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10:50 PM ET, May 25, 2018


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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
'Trump's son should be concerned': Wiretaps show Trump Jr. met with Putin ally  —  The FBI has obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations involving Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia's Central Bank who has forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified info  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ned Price / NBC News:
Devin Nunes wants to run an intel operation for the White House — against our intelligence agencies
Discussion: CNN
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Constitutional Crisis
Discussion: neo-neocon
Pat Leahy / The Irish Times:
Irish Times exit poll projects Ireland has voted by landslide to repeal Eighth Amendment  —  Exit poll result suggests huge majority of younger people voted Yes  —  Updated:  —  Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised …
The Daily Beast:
Ireland Votes in Landslide to Repeal Abortion Ban: Exit Poll
Lynn Enright / The Pool:
HomeToVote - And What It Means To Watch Irish Women Boarding Planes To Repeal The 8th
New York Times:
At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations  —  Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer and fixer …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
As Stormy Daniels pursues civil case against Trump, another adult-film star backs her story
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:   Trump lawyer Cohen met Russian oligarch at Trump Tower, source says
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Trump says the first lady is ‘doing great.’ She hasn't been seen in public for two weeks.  —  First lady Melania Trump, who spent five nights in the hospital following a kidney procedure, has been out of public view for 15 days running — an unusually long absence even for a first lady who relishes life outside the spotlight.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders altering civil service protections  —  President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire poor performers, sharply curtailing the amount of time federal employees …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers  —  President Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders making it easier to fire federal government workers and rolling back the prerogatives of unions that represent them.  —  Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council …
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China's ZTE  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition …
Discussion: CREW and Common Dreams
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump says he'll spare Chinese telecom firm ZTE from collapse, defying lawmakers
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
'We're closed!':  Trump vents his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary  —  President Trump began berating Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office earlier this spring, according to administration officials, griping about her performance and blaming her for a surge in illegal border crossings.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Leaked Documents Show Facebook's Post-Charlottesville Reckoning with American Nazis  —  After a white supremacist killed a protester in Charlottesville in 2017, Facebook pushed to re-educate its moderators about hate speech groups in the US, and spell out the distinction from nationalism and separatism …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Here's Facebook's Internal Policy on Pepe the Frog
Discussion: The Verge
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone to Associate: “Prepare to Die”  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be increasingly interested in the actions of Roger Stone.  Investigators have questioned former associates of Stone, the self-proclaimed political dirty trickster who has been a longtime official and unofficial adviser to Donald Trump.
NBC News:
Black Cube: Inside the shadowy Israeli firm accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal  —  As Rebecca Kahl remembers it, something felt odd about the initial email.  It came in May 2017 from a woman named Adriana Gavrilo, who claimed to work for a London-based private equity firm.
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Says It Hired Lobbying Firm Tied to Former Trump Aide Corey Lewandowski  —  Company says contract with Turnberry Solutions includes help on pending deal with Sprint  —  WASHINGTON— T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS -.53% is getting advice from Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager …
Los Angeles Times:
How plans for a North Korea summit collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty … When it began, with a South Korean official standing outside the White House announcing that the leaders of the United States and North Korea would meet for an unprecedented summit …
Jason Le Miere / Newsweek:
Donald Trump says ‘our ancestors tamed a continent’ and ‘we are not going to apologize for America’  —  President Donald Trump said at a Naval Academy commencement address Friday that “our ancestors tamed a continent,” adding that “we are not going to apologize for America.”
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
3 False Claims From Trump's Naval Academy Speech  —  In a commencement speech on Friday, President Trump told Annapolis graduates that the military had received “no money” before him and that troops had just received their first pay raise in 10 years.  —  WHAT WAS SAID … THE FACTS  —  False.
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump is wrong about military pay, ships
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ex-aides say congressman made them his servants  —  Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife turned the congressman's staff into personal servants, multiple former employees to the freshman Republican told POLITICO — assigning them tasks from grocery shopping to fetching the congressman's clothes …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort's ex-son-in-law's attorneys quit over unpaid bills and ‘lack of candor’  —  Bankruptcy attorneys hired by Paul Manafort's former son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai are seeking to drop their representation of at least one of his businesses, citing unpaid bills and a ‘lack of candor.’
David Murray / Great Falls Tribune:
Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton  —  Was it a wolf, some type of hybrid, or a creature that hasn't been seen in Montana since the Ice Age?  —  On May 16 a lone wolf-like animal was shot and killed on a ranch outside Denton.
Discussion: and Daily Wire
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Did the news media, led by Walter Cronkite, lose the war in Vietnam?  —  Until 1968, Walter Cronkite believed what his government told him about the Vietnam War.  He was an old-school journalist, a patriot, a man who came of age covering World War II as a wire-service reporter and then taking …
Miranda Katz / Wired:
How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism  —  FOR THE PAST few years, reporting on far-right extremism and misinformation has been a messy free-for-all.  Sure, there have been some attempts to delineate best practices, and certain approaches to storytelling, such as those that seem to normalize neo-Naziism …
Heather Nauert / US Department of State:
Assad Regime Intentions in the Southwest De-escalation Zone  —  Press Statement  —  Department Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  The United States is concerned by reports of an impending Assad regime operation in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between …
Why are Dutch-Americans so different from the Dutch?  —  The most conservative Americans, the most liberal Europeans  —  PETE HOEKSTRA seemed a good choice for America's ambassador to the Netherlands when President Donald Trump appointed him last year.  Mr Hoekstra, a former congressman …
Bernard Schiff / Toronto Star:
I was Jordan Peterson's strongest supporter.  Now I think he's dangerous  —  By BERNARD SCHIFFSpecial to the Star  —  Several years ago, Jordan Peterson told me he wanted to buy a church.  This was long before he became known as “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Intelligence Firm's Election-Meddling Analysis Comes Under Mueller's Scrutiny  —  Psy-Group presentation outlines ways Trump campaign was helped by fake social media accounts  —  WASHINGTON—Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators have obtained a presentation prepared …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
FBI issues formal warning on massive malware network linked to Russia  —  The FBI on Friday issued a formal warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign is compromising hundreds of thousands of home network devices worldwide and it is advising owners to reboot these devices in an attempt to disrupt the malicious software.
John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook  —  Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told Attorney General Maura Healey (D-MA) that she would like to be CEO of Facebook, while receiving the Radcliffe Award at Harvard on Friday.  —  “If you could be a CEO of any company right now, what would you choose?”
Patrick Macmillan / Fresno Bee:
In this writer's opinion, Rep. Devin Nunes should resign  —  Devin Nunes should resign.  President Trump's chief errand boy should leave his post as Representative of California 22.  Our history demonstrates several instances of the renegade politics Nunes espouses.
Discussion: Raw Story
Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students' ‘die-in’ protest  —  Supermarket giant Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions.  The company made the announcement moments before a planned “die-in” protest organized by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor.
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and AOL
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids  —  As more and more American communities grapple with opioid addiction, the human toll of the epidemic has grown in both scope and severity.  And now, scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have found evidence …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems as if maybe the White House doesn't really want to talk to the press  —  In the last 10 days of his tenure as President Barack Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest spent more than seven hours in five daily news briefings answering questions from the media.
The Royal Family:
Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative.  —  The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield …
Discussion: theGrio, KTLA, WTVR-TV, and AOL
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Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Philip Roth won't be having a Jewish funeral
Discussion: Religion News Service
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump huddles with Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Time to stop chasing Trump's lies down the rabbit hole
Bryan Schott /
Poll: Romney leads Kennedy by big margin in U.S. Senate primary race
1 in 3  —  AFTER two years of Republican government …
Discussion: CNBC and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Castro / KAKE-TV:
Wichita teen arrested for sagging pants at Warren Theatre
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
EPA: Pruitt spent $3.5 million on security during first year in office
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
A son was killed in action and his parents ask why
New York Times:
Arrested on Rape Charges, Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Meru Has $1 Million in Student Loans. How Did That Happen?
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment ‘colossal waste’