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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 …
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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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Winter is coming’: Allies fear Trump isn't prepared for gathering legal storm  —  President Trump's advisers and allies are increasingly worried that he has neither the staff nor the strategy to protect himself from a possible Democratic takeover of the House, which would empower …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Accuses NBC's Lester Holt of ‘Fudging’ Russia Interview, Provides No Proof
Discussion: New Republic and Shareblue Media
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Trump, without evidence, says NBC altered 2017 interview on Russia
Discussion: Second Nexus and Political Wire
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.
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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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 …
Washington Post:
Biden, Larry Fitzgerald to deliver tributes to John McCain at Phoenix memorial service
Discussion: ABC News
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / Fox News:
McCain's funeral will be attended by Obama, Bush and others: A list of notable people paying their respects
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Lindsey Graham says the way Trump handled McCain's death was ‘disturbing’
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
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Politico:
Trump personally lobbying GOP senators to flip on Sessions  —  Opposition to the attorney general's firing, long seen as a red line by lawmakers, has softened in recent days.  —  The willingness of Republican senators to turn on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the result of a furious lobbying campaign …
CBS News:
Lindsey Graham says Trump's stand on John McCain “pisses me off to no end”
Anna Beahm / al.com:
Trump's latest criticism of Sessions: His Southern accent, Alabama education
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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BostonGlobe.com:
California man arrested by FBI on charges of threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees  —  A California man is facing federal charges for threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees whom he called an “enemy of the people” after the Globe launched a national newspaper campaign in support of the free press and the First Amendment.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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 …
USA Today:
The Republican Party is now Trump's Corruption Party.  Here's how to fix the GOP and DC.  —  Trump and Republicans have a massive corruption problem.  Democrats must run on bold political reforms that really will drain the swamp.  Here are 3 to start.  —  CONNECT
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:   Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Maneuvering Is Getting Even More Aggressive
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
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.
YouTube:
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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
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 …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Admissions Win Justice Dept. Support  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lent its support on Friday to students who are suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants …
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He'll Eliminate Pay Raises for Civilian Federal Employees Next Year  —  The president says federal agency budgets can not sustain 2019 pay increases  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said he will invoke his emergency authority to freeze pay for civilian federal workers next year, citing strained federal budgets.
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Trump Slump’: With a Friend in the White House, Gun Sales Sag  —  The industry leaned heavily on panic over gun control to drive sales, especially during the Obama administration; AR-15 seeks a reboot  —  DALLAS—President Trump spoke to a cheering crowd at the National Rifle Association's …
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
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves  —  Aggressive, shameless, obsessive, and optimistic, the tech billionaire Vinod Khosla is willing to litigate the California coast for the rest of his life.  —  It sounds simple.  For nearly a decade, the venture capitalist Vinod Khosla …
WGME-TV 13:
Maine DOT denies request from PETA to put up memorial for lobsters killed in crash  —  PETA wants to build a 5-foot tombstone where lobsters may have died after a crash on Route 1 in Brunswick, Maine, in August 2018.  (PETA)  —  AA  —  BRUNSWICK (WGME) — The Maine Department of Transportation …
 
 
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Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis
Discussion: Daily Wire
The Intercept:
NYC DSA, Ocasio-Cortez Stand by State Senate Candidate Julia Salazar, Despite Story Disputing Her Biography
Politico:
West Virginia Supreme Court denies Blankenship a spot on Senate ballot
Andrew Smith / The Guardian:
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code
Wall Street Journal:
Declassified Interrogation Reports Show How Much Iran Shaped Iraq War
Discussion: Just Security and Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Wall Street Journal:
Wells Fargo Fires Bankers Amid Probe of Dinner Receipts That Were Allegedly Doctored
Tanvi Misra / CityLab:
Commute Discrimination Is a Thing
Reuven Blau / New York Daily News:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims' families at $500G
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Please be sensitive to our snowflake president's need for safe space
Discussion: Deadline
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
'Ain't nobody been locked up. And they ain't trying to solve nothing.'
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“It Seems Like Iowa in 2007”: Is Beto O'Rourke the Left's Obama-Like Answer to Trump in 2020?
Discussion: HuffPost and Townhall