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Daily News Digest May 26, 2018

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The downsizing is relentless. Over the past two days, newspaper positions have been eliminated in Texas, buyouts have been announced in Boston and employees at three popular and growing college sports websites were told the sites would be shuttered.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that comments on Trump’s personal Twitter account—and those of other officials in the U.S. government—were public forums and that blocking critics for voicing their views breached the First Amendment of the Constitution.

US Marine Corps stationed in Hawaii are now on standby to help with evacuations should lava flows cut off the only remaining escape route from the beleaguered Puna neighborhood. The latest threat comes as the Big Island enters its fourth week of eruptions, and as a third lava flow reaches the ocean.

Colin Kaepernick is suing the National Football League for colluding against him, and his case keeps improving. One day before the league announced its stupefying plan to suppress the protests against racial injustice, documents and testimony uncovered by Kaepernick's lawsuit revealed that teams consider him talented enough to be a starting quarterback in the league. The argument that Kaepernick, now 30, isn't fit to play in the NFL was already bunk. Now we see that teams were willing to make themselves worse, in some cases, all to ensure that he didn't have a job.

The Israeli media usually takes scant interest in Robert Mueller’s investigations. It prefers to dwell on Donald Trump’s supposedly pro-Israeli policies. Last week’s report in the New York Times about the participation of Joel Zamel, the Australian-born “Israeli specialist in social media manipulation,” in an August 3, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York was an exception to the rule. The FBI, the Times reported, had even come to Israel to search the offices of Zamel’s company. Here was a direct Israeli link to the scandal that has bewitched much of America since Trump was first elected.

The FBI has obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations involving Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank who has forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association, that led to a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the gun lobby’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in May 2016, a top Spanish prosecutor said Friday.

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