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4:50 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.
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Mike Huckabee Makes Excuses For Duggar Family Hiding Years Of Sexual Abuse  —  Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a statement on Facebook Friday addressing the revelations that eldest son Josh Duggar admitted to sexually molesting “girls,” presumably his own sisters, as a teenager.
Duggar Family Official / Facebook:
Please read the following messages:  —  From Jim Bob and Michelle:  —  Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives.  When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked.  We had tried to teach him right from wrong.
Maria Puente / USA Today:
Duggars reeling from Josh's sex-abuse scandal  —  The Duggars, the reality TV family famous for its progeny (19 Kids and Counting) and its conservatism, is reeling now that oldest son, Josh, has been forced to acknowledge he was investigated for molesting underage girls when he was a teenager in Arkansas.
Washington Post:
Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Flashback: Duggars Call LGBT People A Threat To Child Safety; Duggar Resigns From FRC
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
First round of Hillary Clinton State Department emails released  —  What did Clinton say about Benghazi in private emails?  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department released Friday its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State, offering a new look at her handling …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The magic of Bill Clinton
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Jason Howerton /
Nearly 300 New Hillary Emails Released — and They Confirm She Received Now-Classified Info on Private Email
Discussion: Guardian
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Another reason why Hillary Clinton does not deserve to be president
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.
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 …
Ahmed Ali / New York Times:
Calm Down. ISIS Isn't Winning.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bombing at Saudi Mosque
Discussion: BBC, Al Jazeera English and 89.3 KPCC
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.
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos, Vox and Bloomberg View
Washington Post:
Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers  —  A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability.  —  Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
In Search of an ObamaCare Breakout
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
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Rate hikes expose shaky foundation of Obamacare
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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 and Politico
World Bank Group:
Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse, Youth Unemployment Highest in the Region at 60 Percent  —  Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now the highest in the world according to the latest World Bank economic update.
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 …
Daily Mail:
Man, 29, who arranged for his lover to shoot dead his wife in front of their toddler son is sentenced to life in prison - as judge says he is ‘beyond redemption’  — Kashif Parvaiz, 29, was on walk with wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, and their two-year-old son, Shayaan, in August 2011 when Noorani was shot dead
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Trigger-Happy Generation  —  If reading great literature …
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Winnowing By Spots on the Stage
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Christie, Jeb Defend NSA Against Rand Protest
Discussion: OnPolitics
Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and SiliconBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Ybarra / Washington Times:
FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers
Kim Stephens / Sydney Morning Herald:
Dramatic arrest interrupts Today reporter's live cross in Brisbane
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Mediaite
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands
Discussion: Fox News
Suzy Strutner / The Huffington Post:
New Grads Can't Really Afford To Live Anywhere, Report Finds
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Shakesville
Douglas Dalby / New York Times:
Referendum in Ireland Could Complete a Rapid Shift on Same-Sex Marriage