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9:50 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 …
New York Times:
Georgia Primary Election Results  —  With Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, unable to run because of term limits, a large field of candidates is running to replace him.  Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will advance with Georgia's secretary of state, Brian Kemp, to a July 24 runoff.  —  Read more
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   GOP Candidate Who Pointed Gun At Teenager Advances To Georgia Governor Primary Runoff
New York Times:
Texas Primary Runoff Election Results
Discussion: Axios and HuffPost
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, Politico and BuzzFeed
Associated Press:
Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’  —  President Donald Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the Russia investigation Wednesday, saying the FBI has been caught in a “MAJOR spy scandal” over their use of a secret informant to determine whether some of Trump's campaign aides …
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   White House Bars Democrats From Meeting on Russia Investigation Records
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Did Rosenstein and Wray play Trump?
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: NPR
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85  —  Mr. Roth won almost all the major literary awards and published an exceptional sequence of historical novels in his 60s, an age when many writers are winding down.  —  By CHARLES McGRATH  —  Comments
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: MSNBC, 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.”
A GOP congressman's lonely quest defending Julian Assange
Discussion: Raw Story
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Stefan Halper is just another middleman  —  By David Ignatius Opinion writer May 22 at 7:21 PM Email the author Follow @ignatiuspost  —  In the bizarre double helix that is the Russia investigation, one of the recurring themes is the role of would-be influencers.
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Intelligence Company Formed Venture With Trump Campaign Firm Cambridge Analytica
Mueller Asked About Money Flows to Israeli Social-Media Firm, Source Says
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The new AG itching to take on Trump  —  New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has jurisdiction over 20 Trump properties and is ready to step into Eric Schneiderman's void.  —  The man aspiring to be the new face of the resistance is a practicing Sikh who likes to call attention to his turban …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
Sources: FBI Agents Want Congress To Issue Them Subpoenas So They Can Reveal The Bureau's Dirt  — Sources tell The Daily Caller several FBI agents want congressional subpoenas to testify about the agency's problems.  — The sources claim there is a demand within the agency to prosecute former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Discussion: Townhall
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
‘Stormy Daniels Day’: West Hollywood to award porn star a key to the city  —  After months of denials, President Donald Trump has acknowledged paying off porn star Stormy Daniels.  Trump's story about the $130,000 payment — what he knew about it and when — has evolved over time.  (May 4) AP
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS Los Angeles
John Bowden / The Hill:
West Hollywood to present Stormy Daniels with Key to the City
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.
Discussion: The Week and Sputnik International
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: HuffPost, Splinter, Axios and Political Wire
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Prominent donor threatens GOP over DACA  —  CHICAGO — An influential, multi-millionaire GOP donor is threatening to choke off campaign resources to Republican congressmen who haven't engaged in the latest immigration battle in Congress.  —  Former Exelon chairman John Rowe …
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Siders / Politico:
How one obscure Republican might save the House GOP majority  —  There's a reason Donald Trump tweeted his support for John Cox in the California governor's race.  —  LOS ANGELES — When President Donald Trump threw his endorsement Friday to John Cox, a little-known businessman running …
Discussion: FITSNews
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Deep in the Desert, Iran Quietly Advances Missile Technology  —  When an explosion nearly razed Iran's long-range missile research facility in 2011 — and killed the military scientist who ran it — many Western intelligence analysts viewed it as devastating to Tehran's technological ambitions.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump demands housecleaning on White House communications team  —  Chief of staff John Kelly has signed off on a plan to dismiss mid-level and junior aides in an effort to limit leaks.  —  President Donald Trump has demanded changes to his communications team - long seen …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump reelection bid begins in a hole  —  Just 36 percent say they would vote to reelect the president in 2020, compared with 44 percent who would pick the Democrat.  —  The 2020 presidential election is still two and a half years away, but President Donald Trump's path to a second term …
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Axios
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.
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Forced To Choose Between A Job — And A Community  —  As the largest employer in Adams County, Ohio closes its coal-fired power plants there, politicians and companies have thrown up their hands.  Families know that finding work means leaving the place they know.
Arizona Republic:
Great America PAC backs Trump  —  After learning of the alleged proposal, Willems said he called a high-level official with the PAC to suss out its veracity.  He said the official, whose name he would not disclose, was unaware of any such conversations about Arpaio.
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.
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
State Department warns U.S. citizens in China after employee suffers possible sonic attack  —  BEIJING — The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens in China that a government employee reported unusual “sensations of sound and pressure” and was later diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury …
Dallas Morning News:
Lupe Valdez becomes first Latina to win major-party nomination for Texas governor  —  Updated at 10:40 p.m. with Lupe Valdez reaction  —  AUSTIN — Lupe Valdez defeated Andrew White in Tuesday's Democratic runoff for governor, making political history in a couple of ways.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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 …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Casting Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly is brilliant.  But showing Roger Ailes's malignancy is crucial.
Discussion: Breitbart, AOL and LifeZette
Amnesty International:
Saudi Arabia: More activists arrested in continuing crackdown
Discussion: Washington Post
Danielle Rhoades Ha / The New York Times Company:
Michelle Cottle Joins New York Times Editorial Board
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
Mueller has no room for mistakes
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue Media:
Betsy DeVos doesn't know the mission of her own civil rights office
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Pompeo Calls For Russian Troop Pullout From Georgia
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump Adviser Admits Talk Of Second Government ‘Informant’ …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Jared Gilmour / Raleigh News & Observer:
Walmart shoppers witnessed a harrowing kidnapping — or so they thought, Va. cops say
Discussion: Daily Wire and WTVR-TV
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Trump signs security clearance reform bill — but may not comply with it
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach
Washington Post:
Ahead of planning meeting in Singapore, Trump suggests N. Korea summit could fall through
Matt Viser /
‘Shame on you, Jared Kushner’: Harvard alumni tear apart classmate in 15th reunion notes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite