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11:40 AM ET, May 26, 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 …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Meets South Korean Leader in Bid to Salvage U.S. Talks  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, met unexpectedly with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday to discuss salvaging a canceled summit meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Trump's actions on North Korea have consequences.  Here's a list of them.  —  By Anne Applebaum Columnist May 25 at 7:55 PM Email the author Follow @anneapplebaum  —  It was mocked when it first appeared a few days ago.  But now the White House commemorative coin — the one struck to mark …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Moon Meet Amid Uncertainty Over U.S. Summit  —  Inter-Korean summit aimed at discussing a possible summit with U.S. President Donald Trump  —  South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for two hours on Saturday in a surprise meeting aimed …
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:   North and South Korean leaders hold surprise 2nd summit
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea, While Professing Peace, Escalated Cyberattacks on South
Discussion: Breitbart and Computing
Los Angeles Times:   How plans for a North Korea summit collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty
Julieta Martinelli / Nashville Public Radio:
As He Heads Back To Prison, A Nashville Man Says ‘Goodbye’ To The New Life He Hoped To Build … When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he'd spent almost half his life behind bars.  But in a rare move …
Hot Air:
Mr. President, Commute This Man's Sentence  —  Something for you to chew on to start the long holiday weekend.  If you're not in the mood to read, no problem.  There's a radio segment at the link too.  —  Matthew Charles was convicted of drug and weapons charges in the mid-90s.
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 …
Ireland ends abortion ban as ‘quiet revolution’ transforms country  —  DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland has voted by a landslide to liberalize some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws in what its prime minister described as the culmination of a “quiet revolution” in what was one of Europe's most socially conservative countries.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Guardian
Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal
Discussion: Broadly and Joe.My.God.
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: Politico, Raw Story and CNN
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It seems as if maybe the White House doesn't really want to talk to the press
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Go All-Out to Avoid Disaster in California House Races  —  IRVINE, Calif. — National Democrats, confronting mushrooming political chaos across Southern California, are pouring millions of dollars into congressional races to avert a self-inflicted disaster that could undermine their chances at taking control of the House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Who killed Bobby Kennedy?  His son, RFK Jr., doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.  —  LOS ANGELES — Just before Christmas, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pulled up to the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego that holds nearly 4,000 inmates.
Discussion: Raw Story
Must watch: Chris Hayes on ‘despicable’ new Trump policy11:10  —  Will growing support for DACA petition force Speaker Ryan to act on immigration?
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious!  —  MICHAEL CAPUTO'S FAVORITE novel is Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, the story of the Devil's visit to Moscow in the 1930s and all the oddball characters who surround him.  When the future Trump campaign official …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump says he'll spare Chinese telecom firm ZTE from collapse, defying lawmakers  —  President Trump said late Friday he had allowed embattled Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to remain open despite fierce bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill, defying lawmakers who have warned …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming …
Discussion: Power Line
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
Publix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg  —  The supermarket chain Publix on Friday announced that it would suspend its political contributions to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for Florida governor, after being faced …
Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students' ‘die-in’ protest
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and AOL
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Spy Name Games  —  The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government's intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus.  —  'I  —  sn't it a fact that you're a scumbag?  Our contretemps over the nomenclature of government informants has me unable to shake this arresting moment from my memory.
Discussion: Power Line
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
‘Reparations Happy Hour’ Invites White People to Pay for Drinks  —  In Portland, Ore., organizers of the “Reparations Happy Hour” invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived, a small but symbolic gift mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend.
Discussion: Althouse
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.’
Discussion: Raw Story
Mitty Mirrer / New York Times:
Letters From the Children of Fallen Service Members to the Parents They Lost  —  This is what Memorial Day means to military children who have lost a parent.  —  Bayleigh Dostie was in kindergarten the year her family received a knock on the door.  At 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2005 …
David Marcus / The Nation:
THE MANY PHILIP ROTHS  —  The many Philip Roths.  —  In a moment when many writers struggled to lay claim to one career, Philip Roth had three or four.  After publishing the irreverent story collection Goodbye, Columbus, the early Roth wrote two mannered novels set in the Midwest …
Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:   Philip Roth won't be having a Jewish funeral
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.”
Discussion: theGrio and Daily Kos
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Elon Musk, the Donald of Silicon Valley  —  He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions.  He can't handle criticism.  He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it.  He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn't kept.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
James Comey Tells Conan O'Brien Trump's ‘SpyGate’ Claim Is Just ‘Made Up’  —  Former FBI Director James Comey appeared with Conan O'Brien last night and addressed President Trump's claims of “SpyGate.”  —  “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign,” Trump tweeted yesterday.
David Brody / CBN News:
Exclusive Video: Vice President Pence Tells Pastors: ‘Share The Gospel!’  —  In a last-second surprise appearance before a pastors conference in Washington DC, Vice President Mike Pence outlined how the Trump administration has championed causes important to the evangelical community and implored …
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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In Anti-Bias Training, Starbucks Enlists Hip-Hop Artist Common, Chairman Howard Schultz
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's new political ad rules could upend June 5th primaries
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Feds Hid Edits in Right-Wing Video Used to Prosecute Anti-Trump Protesters
Heather Nauert / US Department of State:
Assad Regime Intentions in the Southwest De-escalation Zone
Miranda Katz / Wired:
How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism
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 Earlier Items: 
David Murray / Great Falls Tribune:
Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton
John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook
Bernard Schiff / Toronto Star:
I was Jordan Peterson's strongest supporter. Now I think he's dangerous
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Intelligence Firm's Election-Meddling Analysis Comes Under Mueller's Scrutiny
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
FBI issues formal warning on massive malware network linked to Russia
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
As Stormy Daniels pursues civil case against Trump, another adult-film star backs her story
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone to Associate: “Prepare to Die”
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and MSNBC