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Trump grappling with risks of proceeding with North Korea meeting

May 21, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
President Trump, increasingly concerned that his summit meeting in Singapore next month with North Korea’s leader could turn into a political embarrassment, has begun pressing his aides and allies about whether he should take the risk of proceeding with a historic meeting that he had leapt into accepting, according to administration and foreign officials.
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Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign

May 19, 2018
Robert Costa, Tom Hamburger, Devlin Barrett, Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
In mid-July 2016, a retired American professor approached an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university.
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U.S. Wants to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran, but Hasn’t Budged on Demands

May 19, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will outline a new strategy on Monday for constraining Iran, centered around a demand that the United States’ European allies have already rejected: that Tehran enter negotiations in a new deal that would permanently ban Iran from any substantive manufacturing of nuclear fuel and, in turn, forever cut off a pathway to building a bomb.
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Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms

May 19, 2018
Josh Dawsey, Damian Paletta | The Washington Post
President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.
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Recapping this week's primary elections

May 18, 2018
The panelists discussed trends that emerged from this week’s primary elections, along with the latest on the North Korea summit and the Trump administration's new rules on abortions.

The Russia investigation hits the one-year mark

May 18, 2018
What is Robert Mueller's next move?
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‘Bigger than Watergate’: Trump joins push by allies to expose role of an FBI source

May 18, 2018
Philip Rucker, Robert Costa, Carol Leonnig, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
President Trump’s allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be “bigger than Watergate!”
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Source: Manafort’s ex-son-in-law in plea deal with feds

May 18, 2018
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
Jeffrey Yohai, an ex-son-in-law of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, secretly entered a guilty plea earlier this year to criminal charges of fraud in obtaining real estate loans, a source familiar with the matter told POLITICO on Thursday.
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U.S. scrapped training exercise with South Korea involving B-52s

May 18, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Michael Gordon | The Wall Street Journal
A training exercise involving U.S. B-52 bombers and South Korean planes was scrapped earlier this week after the South Korean government expressed concerns that it could generate tensions before the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to U.S. officials.
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