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6:30 PM ET, May 24, 2015


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Erica Goode / New York Times:
John F. Nash Jr., Mathematician Whose Life Story Inspired ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86  —  John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose decades-long descent into severe mental illness …
Discussion: Deadline and Outside the Beltway
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Driving Uber Mad  —  WASHINGTON — ON a reporting expedition to Los Angeles recently, I realized I could stop renting cars.  —  I would never again have to brave the L.A. freeway behind the wheel.  I would never have to obsess, like the characters in the “Saturday Night Live” skit …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson to face graft accusations in US court  —  The owner of Sands casino fails in his attempt to have allegations of links to Chinese organised crime aired in Macau  —  A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organised crime ties …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Mahablog
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
US court to hear suit accusing Adelson of graft in China
Discussion: Liberaland
Justin S. Vaughn / New York Times:
The Making of a Great Ex-President  —  Though deeply engaged in his presidency — battling for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and against ISIS — Barack Obama is also casting an eye beyond Jan. 20, 2017, when his post-presidency begins.  We've learned that his presidential library will be in Chicago …
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
'Don't let the secular progressives drive God out,' Carson tells GOP  —  GOP presidential contender Ben Carson on Saturday urged conservatives to remain resolute when government challenges their religious liberties.  —  “Don't let the secular progressives drive God out of our lives,” …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Fiorina: Clinton ‘must not be president’
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and Politico
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Carson: 'Don't Let The Secular Progressives Drive God Out Of Our Lives'
Discussion: Raw Story
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Can Feingold come back from defeat?  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  For almost two decades, Russ Feingold had a winning image in Wisconsin politics — the liberal maverick.  He galvanized Democrats, won independents and made small but critical inroads among Republicans.
Nafeez Ahmed / Medium:
Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset  —  Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’ … A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch …
Iraq veteran's remarkable recovery 7 photos  —  Murphy served two tours in Iraq with the Army's 101st Airborne Division's 187th Infantry Regiment.  —  Hide Caption 2 of 7  —  Murphy patrols the Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraq, in an undated photo.  —  Hide Caption 3 of 7
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Ohio Gov. John Kasich  —  This is a rush transcript and will be updated.  It may contain errors.  —  JONATHAN KARL, HOST: Joining us now, Ohio Governor John Kasich.  —  Governor Kasich, there's a lot of tension we're seeing in Cleveland over this verdict.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Tolerant Jeweler Who Harbored an Impure Opinion of Same-Sex Marriage  —  I  —  n the American Conservative yesterday, Rod Dreher related the following story: … One could be forgiven for wondering how we are all supposed to keep up.  Last month, as Indiana's rather tame religious-freedom legislation …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Gateway Pundit
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Maria Konnikova / New Yorker:
How a Gay-Marriage Study Went Wrong
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Boggioni / Alternet:
WATCH: Virginia Cop Uses Pepper-Spray, Taser on Unresisting Black Man Having Stroke
Discussion: Liberaland
Los Angeles Times:
After Senate vote, NSA prepares to shut down phone tracking program
Emily Foxhall / Los Angeles Times:
Candlelight vigil, memorial walk to mark anniversary of Isla Vista shootings
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Cleveland officer acquitted in killing of unarmed pair amid barrage of gunfire
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of Brexit
Discussion: Daily Mail and NPR
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The GOP's Southern discomfort
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABC News

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify lays off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow economic growth and rising capital costs, its third cut in 2023

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast president Mike Cavanagh says Peacock now has 30M paying subscribers, with an ARPU of $10 per month, and saw $2.8B in losses in 2023

Rob Davies / The Guardian:
The Barclay family regains control of Telegraph, after an Abu Dhabi-backed consortium helped pay off its £1.2B debt; the deal still requires government approval

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