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George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say  —  As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's New York properties …
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Attorneys Expected to Quit His Case  —  Firm expected to cease representation after review of seized documents for client-attorney privilege  —  The attorneys for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, are expected to stop representing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Trump's personal attorney splits with his own legal team  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has split with the legal team that has shepherded him through a criminal investigation that included a high-profile FBI raid, a source familiar with the change said Wednesday.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Times:
Michael Cohen, Trump's Fixer, Parting With Lawyers as Federal Investigation Continues  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal fixer, will soon be parting from the lawyers who are representing him in a potentially damaging and wide-ranging federal investigation into his business dealings …
Tom Hays / Associated Press:   Michael Cohen hunts for new lawyers in FBI probe
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Negotiating Style Is Pure Art of the Moron … I'm often on the receiving end of the Trumpentariat's criticisms of Never Trump conservatives.  —  Don't I get it?  Don't I love how Trump is achieving the impossible, and soaring to heights to which no other president could aspire?
Discussion: Raw Story
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump's North Korea summit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's triumphant assertions about the success of the unprecedented Singapore summit are being met with skepticism and outright derision from critics seizing on the contradiction between his withdrawal …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘Harebrained’: National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video  —  The four-minute video in Korean and English was credited to Destiny Pictures, but owner of firm with same name said he had ‘no involvement’  —  Play Video  —  The National Security Council …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Plays Up U.S. Concessions to Kim Jong Un
James Dobbins / Reuters:
Commentary: Why this wasn't Kim's father's - or grandfather's - summit
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Sees North Korean Denuclearization in Trump's First Term
Discussion: BloombergQuint
William Saletan / Slate:
The Kim Con  —  Trump isn't trying to win over North Korea's leader.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's World Tour Is All About Him
Discussion: NPR, The Atlantic and New York Times
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Had a Movie Made Just for Kim Jong Un
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game With North Korea
John Harwood / CNBC:   From G-7 to Kim summit, ‘a bad week for American strength around the world’
Washington Post:
EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group  —  Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group …
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Pruitt had aide, GOP donors help wife find job: report  —  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt  —  enlisted a top aide and Republican donors in an effort to help his wife find a job, according to a report in The Washington Post.  —  The Post reported Wednesday …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Winner of Virginia Republican Senate Primary Immediately Suggests His Opponent Should Be Put in Jail  —  Corey Stewart was born and raised in Minnesota before eventually moving to Virginia, getting into politics, and making the defense of Confederate monuments one of his big political issues.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
He's Not a ‘Firebrand,’ and He's Not a ‘Far-Right Activist’
Discussion: Washington Post, ThinkProgress and CNN
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Times Examines Work History of Reporter in Leak Case  —  The New York Times is reviewing the work history of Ali Watkins, a Washington-based reporter at the newspaper whose email and phone records were seized by prosecutors in a leak investigation case that has prompted an outcry among press advocates.
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Washington Post:
Customs and Border Protection examining agent's questioning of national security reporter  —  The actions of a Customs and Border Protection agent who allegedly confronted a reporter covering national security issues about her confidential sources are being examined by the CBP's Office …
Mercury News:
California woman ‘in shock’ after ICE agents detain father, a legal resident, outside home  —  The daughter of an Arleta man who was detained Sunday outside his home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents spoke out this week about his treatment and the immigration policies that appear …
Foreign Policy:
Trump Appointee Compiles Loyalty List of U.S. Employees at U.N., State  —  Mari Stull's arrival at the State Department's International Organization Bureau is triggering an exodus of top career staffers.  —  A senior advisor to the State Department appointed just two months ago …
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot … California's 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent's edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan …
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Poll shows Mueller's public image at all-time low  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Axios:
Giuliani's son loses West Wing access  —  Several months ago, Donald Trump ordered the promotion of Rudy Giuliani's son.  But instead of getting promoted, he has lost his West Wing pass.  —  Details: Trump ordered junior White House staffer Andrew Giuliani's promotion after dining at Mar …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sanford's fatal sin: Crossing Donald Trump  —  The South Carolina congressman and former governor stuck to his principles in taking on the president til the bitter end.  —  In the end, it wasn't the Appalachian Trail that brought down Mark Sanford.  It was President Donald Trump.
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Republican Rep. Steve King Promotes Well-Known Neo-Nazi On Twitter  —  The U.S. congressman retweeted a British racist.  King has long signaled support for white nationalists.  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) retweeted a British neo-Nazi on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents …
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Molly Olmstead / Slate:
Rep. Steve King Retweets Prominent Neo-Nazi to Celebrate Xenophobia
Paris Martineau / The Outline:
How alt-right Twitter tricks the media into panicking @thebradfordfile has been cited as evidence of the rise of the alt-right, but its popularity is faked through power-engagement groups and networks of sockpuppets.  —  A year ago, @thebradfordfile didn't exist.
John Nolte / Breitbart:
‘Daily News’ Writer Tells Puerto Rican Kimberly Guilfoyle to ‘Pick Grapes’  —  New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wants Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is Puerto Rican, fired from Fox News and says “she'd be better off picking grapes.”  —  The far-left Stasi, whose mean-girl column is titled …
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Linda Stasi / New York Daily News:
Fox should fire reporter Kimberly Guilfoyle, who can't possibly stay neutral while dating a Trump kid
Discussion: Washington Times
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
A Day in the Life of George and Simona Papadopoulos  —  Talking foreign spies, federal agents and romantic drama with the newlyweds waiting out the Mueller probe  —  Over a recent lunch in Chicago, George Papadopoulos searches for words strong enough to describe the importance of his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos.
Noah Michelson / HuffPost:
If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can't Keep Eating Chick-fil-A  —  When I was growing up, there were few things as exciting to me as a trip to the Regency Mall in Racine, Wisconsin, for lunch at Chick-fil-A.  —  My family didn't have much money then so eating out was a rare treat.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding cash could be seized in Avenatti firm bankruptcy  —  An Orange County lawyer has asked a bankruptcy judge to seize much of the $577,000 donated to porn star Stormy Daniels to pay legal bills in her suit against President Trump.  —  The lawyer, Jason Frank …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrats Score Special Election Upset In Wisconsin District Trump Won Big  —  A court had to order Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to call the special election because he tried to block it.  —  Wisconsin Democrats scored a major upset victory Tuesday night, winning a state Senate seat …
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Benedict Brook / New York Post:
Gay Americans are arming themselves to stay alive
Discussion: TheBlaze
NBC News:
Tim Russert: Loss and lessons a decade later
Discussion: TVNewser and MSNBC
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Voter Fraud Loses Bid for New Trial
Discussion: Splinter
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Leading Iranian Lawyer Arrested as Hard-Liners Flex New Strength
Discussion: Daily Wire and Telegraph
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Supreme Court decision halts Georgia voting rights lawsuit
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Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
They called Obama an inexperienced, self-serving celebrity. Then their party chose Trump.
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Bank seizes California Rep. David Valadao's family dairy farm over unpaid loans
Discussion: Roll Call and CNN
Chrissie.Thompsonfink / Cincinnati.com:
This new poll about Ohio's 2018 election should worry Republicans
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Senior Justice Dept. lawyer resigns after shift on Obamacare
Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children