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9:35 PM ET, May 24, 2018


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Wall Street Journal:
Roger Stone Sought Information on Clinton from Assange, Emails Show  —  Ex-Trump adviser urged intermediary to ask WikiLeaks for specific dates of rival candidate's communications  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone privately sought information he considered damaging to Hillary Clinton …
Assange's refuge in Ecuadorian embassy ‘in jeopardy’  —  Washington (CNN)Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mediaite
Sara Murray / CNN:
Roger Stone's finances examined by special counsel  —  Stone: I chalk this up to effort to silence me  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has been probing Roger Stone's finances as it summons a series of witnesses to gather more information about one of President Donald Trump's longtime advisers …
NBC News:
Inside the summit collapse: Trump wanted to cancel before N. Korean leader could  —  WASHINGTON — Early Thursday morning, after a flurry of calls with a handful of senior advisers, an angry President Donald Trump personally dictated the three-paragraph letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …
Discussion: MSNBC
Washington Post:
‘A lot of dial tones’: The inside story of how Trump's North Korea summit fell apart  —  The historic nuclear disarmament summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — the one that Trump thought might earn him the Nobel Peace Prize — crumbled nearly as quickly as it came together …
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
North Korea ‘Stood Up’ U.S. Team During Summit Prep, White House Official Says
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump threatens war against North Korea — and says South Korea and Japan will pay for it
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's summit flip-flop risks fallout far beyond North Korea
Discussion: RedState, CNN and ABC News
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Pulls Out of June Summit Meeting With North Korea
North Korea blows up tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site
The Daily Beast:
White House Lawyer Crashes FBI Meeting on Trump-Russia Investigation … Two highly classified meetings about the Trump-Russia investigation held Thursday had a surprise participant: one of President Donald Trump's lawyers.  And he got an earful for it.  —  Emmet Flood, the new lawyer …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
McConnell Says He Supports Mueller Investigation
Discussion: Axios, Shareblue Media and Vox
NBC News:   Separate classified briefing for Nunes and Gowdy raises eyebrows
Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment  —  An Phung and Chloe Melas  —  (CNN)A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
New York Times:
Turf War Between Kushner and Sessions Drove Federal Prisons Director to Quit  —  WASHINGTON — When Jared Kushner hosted a high-profile summit meeting on federal prison reform at the White House last Friday, some in attendance noticed that the man who was ostensibly in charge of the federal prison system …
David French / New York Times:
Conservatives Fail the N.F.L.'s Free Speech Test  —  The United States is in the grips of a free-speech paradox.  At the same time that the law provides more protection to personal expression than at any time in the nation's history, large numbers of Americans feel less free to speak.
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
A defense of Roger Goodell  —  Whatever you think of Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, you should recognize that he's trying to solve a genuinely hard problem.  Or rather two problems.  On one hand, he's trying to maximize the audience for NFL games.
Discussion: Q13 FOX News, CNN and BloombergQuint
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Elon Musk Shows Billionaires Need “News Literacy” Classes As Much As High Schoolers Do  —  When it comes to media criticism, comparing Elon Musk to Donald Trump is very unfair — to Trump.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  When Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that media reports …
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's meltdown makes perfect sense
Discussion: Japan Times, BBC and Vanity Fair
Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:
Harvey Weinstein set to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York  —  Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges related to alleged sexual misconduct in connection to a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD, the Daily News has confirmed.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees?  Evangelicals.  —  In February 2017, as debate raged nationally over President Trump's decision to curtail immigration to the United States, the conservative Christian Broadcasting Network dipped into the Bible …
Gary Horcher / KIRO:
Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact  —  A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa — the voice-controlled smart speaker — and that the recorded audio …
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
An Amazon Echo recorded a family's conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says
Discussion: KTLA, WHNT-TV and Engadget
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn … In late September of 2015, Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the once-high-flying but now disgraced Silicon Valley health-care company Theranos, was in the News Corp. office of Rupert Murdoch.  She had first met Murdoch in 2014 to pitch him on Theranos …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Perez infuriates liberals with Cuomo endorsement  —  The DNC chairman pits himself against Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison by intervening in the Democratic primary for New York governor.  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has said repeatedly that the national party shouldn't, and won't, endorse in primaries.
Associated Press:
Biden: Republicans show ‘phony populism,’ ‘fake nationalism’
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Will Rahn / CBS News:
Commentary: The plot against Donald Trump  —  It's easy to get the basic gist of the Deep State conspiracy theory, which posits that the FBI and CIA ginned up a devious plot to help Hillary Clinton and hurt Donald Trump.  But there's an arch, coy, almost feline quality to the way these arguments are presented.
Steve Reilly / USA Today:
Trump's company wouldn't say what his new $107K business was, until after we tracked it down  —  NEW YORK — For more than a week, nobody at the Trump Organization wanted to talk about the mysterious new corporation from which President Trump earned more than $100,000 last year.
New York Times:
Trump Pardons Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 of transporting a white woman across state lines.  —  Mr. Trump signed the pardon for Johnson during …
MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say
Discussion: Instapundit
The Trump-Russia ties hiding in plain sight  —  Trump's in-plain-sight embrace of Russia gets obscured by the Trump news avalanche.  But long before running for president, Trump relied on Russian money.  Trump also consistently defends Russia and attacks U.S. officials investigating Russia.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Concerned by Trump, Some Republicans Quietly Align With Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Since Donald J. Trump began dominating American politics more than two years ago, Democrats concerned about his policies and behavior have taken solace in a group of influential Republicans who have consistently assailed …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Avenatti Seeks to Revive Hush Money Lawsuit After Trump's Comments  — Avenatti seeks to end hold on effort to end confidentiality  — President acknowledged to new of deal forged by lawyer Cohen  —  Adult film star Stormy Daniels said President Donald Trump's sudden acknowledgment …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken White / Popehat:   Analysis: Clifford and Avenatti Seek Reconsideration of Stay of Michael Cohen Case In Los Angeles.
Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Auto groups slam Trump administration's imports investigation, possible tariffs  —  Two Washington D.C.-based automaker groups are slamming President Donald Trump's decision to launch an investigation into auto imports, which could lead to tariffs on foreign-made vehicles.
Jena Greene /
This Soccer Star Is About To Marry Two Women — See Them Here  —  Professional Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is slotted to marry two women at the same time this summer.  And all three parties involved are totally aware of the situation and totally ok with what's about to go down.
Carl T. Bogus / New York Times:
Was Slavery a Factor in the Second Amendment?  —  Every mass shooting, like the most recent at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 people dead, reignites a passionate debate over the Second Amendment.  For many Americans, if there is an image that comes to mind when they think about that amendment …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia.  Another marveled at the vibrant colors.  A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.”  —  Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal.
Discussion: VICE News, NPR and The Week
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Pompeo Absolutely Explodes at Dem Senator For Suggesting Trump Has Foreign Policy Conflicts of Interest
Discussion: Townhall
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Majority says calling MS-13 members ‘animals’ is fair: poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jamiel Lynch / CNN:
Shooting at Oklahoma City restaurant; injuries reported
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Scott Pruitt Twice Introduced Anti-Abortion Bills Giving Men ‘Property Rights’ Over Fetuses
Discussion: New York Magazine
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Budget Office's Long-Term Deficit Forecast Dwarfs White House Estimate
CONCLUSIONS  —  Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Driver launches into racist rant during spat with Asian motorist
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Obama explains why he signed a deal with Netflix and how he thinks it will help solve our political divide
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman tells court he's $2.5 million in debt, has no income
Andrew Perez / MapLight:
Chris Christie Blocks Disclosure Of His Office's Emails With Jared Kushner's Company
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack
USA Today:
Donald Trump should not assume he's above the law. A sitting president can be indicted.
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
“Most Progressive Democrat” Shri Thanedar Denied He Was Enamored With Marco Rubio.  C-SPAN Footage Begs to Differ.
Discussion: Washington Post