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4:45 PM ET, May 27, 2015


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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:
FIFA Inquiry Yields Indictments; U.S. Officials Vow to Pursue More  —  United States law enforcement officials declared in forceful terms on Wednesday that their broad investigation of FIFA had only begun and pledged to rid the international soccer organization of systemic corruption.
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.
ABC News:
Rick Santorum on Running for President 2016: ‘Ready to Do This Again’ … Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he's “ready” to run for president in 2016.  —  “I'm ready to do this again,” …
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.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Rand Paul Holds Republican Hawks Responsible for ISIS
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jindal lashes out at Paul, saying he's ‘unsuited’ to be president
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Hit & Run
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul blames ‘hawks in our party’ for Islamic State's rise
Discussion: The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Chris Christie attacks Rand Paul for ‘siding with’ Edward Snowden
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hit & Run
Jenny Hopkinson / Politico:
Barack Obama's water war  —  Industries like agriculture, oil and home-building are lining up to attack a rule aimed at protecting wetlands and waterways.  —  The Obama administration opened its newest offensive in the water wars on Wednesday, championing protections for waterways …
Discussion: US News
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
President Obama asserts power over small waterways
Speaker Boehner on the Latest EPA Power Grab
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Clean Water Rule
Discussion: The EPA Blog, NPR and ThinkProgress
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: WTVR-TV and 9to5Mac
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot when a certain text is received
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mashable
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  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Carly Fiorina spends a lot of her time as a Republican presidential candidate attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate, and has earned considerable news coverage for it.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's shadow down south: Carly Fiorina
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Tells Voters She's Listening, and Learning
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers  —  Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create …
Washington Post:
Ohio Gov. Kasich looks to announce 2016 bid this summer  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has been actively gauging reactions to a possible campaign for president in 2016, is now moving rapidly to assemble the staff and financial resources for such a bid and is looking to declare his candidacy sometime …
Discussion: Plain Dealer and OnPolitics
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.
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker: Mandatory Ultrasounds Are ‘Just A Cool Thing’ For Women  —  Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said in an interview on Friday that mandatory ultrasounds for women hoping to get an abortion was “just a cool thing.”
Discussion: The Week
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Conservatives ask the Supreme Court to restrict states' rights and overturn precedent.  —  For the second time in a year, the Supreme Court has agreed to wade into an election case at the urging of conservatives.  In both cases it has done so despite the issue appearing to be settled by long-standing precedent.
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.
Discussion: NOLA River, Washington Post and Salon
Emily Brewster / Merriam-Webster Unabridged Blog:
A Growth Spurt  —  It's happened again: this dictionary has gotten bigger.  —  As of last week, it's grown by more than 1,700 entries, and existing entries have expanded by more than 700 new senses.  We've added 3,200 examples that provide contextual information, and another 200 entries …
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 …
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Military bans Big Macs, other treats at Guantánamo legal meetings  —  In this image reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantánamo detainees look out from fenced-in areas as a guard closes a door in Camp Echo detention facility on the U.S. Navy Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.
Discussion: Lawfare, and The Week
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Pastor Shot Three Times Outside Church In Possible Anti-LGBT Hate Crime
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Hollywood Reporter:
Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Comedy Actress A-List in Raunchy, R-Rated Roundtable
Islamic State Militants Burn Christian Woman in Nineveh Village
Discussion: TPNN and The Gateway Pundit
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Backs Fox News GOP Debate Limits
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Dems get behind plan for debt-free college
Discussion: Guardian and Common Dreams
Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Immigration Activists Vow Voter Repercussions Over Ruling
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How Obama could hijack tax reform
Alana Massey / The New Republic:
The White Protestant Roots of American Racism
Discussion: Progress Pond and Horizons