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2:10 PM ET, May 24, 2018


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Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Pulls Out of June Summit Meeting With North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has notified Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that he has canceled their much-anticipated meeting, which was set for June 12.  —  In a letter dated Thursday to Mr. Kim, the American president …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pompeo not saying if South Korea was notified  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local):  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he was involved in discussions late Wednesday and early Thursday …
Discussion: Axios and Yonhap News Agency
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 …
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.
Richard Haass / Axios:   We're back where we started with North Korea
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump cancels nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump calls off historic meeting with Kim Jong Un
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Trump cancels North Korea summit
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Discussion: CNN and Daily Wire
Associated Press:
North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts
Discussion: Sky News, and Axios
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.
NBC News:
Separate classified briefing for Nunes and Gowdy raises eyebrows  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to Congress' role in the Russia investigation, there's the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has conducted its work in a cautious and bipartisan manner.  Despite their political differences …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama officials' spying on Trump a departure from norms  —  “FBI used informant to investigate Russia ties to campaign, not to spy,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18.  —  “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides …
New York Times:
Lawmakers Briefed on F.B.I.'s Informant in Russia Inquiry
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
The NFL's New Anthem Policy Is Madness—But the Players Can Stop It … In its own, typically blinkered and inimitable fashion, the NFL decided to dig in its heels on Wednesday, wrapping itself in the flag, and requiring players who are on the field to stand during the national anthem or face a series of penalties.
New York Times:
The N.F.L. Kneels to Trump  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.  —  The owners of the National Football League have concluded, with President Trump, that true patriotism …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
What the NFL Should Have Done About the National Anthem
Discussion: Vox, Al Jazeera English and
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump: NFL players unwilling to stand for anthem maybe 'shouldn't be in the country'
Discussion: Shakesville, USA Today, Deadspin and Newsday
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
Missile that downed MH17 ‘owned by Russian brigade’  —  (CNN)A missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 was fired from a launcher belonging to Russia's 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, investigators said Thursday.  —  The announcement …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:   Investigators: Buk Missile From Russian Antiaircraft Brigade Downed MH17
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
New York Times:
Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Pardoned by Trump  —  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 …
Discussion: RedState
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
Andrew McCabe Spent $70,000 On A Table.  The FBI Hid It From Congress  —  Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying under oath, spent $70,000 in taxpayer dollars on a conference table.  The FBI also redacted the conference table's steep price tag from documents …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
FBI appears ready to miss another deadline in Trump-Russia probe
Discussion: RedState
Tom Toles / Washington Post:
No, we can't just discuss things like reasonable adults, and Fox News is the reason  —  Much has been made of how Fox “News” has degenerated into something between President Trump's propaganda arm and his shock troops.  And many Americans are still somewhat unaware of how unfair and unbalanced this spigot of misinformation has become.
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Big changes at the Daily Beast: EIC John Avlon to CNN; Noah Shachtman to replace him  —  How do you improve the Daily Beast?  —  “I want us to lean harder into who we are,” says Noah Shachtman of the Daily Beast.  That means that if the Daily Beast is in the business of scoops — more scoops.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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: Jihad Watch, Breitbart and Betsy's Page
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 …
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Adam Linehan / Task & Purpose:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
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Yascha Mounk / Slate:
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