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1:25 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, Politico, The Week and RedState
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 …
White House officials: We were closer to war with North Korea than realized
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:   Trump's true talent isn't negotiating. It's marketing.
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Making International Relations Great Again
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on
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
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 …
Russian oligarch met with Michael Cohen at Trump Tower during transition
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Defiant Harvey Weinstein denies sex crimes charges.  He ‘did not invent the casting couch,’ attorney says
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Arrested on Rape Charges, Weinstein Posts $1 Million Bail
Indianapolis Star:
‘This is surreal,’ parent says of Indiana school shooting  —  Chad Lancaster, who has an eighth-grade daughter and sixth-grade son at the middle school, said he heard from his ex-wife in a phone call.  —  Their daughter, hiding under her desk, called the mother.  She told her to run.
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
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
At least 2 injured in shooting at Indiana middle school; student in custody
Discussion: Mother Jones, Townhall, Breitbart and IJR
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 …
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.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times:
Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment ‘colossal waste’ … A month after President Trump called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the deployment “a colossal waste of resources.”
Lomi Kriel / Houston Chronicle:
Immigrant families separated at border struggle to find each other
Discussion: Paste
Rio Bravo resident recounts Border Patrol incident
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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
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 …
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
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.
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
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
A lot of people heard what Barney Frank said about the new banking law.  Few knew he works for a bank.
Discussion: FAIR, Splinter and Reuters
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Roger Stone Sought Information on Clinton from Assange, Emails Show
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.
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’  —  In the United States today, the richest 0.1 percent of households command as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent combined; the average CEO collects 140 times as large a salary as his (or, very occasionally her) typical employee …
Discussion: Slate Star Codex
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
‘Be Very Careful’: Conversation Cited to Link Qatar to Hack of G.O.P. Donor  —  The two men had known each other for years around Capitol Hill.  Both were hawkish supporters of Israel and active in the Republican Party.  But now they were on opposite sides of a remote dispute between wealthy …
Ben White / Politico:
Surging gas prices could fuel backlash against Trump  —  President Donald Trump is hoping a wave of tax-cut-fueled economic euphoria will boost his approval ratings and his party's political fortunes this fall.  A sharp spike in gas prices could slam the brakes on all of that.
Discussion: MSNBC
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Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Free speech on college campuses is making a comeback
Discussion: Instapundit
Dana Kennedy / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
It's time to cancel the NFL and its plantation-style politics
Discussion: Towleroad, Salt Lake Tribune and Vox
Charles E. Cook, Jr / The Cook Political Report:
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Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. is sniffing around for a book deal
Discussion: The Slot and Splinter
Lee Smith / The Federalist:
How The Code Name ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Undermines The FBI's Russia Story
Discussion: Spectator USA, Vox and The Daily Caller
Lee Edwards / Wall Street Journal:
The FBI Spied for LBJ's Campaign
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump again pushes claim FBI informant planted for political purposes
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
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The Drive to Elect Women Is Defining 2018's Democratic Primaries
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Are Republicans abetting a demagogue — or something worse?
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
Don't Make Bill Kristol Run For President
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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
Lorenzo Reyes / USA Today:
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