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9:35 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
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: Washington Post and Axios
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un and South Korean Leader Meet in Bid to Salvage U.S. Talks  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's leader, 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 …
Associated Press:
North and South Korean leaders meet again  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday to discuss carrying out the peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon's office said.
Los Angeles Times:   How plans for a North Korea summit collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty
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 …
Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal
Discussion: Broadly and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China's ZTE
Discussion: Common Dreams and CREW
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.
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 …
Must watch: Chris Hayes on ‘despicable’ new Trump policy11:10  —  Will growing support for DACA petition force Speaker Ryan to act on immigration?
Wall Street Journal:
In Anti-Bias Training, Starbucks Enlists Hip-Hop Artist Common, Chairman Howard Schultz  —  Employees will be asked to share stories of bias; experts say such training is hard to do, measure  —  Starbucks Corp. SBUX .42% is hoping that upcoming anti-bias training will help prevent fraught encounters …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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.
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
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: CANNONFIRE and MSNBC
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's new political ad rules could upend June 5th primaries  —  Candidates are blocked from buying ads while they wait on authorization codes  —  Facebook introduced new disclosure rules for political advertisements this week designed to block bad actors from meddling in elections.
GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules  —  Some high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new EU data protection rules came into effect.  —  The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those saying they were currently unavailable in most European countries.
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 …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
As Stormy Daniels pursues civil case against Trump, another adult-film star backs her story  —  A porn star said adult-film actress Stormy Daniels told her about being threatened to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, an account that could play a role in a civil case Daniels …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:   Trump lawyer Cohen met Russian oligarch at Trump Tower, source says
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 …
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.
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
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Feds Hid Edits in Right-Wing Video Used to Prosecute Anti-Trump Protesters
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Austrian Leader's Blueprint for Europe's Establishment: Move to the Right
Heather Nauert / US Department of State:
Assad Regime Intentions in the Southwest De-escalation Zone
John Cicchitti / NTK Network:
Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
Israeli Intelligence Firm's Election-Meddling Analysis Comes Under Mueller's Scrutiny
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: NPR, CNN and Mediaite
Patrick Macmillan / Fresno Bee:
In this writer's opinion, Rep. Devin Nunes should resign
Discussion: Raw Story
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Did the news media, led by Walter Cronkite, lose the war in Vietnam?
NBC News:
Black Cube: Inside the shadowy Israeli firm accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ex-aides say congressman made them his servants