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11:45 AM ET, May 22, 2017


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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Trump's bizarre and un-American visit to Saudi Arabia  —  Before he moves on to Israel and then to Europe, before we are consumed by the next scandal and forget, here is a list, for the record, of just a few of the ways in which President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia was bizarre, unseemly, unethical and un-American.
Trump's Direct Saudi-to-Israel Flight Breaks Symbolic Barrier  —  Air Force One flies straight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv Monday  —  President heads to troubled Middle East on first foreign trip  —  President Donald Trump made a direct flight Monday between two nations that have historically …
USA Today:
In Saudi Arabia, Trump turns Sunni
Sara Murray / CNN:
Reince Priebus returning to Washington after Saudi visit
Discussion: The Hill and Balloon Juice
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina maps for Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans' advantage.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina Congressional Districts  —  Race played too big a role in Republican-drawn map, court says  —  Thomas joins liberal justices in majority of divided ruling  —  A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina Republicans relied too heavily on race …
Discussion: Politico
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll  —  The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government's top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose the names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the White House or federal agencies.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
John Podesta Unloads on Trump  —  Donald Trump is “unfit for office,” a president whose actions are often “absolutely crazy” and whose White House has “a complete disregard for the truth.”  His firing of James Comey as the FBI director was overseeing an investigation of Russian interference …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Kurt Schlichter /   Donald Trump Has Done An Amazing Job At His Most Important Job
Simon Maloy / The Week:
The Trump White House is collapsing  —  Donald Trump certainly seems like he's having a lovely time on his first international trip as president.  He touched down in Saudi Arabia over the weekend and was given an over-the-top reception by his hosts.  The Saudis presented him with a medal …
Carrie Wells / Baltimore Sun:
Police, FBI investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime  —  A black Bowie State University student who was set to graduate this week may have been killed over the weekend in a random, racially-motivated attack by a white University of Maryland, College Park student, officials said Sunday.
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
Authorities investigating whether U.-Md. stabbing death was a hate crime
Discussion: ThinkProgress and BuzzFeed
NBC4 Washington:
FBI Investigating If Bowie State Univ. Student's Killing Is Hate Crime
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump administration, House GOP, in talks to maintain Obamacare subsidies  —  President Trump's administration and House GOP leaders are coordinating to ensure that Obamacare subsidies keep flowing to middle class Americans who depend on them.  —  The Justice Department and House Republicans …
Kayla Tausche / CNBC:
White House to pay insurers while Obamacare case kept on ice: Sources
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Hollywood Reporter:
Billy Bush Breaks His Silence on Trump, the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape, NBC and a Comeback Plan (Exclusive)  —  Seven months after the infamous “grab them by the pussy” recording got Bush fired (and nearly toppled Trump's White House run), the former ‘Today’ host goes public with what happened on that bus …
Washington Post:
Trump and the Netanyahus dish on the media at arrival ceremony in Israel  —  JERUSALEM — President Trump loves to complain about the news media, which he has dubbed “the enemy of the American people.”  —  It turns out his hosts here in Israel feel much the same way.
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats have edge over Republican front-runner in Va. governor's race  —  RICHMOND — Widespread opposition to President Trump and his policies has heightened the challenge for Republicans hoping to retake the Virginia governor's mansion this year, with GOP front-runner Ed Gillespie trailing …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits  —  President Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit …
Trump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts
Discussion: Fusion
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Paging Rahm: House Dems revive 2006 playbook for 2018  —  An unpopular president, the scent of corruption in Washington, a riled-up liberal base — to House Democrats, 2018 is already looking like 2006 on overdrive.  —  Now Democrats see the same ugly storm forming for Republicans that delivered …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:   The One Thing Democrats Like About Trump
Kate Royals / Mississippi Today:
Rep. Karl Oliver: Those removing Confederate monuments ‘should be lynched’  —  A state representative from Winona is calling in a Facebook post for those who support the removal of Confederate monuments to be lynched.  —  Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, wrote: “The destruction of these monuments …
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
A millionaire, a hotel maid and an arrest after the inauguration for sex abuse  —  He was a millionaire, in Washington to toast President Trump's inauguration.  —  She was a maid, tasked with cleaning rooms that cost more in a few days than her monthly rent.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Pappas / Washington Examiner:
Tillerson says Trump's views on Islam ‘continue to evolve’  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump's views on Islam “continue to evolve.”  —  Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as the president arrived in Israel on Monday, Tillerson was asked if Trump still believes Islam …
Discussion: RedState
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Donald Trump to America: Please impeach me  —  This president is all but shouting ‘get me out of here.’ We should help.  —  Donald Trump is doing an excellent impression of a president who desperately wishes to be impeached.  Congress should grant that wish, or figure out an even quicker …
Discussion: Sputnik International
Associated Press:
The Latest: AP Source says Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment  —  The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local):  —  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination …
Mark Zuckerberg:
My personal challenge this year is to visit every state I haven't spent time in before to learn about people's hopes and challenges, and how they're thinking about their work and communities.  —  After my early trips, people asked me what I was learning but I wanted to be careful not to generalize because every state is so different.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Axios and Political Wire
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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Report: Girl in Weiner sexting case lied to damage Clinton
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Gov. Abbott declares voter ID law an emergency; House to vote Tuesday
Stuart Graham / Telegraph:
South African hunter crushed to death by elephant
Discussion: USA Today, AOL, Raw Story and Gizmodo
Page Six:
ScarJo hooks up with ‘SNL’ ‘Weekend Update’ host Colin Jost
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Religious defense planned in landmark Detroit genital mutilation case
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line
Nina Larson / Yahoo:
Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
After years of planning, California likely to roll out earthquake early warning system next year, scientists say
 Earlier Items: 
Irene Klotz / Reuters:
NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Why Sally Yates Stood Up to Trump
Discussion: Fusion
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington
New York Times:
In Wreckage of the Fyre Festival, Fury, Lawsuits and an Inquiry
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable