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5:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:   North Korea says it will reconsider summit with Trump ‘if the U.S. continues with its evil acts’
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.
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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Devin Nunes' fundraising explodes amid aggressive defense of Trump from Russia probe
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
Poll: 53 percent of Americans say it's ‘never appropriate’ to kneel during the national anthem
Discussion: Vox and Joe.My.God.
Josh Peter / USA Today:
Team Trump wins in anthem dispute, prods NFL owners to do right thing
Discussion: NewsBusters
New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem
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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team  —  President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office and that a decision would be made within “the next couple weeks.”
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
The Hill:
Bowing to pressure, White House to host bipartisan briefing on Russia investigation
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 …
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 …
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
Blocking of Twitter Users from @RealDonaldTrump Violates First Amendment
Discussion: The Verge and Althouse
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,” …
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.
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Families of Sandy Hook victims, FBI agent file defamation lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial  —  ‘Morning Joe’ Has Complete Meltdown, Lectures Viewers On How Stupid They Are  —  Mueller Moves Toward Sentencing George Papadopoulos  —  REVEALED: Obama WH Emails Plotting Strategy Two Days After Sandy Hook
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Steinhauser / CBS News:
Conservative Bill Kristol brings his never-Trump message to New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Conservative columnist Bill Kristol isn't sure if a 2020 Republican primary challenge against President Donald Trump would be successful, but he argues that “it would be important to have one, I think, just to force the debate.”
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.  —  By Hank Stuever TV critic May 23 at 2:39 PM Email the author Follow @hankstuever  —  President Trump's election set off a mad scramble among high-profile journalists …
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 …
Orlando Sentinel:
Commentary: Bravo to a senator who would empower Puerto Ricans, and boo to a candidate who would disenfranchise them  —  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)  —  Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board  —  BRAVO  —  Marco Rubio: Florida's junior U.S. senator helped launch an effort …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Richard Spencer: The Alt-Right Is Not Pro-Free Speech  —  Richard Spencer, one of the leading figures in the white supremacist alt-right movement, told his podcast co-host that the alt-right didn't actually believe in free speech and that the alt-right only claimed to advocate for it for “radically pragmatic” reasons.
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
James Clapper in New Book: “Of Course” The Russians “Swung The Election To A Trump Win” … Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper writes in his new book, “Facts and Fears” that he has “no doubt” the Russian influence campaign swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump is inflicting long-term damage on the U.S.-Israel alliance  —  By Max Boot Columnist May 23 at 4:06 PM Email the author Follow MaxBoot  —  I supported President Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem because that has always been Israel's capital, and I wasn't worried …
Discussion: and The Daily Beast
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Mike Konczal / The Nation:
THERE IS POWER IN A UNION  —  A new study overturns economic orthodoxy …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Meg Whitman backs Antonio Villaraigosa for governor
Discussion: Breitbart, KTLA and CALmatters
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Survey: 1 in 5 know someone who has been addicted to opioids
Neal Pollack / Decider:
David Letterman's Netflix Show Is An Endless, Awkward Parade Of Liberal Guilt
Josiah Bates / ABC News:
2 Mississippi police officers fired after alleged police brutality incident
Discussion: Raw Story, theGrio and The Root
Ladane Nasseri / Bloomberg:
Iran's Khamenei Says the U.S. Will Lose Like the Cat in ‘Tom and Jerry’
Discussion: The Resurgent
Zadie Smith / New Yorker:
Philip Roth, a Writer All the Way Down
Discussion: The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Pompeo: U.S. will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
NASA head Jim Bridenstine, once doubtful, confirms he believes humans are the leading cause of climate change
Kevin Baron / Defense One:
No Joke: Top Special Ops Commander Says No Offense Intended, Lauds Press
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller moves to sentence Papadopoulos, signaling key step
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit
David Adler / New York Times:
Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Three women accuse Iowa governor candidate Nate Boulton of sexual misconduct
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: U.S. Government Can't Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks