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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:
Trump Says Sessions Is Safe at Least Until the November Election  — The attorney general has resisted Trump's pressure to resign  — Special counsel Mueller was named after Sessions's recusal  —  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”
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: Shakesville
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is a Snob Who Secretly Despises His Own Supporters  —  Deep in a Politico report about President Trump's attempt to build support for firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump loathes for recusing himself from the investigation of a campaign he was part of, is a striking artifact of Trumpism.
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Donald Trump Is Setting Up A Lame-Duck Crisis
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and WGN-TV
Politico:
Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
How McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Not long after Senator John McCain learned last summer that he had terminal brain cancer, he began convening meetings every Friday in his Capitol Hill office with a group of trusted aides.  The subject was his funeral.
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and AOL
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CNN:
McCain's motorcade is heading to the airport
Discussion: ABC News and Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Biden, Larry Fitzgerald deliver tributes to John McCain at Phoenix memorial service
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.
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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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Says He Will Pull U.S. Out of WTO 'If They Don't Shape Up'  —  President Donald Trump said he would pull out of the World Trade Organization if it doesn't treat the U.S. better, continuing his criticism of a cornerstone of the international trading system.
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
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
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.
Kashmira Gander / Newsweek:
Gravitational waves could collide sucking Earth into a black hole  —  Ever wondered how the world might end?  According to physicists, one unnerving possibility could involve Earth being swallowed up by a black hole created by freak gravitational waves.  —  Gravitational waves are invisible ripples …
Bloomberg:
Trump Says EU Offer for No Auto Tariffs Is ‘Not Good Enough’  — European consumer habits ‘are to buy their cars,’ Trump says  — Rejection comes hours after EU proposes eliminating tariffs  —  President Donald Trump rejected a European Union offer to scrap tariffs on cars, likening the bloc's trade policies to those of China.
Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
Ron DeSantis Was Reportedly an Admin of Racist Facebook Page … Click on a page called “Tea Party,” which boasts 94,000 followers and claims to be “the oldest and largest #TeaParty group on Facebook,” and you'll find that one of the first posts this morning is a glaringly racist meme showing side …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Splinter and Raw Story
Lauren Cooley / Washington Examiner:
Campus bans Sept. 11 memorial for ‘bias’ against Muslims  —  Administrators at Ripon College in Wisconsin have ruled that a Sept. 11 memorial cannot take place on campus because it may offend Muslim students.  —  The private school cited bias reports that were filed during …
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.
Michael Morell / Washington Post:
Trump's team just took out one of the most dangerous terrorists since Bin Laden  —  Amid all the controversies and scandals from Washington dominating our news cycle, a major counterterrorism success by the United States last week did not get the attention it deserved: Government officials …
 
 
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Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune:
Texas spent $7 million to fight against A/C in a prison. It may only cost $4 million to install.
John Judis / Talking Points Memo:
John McCain, Donald Trump, and the Legacy of the American Upper Class
James Titcomb / Yahoo:
Facebook risks being dragged into war crime trials, UN warns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CBN News:
Vice President Pence to CBN News: The Mainstream Media ‘Met Their Match’ in President Trump
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
A ‘bootstraps’ story like no other: Kyrsten Sinema lived in a shuttered country store and gas station.
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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The Intercept:
NYC DSA, Ocasio-Cortez Stand by State Senate Candidate Julia Salazar, Despite Story Disputing Her Biography
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Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Admissions Win Justice Dept. Support
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How the Democratic Party Can Turn the Sun Belt Blue
Discussion: Washington Post