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7:45 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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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.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council
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 …
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Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
Nearly 300 New Hillary Emails Released — and They Confirm She Received Now-Classified Info on Private Email
Discussion: Guardian
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Chris Smith’ — Hillary Mixes Up Slain Ambassador's Name In Email To Aides
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.
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Why 2016 marks the death of the political campaign reporter
Discussion: The Reaction, Daily Kos and Vox
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The magic of Bill Clinton
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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 …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bombing at Saudi Mosque
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and 89.3 KPCC
Ahmed Ali / New York Times:
Calm Down. ISIS Isn't Winning.
US Department of State:
Virtual Reading Room Documents Search Results  —  This search is based upon locating specified words in the electronic text of documents.  However, in many cases, this is dependent upon the conversion of the text in paper documents to electronic text through optical character recognition (OCR).
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Daniel Nasaw / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Emails — Live Dive
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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Wall Street Journal:
In Search of an ObamaCare Breakout
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.
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Charlotte Wilder / Boston Globe:
Incoming Boston University professor talks about the time she impersonated another woman online
Discussion: Truth Revolt and The Daily Caller
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats' Vanishing Future  —  Hillary Clinton is not the only Democratic comeback candidate on the 2016 ticket.  Senate Democrats are betting on the past to rebuild their party for the future.  —  One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration …
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
Discussion: Hit & Run
Barry Paddock / NY Daily News:
'You're f—  ': Robert De Niro gives amazing speech to NYU art school grads, warns them to be ready for ‘a lifetime of rejection’  —  Double Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told NYU's art school grads Friday congratulations and then quickly added, “You're f—  And the word he used was definitely not Focker.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Trigger-Happy Generation  —  If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.  —  Readers know of the phenomenon at college campuses regarding charges of “microaggressions” and “triggers.”  It's been going on for a while and is part …
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.”  They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story.
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
The Advocate:
Louisiana House to Gov. Bobby Jindal: Pay your own travel expenses  —  Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal's wings Thursday by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor's office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail.
Discussion: Political Wire
BBC:
Same-sex referendum: High turnout reported as polls close in Republic of Ireland  —  A nun casts her vote at a polling station in Dublin on Friday morning  —  The polls have closed in the Republic of Ireland, where voters have been taking part in a referendum on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Guvs With '16 Ambitions Hamstrung By Budget Crises Of Own Making
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Winnowing By Spots on the Stage
Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole
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Reuters:
Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trade and Trust  —  One of the Obama administration's underrated …
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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