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8:05 PM ET, May 28, 2015


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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges  —  The Justice Department charged the Illinois Republican Thursday for evading reporting requirements and lying to the FBI as part of a scheme to pay off the victim of “prior bad acts.”  —  Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Ex-House Speaker Hastert charged with evading currency rules and lying to FBI  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance blackmailing him, then lied to the FBI …
Washington Post:
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury  —  J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million because of “past misconduct” …
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted in payment scheme
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Dan Joseph /
Sen. Bernie Sanders' Essay: Women ‘Fantasize About Being Raped’  —  In a 1972 essay, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) opined that men fantasized about women being abused.  He also claimed that women fantasized about being gang raped.  —  In an article entitled “Men-And-Women …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Bernie Sanders's Dark Age Economics
Discussion: Power Line, Ed Driscoll and Samizdata
Daily Mail:
Paula Jones warns against voting for Hillary Clinton because of Bill  — Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor  — Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation paid Blumenthal $10K per month while he advised on Libya
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bill, Chelsea to make campaign debut at Hillary Clinton's first major rally
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hot Air
Nick Gass / Politico:
Study finds Clinton, Cruz dominate social media race
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 …
Ronnie Greene / miamiherald:
Jeb Bush's busy role on corporate boards could become issue in 2016 presidential campaign
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
With GOP field growing, Jeb Bush sharpens critique of would-be opponents
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and Hot Air
The Daily Item:
Today's Editorial: We bungled the Obama attack letter  —  There is no excuse for the letter The Daily Item published on Memorial Day.  We did something we shouldn't have and the readers who called us on it deserve accountability.  —  The straight forward reason the letter headlined …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Pa. newspaper: Sorry we published letter calling for Obama's execution  —  A Pennsylvania newspaper has apologized for publishing a letter to the editor calling for President Barack Obama to be executed.  —  The Daily Item of Sunbury's editorial board wrote Thursday that it …
Discussion: The Week and Boing Boing
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Scott Walker attacked over abortion quote that he didn't actually say  —  “Most people I talk to, whether they're pro-life or not, I find people all the time who'll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids' ultrasound and how excited they are, so that's a lovely thing.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Scott Walker to Sign Ban on Abortions for Rape, Incest
Matt Patches / Esquire:
Shepard Fairey on the Future of Political Art and Whether Obama Lived Up to His ‘Hope’ Poster  —  The street artist's web series, Rebel Music, tracks young people around the world using art and music to push back The Man.  —  Street artist Shepard Fairey and the Viacom-owned MTV …
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Donald Trump to make ‘major’ announcement in NYC on June 16  —  Outspoken billionaire exec will then travel to NH; presidential run appears likely  —  If you're a Donald Trump fan, mark June 16 on your calendar.  If you're a Donald Trump fan in New Hampshire, mark June 17.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
SomeBlackLivesDontMatter  —  BlackLivesMatter, the slogan of the movement that began in earnest after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is a lie.  —  Taken at face value, the phrase is a truism, since obviously all lives matter.  But the people who use it as a shibboleth …
Nathan Rubbelke / The College Fix:
Complaints prompt Catholic university to remove statue of priest praying over Indians  —  Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain …
Michael Doran / Mosaic Magazine:
A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends  —  The president's address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed.  —  President Obama speaks at Congregation Adas Israel in Washington, DC on May 22.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Robert Laurie / Best of Cain:
Politics: Rick Santorum announces doomed presidential bid in interview with pretend journalist  —  Ugh.  —  I may give Bernie Sanders a lot of flak for being unelectable, but I don't want anyone to think Democrats have the market cornered when it comes to candidates with no chance of winning.
The Huffington Post:
GOP Senator Says ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Part Of An ‘Insidious’ Propaganda Campaign Against Business Owners  —  A concerted propaganda effort underway in America has created a “cultural attitude” in which people believe “government is good and business is bad,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told a local reporter for
A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans  —  The Lifeline program was established in 1985 to help low-income Americans afford access to vital communications.  Our nation's enduring promise is opportunity for all, and helping financially struggling Americans access basic communications empowers individuals …
Discussion: NPR, RT and The Hill
Joe Dana / KPNX:
‘Draw Muhammad’ contest planned in Phoenix  —  An Phoenix area anti-Muslim activist is planning a “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest and rally in Phoenix on Friday.  The event is being dubbed a “Freedom of Speech Rally” and comes three weeks after a similar event in Garland, Texas, that prompted violence by two alleged ISIS sympathizers.
Ex-Schock aide dishes to FBI  —  A onetime aide raises questions about the legality of a flight with an insurance company exec.  —  A onetime aide to Aaron Schock told the FBI this week that the embattled ex-congressman and two employees flew on a private jet with an insurance company executive last year …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Even George Pataki Doesn't Want Those Damn Moderates  —  As I noted yesterday, it says a lot about the continued rightward drift in the GOP that even in a 18-candidate presidential field everybody still wants to be the “true conservative.”  We had a graphic illustration of that today …
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Erin Richards / JSOnline:
Provision slipped into budget dilutes teacher license rules
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Polluted Political Games
Discussion: RedState
Jean Ko Din / The Catholic Register:
Police make arrest in suspected hate crime at Mississauga Catholic church
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Was Jeb Bush A Socialist At Andover? One Student Newspaper Article Says He Was
Discussion: Mediaite
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
House 2016: Gridlock Ahead for a Possible Clinton Administration?
John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Obama Meets With Sotloff Family in Florida
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
EPA's Amphibious Attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TPNN
 Earlier Items: 
Lawrence S. Wittner / CounterPunch:
Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs
Elizabeth Titus / Bloomberg Business:
The Secret Service Has the Security Euphemism of the Day
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Health Law Court Case Winner Could Be Political Loser
Discussion: Daily Kos
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap
Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul Created ISIS
Bill Scher / Politico:
Fox News eats its own