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1:25 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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Creepy C-SPAN Caller To Hastert: Do You ‘Remember Me From Yorkville?’  (VIDEO)  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) got a strange call from an Illinois resident last year in a C-SPAN segment that surfaced in light of allegations that he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to an individual from the town of Yorkville.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Associated Press and TVNewser
Monica Davey / New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Ex-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Paying to Hide ‘Misconduct’
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Former 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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and BuzzFeed
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Let's Not Crucify Bernie Sanders for His Sexual-Fantasies Essay
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 …
Jeff Rathke / US Department of State:
Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism  —  Press Statement  —  Director, Office of Press Relations  —  Washington, DC  —  In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism …
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ABC News:
US Expected to Drop Cuba from State Terrorism List Today, Paving the Way for Embassies
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. GDP Swings to Contraction in First Quarter
Discussion: NPR, Forbes and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Christie to pull New Jersey from Common Core  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday he will pull his state out of Common Core, a move that could bolster his standing with grassroots Republican primary voters opposed to the education standards.
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Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Christie: Dump Common Core education standards
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Welcome To The Martin O'Malley Moment … NOTABLES  —COULD MARTIN O'MALLEY BE THE CLINTON SLAYER?  Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to launch his 2016 White House bid tomorrow in Baltimore injecting another dose of competition into the Democratic nominating contest that heavily favors Hillary Clinton.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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S.V. Dáte / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's History of Outsourcing His Campaign So He Can Raise Big Money
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Comer concedes to Matt Bevin, ‘enthusiastically’ supports GOP nominee for governor
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Move to delay Ohio's 2016 primary could aid Kasich
Brooks Boliek / Politico:
‘Obamaphone’ fight pivots to Internet
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Husband, wife sink rare back-to-back aces at same hole
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Hawks of a Feather  —  The Republican candidates and foreign policy.
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Discussion: ABC News and NBCSports.com
Steve Annear / BostonGlobe.com:
Filthy snow piles remain, even as temperatures climb
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
The U.S. must do more to help Iraq fight the Islamic State