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8:10 AM ET, May 23, 2015


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Allen Reed / Talking Points Memo:
Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed  —  Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday, a day after the reality TV star resigned his position as head of FRC Action.
Discussion: KTLA and Liberaland
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.
Maria Puente / USA Today:
Duggars reeling from Josh's sex-abuse scandal
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A Hillary Clinton Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary Thought for 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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Chris Smith’ — Hillary Mixes Up Slain Ambassador's Name In Email To Aides  —  Emails released Friday by the State Department show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mixed up the names of the Americans murdered at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.
Jason Howerton /
Nearly 300 New Hillary Emails Released — and They Confirm She Received Now-Classified Info on Private Email
Discussion: Guardian
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Clinton emails reveal slain ambassador considered leaving Libya
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Both sides say Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage  —  DUBLIN — Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Obama, Twitter and racism  —  President Obama has now moved the presidency into the vanguard of the social media movement by opening a Twitter account, @POTUS, that will be his personal social media sounding board.  Great.  Social media is exploding around the world.
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
Daniel Nasaw / Wall Street Journal:   Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Emails — Live Dive
Doug Palmer / Politico:
‘Fast track’ trade fight moves to House  —  The Senate on Friday approved a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill that will help President Barack Obama conclude a massive Asia-Pacific trade agreement and sets the stage for a fierce battle in the House when lawmakers return in June.
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Channel 4 News:
Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users  —  Hackers have struck one of the world's largest internet dating websites, leaking the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users onto the web.  —  Please wait while this video loads.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: ‘No plan B’ for NSA reform  —  The White House on Friday pressed the Senate to pass National Security Agency (NSA) reforms, saying there is nothing the president can do on his own if Congress allows the Patriot Act provisions to lapse.  —  “There is no Plan B …
Jon Schuppe / NBC News:
D.C. Mansion Murder Suspect Had Help: Cops  —  Police investigating the murder of a wealthy Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper suspect that the alleged killer, Daron Wint, had help from accomplices, according to court documents released Friday.  —  In an affidavit seeking …
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
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Why 2016 marks the death of the political campaign reporter  —  The 2016 election may be the first one in which the political press is totally sidelined.  Politicians now have a professional grasp of social media — Barack Obama just got his third Twitter account — and they don't need media middlemen to communicate with voters.
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.
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Discussion: Liberaland
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Trigger-Happy Generation  —  If reading great literature …
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
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Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole
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