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3:30 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 …
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   It seems as if maybe the White House doesn't really want to talk to the press
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 …
Lynn Enright / The Pool:
HomeToVote - And What It Means To Watch Irish Women Boarding Planes To Repeal The 8th
The Daily Beast:
Ireland Votes in Landslide to Repeal Abortion Ban: Exit Poll
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:   Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China's ZTE
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Trump Administration Plans to Revive ZTE, Prompting Backlash
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Must watch: Chris Hayes on ‘despicable’ new Trump policy11:10  —  Will growing support for DACA petition force Speaker Ryan to act on immigration?
Discussion: Washington Press
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 …
Politico:   Lewandowski advising T-Mobile on Sprint merger
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 …
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: Daily Kos
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
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
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.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Did the Feds Lose 1,475 Migrant Children?  —  That's what you would conclude from this USA Today opinion piece headlined, “The feds lost — yes, lost — 1,475 migrant children.”  It's a piece that's a pretty good example of how “fake news” works — there's some factual basis for the claim …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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?”
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Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Philip Roth won't be having a Jewish funeral
Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students' ‘die-in’ protest
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and AOL
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
Patrick Macmillan / Fresno Bee:
In this writer's opinion, Rep. Devin Nunes should resign
Discussion: Raw Story
Bryan Schott /
Poll: Romney leads Kennedy by big margin in U.S. Senate primary race
 Earlier Items: 
1 in 3  —  AFTER two years of Republican government …
Discussion: CNBC and CNN
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