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6:45 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.
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
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.
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.  [BREAKING UPDATES below]
Monique Garcia / Chicago Tribune:
Hastert statue shelved at Illinois Capitol
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
If Hillary becomes president, who will make her obey the law?  —  A President Hillary Clinton would have far more power to set up a secretive system of communications than a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Who could tell her no?  (AP Photo)  —  Last year, before Hillary Clinton's …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Hillary Clinton Paradox
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and Cafe Hayek
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.
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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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Pro-Paul group unleashes fiery attack ad
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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
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 …
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
The Supreme Court Could Give The GOP Another 8 Seats In Congress  —  This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by conservative activists in Texas that could redefine the principle of “one person, one vote” as we know it.  And if the Court sides with the plaintiffs …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Most Democrats Think Illegal Immigrants Should Vote
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
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
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 …
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Beer Giant Stops Production to Give Water to Storm Victims  —  Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Windshield Devices Bring Distracted Driving Debate to Eye Level  —  In a widely watched YouTube video, a man is driving around Los Angeles when his phone rings.  On a small screen mounted on the dashboard, an image of the caller, the man's mother, appears.  —  But there's an optical twist …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Eschaton
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 …
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Women Are a Driving Force in Nation's Shift from Gun Control to Gun Rights  —  Women have emerged as one of the fastest-growing demographics of new gun buyers and concealed carry permit holders in the country, and in the process, they have become a driving force in the shift in American attitudes from pro-gun control to pro-gun rights.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources  —  The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons program five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.
Discussion: The Verge
 
 
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