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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Trump bashes CNN, NBC media executives  —  President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday morning at top media executives from NBC and CNN, continuing his tirade against media coverage that he considers unfair from outlets he has labeled “fake news.”  —  “The hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Mediaite
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did Trump just admit that he tried to fire Mueller and Sessions?  —  President Trump has made a habit out of admitting things — often via Twitter — that he perhaps shouldn't.  Did he just do it again?  —  In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called it “fake news” that now-outgoing White House Counsel …
Bloomberg:
Sessions Is Safe at Least Until November Elections, Trump Says  — The attorney general has resisted Trump's pressure to resign  — Mueller probe is ‘an illegal investigation,’ president says  —  President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions's job is safe at least until the midterm elections in November.
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”
The Daily Beast:
Trump Accuses NBC's Lester Holt of ‘Fudging’ Russia Interview, Provides No Proof
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Mother Jones
New York Times:
National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt.  He Wanted to Buy It All.  —  Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says Weisselberg Is ‘Wonderful Guy’ Who Didn't Betray Him  — CFO of Trump Organization cooperated in Michael Cohen probe  — Weisselberg has worked for Trump family for more than 40 years  —  President Donald Trump said Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
I Helped Create Insider Political Journalism.  Now It's Time For It To Go Away.  —  Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed.  Candidate Donald Trump took advantage of a stubborn refusal to recognize the power of right-wing ideology …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Shakesville
The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Is Putting Together a ‘Counter-Report’ to Question Robert Mueller's ‘Legitimacy’  —  It's being done with the explicit blessing of Trump who is ‘happy’ that this is part of his legal team's ‘strategy,’ the president's lawyer says.  —  President Donald Trump's legal team is crafting a …
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New York Times:
Will Trump Pardon Manafort?
Discussion: Just Security
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Trump eliminates pay raises for civilian federal employees  —  In a letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, President Trump announced that civilian federal employees will not receive pay increases next year, undoing the original 2.1% pay increase that was set to take place in 2019.
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He'll Eliminate Pay Raises for Civilian Federal Employees Next Year
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Niv Elis / The Hill:   Trump nixes federal pay raise
Justice News:
California Man Charged with Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees  —  BOSTON - A California man was arrested today and charged with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper's editorial response to political attacks on the media.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Top 2008 campaign aides shut out of McCain funeral  —  Campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and longtime strategist John Weaver were snubbed, as was former running mate Sarah Palin.  —  John McCain's funeral will spotlight some of the late senator's political rivals …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Threatens to Pull U.S. Out of WTO If It Doesn't ‘Shape Up’  — Step would undermine cornerstone of international trade system  — Trump has complained Geneva-based body treated U.S. badly  —  President Donald Trump said he would pull out of the World Trade Organization …
Discussion: Axios
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says EU Offer for No Auto Tariffs Is ‘Not Good Enough’
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
A Broken Relationship and Accusations of Emotional Abuse: The Case of Keith Ellison  —  MINNEAPOLIS — When Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, it made him an instant national star: a charismatic young black leader who was now a symbol of the Democratic Party's commitment to diversity and equal rights.
Brittany Martin / Los Angeles Magazine:
Your Favorite Burger Chain Just Donated a Bunch of Money to the Republican Party  —  In-N-Out just dropped $25,000 into the GOP's coffers  —  Orange County is shaping up to be one of the hottest political battlegrounds going into the midterm elections-and, it appears, Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger has cast their vote early.
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Grace Dobush / Fortune:
Left-Leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates To California Republicans
Discussion: AOL
Rob Wile / Sacramento Bee:
Bank of America freezing accounts of customers suspected of not being US citizens  —  Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn't access it.  —  An Iranian getting his Ph.D in physics …
Discussion: Splinter and The Outline
Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Woody Allen's new film shelved by Amazon  —  A Rainy Day in New York may never be screened, after distributor says no release date has been set  —  Woody Allen's latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Page Six
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
Postal Service Accepts Blame for Release of Candidate's Security File, and Asks for It Back  —  WASHINGTON — The Postal Service on Thursday said it “deeply regrets our mistake in inappropriately releasing” the official personnel file of Abigail Spanberger, a former C.I.A. operative now running …
Discussion: Lawfare
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Dem rep warns immigration officers following ‘illegal’ Trump orders: ‘You will not be safe’  —  A Democratic lawmaker issued a startling warning to government officials involved in “illegal” deportations that they “will not be safe” from future punishment when Donald Trump is no longer president.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Getting to Know White Voters  —  There are LOTS of opinions and narratives out there about white voters. … Most of these narratives are built on data supplied by the 2016 exit polls and the “education level” cross-tabs in current polling.  However, new data and analysis of the 2016 vote suggest …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone says he expects Mueller to charge him with a crime  —  The Mueller team wants “to frame me for some nonexistent crime to silence me and pressure me to testify against the president,” says Stone.  —  WASHINGTON — Days after he predicted the president's eldest son …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump Is Setting Up A Lame-Duck Crisis  —  President Trump is preparing to thrust the country into a crisis as soon as the midterm elections are behind him—irrespective of which party wins the race for control of Congress—and Republicans are lining up to make sure he gets away with it …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Judge Rules Against Alex Jones and Infowars in Sandy Hook Lawsuit  —  A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis prosecutor says she will no longer accept cases from 28 city police officers … St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner enters the fourth floor library to read a prepared statement at a press conference at the Carnahan Courthouse, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in St. Louis.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Take Salena Zito Neither Seriously Nor Literally On Trump Voters  —  Is the populist whisperer of Trump Country full of crap?  —  You might not know who Salena Zito is off the top of your head, but you're almost certainly familiar with her work.  She writes in publications such as the New York Post …
Emily Tamkin / BuzzFeed News:
No Big Deal, Just A US President Telling A Former Russian President He Needs To Eat More  —  Washington, D.C.  —  As the US-Russia relationship continues to twist and turn, documents declassified on Thursday show just how much the position of the two countries has — and hasn't — changed.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here Is Who Bruce Ohr Did And Did Not Tell About His Dossier Contacts  — DOJ official Bruce Ohr testified before Congress on Tuesday about his contacts with Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier  — One mystery surrounding Ohr and Steele was who he told at the Justice Department about his interaction with Steele
Elex Michaelson / KTTV:
Former Vice President Al Gore has a message for President Trump: Resign!  —  LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Former Vice President Al Gore has a message for President Trump: Resign!  —  “I don't mean to be flippant about this,” Gore told FOX 11 Los Angeles' Elex Michaelson, host of “Good Day LA” …
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Last March, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano dined on the outskirts of Rome at the home of a conservative Italian Catholic journalist.  Over pasta, fish and white wine, the prelate poured …
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Wire
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“It Seems Like Iowa in 2007”: Is Beto O'Rourke the Left's Obama-Like Answer to Trump in 2020?  —  O'Rourke offers not just a path to victory in Texas but an antidote to the entire stupid artifice of American politics in the Trump era.  He's authentic, full of energy, and stripped of consultant-driven sterility.
 
 
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CNN:
Advisers worried what Dem-controlled House means for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Maneuvering Is Getting Even More Aggressive
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Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Admissions Win Justice Dept. Support
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