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12:00 PM ET, May 29, 2015

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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
So What Did Hastert Do?  —  “The Coach”, former House Speaker turned high-priced lobbyist, is the target of a mysterious indictment.  The Times has some details (and attaches the indictment) and the WaPo has some speculation that is informative for its omissions.  —  Background from the Times:
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
Monica Davey / New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’  —  CHICAGO — J. Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, has been charged with lying to the F.B.I. and making cash withdrawals from banks in a way that was designed to hide …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Welcome To The Martin O'Malley Moment
Washington Post:
Former House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:   Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bernie Sanders distances himself from ‘dumb’ 1972 essay on rape  —  Bernie Sanders wrote about rape fantasies in 1970s 06:17  —  New York (CNN)Bernie Sanders' campaign tried on Thursday to distance the presidential candidate from a 1972 essay in which he wrote — among other things …
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Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
An Award for Bill Clinton Came With $500,000 for His Foundation  —  To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Half of Americans consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, surpassing the 44% who identify as “pro-life.”  This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rand Paul's money problem  —  Behind the Kentucky senator's NSA ‘filibuster’ lies a desperate quest for cash.  —  In a presidential campaign defined by billionaire sugar daddy donors, Rand Paul has a problem: He doesn't seem to have one.  —  While his rivals cultivate wealthy backers …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump stokes 2016 talk, schedules ‘major announcement’  —  Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” on June 16 at New York City's Trump Tower before heading to New Hampshire the next day, according to WMUR-9 in New Hampshire.  —  The schedule adds to the speculation Trump will run …
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Joe Otterson / The Wrap:
Donald Trump Has ‘Foolproof’ Plan to Defeat ISIS - But He Won't Share It (Video)
Discussion: Raw Story and The Huffington Post
Joe Conason / Politico:
The fake Clinton scandals are back  —  The right's newest crusade has an old fake villain.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Has Washington learned nothing from Whitewater?  The Clintons have spent their entire political lives in the capital dogged by one fake scandal after another.
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The Fiscal Times:
How Hillary and Bill Have Democrats Legally Conned
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Insecure American  —  America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country.  But many Americans are economically insecure, with little protection from life's risks.  They frequently experience financial hardship …
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Comer concedes to Matt Bevin, ‘enthusiastically’ supports GOP nominee for governor  —  Significant update: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer conceded to the GOP nominee Matt Bevin Friday morning, solidifying the Bevin-Jack Conway contest to replace outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear.
ACLU:
PICKING UP THE PIECES  —  When Officer Rod Webber quickly approached the car that Hamza Jeylani was sitting in, the 17-year-old hit record on his cell phone.1 Moments earlier, Jeylani and three friends were pulled over by the officer after making a U-turn in a church parking lot in South Minneapolis …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Thoughts from the ammo line  —  Ammo Grrrll stands and delivers Psychotic Ninnies, Circa 1975.  She writes:  —  Last Friday I referred to the Psychotic Ninny Wing of the feminist movement.  In the beginning they were a relatively small part of the legitimate push for equality and expanded opportunities for women.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tunku Varadarajan / Politico:
The reign in Spain is no longer on the wane  —  King Felipe and Queen Letizia, an “in touch” duo that's trying to keep together a weakened kingdom.  —  MADRID — Spain has been magnificent at giving birth to painters and poets, impressive at minting novelists, chefs and soccer players, but thoroughly inept at producing good kings.
Amanda Demme / New York Magazine:
No one is better at making children laugh than Boswick the Clown.  He doesn't understand why adults are so scared of him.  —  Among the indignities the clown routinely endures, the theft of his Ralph Wiggum antenna topper barely registered.  Until a few weeks earlier, a foam miniature …
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's History of Outsourcing His Campaign So He Can Raise Big Money  —  In 1998, the Republican Party of Florida paid for his TV ads, polling, and campaign staff salaries as he ran for governor  —  As Jeb Bush circa 2015 considers pushing the campaign finance envelope by offloading expenses …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
Let Patriot Act Provisions Expire  —  Barring a last-minute compromise, congressional authorization for the program the government uses to sweep up Americans' phone records in bulk will lapse on Sunday.  That would be perfectly fine.  —  The looming expiration of a handful of provisions of the Patriot Act …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Contracted 0.7% in First Quarter  —  The economy got off to an even weaker start this year than first thought, the government reported Friday, as economic activity contracted amid a disappointing trade picture and continued caution on spending by businesses and consumers alike.
 
 
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Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Move to delay Ohio's 2016 primary could aid Kasich
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‘Obamaphone’ fight pivots to Internet
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