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6:45 PM ET, May 26, 2017


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Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake  —  Washington (CNN)Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake — created by Russian intelligence — but he feared that if it became public …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Pushing Big White House Changes as Russia Crisis Grows  —  President Trump is actively discussing major changes, including a shakeup of his senior team, after spending much of his free time during his overseas trip weighing the Russia investigation and the political crisis it poses for him.
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Inside Hillary Clinton's Surreal Post-Election Life  —  The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president.  —  When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past.
Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Overcome by Coughing Fit During Commencement Speech, Needs Water  —  A familiar problem from the campaign trail hit Hillary Clinton while she spoke at Wellesley College's commencement on Friday, when she began coughing and needed some water and a throat lozenge.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Hot Air and
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Clinton launches new campaign against Trump
Discussion: Vox and ABC News
MJ Lee / CNN:
Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in fiery speech at alma mater
Discussion: and AOL
Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton has a coughing fit while delivering Wellesley graduation speech …
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Holley / Washington Post:   Hillary Clinton's remarkably aggressive anti-Trump speech, annotated
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It  —  Greg Gianforte's victory, after assaulting an America reporter, should horrify anyone who cares about the strength of our political institutions.  —  Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist …
Mona Charen / National Review:
Stop Making Excuses for Greg Gianforte's Assaulting a Reporter
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Law Enforcement Turns on the Law and Order President
Discussion: Raw Story
Valerie Jones / Rigzone:
Former House Speaker Boehner: Trump ‘Still Learning How to be President’  —  John Boehner delivers a fierce keynote in which he shares his view on Trump's presidency, whether or not he'd consider running for president and of course, Russia.  —  Regina Mayor, KPMG's global sector head …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
John Boehner unloads on Trump: A ‘complete disaster’
Discussion: Business Insider and IJR
Rose-Ann Aragon /
Mom furious after teacher names daughter ‘most likely to become a terrorist’  —  CHANNELVIEW - “Most likely to be a terrorist.”  Those are the words one seventh-grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School brought home from her teacher.  —  It was an award given to 13-year-old Lizeth Villanueva by her teacher.
Discussion: IJR, RT, KXAN-TV, NPR, vice and POPSUGAR Moms
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
FBI probing attempted hack of Trump Organization, officials say  —  The FBI is investigating an attempted overseas cyberattack against the Trump Organization, summoning President Donald Trump's sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for an emergency session with the bureau's cybersecurity agents and representatives of the CIA, officials tell ABC News.
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia  —  When will Admiral Rogers say publicly what he told his agency's workforce?  —  President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey continues to reverberate in the KremlinGate scandal, which threatens to consume the Trump administration.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’  —  A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America's most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that's accelerating.
FISA court transcript  —  In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was “lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked.”
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon's back  —  The escalating crisis surrounding the Russia investigation (with reports last night on FBI interest in Jared Kushner) looks like good news for somebody in the White House: Steve Bannon.  —  Nine sources in the West Wing and within Trump's close orbit said the Russia situation is Bannon's shot at redemption.
In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you'd ‘never leave the house’  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth.  —  “I was telling [Fox host] Steve …
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Removed from YouTube at Judge's Order
New York Post:
De Blasio employee arrested for child pornography … A leading young Democrat and de Blasio administration employee has a secret taste for sickening kiddie porn that involves baby girls as young as 6 months old, court papers revealed Friday.  —  Jacob Schwartz, 29, was busted for allegedly keeping …
Andreas Rinke / Reuters:NEW!
Merkel pushes back against renewed Trump criticism of surplus  —  Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back on Friday against renewed criticism of Germany's trade surplus from U.S. President Donald Trump, who told EU officials Germany was “very bad” on trade and suggested it was selling too many cars in the United States.
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The reason behind Macron's firm handshake with Trump, revealed: He was warned!  —  Emmanuel Macron was warned!  —  To be more specific, the newly elected president of France was told to be prepared for the sometimes awkward and always aggressive handshakes of President Trump.
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump was the only G7 leader not to endorse Paris deal  —  On the second-to-last-day of Trump's first foreign trip, he was the only leader of the G7 leaders to not endorse the Paris Agreement to lower carbon emissions as the G7 leaders met in Taormina, Sicily in Italy.
Discussion: Politico
Siofra Brennan / Daily Mail:
Who won the battle of the G7 WAGS?
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On travel ban, judges reach ‘Trump only’ decision  —  There's a glaring political divide in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stop President Trump's revised executive order limiting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued Muslim-majority nations.
Karen Jowers / Military Times:
John Glenn's remains were disrespected at the military's mortuary, Pentagon documents allege  —  WASHINGTON — A senior mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware twice offered horrified inspectors a peek at American icon John Glenn's dead body while the famed astronaut awaited burial earlier …
Tegna / KING-TV:
Professor told he's not safe on campus after college protests  —  A faculty member at the Evergreen State College had been told he's not safe on campus.  He's been called a racist during two days of protest at the college in Olympia. … As a biology professor for 15 years at Olympia's …
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
Yale Cements Its Line in the Academic Sand by Awarding the Student ‘Truthtellers’ Who Bullied Faculty  —  Yale's Nakanishi Prize is awarded every spring to “two graduating seniors who, while maintaining high academic achievement, have provided exemplary leadership in enhancing race and/or ethnic relations at Yale College.”
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Ted Goodman / The Daily Caller:
Martin Shkreli Drops $100K Bounty For Info On Seth Rich's Murderer   Find
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US News:
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The White House:
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Attack in EgyptNEW!
Discussion: Daily Mail, RT and IJR
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
Exclusive: Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department - sources
Ted Goodman / The Daily Caller:
Martin Shkreli Drops $100K Bounty For Info On Seth Rich's Murderer
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP leaders launch internal review into leak
Washington Times:
The latest news from the president in exile
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Beaman / The College Fix:
University hosts training on how to ‘reduce the impact of white privilege’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Alabama moves to protect Confederate monuments
Discussion: vice
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Trump, Ryan, Mulvaney, All of Them: Partners in Plutocracy
Discussion: New York Times
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial