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6:55 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) …
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.
New York Times:
FIFA Inquiry Yields Indictments; U.S. Officials Vow to Pursue More
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's shadow down south: Carly Fiorina
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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 …
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,” …
Gov. Jindal: Senator Paul Unsuited to Be Commander-in-Chief  —  Today, Governor Jindal released the following statement after Senator Rand Paul commented this morning that ISIS exists because of hawkish foreign policy.  —  Governor Jindal said, “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Rand Paul Holds Republican Hawks Responsible for ISIS
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.
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, Daily Mail, Mashable and WTVR-TV
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 …
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 …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
President Obama asserts power over small waterways
Discussion: and
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.
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.
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.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty  —  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.
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 …
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.
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader nixes ‘marriage oath’ for 2016 candidates  —  The Family Leader, a Christian conservative advocacy group, is not planning to ask Republican presidential candidates to sign a far-reaching, pro-marriage oath as they campaign in the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: NPR
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
ExxonMobil CEO mocks renewable energy in shareholder speech  —  The CEO of one of the world's largest oil companies downplayed the effects of climate change at his company's annual meeting Wednesday, telling shareholders his firm hadn't invested in renewable energy because “We choose not to lose money on purpose.”
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Ohio Gov. Kasich looks to announce 2016 presidential 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 …
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
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
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.
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Jorge Ramos Admits to Ann Coulter: Bring All of Mexico to Live Here  —  MIAMI, Florida — Conservative columnist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter steamrolled Fusion host Jorge Ramos in an appearance Tuesday filled with dramatic moments, none more interesting …
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Andrew Tilghman / MilitaryTimes:
Bible verse sends former Marine back to court
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Ban on legal highs would technically cover alcohol, cigarettes and coffee
Discussion: Spectator and The Week
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Pentagon Inadvertently Shipped Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States
Discussion: Guardian
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Apple Operations Chief Jeff Williams Takes the Code Stage (Liveblog)
Discussion: Daily Mail and Business Insider
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Jawbone Sues Fitbit Over Data ‘Plundering’ by Ex-Employees
The Atlantic:
Recruitment, Resumes, Interviews: How the Hiring Process Favors Elites
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Islamic State Militants Burn Christian Woman in Nineveh Village
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TPNN
 Earlier Items: 
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Dems get behind plan for debt-free college
Discussion: Guardian and Common Dreams
Police officer charged in Waldorf McDonald's homicide ID'd
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Monthly:
James Fallows on the Draft
Discussion: The Atlantic
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Give the ‘bigot’ bomb a break
Alana Massey / The New Republic:
The White Protestant Roots of American Racism
Discussion: Horizons and Progress Pond