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12:45 PM ET, May 22, 2015

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Mike Huckabee / Facebook:
Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family.  Josh's actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn't mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.
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Josh Duggar / In Touch Weekly:
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Josh Duggar quits Family Research Council amid child molestation claims
Discussion: Political Wire
Duggar Family Official / Facebook:
Please read the following messages:  —  From Jim Bob and Michelle:
People.com:
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Flashback: Duggars Call LGBT People A Threat To Child Safety; Duggar Resigns From FRC
Washington Post:
Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments  —  The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups, despite an ethics agreement …
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, Acutely Aware of Pitfalls, Avoids Press on Campaign Trail  —  CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton was in a forgiving mood.  She had been discussing the small-business economy at a round-table gathering at a bike shop here on Tuesday when the Fox News correspondent Ed Henry interrupted.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The magic of Bill Clinton  —  My theory about how Democrats can win a big victory in the 2016 presidential campaign has long been based on the following.  —  The most popular American president in many decades is John F. Kennedy.  The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton.
CNN:
Clinton Foundation didn't disclose as much as $26M in speaking fees
Discussion: America Rising
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Another reason why Hillary Clinton does not deserve to be president
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
50 Cent Backs Hillary Clinton For President: 'It's Hillary Time!'
Ahmed Ali / New York Times:
Calm Down.  ISIS Isn't Winning.  —  WASHINGTON — THE fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, and of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, is a big gain for the Islamic State, but not an utter disaster, as many observers fear.  —  Rather than inducing panic in Western capitals …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
You want hypotheticals?  Here's one.  —  Ramadi falls.  The Iraqi army flees.  The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen.  Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Thirty-one percent of Americans describe their views on social issues as generally liberal, matching the percentage who identify as social conservatives for the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trade and Trust  —  One of the Obama administration's underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty.  Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they're just projecting.  The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Politico:
Warren was paid up to $90,000 as witness in 2000 trade case
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
BU hire set up sex profile for rival  —  Was ‘jealous’ coed when busted in 2008  —  By:  —  Troubling tweets disparaging white male college students may be just the tip of the iceberg for incoming Boston University professor Saida Grundy, who has a history of Internet misdeeds, the Herald has learned.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts  —  Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law's impact  —  Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law's impact.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Rate hikes expose shaky foundation of Obamacare
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
State department worker accused of ‘sextortion’ arrested in Atlanta  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Magistrate grants bond to State Department staffer accused of using his computer to stalk and humiliate women  —  Federal agents arrested a State Department employee flying out of Atlanta this week …
Kim Stephens / Sydney Morning Herald:
Dramatic arrest interrupts Today reporter's live cross in Brisbane  —  Nine News reporter Aislin Kriukelis keeps her cool while coping with a shouting man being restrained by police outside Queensland Police Headquarters in Brisbane on the Today show Friday morning.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Mediaite
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Letterman's departure is 15 years too late  —  In 1980, a comedy ice age was ending.  The lumbering mastodons were dying out, the tundra was cracking open and perfect little daisies of coolness were popping up.  —  On NBC, there was this wild, anarchic morning show like nothing my friends and I had ever seen.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush, seeking more distance from his brother, offers some rare criticism  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Jeb Bush on Thursday put a bit more space between himself and his brother, part of a slow-motion and seemingly reluctant distancing effort as he moves toward a White House bid.
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New York Times:
Rove's Crossroads PAC Is No Longer G.O.P.'s ‘Big Dog’
Discussion: The Week
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Freddie Gray death: Grand jury indicts police officers  —  Baltimore officers charged 6 photos  —  Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45, drove the transport van carrying Freddie Gray.  “Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray's condition, at no point did he seek nor did he render …
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WMAR:
6 Baltimore Police officers in Freddie Gray case indicted
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Daily Kos and Raw Story
 
 
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David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands
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Daily Mail:
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Suzy Strutner / The Huffington Post:
New Grads Can't Really Afford To Live Anywhere, Report Finds
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation
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Douglas Dalby / New York Times:
Referendum in Ireland Could Complete a Rapid Shift on Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: The Week, Wall Street Journal and NPR
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Bin Laden had the book on Obama
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Politico
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Rick Santorum Rips Fox News Over ‘Arbitrary’ Debate Rules
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and Politico