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4:30 PM ET, May 26, 2015


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John Harwood / CNBC:
10 questions with Bernie Sanders  —  Bernie Sanders questions morality of US economy  —  Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders talks with CNBC's John Harwood about his views on income inequality, Hillary Clinton and whether he stands a chance of winning.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say  —  WASHINGTON — They are only four words in a 900-page law: “established by the state.”  —  But it is in the ambiguity of those four words in the Affordable Care Act that opponents found a path to challenge the law, all the way to the Supreme Court.
David Brody /
Rubio Warns of ‘Clear, Present Danger’ to Christianity  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly eight years have passed since a young Democrat named Barack Obama captured the White House.  Now, another up-and-coming politician has a chance to take a similar path.  —  This time it's a Republican and his name is Marco Rubio.
David Sirota / International Business Times:
Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton's State Department  —  Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous.  A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Hillary scrutinized for arms sales at State  —  The State Department under Hillary Clinton authorized arms sales to countries that had donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report.  —  State approved $165 billion worth of weapons sales …
Discussion: RedState
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Law of Unintended Consequences Hits Liberals Again  —  We've noted here many times the economic illiteracy of the minimum wage, and even the media are picking up on the perverse effects the $15 minimum wage is having on low-margin businesses such as San Francisco comics shops …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
When Family-Friendly Policies Backfire
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Althouse
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Maryland's ‘free range’ parents cleared of neglect in one case  —  A Maryland couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family's attorneys and documents.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Daily Mail
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday  —  Former New York Governor George Pataki  —  WASHINGTON - Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he's joining the crowded Republican field for president.
Bruce Alpert / NOLA River:
Mary Landrieu takes job at Washington lobbying firm  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is joining the Washington lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman, the firm will announce later Tuesday (May 26).  —  Landrieu said she will join Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy advisor …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Weigh Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of “one person one vote.”
Scott Walker / Medium:
Reflections on My Recent Trip to Israel … But I never expected to have the opportunity to stand at the top of the Mount of Olives myself or to walk where Jesus walked in Jerusalem.  —  Earlier this month, I was blessed to have such an opportunity, to visit Israel and to marvel at the sites …
Discussion: OnPolitics and JSOnline
Cbssonia / CBS Baltimore:
29 Shootings, 9 Fatal, Over Memorial Day Weekend In Baltimore  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ)-It's been a violent weekend in Baltimore after a surge of shootings-some deadly across the city.  —  Amy Yensi has more.  —  Police say 29 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the record-breaking violence.
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Keeps Block of Obama Immigration Plan  —  Decision preserves lower-court hold on White House plan to shield millions from deportation  —  A federal appellate court on Tuesday sided with states challenging the Obama administration's plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Allie Jones / Gawker:
Duggar Dad's Political Platform: Incest Should Be Punishable by Death  —  Last week, 19 Kids and Counting's Josh Duggar admitted that he molested his sisters when he was a teenager.  Though his parents Jim Bob and Michelle successfully helped him avoid prosecution for his crimes …
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion Ledger:
Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber  —  U.S. Senator Thad Cochran married his longtime aide Kay Webber in a private family ceremony in Gulfport on Saturday, according to a one-sentence statement released by his office Monday.  —  Cochran's relationship with Webber became the topic …
Senate GOP prepared to replace Obamacare subsidies  —  If the Supreme Court strikes down current subsidies, some Republicans are wary of booting millions off healthcare rolls.  —  iStock  —  Preparing for a Supreme Court decision that could strike down Obamacare's subsidies …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Cleveland Police Accept Use of Force Limits in Justice Dept. Deal  —  CLEVELAND — The Cleveland police department, which has become a flash point in the racially charged debate over police tactics, has agreed to follow some of the most exacting standards in the nation over how and when its officers …
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona  —  Kirkpatrick is running for Senate in Arizona.  (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Updated, 2:05 p.m. |  Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick's plans …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State.  But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign.
Nick Gass / Politico:
U.S. travel to Cuba booming after Obama switch  —  U.S. travel to Cuba is booming, despite an official ban on tourist travel.  —  The number of Americans visiting Cuba has risen dramatically — 36 percent — in the first few months of 2015, including a big jump among those flying …
Discussion: The Week
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
Journey to Jihad  —  Why are teen-agers joining ISIS? … “Do you have a moment to talk about toxic waste?”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … “Ass kickers . . . Ass kickers . . .”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … “Nice guy, but I wish he'd lose the muttonchops.”  —  BUY THE PRINT »
Sci-Fi Bulletin:
RIP Tanith Lee  —  British writer Tanith Lee passed away on Sunday May 24th, aged 67.  —  Lee was the author of over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as four BBC Radio plays, and two highly-regarded episodes of the BBC's SF series Blake's 7 (Sand and Sarcophagus).
Discussion:, NPR and Vox Popoli
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Scott Walker Suggests He May Sit Out Florida Primary  —  The not-yet-declared candidate may take a state off the map.  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn't even officially declared his presidential candidacy but he's already considering sitting out at least one state.
Discussion: New York Times, Hot Air and The Week
Paul Mason / Guardian:
How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening  —  A new play, World Factory, asks the audience to run a clothing factory in China - and even the creators have been surprised at how people have behaved  —  he choices were stark: sack a third of our workforce or cut their wages by a third.
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Rand Paul: NSA filibuster not a money-raising tactic  —  Shares -  —  Sen. Rand Paul disputes his critics who say that a recent 10-hour filibuster in protest of the National Security Agency's (NSA) sweeping surveillance programs was merely a tactic to raise money, calling it “an unfair characterization.”
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
House bill would make vodka, whiskey and rum cheaper  —  House Republican Todd Young (Ind.) has introduced legislation to reduce the excise tax on vodka, rum, gin and whiskey.  —  Excise taxes are paid when purchases are made on a specific good and often included in the price of the product.
John Lehman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Torpedoes the Nuclear Navy  —  The president disregards a policy that for decades has ensured effective leadership of the nuclear fleet.  —  President Obama, possibly unaware of the implications, has made a mistake by nominating Adm. John Richardson as the new chief of naval operations.
Discussion: RedState
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Megha Rajagopalan / Reuters:
China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Chuck Schumer Wants Kay Hagan Back
Discussion: Washington Post
The White House:
Remarks By The First Lady at Oberlin College Commencement Address
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Republicans Seek to Bridge Gap With Latinos in Colorado and Beyond
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Inside the bizarre life of an Upper East Side housewife
Discussion: Daily Mail
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
It's time we have a holiday to honor those who try to stop wars too
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6S’ Force Touch, may enhance iMessage, Keyboard & Apple Pay
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge and Engadget
Associated Press:
Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Deadly month sees 35 killings
Sydney Morning Herald:
Johnny Depp's dogs: Pistol and Boo in Senate committee hearings
Discussion: Mashable and
Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
David Cameron takes hit as France and Germany agree closer EU ties
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Sylvania teacher arrested following ‘THREE unexcused absences by son’
Robert D. Kaplan / Foreign Policy:
It's Time to Bring Imperialism Back to the Middle East
Discussion: The Nation, Hullabaloo and Instapundit
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show