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9:15 PM ET, May 27, 2015


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
How Republicans saved Stephanopoulos  —  Two weeks ago, conservatives were calling for George Stephanopoulos to recuse himself from all coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, on the grounds that the ABC News anchor had failed to inform viewers of his financial donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rick Santorum faces long odds — again
Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Comedy Actress A-List in Raunchy, R-Rated Roundtable  —  “So, what's your policy on ‘pussy’?” inquires a polite Amy Schumer regarding what can and can't be said during THR's annual gathering of Emmy-contending comedy actresses.  If the ensuing conversation …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Scott Walker defends mandatory ultrasounds  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his decision to sign a law in Wisconsin mandating ultrasounds for women before they get abortions, calling ultrasounds “just a cool thing out there.”  —  In an interview on “The Dana Show,” …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker: Mandatory Ultrasounds Are ‘Just A Cool Thing’ For Women
Discussion: The Week
National Review:
Elizabeth Warren Bought Foreclosed Homes to Make a Quick Profit  —  Before the crash that she blamed on speculators, Senator Elizabeth Warren made a bundle by flipping houses.  —  Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Carly Fiorina, in an Ambush of Hillary Clinton, Gets Defensive  —  Carly Fiorina spoke during a reception and panel discussion in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Carly Fiorina spends a lot of her time as a Republican presidential candidate attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's shadow down south: Carly Fiorina
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Andrew Tilghman / MilitaryTimes:
Bible verse sends former Marine back to court  —  Is posting a Bible verse on a desktop computer in a military workplace an act protected under the Constitution as a free expression of religion?  —  Or is such an open display of religiosity an affront to “good order and discipline”?
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse
Discussion: BizPac Review
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) …
New York Times:
Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments  —  The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google.  Now both giants are also going head-to-head in mobile payments, as they prepare to push deeper into digital wallets.
CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers  —  It's a racially charged photo the Chicago Police Department didn't want the public to see: two white cops posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The New York Times blows a hole in the case against Obamacare  —  There are basically two versions of the looming Supreme Court case against Obamacare.  One of them makes sense but doesn't pose enough of a threat to Obamacare to satisfy Republicans.  The other poses a real threat to Obamacare …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Nebraska Bans Death Penalty With Veto Override  —  LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bobby Jindal slams Rand Paul as unfit to be commander in chief  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal lashed out at Sen. Rand Paul for his recent comments about the Islamic State, saying the presidential contender is unfit to be commander in chief and is taking the “weakest, most liberal Democrat position” …
Gov. Jindal: Senator Paul Unsuited to Be Commander-in-Chief
Katherine Archuleta / CHCOC:
Federal Laws and Policies Prohibiting Marijuana Use  —  Recently, several states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized the use of marijuana, allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and/or for limited recreational use.  These changes to state law have raised questions …
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, Mashable, Daily Mail and WTVR-TV
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.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa aide to presidential hopeful Jim Webb resigns  —  The Democratic strategist who was running the Iowa effort for presidential hopeful Jim Webb has resigned, Iowans told The Des Moines Register Wednesday morning.  —  Rania Batrice confirmed the news in an email to the Register.
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Inside the war on coal  —  How Mike Bloomberg, red-state businesses, and a lot of Midwestern lawyers are changing American energy faster than you think.  —  Corbis  —  The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters.  It's real and it's relentless.
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders Hillary Clinton email releases every 30 days  —  A federal judge issued an order Wednesday requiring the State Department to make public batches of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails every 30 days starting next month.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Immigration Overhaul May Be in Limbo Until Late in Obama's Term  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's overhaul of the nation's immigration system, which he announced in a prime-time speech to the nation last November, may remain under a cloud of legal uncertainty until months before he leaves office in 2017 …
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Ban on legal highs would technically cover alcohol, cigarettes and coffee  —  New bill proposes banning all psychoactive substances then expressly permitting use of government-approved drugs  —  A new blanket ban on legal highs is to be so widely drawn that its provisions could be used to outlaw alcohol …
Discussion: Spectator and The Week
Ricardo Baca / The Cannabist:
Is this central Denver's first 420-friendly hotel?  —  Smoke, vape and edibles on the balcony?  It's all good at Nativ Hotel, downtown Denver's first outwardly 420-friendly hotel  —  Many in Colorado's bustling cannabis industry have complained about the lack of marijuana-friendly hotels in this state and others.
SayHerName Report … “Although Black women are routinely killed, raped and beaten by the police, their experiences are rarely foregrounded in popular understandings of police brutality,” said Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Director of the African American Policy Forum and co-author of the brief.
Discussion: Portside, RH Reality Check and Mashable
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Taliban 5 could be free to travel in days, lawmakers raise alarm
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader nixes ‘marriage oath’ for 2016 candidates
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
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Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite, The Week and NBC News
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Discussion: Daily Mail and Business Insider
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech
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The Atlantic:
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Islamic State Militants Burn Christian Woman in Nineveh Village
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TPNN
Washington Post:
Ohio Gov. Kasich looks to announce 2016 presidential bid this summer
Jenny Hopkinson / Politico:
Barack Obama's water war
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Military bans Big Macs, other treats at Guantánamo legal meetings
Discussion:, Lawfare and The Week
Washington Monthly:
James Fallows on the Draft
Discussion: The Atlantic
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Give the ‘bigot’ bomb a break