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10:55 AM ET, May 29, 2015

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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
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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
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 …
Washington Post:
Former House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury
Politico:
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted in payment scheme
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:   Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Mail
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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
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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Dan Joseph / mrctv.org/videos:
Sen. Bernie Sanders' Essay: Women ‘Fantasize About Being Raped’
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
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.
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 …
Gina Tron / The Daily Beast:
Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him  —  Justin Way was in bed with a knife.  His girlfriend called a non-emergency number to try to get him into a hospital.  Minutes later, cops shot him dead.  —  On May 11, Justin Way was drinking and threatening to hurt himself.
Chris Solari / Lansing State Journal:
Husband, wife sink rare back-to-back aces at same hole  —  When Tony and Janet Blundy go golfing, their competitive streaks can come out.  —  But on Sunday, the husband and wife from Portland was celebrating one another's success.  They achieved an extremely rare feat, with holes-in-one on consecutive shots at the same hole.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and ABC News
Steve Annear / BostonGlobe.com:
Filthy snow piles remain, even as temperatures climb  —  They're unsightly, filled with garbage and debris, and serve as a daily reminder of just how awful the winter really was — and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.  —  Lingering snow piles from the historic New England winter continue …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Christie: Dump Common Core education standards  —  PEMBERTON — Navigating New Jersey interests and a likely presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday proposed dropping national Common Core education standards he once supported but have since become a lighting rod issue for Republican voters.
KOKI-TV:
Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit  —  NOWATA, Okla. —  Quick Facts:  — Officer shot during pursuit of suspects north of Nowata  — Officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition  — Pursuit continued across Kansas line where 2 suspects were taken into custody
Rich Lowry / Politico:
SomeBlackLivesDontMatter  —  BlackLivesMatter, the slogan of the movement that began in earnest after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is a lie.  —  Taken at face value, the phrase is a truism, since obviously all lives matter.  But the people who use it as a shibboleth …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
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