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8:35 PM ET, May 29, 2015

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Los Angeles Times:
Hastert made payments to conceal sexual misconduct from high school coaching years, officials say  —  Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
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NBC News:
Dennis Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal sexual misconduct while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.
New York Times:
Hastert Case Is Said to Be Linked to Decades-Old Sexual Abuse  —  WASHINGTON — J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Hastert Reportedly Sexually Abused Man While He Was A High School Wrestling Coach  —  Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was accused of lying to the FBI and evading reporting requirements on cash payments he reportedly made to a man he sexually abused while he was a high school wrestling coach.
Tarini Parti / Politico:
How Dennis Hastert made his millions  —  The former House speaker hauled in money from lobbying, real estate, a board membership and pensions.  —  Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was indicted Thursday for allegedly covering up the withdrawal of $1.7 million in hush money …
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Hastert indictment is related to old allegations of sexual misconduct, law enforcement says
Monique Garcia / Chicago Tribune:
Hastert statue shelved at Illinois Capitol
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
The Few Clues In Hastert Indictment
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Hillary Clinton Paradox  —  Is her victory inevitable or impossible?  —  On the matter of Hillary Clinton's candidacy I find myself holding opposite and irreconcilable views: “That can't possibly work,” and “She's inevitable.”  —  Her candidacy can't work because of the deep …
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and Cafe Hayek
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   If Hillary becomes president, who will make her obey the law?
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.
Katie McDonough / Salon:
Bernie Sanders exposed!  A shocking look at his views on rape and violence against women  —  Mother Jones senior reporter Tim Murphy has a profile out this week on Bernie Sanders' “long, strange trip” from a “restless political activist” to mayor of Burlington, Vermont and now a presidential bid.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Bernie Sanders distances himself from ‘dumb’ 1972 essay on rape
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 …
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Politico:
Lincoln Chafee to announce presidential run on June 3  —  Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will officially enter the presidential race on June 3, a source with knowledge of his plans told POLITICO.  —  He'll make the announcement in a speech he's scheduled to deliver next Wednesday …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Strikes Down Idaho's 20-Week Abortion Ban  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down an Idaho law banning abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy Friday on the basis that the law unconstitutionally prohibits abortions before the point of viability.
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
Idaho abortion restrictions are unconstitutional: appeals court
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wall Street Journal
Charlie Brennan / Daily Camera:
Longmont valedictorian silenced over speech disclosing he was gay  —  Twin Peaks charter principal also accused of outing 18-year-old to his parents  —  Second shot at a speech  —  Out Boulder is providing an opportunity for Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School valedictorian Evan Young …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Mail
Steven Shepard / Politico:
New ‘robocall’ rules could leave Americans in the dark  —  Pollsters see the FCC's proposed guidelines on automated calls as an existential threat.  —  For many Americans, the idea of technology that can block automated telephone calls sounds like a solution to all those annoying “robocalls” and interrupted family dinners.
Discussion: Official FCC Blog, FCC.gov and Forbes
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Thousands of websites block Congress in Patriot Act protest  —  Thousands of websites are blocking Congress's access to their sites in a show of force to protest the Patriot Act.  —  Led by the online activist group Fight for the Future, more than 10,000 sites have added code that redirects …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. GDP Swings to Contraction in First Quarter  —  Harsh weather, strong dollar, and consumer caution sees growth shrinking in revision of initial estimate  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy contracted early this year as harsh weather and a strong dollar sapped demand for American goods …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Jake Tapper won't moderate panel discussion at Clinton Global Initiative confab  —  CNN anchor Jake Tapper has pulled out of his scheduled duties moderating a panel on workforce investment at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting in Denver from June 8-10.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Texas student sues after college bans gun rights sign  —  A Texas college student filed suit against her school this week, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shooed off the quad for displaying a pro-Second Amendment sign.  —  Nicole Sanders, 24, who attends Blinn College …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Ross Ulbricht, Creator of Silk Road Website, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison  —  Ross W. Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, a notorious online marketplace for the sale of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other illegal drugs, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and PandoDaily
 
 
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