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12:25 PM ET, May 25, 2018


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Washington Post:
After summit pullout, South Korea and China have little appetite for Trump's ‘maximum pressure’  —  SEOUL — President Trump credited his “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions and threats with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear weapons program.
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
President Trump Is a Better Dealbreaker Than Dealmaker  —  His blown-up North Korea summit proves it.  —  At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, I was speaking with a senior Administration official involved in the preparations for President Trump's summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and American Thinker
NBC News:
Inside the summit collapse: Trump wanted to cancel before N. Korean leader could  —  WASHINGTON — Early Thursday morning, after a flurry of calls with a handful of senior advisers, an angry President Donald Trump personally dictated the three-paragraph letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Says North Korea Summit May Be Rescheduled  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that his administration was back in touch with North Korea and the two sides may reschedule his summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, perhaps even on the original June 12 date, a stunning reversal …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:   Trump's true talent isn't negotiating. It's marketing.
White House officials: We were closer to war with North Korea than realized
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Making International Relations Great Again
Associated Press:   No deal: Inside Trump's decision to walk on NKorea summit
Laura Rosenberger / Washington Post:
How the United States botched its North Korea strategy.
Discussion: Vox, CNN and New York Times
Trump says North Korea summit talks continue: ‘Could even be the 12th’
Discussion: New York Times, Townhall and The Root
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 …
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
At least 2 injured in shooting at Indiana middle school; student in custody  —  NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A suspect is in custody after a shooting at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana.  —  The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m. Friday at Noblesville West Middle School, located at 19900 Hague Rd.
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart, CBS Pittsburgh and IJR
Sabrina Russello / WALV-TV:   Two victims transported to hospital after Noblesville school shooting
2 in critical condition, one in custody after shooting at Indiana school
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kylee Wierks / FOX59:
At least one injured after reports of shots fired at Noblesville West Middle School, suspect in custody
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Constitutional Crisis  —  The FBI and Justice Department continue evading congressional oversight.  —  Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation.
Andrew Egger / Weekly Standard:
Why Is Devin Nunes So Quiet?
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:   The Chilling Effect of Trump's War on the FBI
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Behind the Scenes of Harvey Weinstein's Impending Arrest  —  After a seven-month investigation, the producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to the New York Police Department's First Precinct on Friday to face sexual-assault charges.  According to law-enforcement officials …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges
Discussion: Axios
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Concerned by Trump, Some Republicans Quietly Align With Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Since Donald J. Trump began dominating American politics more than two years ago, Democrats concerned about his policies and behavior have taken solace in a group of influential Republicans who have consistently assailed …
Wall Street Journal:
Roger Stone Sought Information on Clinton from Assange, Emails Show  —  Ex-Trump adviser urged intermediary to ask WikiLeaks for specific dates of rival candidate's communications  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone privately sought information he considered damaging to Hillary Clinton …
Assange's refuge in Ecuadorian embassy ‘in jeopardy’  —  Washington (CNN)Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.
Lomi Kriel / Houston Chronicle:   Immigrant families separated at border struggle to find each other
Bob Norman / WPLG-TV:
Parents call for investigation into Stoneman Douglas assault involving sheriff's son  —  Embattled former Deputy Scot Peterson handled case 4 years ago  —  PARKLAND, Fla. - Several parents of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre said that if former Broward Sheriff's …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Lorenzo Reyes / USA Today:
Seahawks' Doug Baldwin: President Trump is ‘an idiot, plain and simple’  —  Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin ripped into President Trump for comments made earlier Thursday in which he said players who protest social inequality during the playing of the national anthem “maybe ... shouldn't be in the country.”
Washington Post:
Sterling Brown's arrest shows why NFL players have a reason to kneel
Discussion: USA Today and Vox
Jeff Collins / Orange County Register:
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher says it's OK to not sell homes to gays; loses support of Realtors  —  U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told a group of Realtors last week that homeowners should be able to refuse to sell their homes to gays and lesbians, a statement that cost him the support of a key national Realtor group.
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Meru Has $1 Million in Student Loans.  How Did That Happen?  —  Escalating tuition and easy credit have yielded a class of student-loan borrowers with spectacular debt they may never pay back  —  DRAPER, Utah—Mike Meru, a 37-year-old orthodontist, made a big investment in his education.
GOP House candidate in Illinois is a 9/11 truther, said Beyonce had ties to the Illuminati  —  (CNN)The Republican nominee for a US House seat in Illinois has said the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job and that singer Beyonce Knowles has ties to the Illuminati.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ex-aides say congressman and wife made them his servants  —  Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife made staffers pick up groceries, clothes — even dog poop, multiple former employees to the freshman Republican told POLITICO.  —  Freshman Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) and his wife turned the congressman's staff …
Charles E. Cook, Jr / The Cook Political Report:
Why November's Downballot Races Matter  —  As Rhodes Cook, the longtime political analyst, recently wrote in his newsletter, “The breadth of Republican dominance these days is not just impressive, it's staggering.  They control the White House, both chambers of Congress …
Tom Perriello / Slate:
It's Time for Democrats to Turn the Tables on Health Care
Discussion: Politico and LifeZette
FIRST ON KHQ: Former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal facing felony theft charges for welfare fraud  —  Former Spokane Chapter NAACP President Rachel Dolezal is now facing legal trouble that could land her behind bars.  KHQ has confirmed that Dolezal, who legally changed her name …
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn … In late September of 2015, Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the once-high-flying but now disgraced Silicon Valley health-care company Theranos, was in the News Corp. office of Rupert Murdoch.  She had first met Murdoch in 2014 to pitch him on Theranos …
Mick Mulvaney Is Having a Blast Running the Agency He Detests  —  One of the first things Mick Mulvaney did last year after President Trump asked him to be acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was to read the statute dictating the agency's powers.
Discussion: RGA and Axios
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’
Discussion: Slate Star Codex
New York Daily News:
De Blasio echoes Trump as he calls news media ‘pitiful’ in emails with political firm advisers
Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. is sniffing around for a book deal
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump again pushes claim FBI informant planted for political purposes
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
Don't Make Bill Kristol Run For President
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Matthew Martinez / miamiherald:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Ben White / Politico:
Surging gas prices could fuel backlash against Trump
Discussion: MSNBC
CBC News:
2 males wanted after improvised explosive device blast at Mississauga restaurant injures 15
Discussion: The Daily Caller and VICE News
Matt Zoller Seitz / Vulture:
The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor