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1:55 PM ET, May 27, 2018


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Washington Post:
U.S. officials meet with North Koreans despite uncertainty surrounding Trump-Kim meeting  —  SEOUL — A team of U.S. officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday for talks to prepare for a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, as both sides press ahead with arrangements despite the question marks hanging over the meeting.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump falsely accuses the New York Times of making up a source.  It was an official who briefed reporters.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:   No amount of capitulation will ever sate Trump
Associated Press:
Trump's ‘phony’ source turns out to be White House official
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Says Times Made Up Source in Report on Korea Summit Meeting
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump: Lives have been ‘devastated and destroyed’ by Russia probe  —  President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the Russia probe has “devastated and destroyed” the reputations of people, continuing his weekend Twitter assault against the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Giuliani slams Mueller probe as ‘illegitimate’  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, on Sunday dinged an investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election as illegitimate.  —  Asked in an interview with CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Giuliani insists Trump won't fire people to end Mueller probe
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Trump's war of attrition against Mueller bears fruit among Republicans
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
‘No evidence’ FBI spied on Trump campaign, Republican says, contrary to president's claims  —  Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he sees “no evidence” to support President Trump's claims that the FBI used an informant to gather information on his campaign, but that instead the federal probe was focused on …
Discussion: Breitbart
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Trump's insisting his campaign was spied on is ‘part of the propaganda machine’: Top Democrat  —  A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said the president's repeated claims that the FBI spied on his presidential campaign are “a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat.”
Discussion: Politico
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
Trump's land of delusion: Disregard the sycophants; the wheels are coming off, if they were ever on  —  Bluffers bluff, and President Trump just tried to bluff his way through one of the worst weeks of his administration.  —  It's not working.  Donald Trump is a terrible poker player.
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal  —  SEE ALSO  —  Barack and Michelle Obama are raking in the cash, thanks to the influence of a former campaign supporter.  —  The couple last week signed a creative production deal with Netflix that one entertainment-industry source …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton: Trump degrades what it means to be an American  —  Former President Clinton's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, slammed President Trump  —  in a new interview, saying that his actions “degrade what it means to be an American.”  —  Clinton told The Guardian that she used to ignore …
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Associated Press:
Backchannel with ‘Dracula’ helped free Utah man in Venezuela  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret backchannel led by a veteran Republican Senate staffer and a flamboyant Venezuelan official nicknamed “Dracula” broke through hostile relations between the two governments to secure the release …
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Elon Musk's Crusade for Media Accountability Lasted Three Whole Days Before He Recommended a News Site Affiliated With a Suspected Sex Cult  —  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's crusade to discredit the press in the wake of negative reporting hit a snag on Saturday when he recommended an article …
Discussion: Politico
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Flake won't rule out White House run against Trump  —  Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday he hasn't ruled out a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential primaries.  —  In an interview with NBC's “Meet the Press,” the Arizona Republican and frequent Trump critic added that …
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Almost Half Of Republicans Believe Millions Voted Illegally In The 2016 Election  —  Republicans also said by a 56-point margin that voter fraud is a more widespread problem than eligible voters being prevented from voting.  —  Nearly half of Republicans believe millions of people voted illegally …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
She came to the US for a better life.  Moments after arrival, she was killed  —  (CNN)Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez traveled 1,500 miles to the United States, hoping to find a job and a better future.  Shortly after she set foot in Texas, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed her.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“That Is What Power Looks Like”: As Trump Prepares for 2020, Democrats Are Losing the Only Fight That Matters  —  Even in an era of historic media fragmentation, Donald Trump dominates our attention universe to the point where he blocks out the sun.  Is it any wonder that people don't have any idea what Democrats stand for?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California  —  's daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump  —  will visit California to campaign for House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes  —  (R-Calif.) next month, a sign that the Republican could fear a tough reelection battle in November.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Jemele Hill / The Undefeated:
NFL shows who and what it values with new anthem policy  —  Rather than let things play out, the league created a new controversy, more animosity and negative headlines just to appease the wrong sensibilities  —  So now we know for certain, the NFL really is full of it.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two U.S. officials told Reuters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.
David Pittman / Politico:
Former drug industry lobbyist helps steer Trump drug plan  —  Many health policy watchers say even if Joe Grogan's actions on drug policy have been legal, his role is still troubling.  —  The White House official who will shape a large part of the administration's drug price plan worked …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fired up by Trump, dozens of Obama alums launch bids for office
Discussion: Axios
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Grifters Gone Wild
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: The Clinton Foundation is back! …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Front Page Magazine
NICHOLAS RICCARDI / Associated Press:
Resisting Trump in a bright red state
Man's expletive-laced tirade when beer stopped flowing turns into fight on flight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ABC News
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Putin complains that probe around Trump hurting U.S.-Russian relations
Daniel Salami / Reuters:
Iranian FM caught chanting ‘death to US, UK, Israel’
Miranda Sawyer / The Guardian:
Anthony Hopkins: ‘Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie’
 Earlier Items: 
Curt Stager / New York Times:
The Silence of the Bugs  —  Fifty-six years after Rachel Carson's …
Discussion: Althouse
Ashley Judd / TIME:
What Harvey Weinstein's Arrest Does — And Doesn't — Change for the #MeToo Movement
Discussion: The Guardian, Glamour and Taylor Marsh
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
DHS to issue 15,000 more guest worker visas amid clamor over labor shortage
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on border stats _ and a Merkel mystery
Southern Poverty Law Center:
Trump taps hate group fellow Ronald Mortensen for important post dealing with refugees
Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press:
Law: Trans Connecticut inmates will be housed appropriately
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Google Feeds Cats, Owl Lovers Cry Foul
Stephanie Baumer / KMOV-TV:
Over 200 headstones spray-painted with swastikas at Metro East cemetery
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, and FOX40