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2:30 PM ET, May 29, 2015

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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
So What Did Hastert Do?  —  “The Coach”, former House Speaker turned high-priced lobbyist, is the target of a mysterious indictment.  The Times has some details (and attaches the indictment) and the WaPo has some speculation that is informative for its omissions.  —  Background from the Times:
Discussion: Washington Post and CANNONFIRE
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Creepy C-SPAN Caller To Hastert: Do You ‘Remember Me From Yorkville?’  (VIDEO)  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) got a strange call from an Illinois resident last year in a C-SPAN segment that surfaced in light of allegations that he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to an individual from the town of Yorkville.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Pro-choice outpolls pro-life for first time in 7 years
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bernie Sanders distances himself from ‘dumb’ 1972 essay on rape  —  Bernie Sanders wrote about rape fantasies in 1970s 06:17  —  New York (CNN)Bernie Sanders' campaign tried on Thursday to distance the presidential candidate from a 1972 essay in which he wrote — among other things …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Let's Not Crucify Bernie Sanders for His Sexual-Fantasies Essay
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
An Award for Bill Clinton Came With $500,000 for His Foundation  —  To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rand Paul's money problem  —  Behind the Kentucky senator's NSA ‘filibuster’ lies a desperate quest for cash.  —  In a presidential campaign defined by billionaire sugar daddy donors, Rand Paul has a problem: He doesn't seem to have one.  —  While his rivals cultivate wealthy backers …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Contracted 0.7% in First Quarter  —  The economy got off to an even weaker start this year than first thought, the government reported Friday, as economic activity contracted amid a disappointing trade picture and continued caution on spending by businesses and consumers alike.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. GDP Swings to Contraction in First Quarter
Discussion: NPR, Forbes and Outside the Beltway
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Thousands of websites block Congress in Patriot Act protest  —  Thousands of websites are blocking Congress's access to their sites in a show of force to protest the Patriot Act.  —  Led by the online activist group Fight for the Future, more than 10,000 sites have added code that redirects …
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
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David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
The Supreme Court Could Give The GOP Another 8 Seats In Congress  —  This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by conservative activists in Texas that could redefine the principle of “one person, one vote” as we know it.  And if the Court sides with the plaintiffs …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Most Democrats Think Illegal Immigrants Should Vote
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Christie to pull New Jersey from Common Core  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday he will pull his state out of Common Core, a move that could bolster his standing with grassroots Republican primary voters opposed to the education standards.
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Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Christie: Dump Common Core education standards
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Insecure American  —  America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country.  But many Americans are economically insecure, with little protection from life's risks.  They frequently experience financial hardship …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Windshield Devices Bring Distracted Driving Debate to Eye Level  —  In a widely watched YouTube video, a man is driving around Los Angeles when his phone rings.  On a small screen mounted on the dashboard, an image of the caller, the man's mother, appears.  —  But there's an optical twist …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Eschaton
Jeff Rathke / US Department of State:
Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism  —  Press Statement  —  Director, Office of Press Relations  —  Washington, DC  —  In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism …
Joe Conason / Politico:
The fake Clinton scandals are back  —  The right's newest crusade has an old fake villain.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Has Washington learned nothing from Whitewater?  The Clintons have spent their entire political lives in the capital dogged by one fake scandal after another.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump stokes 2016 talk, schedules ‘major announcement’  —  Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” on June 16 at New York City's Trump Tower before heading to New Hampshire the next day, according to WMUR-9 in New Hampshire.  —  The schedule adds to the speculation Trump will run …
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Joe Otterson / The Wrap:
Donald Trump Has ‘Foolproof’ Plan to Defeat ISIS - But He Won't Share It (Video)
Discussion: Raw Story and The Huffington Post
Politico:
Lincoln Chafee to announce presidential run on June 3  —  Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will officially enter the presidential race on June 3, a source with knowledge of his plans told POLITICO.  —  He'll make the announcement in a speech he's scheduled to deliver next Wednesday …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Welcome To The Martin O'Malley Moment … NOTABLES  —COULD MARTIN O'MALLEY BE THE CLINTON SLAYER?  Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to launch his 2016 White House bid tomorrow in Baltimore injecting another dose of competition into the Democratic nominating contest that heavily favors Hillary Clinton.
 
 
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S.V. Dáte / National Journal:
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Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
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