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11:25 AM ET, May 28, 2015


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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 28, 2015 - Five Leaders In 2016 Republican White House Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Rubio, Paul Are Only Republicans Even Close To Clinton  —  There are five leaders - or no leaders - as Republican voters look at likely GOP candidates in the 2016 White House race …
Marco Rubio:
This is What You Need To Tell Your Friends About Hillary Clinton  —  You know we have to stop her  —  When Hillary Clinton campaigns in South Carolina today, she will do so with the belief that it is her turn to be president of the United States.  This will be apparent in the way she continues …
Nick Gass / Politico:
National poll shows no clear GOP frontrunner
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10K per month while he advised on Libya  —  Some officials at the charity grumbled that his hiring was a favor from the Clintons.  —  Sidney Blumenthal (pictured) was added to the payroll of the Clintons' global philanthropy in 2009.  Getty
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10,000 monthly salary  —  The Clinton Foundation paid Sidney Blumenthal, an unofficial advisor to Hillary Clinton who emailed her reports on the situation in Libya, a monthly salary of about $10,000, according to Politico.
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Daily Mail:
Paula Jones warns against voting for Hillary Clinton because of Bill
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Clinton Foundation hit with racketeering lawsuit
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, TPNN and Instapundit
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Week of Potential Presidents … NOTABLES  —IT'S ALMOST SUMMER AND THE PRESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL IS GETTING CROWDED: On the heels of Rick Santorum's presidential announcement in Pennsylvania yesterday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he's joining the ballooning field of 2016 candidates today.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
George Pataki Announces Run for the Republican Nomination  —  EXETER, N.H. — It had the outlines of a significant event: a three-term governor of New York who forced Mario M. Cuomo from office and led his state through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, announced Thursday in a video on his website that he is running for president.
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
George Pataki on the Issues
Discussion: Liberaland
Dylan StablefordSenior / Yahoo Politics:
Pataki announces presidential bid
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Bill Scher / Politico:
Fox News eats its own  —  The GOP's worst enemy is turning out to be the friendliest network.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  The Republican National Committee triumphantly seized control of the debates last year, saying it would not allow a repeat of 2012, when “the liberal media interrogated …
Discussion: TVNewser and FishbowlDC
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Litmus Testing in the 2016 Election  —  Hillary Clinton has been telling people — a group of financial backers in Brooklyn, a house party in Iowa — that as president, she would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Citizens United decision erasing limits on political spending by corporations.
Discussion: Salon
The Bridge Initiative /
In Arizona, Bikers Plan Armed Protest Outside of Mosque  —  a group of bikers in Arizona plan to host an anti-Muslim demonstration outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix.  Dubbed as “Freedom of Speech Rally Round 2,” a reference to American blogger Pamela Geller's deadly …
Joe Dana / KPNX:
‘Draw Muhammad’ contest planned in Phoenix
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
Annie Karni / Politico:
Socialist Sanders threatens Clinton more than made-for-TV O'Malley  —  In a 2016 surprise, the Dems' left flank opts for a quirky old-school pol.  —  One candidate is 73, with a shock of wispy white hair and a famously rumpled demeanor that makes him look more like a mad scientist than a politician.
Julie Scharper / Baltimore Sun:
Marilyn Mosby, prosecutor in Freddie Gray case, made an early court appearance — on ‘Judge Judy’  —  The college student, a model of poise, pleads her case to Judge Judy:  —  A neighbor trashed her apartment while she was away on summer break, knocking down the door, leaving cigarette burns on the walls …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and CBS Baltimore
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Michael LaCour Made Up a Teaching Award, Too  —  <span><span>It appears the fabrication extends to another part of his CV.</span></span>  —  Yesterday, Science of Us reported that Michael LaCour, the graduate student who is alleged to have faked data for a highly publicized …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto  —  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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The coming terror attacks  —  While the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) makes gains in the Middle East, the U.S., NATO nations and Arab League states refuse to take the aggressive actions that are long overdue.  —  As a result of the indecision and incompetence of the world's response …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Fewer immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally, and that's changed the border security debate  —  Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them.
Discussion: Liberaland
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Lawmakers call for disaster funds in wake of Baltimore riots  —  Maryland lawmakers are pressing President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for Baltimore in the wake of riots late last month.  —  “Given the massive impact that the situation in Baltimore is having on the state's resources …
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Steven Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama Wants USA Freedom Act by Midnight Sunday
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toomey leads Sestak by 4 in Rematch
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rick Santorum faces long odds — again
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Scott Walker defends mandatory ultrasounds
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Caller
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The New York Times blows a hole in the case against Obamacare
Andrew Tilghman / MilitaryTimes:
Bible verse sends former Marine back to court
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Alan Travis / Guardian:
Ban on legal highs would technically cover alcohol, cigarettes and coffee
Discussion: Spectator and The Week
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Family Leader nixes ‘marriage oath’ for 2016 candidates
Discussion: Daily Kos and NPR
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Jorge Ramos Admits to Ann Coulter: Bring All of Mexico to Live Here
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa aide to presidential hopeful Jim Webb resigns