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12:30 PM ET, May 27, 2015


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New York Times:
FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn't Among Them  —  ZURICH — Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.
Alejandro Burzaco / U.S. Department of Justice:
Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption  —  The Defendants Include Two Current FIFA Vice Presidents and the Current and Former Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) …
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Corrupt FIFA Has Clinton Foundation Ties; World Cup Host Qatar Gave Millions  —  Both Bill Clinton and his family's charity have been tied to soccer's governing body, as well as Qatar's disastrous World Cup bid.  —  And just like that, another Clinton Foundation donor is in the news.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland seizes documents at FIFA
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Sources: U.S. Justice Dept. to bring corruption charges against FIFA officials
Discussion: Daily Mail and Scared Monkeys
CNN:   FIFA: U.S. arrests officials; Switzerland opens separate probe
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The decline of Rand Paul  —  Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.  —  The libertarian Kentucky senator's new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock-full of lines that would position Paul well …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie attacks Rand Paul for ‘siding with’ Edward Snowden
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hit & Run
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul blames ‘hawks in our party’ for Islamic State's rise
Discussion: The Week
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System
Peter Wehner / New York Times:
Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?  —  AMONG liberals, it's almost universally assumed that of the two major parties, it's the Republicans who have become more extreme over the years.  That's a self-flattering but false narrative.  —  This is not to say the Republican Party hasn't become a more conservative party.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama suffers another defeat on immigration in federal court  —  A federal appeals court dealt President Obama a defeat on Tuesday when it declined to lift a judge's order blocking the president's sweeping executive action on immigration.  —  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
President Obama's legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting case
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Rick Santorum Announcing Run for President … Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce today that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned.  ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview with Santorum this afternoon.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:   The Note: Rick Santorum's Second Chance
Meredith ShinerPolitical / Yahoo Politics:
Reigning 2012 Iowa caucus victor and former Sen. Rick Santorum …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Read Bernie Sanders's populist, policy-heavy speech kicking off his campaign  —  On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech kicking off his campaign in his home state of Vermont.  —  “This campaign,” Sanders said, “is not about Bernie Sanders.  It is not about Hillary Clinton.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
It's not your everyday Americans at Bernie Sanders' kickoff rally
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Ben & Jerry Fire Up Crowd at Bernie Sanders Campaign Kickoff (Also, Free Ice Cream)
Alana Massey / The New Republic:
The White Protestant Roots of American Racism  —  he Apotheosis of Washington," painted in 1865 by Constantino Brumidi, is a fresco of the first president of the United States ascending to the heavens.  The goddesses of Victory and Liberty, along with 13 maidens who represent America's original colonies …
Discussion: Horizons and Progress Pond
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Give the ‘bigot’ bomb a break  —  Reducing human beings to their worst idea or comment diminishes us all.  —  A lesbian couple purchased engagement rings from a Christian jeweler.They were so pleased with the service, they referred a friend to the shop to purchase a ring for his girlfriend.
Ike Brannon / The Hill:
How Obama could hijack tax reform  —  If congressional Republicans offered the president a deal that would make the tax code markedly more progressive, raise more revenue and also fund several of his second-term priorities, would he agree to such a thing?  —  The answer the White House …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Walker suggests he'll skip Florida primary  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) suggested Tuesday that he might sit out the 2016 Florida GOP primary, letting likely rivals Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush duke it out in their home state.  —  “If we chose to get in …
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Scott Walker: Ultrasounds Should Be Mandatory Since They're ‘A Cool Thing’
Democrats hope for Hillary Clinton coattails  —  Candidates expect her presence would affect their fates as well.  —  Her campaign is still in its infancy.  The presidential election is nearly 18 months away.  But Democrats are already banking on a “Hillary effect,” an anticipated wave …
Discussion: The Reaction
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
A tiny string of text can disable iPhone Messages  —  Apple device owners have discovered a string of text characters that, when received on an iPhone in Messages, can lock people out of the app and — reportedly in some cases — crash the phone.  Users who receive the string with Messages open …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, WTVR-TV, Mashable and Daily Mail
Bristol Palin:
The Wedding That Didn't Happen  —  I feel like I need to address the elephant-in-the-room on this blog, since you guys have been with me through thick and thin.  When I first got engaged, you were the first ones I wanted to tell.  —  I guess you have seen by now that the wedding …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP senators call for over-the-counter birth control  —  Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is leading a new push to allow women to buy birth control without a prescription, hoping to deliver on one of the biggest promises of his freshman Senate campaign last year.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
A Note to Our Readers  —  We are thrilled to announce that Re/code's parent company, Revere Digital, is being wholly acquired by the highly respected digital-native media company Vox Media.  This is the next big step in our mission to bring you quality tech journalism, because our work …
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Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Groups Seek Justice Department Review of Jeb Bush Fundraising
Discussion: Politico
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Washington Monthly:
James Fallows on the Draft
Discussion: The Atlantic
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
A Brief History of the Wristwatch
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Why Biden is (almost) King of the Internet
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Democrats recount labor's pressure tactics
Discussion: America Rising
Joe Biden / Advocate:
Op-ed: Let's Keep the Momentum Going After Win in Ireland
 Earlier Items: 
CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers
Discussion: Mediaite, The Intercept and Raw Story
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Scramble begins as Patriot Act teeters
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Los Angeles Times:
Ex-LAPD officer suspected in slaying is arrested in Mexico, officials say
Discussion: The Week and 89.3 KPCC
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is ‘defeat for humanity’
Larry Celona / New York Post:
You're 45% more likely to be murdered in de Blasio's Manhattan
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Publisher To Correct Rand Paul's Book After He Writes That Six People Died In Benghazi
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo