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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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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 …
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]
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 …
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Pro-choice outpolls pro-life for first time in 7 years
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
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, The Reaction and Politico
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill  —  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state officials to refuse to officiate marriages.  The legislation (SB 2), which passed in the House on Thursday having previously passed in the Senate …
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 …
 
 
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