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2:44 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: 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: Samizdata, Power Line and Ed Driscoll
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.
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
Discussion: The Week and Boing Boing
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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
Taylor Pittman / The Huffington Post:
This Gay Teen Deserves An A+ For Her Feminist Yearbook Quote  —  Future high school seniors of the world, you have some major competition when it comes to memorable yearbook quotes.  —  Twitter user @casualnosebleed shared a photo of a yearbook quote chosen by her close friend Caitlyn Cannon on Tuesday …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Trumka: Disappointment with Obama, a warning for Hillary  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's most powerful labor leader, vowing to defeat President Obama's key trade legislation in the House next month, warned Hillary Clinton of serious political consequences if she fails to take a stand …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
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.
Erin Richards / JSOnline:
Provision slipped into budget dilutes teacher license rules  —  By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel  —  Anyone with a bachelor's degree could be hired and licensed to teach sixth- through 12th-grade English, math, social studies or science in Wisconsin under a provision slipped …
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 …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
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Discussion: Politico
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