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6:35 AM ET, May 26, 2016

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Washington Post:
Clinton's inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment.  What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight.
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Guardian
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Associated Press:
Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
What does the new Inspector General report actually tell us about Hillary Clinton's emails?  —  Today the State Department's inspector general released a report on Hillary Clinton's email use during her time as secretary of state.  Both Democrats and Republicans are going to spin the report …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's email problems just got much worse
Discussion: Politico and JustOneMinute
Nick Gass / Politico:
State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump fires top aide  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Wednesday night announced it had parted ways with its national political director, Rick Wiley — a move that appears to stem in part from an ongoing turf war atop the campaign.  —  Wiley was the first high-profile hire by Paul Manafort …
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Bloomberg:
Donald Trump Parts Ways With National Political Director  —  Rick Wiley's duties in the Sunshine State have been shifted to another staffer.  —  michaelcbender  —  Rick Wiley, Donald Trump's national political director, has left the Republican's presidential campaign following a decision …
Discussion: New York Times
Bloomberg:
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to Speak by Phone Tonight  —  The House speaker and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will try again to erase the rift between the two men.  —  michaelcbender  —  Donald Trump and Paul Ryan will talk by telephone on Wednesday night …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor to Hillary Clinton's Home  —  A donation to the Clinton Foundation followed weeks later  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe invited the Chinese businessman whose donations to him have been named as a focus of Justice Department investigators …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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New York Times:
States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
Jeannie Suk / New Yorker:
The Transgender Bathroom Debate and the Looming Title IX Crisis
WOAI:
Texas AG expected announce legal challenge to Obama's transgender directive to schools
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom directive
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump plans to target Clinton over Whitewater  —  Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal, POLITICO has learned.
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists  —  The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: Romney ‘walks like a penguin’  —  cut into a handful of prominent Republican figures during a Wednesday rally, even lightly chiding those who ultimately came around to endorsing him for president.  —  The presumptive GOP nominee lashed out at 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, saying he “walks like a penguin.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump. There's a lot more like this to come.
Nell Frizzell / Guardian:
The men who live as dogs: 'We're just the same as any person on the high street'  —  Ahead of a new documentary, Spot, Bootbrush and Kaz open up about their community  —  t's easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy.  Maybe too easy, in fact …
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump's Top Adviser: ‘This Is Not A Hard Race’  —  Paul Manafort explains why his boss is “gonna win,” no prob.  —  Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post  —  Donald Trump “sees himself more as the chairman of the board” of the country.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Peter Thiel, Tech Billionaire, Reveals Secret War With Gawker  —  A billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur was outed as being gay by a media organization.  His friends suffered at the hands of the same gossip site.  Nearly a decade later, the entrepreneur secretly financed a lawsuit to try to put the media company out of business.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Bill Clinton Gets Into 30-Minute Debate With A 24-Year-Old Bernie Fan  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Five different times, aides tried to drag him away from the booth where Josh Brody, a 24-year-old supporter of Bernie Sanders, was holding forth about all that had gone wrong in the 1990s: welfare, NAFTA, Wall Street.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Big-name Democrats won't defend Wasserman Schultz  —  The knives are out for Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Capitol Hill.  But it's unclear whether it amounts to griping or a more serious warning sign that the embattled Democratic Party chairwoman's post is in jeopardy.
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why so many Sanders supporters don't want to be Democrats
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Hill
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Roots’ Reborn: How a Slave Saga Was Remade for the Black Lives Matter Era  —  Forty years after the original gripped half the nation (literally), a more violent and more accurate remake is here, gambling on big stars including Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin and the unresolved emotional core …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bloomberg:
Google Steps Up Pressure on Partners Tardy in Updating Android  —  Web giant creates rankings that could shame ecosystem laggards  —  Friendly tactics also used to unify top phone operating system  —  Getting phone makers and carriers to update to the latest version of Android …
Eliana Dockterman / TIME:
A Marvel Editor Explains How Captain America Was a Hydra Agent All Along  —  In a shocking twist, Steve Rogers always has been and will continue to be a member of the evil group  —  Sure, he wears red white and blue on the outside, but on the inside?  It turns out Steve Rogers …
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
What the hell is going on?  —  Donald Trump may get the nuclear …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Admin: U.S. Stopped Sanctioning Iranian Human Rights Abusers After Nuke Deal
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Doreen Christensen / Sun-Sentinel:
Whole Foods Market to sell invasive lionfish starting Wednesday
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel, UPI and AOL
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations
Discussion: Mashable
Harriet McLeod / Raw Story:
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signs bill banning abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy
Discussion: alan.com
Ronald Kessler For / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump executive defends Republican candidate amid nationwide criticism
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Clash Daily
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
The Republican Party Got the Voters It Deserved
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Adams / KCEN-TV:
Gay Student Told to Change Pro-LGBT Shirt
Discussion: PinkNews, Towleroad and Raw Story
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Japanese leader lashes out at Obama over ‘despicable’ murder case
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
IRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says
Discussion: Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton calls Reid's leadership ‘cancerous’