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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 …
Joshua Berlinger / CNN:
North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence ‘political dummy’  —  (CNN)A North Korean official has lashed out at US Vice President Mike Pence and said Pyongyang is ready for a nuclear showdown if dialogue with the United States fails.  —  Choe Son Hui, a vice-minister …
Discussion:, AOL and Washington Post
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea says it's up to U.S. whether they meet at a table or in a ‘nuclear showdown’  —  TOKYO — North Korea is threatening to reconsider Kim Jong Un's participation in a summit with President Trump next month, saying that it is up to the United States to decide whether it wants to …
Karma Allen / ABC News:
North Korea calls Pence ‘stupid,’ threatens ‘nuclear showdown’ amid summit jitters  —  North Korea slammed Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, calling comments he made earlier this week “stupid” and saying it's prepared for a “nuclear showdown” if ongoing talks with the U.S. fail.
Associated Press:
North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts
Discussion: Axios
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:   North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier
Washington Post:   North Korea says it will reconsider summit with Trump ‘if the U.S. continues with its evil acts’
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
What the NFL Should Have Done About the National Anthem
Discussion: Al Jazeera English, and Vox
Washington Post:
Poll: 53 percent of Americans say it's ‘never appropriate’ to kneel during the national anthem
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Josh Peter / USA Today:
Team Trump wins in anthem dispute, prods NFL owners to do right thing
Discussion: CNBC and NewsBusters
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 …
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.
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 Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller fights media access to secret court filings  —  The special prosecutor's portrayal of an active, ongoing investigation seems at odds with claims by Trump's lawyers.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is fighting a drive by media organizations to unseal secret court filings relating …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team
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.
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 …
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 and Breitbart
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   FBI appears ready to miss another deadline in Trump-Russia probe
The Hill:
Bowing to pressure, White House to host bipartisan briefing on Russia investigation
Discussion: Weekly Standard
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Amazon demonetizes conservative website (us)  —  Our participation in Amazon Associates terminated without warning, with false and shifting explanations.  —  For as long as I can remember, Legal Insurrection has participated in Amazon Associates, a way for websites to earn fees when readers shop …
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Stop Talking about ‘Norms’  —  I just finished listening to a CNN segment where “norms” figured heavily in the discussion.  It was a good segment.  I clipped a couple snippets of video because they were so good.  But we need to stop talking so much about “norms”.  And it's not just CNN.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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
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:
Milwaukee police release ‘disturbing’ video of Bucks player's arrest  —  Moments after police body-camera video of his arrest was released Wednesday, Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown said his experience with the city's police department was “wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody,” …
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Bucks Organization Statement On Sterling Brown
John Binder / Breitbart:
Exclusive—Stephen Miller: Big Summer Fight Brewing over Open Borders  —  The White House is gearing up for a big fight this summer with the Democratic party's open borders lobby, says Stephen Miller, senior adviser to President Donald Trump.  —  In an exclusive, hour-long interview with Breitbart News …
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Elevation of Imprecision  —  There has been no shortage of analysis of Donald Trump's rhetorical tics, the way he overuses particular phrases, the way he falls back on others.  The way he lies.  The way he threatens, bullies and whines with language.  —  All of these observations …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Truth in a Post-Truth Era: Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist  —  WASHINGTON — After the body of Jesse Lewis, age 6, was recovered from his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his father, Neil Heslin, cradled him for a final time.  At the top of Jesse's forehead was the gunshot wound that ended his life.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Russia will try again this fall.  Congress doesn't seem to care.  —  By Karen Tumulty Columnist May 23 at 6:18 PM Email the author Follow @ktumulty  —  When top intelligence officials went to Capitol Hill one morning this week to give House members a classified briefing on the security …
Discussion: CNN
MH17 missile owned by Russian brigade, investigators say  —  The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say.  —  For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia.
Discussion: Instapundit
Maya Salam / New York Times:
Blocked by Trump: Twitter Users Sound Off on Being Barred  —  By blocking users on Twitter, President Trump has violated the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.  —  The lawsuit was brought by seven Twitter users — including a Texas police officer, a New York comedy writer …
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 …
Elias Muhanna / New Yorker:
A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone  —  How strange rocks—and an obscure language—are changing a decades-old academic consensus.  —  A few years ago, Ahmad Al-Jallad, a professor of Arabic and Semitic linguistics at Leiden University, in the Netherlands, opened his e-mail and was excited …
Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:
Democrats' Russia truth coming out  —  Possible Trump campaign spying comes back to bite  —  A Democratic Watergate is unfolding before our eyes.  —  It's no wonder Obama's former CIA chief John Brennan is tweeting like a madman, attacking President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Annie Karni / Politico:
George Conway's Tweets Raise West Wing Eyebrows  —  The spicy Twitter feed of Kellyanne Conway's husband has gotten noticed in the Oval Office.  But friends say the real target of his ire isn't Donald Trump.  —  George Conway's Manhattan law firm sits near the corner of Sixth Avenue and 52nd Street …
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 …
David Kris / The Atlantic:
Trump's Attacks on Law Enforcement Inflict Enduring Harm  —  If Donald Trump was elected with any mandate, it was to shake up the orthodoxy—to challenge the establishment and its established ways of operating.  To drain the swamp.  What he actually delivers, however, may be transformation …
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
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Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's torch-it-all strategy
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Sarah Sanders: It ‘Bothers Me’ Being Called A Liar
Discussion:, Splinter and Joe.My.God.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: 'There'll be no approvals from me' on House immigration moves without border wall, tougher security
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Nicolle Wallace Warns Viewers About Lies And Smears Before Playing Trump Comments
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
CEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report
Discussion: New York Times
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Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
James Clapper in New Book: “Of Course” The Russians “Swung The Election To A Trump Win”
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Paul Steinhauser / CBS News:
Conservative Bill Kristol brings his never-Trump message to New Hampshire
Discussion: NBC News
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.
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Richard Spencer: The Alt-Right Is Not Pro-Free Speech
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles