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9:30 AM ET, May 24, 2018


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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 …
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
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
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: Al Jazeera English, and Vox
Bob Glauber / Newsday:
Jets chairman Christopher Johnson says he'll pay anthem-related league fines for his players
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Grassley rips Strzok-Page redactions amid mystery text: Obama ‘White House is running this’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   FBI appears ready to miss another deadline in Trump-Russia probe
Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:   Democrats' Russia truth coming out
The Hill:
Bowing to pressure, White House to host bipartisan briefing on Russia investigation
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump officials weigh 25 percent tax on imported cars to force concessions in NAFTA talks
Discussion: Mother Jones and Reuters
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team
Associated Press:
The Latest: German industry says car tariffs a ‘nasty blow’
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Sarah Sanders: It ‘Bothers Me’ Being Called A Liar  —  Except the White House press secretary gives false and misleading information all the time.  —  WASHINGTON White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says it bugs her when people accuse of her lying to the press.
Discussion:, Splinter and Joe.My.God.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Nicolle Wallace Warns Viewers About Lies And Smears Before Playing Trump Comments  —  FacebookTwitterSubscribeGooglePinterest PrintMailFlipboard  —  Nicolle Wallace issued a disclaimer to MSNBC viewers that Trump's comments contained lies and smears before she showed video of the president.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's torch-it-all strategy  —  We might be numb to so many attacks on so many groups so often that it obscures how President Trump has torched virtually every institution that could one day hold him accountable.  —  The big picture: Trump's language is getting darker and more ominous …
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
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.
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 …
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland victims sue, calling gun maker and seller complicit in massacre  —  Max Schachter, 46, sent his 14-year-old son Alex to school on Feb. 14.  Alex never came home.  The Parkland father has formed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission to find ways to make schools safer.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: 'There'll be no approvals from me' on House immigration moves without border wall, tougher security  —  President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will veto any immigration legislation that emerges from Congress that does not include funding for a border wall and improved border security measures …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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John McCormick / Bloomberg:
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Fifteen Unanswered Criminal-Law Questions About Trump
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Stormy Daniels Accepts West Hollywood Key to the City
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
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Discussion: New York Times
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Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Garrett in turmoil, might quit Congress