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7:35 AM ET, May 29, 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
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” …
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 …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted  —  CNBC's Eamon Javers reports former House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly made false statements to the FBI.  —  Former Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert was charged Thursday …
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted in payment scheme  —  He allegedly lied to the FBI and illegally structured cash payments designed to “conceal his prior misconduct” against an unnamed individual.  —  The Justice Department on Thursday announced an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert …
Discussion: Political Wire and 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
Gina Tron / The Daily Beast:
Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him  —  Justin Way was in bed with a knife.  His girlfriend called a non-emergency number to try to get him into a hospital.  Minutes later, cops shot him dead.  —  On May 11, Justin Way was drinking and threatening to hurt himself.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Scott Walker to Sign Ban on Abortions for Rape, Incest  —  Potentially complicating his 2016 bid, the Wisconsin governor has said he will sign a 20-week abortion bill that includes no exemption for rape or incest.  —  When it comes to abortion, Scott Walker aims to keep his promises.
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
Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit  —  NOWATA, Okla. —  Quick Facts:  — Officer shot during pursuit of suspects north of Nowata  — Officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition  — Pursuit continued across Kansas line where 2 suspects were taken into custody
Washington Post:
The U.S. must do more to help Iraq fight the Islamic State  —  THE OBAMA administration has responded to the recent gains by the Islamic State in Iraq with several remedial measures, including accelerating a shipment of antitank weapons to Iraqi forces and pledging to push harder for the delivery of arms to Sunni tribes.
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 …
Steve Annear /
Filthy snow piles remain, even as temperatures climb  —  They're unsightly, filled with garbage and debris, and serve as a daily reminder of just how awful the winter really was — and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.  —  Lingering snow piles from the historic New England winter continue …
Discussion: The Week
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Bill, Chelsea to make campaign debut at Hillary Clinton's first major rally  —  NEW YORK — Bill and Chelsea Clinton's first appearances on the campaign trail will come at Hillary Clinton's first formal rally on June 13, top campaign officials said on Thursday.
Daily Mail:
Paula Jones warns against voting for Hillary Clinton because of Bill
Sam Borden / New York Times:
U.S. Soccer Will Support Blatter Rival in FIFA Election  —  ZURICH — At dawn on Wednesday, Sunil Gulati, the president of U.S. Soccer, woke with a start, his phone buzzing on the desk of his room at a luxury hotel here.  A police raid was quietly going on in the halls around him …
Discussion: ABC News and
Rachel Feltman / Washington Post:
Whoops!  A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.  —  Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn't into the whole evolution thing.  In fact, he's on the board of directors of Big Valley's Creation Science Museum, a place meant to rival local scientific institutions.
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
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 …
Marcia McNutt / Science:
Editorial retraction  —  Science, with the concurrence of author Donald P. Green, is retracting the 12 December 2014 Report “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality” by LaCour and Green ( 1 ).  —  The reasons for retracting the paper are as follows …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Despite Opposing Sandy Relief, Cruz Calls For Federal Aid For Texas Flood  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday assured Texans that the state would receive federal relief following major flooding, even though the senator opposed federal funding following Hurricane Sandy.
Cory Smith / KSAT-TV:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tours deva­station in Hays County
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP plans would destroy Obamacare to save it, new study finds  —  If the Supreme Court guts subsidies for millions, Republicans will probably try to pass some form of “contingency fix” plan that would keep those subsidies going — at least, until after the 2016 elections.
Discussion: US News and Washington Monthly
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Trumka: Disappointment with Obama, a warning for Hillary
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Ronnie Greene / miamiherald:
Jeb Bush's busy role on corporate boards could become issue in 2016 presidential campaign
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erin Richards / JSOnline:
Provision slipped into budget dilutes teacher license rules
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
DC Metro bans ‘issue’ ads after Muhammad cartoon request
Daily Mail:
Boat people from Syria and Afghanistan set up migrant camp in Kos, Greece
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Polluted Political Games
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Even George Pataki Doesn't Want Those Damn Moderates
John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Obama Meets With Sotloff Family in Florida
Discussion: Politico
Ex-Schock aide dishes to FBI
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