatens to Call Off Summit, Calls Pence a ‘Political Dummy’  —  Trump-Kim Jong Un summit planned for June 12 in Singapore  —  North Korea's senior envoy for U.S. affairs renewed a threat to call off a planned summit with President Donald Trump and warned that Pyongyang could …
Washington Post:
North Korea says it will reconsider summit with Trump ‘if the U.S. continues with its evil acts’  —  By Washington Post Staff May 23 at 8:19 PM  —  The statement, issued by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, took particular aim at Vice President Pence for his “unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
We Sat Down With the ‘Arrested Development’ Cast.  It Got Raw.  —  We Talked to the ‘Arrested Development’ Cast.  It Got Raw.  —  In a wide-ranging conversation about the new season, cast members got emotional as they discussed accusations of sexual misconduct against Jeffrey Tambor.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Trump blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional, court decides  —  It is unconstitutional for public officials, including the president, to block Twitter followers who criticize them, a court ruled today in a legal dispute over President Trump's account.  —  Twitter's “interactive space” creates a public forum
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Trump Violates First Amendment by Blocking Twitter Users From Feed, Judge Says
Discussion: The Root
NBC News:
Trump can't block users from his Twitter feed, federal judge rules
Eugene Volokh / Reason:   Blocking of Twitter Users from @RealDonaldTrump Violates First Amendment
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet … FBI agents armed with a court order have seized control of a key server in the Kremlin's global botnet of 500,000 hacked routers, The Daily Beast has learned.  The move positions the bureau to build a comprehensive list of victims of the attack …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team  —  President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office and that a decision would be made within “the next couple weeks.”
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired ‘very shortly’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's FBI Spy Theory Is Completely Insane  —  In the face of widening evidence of Trump campaign culpability in the Russia investigation, Republicans have churned through a frequently mutating series of conspiracy theories to defend him.  The latest, and possibly final, such theory …
Washington Post:   Democratic leaders face pressure to counter Trump's attacks on Mueller's Russia investigation
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller moves to sentence Papadopoulos, signaling key step  —  The filing moves towards a sentencing for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.  —  A court filing Wednesday from special counsel Robert Mueller's office may be a signal that his investigation …
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Special counsel sets in motion sentencing process for Papadopoulos
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
The Conversations We Need to Have  —  With every dispiriting headline and each passing day, the full scale of the Trump administration's corruption and lawlessness is coming into a less forgiving view.  And yet it is now becoming obvious that many Americans have ceased to see what is going …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Garrett in turmoil, might quit Congress  —  Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) has abruptly parted ways with his chief of staff and is considering not seeking reelection in November, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  Garrett, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus …
Discussion: Roll Call
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Senator Jeff Flake to Harvard Law Grads: Trump ‘Debased’ Presidency … In highly charged and notably ominous terms, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Wednesday laid bare his fears about the damage Donald Trump was inflicting on the office he holds, and called out his fellow Republicans for lacking the spine to fight to it.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles  —  White House has discussed plans for such tariffs with industry officials  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering a plan that would impose new tariffs on imported vehicles on national-security grounds …
Washington Post:   Trump officials weigh 25 percent tax on imported cars in a bid to force concessions in NAFTA trade talks
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
NASA head Jim Bridenstine, once doubtful, confirms he believes humans are the leading cause of climate change  —  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who previously questioned whether humans are primarily responsible for climate change, left no doubt Wednesday that his position has changed.
Washington Post:
In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Grassley rips Strzok-Page redactions amid mystery text: Obama ‘White House is running this’  —  A top Senate Republican is challenging the Justice Department over extensive redactions made in files showing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
America's Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy  —  American democracy is unwell; on this much, President Trump's detractors can agree.  —  But when they turn to the tasks of identifying our republic's symptoms, naming its illness, and writing a prescription, different factions of …
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: U.S. Government Can't Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks … Federal agencies are so far unable to comply with a law banning Kaspersky Lab software from U.S. government networks by October, The Daily Beast has learned.  Multiple divisions of the U.S. government …
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Families of Sandy Hook victims, FBI agent file defamation lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones  —  Six families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the scene, filed a defamation lawsuit today …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Would you wear this muzzle around the office for private calling?  —  A new accessory called Bloxvox muffles your phone conversations in an open office.  Just don't share it.  —  Enlarge Image  —  Back in January of 2017 I discovered a product at CES called HushMe that I described as …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Steinhauser / CBS News:
Conservative Bill Kristol brings his never-Trump message to New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Conservative columnist Bill Kristol isn't sure if a 2020 Republican primary challenge against President Donald Trump would be successful, but he argues that “it would be important to have one, I think, just to force the debate.”
Discussion: Politico and Conservative Review
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump is inflicting long-term damage on the U.S.-Israel alliance  —  By Max Boot Columnist May 23 at 4:06 PM Email the author Follow MaxBoot  —  I supported President Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem because that has always been Israel's capital, and I wasn't worried …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Richard Spencer: The Alt-Right Is Not Pro-Free Speech  —  Richard Spencer, one of the leading figures in the white supremacist alt-right movement, told his podcast co-host that the alt-right didn't actually believe in free speech and that the alt-right only claimed to advocate for it for “radically pragmatic” reasons.
EPA again blocks journalists from attending summit: 'They ain't doing the CNN stuff'  —  Journalists blocked from EPA event  —  The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday barred journalists for the second consecutive day from attending a national summit focused on water contaminants …
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Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
It's exhausting being a reporter in the Trump era.  A new documentary captures the toll at the New York Times.
Mike Konczal / The Nation:
THERE IS POWER IN A UNION  —  A new study overturns economic orthodoxy …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Meg Whitman backs Antonio Villaraigosa for governor
Neal Pollack / Decider:
David Letterman's Netflix Show Is An Endless, Awkward Parade Of Liberal Guilt
Josiah Bates / ABC News:
2 Mississippi police officers fired after alleged police brutality incident
Discussion: Raw Story, theGrio and The Root
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brian Melley / Yahoo:
Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails
Zadie Smith / New Yorker:
Philip Roth, a Writer All the Way Down
Discussion: The Atlantic and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
No Joke: Top Special Ops Commander Says No Offense Intended, Lauds Press
David Adler / New York Times:
Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Three women accuse Iowa governor candidate Nate Boulton of sexual misconduct
Sean McElwee / New York Times:
The Rising Racial Liberalism of Democratic Voters
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
That Viral “Odyssey” Post About Coachella Was Actually By A 28-Year-Old Man Who Catfished His Way Into The Site
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump ... And He's Getting Credit For It