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5:55 PM ET, May 31, 2015

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The White House:
Statement by the Vice President  —  It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Dies at 46
Beau Biden / Washington Post:   Vice President Biden's family announces death of his son Beau Biden
Kelly Chen / The Huffington Post:
Beau Biden, Joe Biden's Son, Dead At 46 From Brain Cancer
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Joseph R. Biden III, Vice President's Son, Dies at 46
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Beau Biden, son of the vice president, dies at 46
Discussion: ABC News and Yahoo Politics
CNN:
John Kerry in Geneva hospital after bike accident in nearby France  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his right femur in a cycling accident in Scionzier, France, on Sunday morning, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Secretary of State John Kerry Cuts Europe Trip Short After Bike Crash
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy, NPR and Ed Driscoll
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Secretary Kerry Flown to Swiss Hospital After Bike Crash
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jeanette Minns / Politico:
John Kerry breaks leg in biking accident in Europe
Discussion: ABC News
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC trying to keep Brian Williams - but maybe not as ‘Nightly News’ anchor  —  Brian Williams may lose his seat as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” but executives are looking for a way to keep him at the network in a new role.  —  Weeks of complex negotiations between Williams and NBC are not yet complete …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Bernie Sanders' ‘radical’ ideas entered the municipal mainstream  —  “He ran against everything.”  —  On March 4, 1981, red dawn broke over the Green Mountains.  —  “'Everyone's scared.' Socialist elected mayor of Vermont's largest city,” blared the UPI headline over an article that began …
Discussion: Liberaland and Booman Tribune
Randall Balmer / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Mike Huckabee's rhetoric of religious victimization  —  Just prior to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Mike Huckabee addressed the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Waukee.  “We are criminalizing Christianity in this country,” Huckabee declared.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Washington Post:
Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide  —  In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car.  In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner.  And in a high-rise apartment in Birmingham, Ala. …
CBS News:
Face the Nation Transcripts May 31, 2015: Jeb Bush, John Brennan  —  Shares - … BOB SCHIEFFER, CBS HOST: Today marks my official debut, as it were, as moderator of FACE THE NATION.  —  Our aim is going to be very simple here, to find interesting people from all segments of American life …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Althouse
Washington Post:
Hastert's post-Congress life one of political withdrawal and chasing cash  —  J. Dennis Hastert's political winter in Washington has been defined by two seemingly contradictory traits.  He shrank almost completely from the spotlight, while becoming so dogged in the pursuit of wealth that it puzzled his longtime friends.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After Speakership, Hastert Amassed His Millions Lobbying Former Colleagues
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tahera Ahmad / Facebook:
I am sitting on a United airlines flight in the air 30,000ft above and I am in tears of humiliation from discrimination.  The flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink and I requested a can of diet coke.  She brought me a can that was open so I requested an unopened can due to hygienic reasons.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Yet another anti-freedom politician jumps in the race today for POTUS.  As cool as he is with his rock 'n roll persona, this typical liberal's erroneous grasp of our Bill of Rights merely continues the strange and disastrous agenda of Barack Obama.  Good to know he doesn't have much chance of winning.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story
New York Times:
Democrats Seek a Richer Roster to Match G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — Over the last few months, Harold M. Ickes, a longtime ally of Hillary Rodham Clinton, has helped organize private meetings around the country with union leaders, Clinton backers and Democratic strategists.
Clay Waters / NewsBusters:
NYT's Artistic Display of Religious Hypocrisy: Runs Offensive Virgin Mary Painting Once Again  —  Share it Tweet it  —  Yet when the paper refused to reprint a cartoon of Muhammad that appeared in the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the January 2015 massacre of 12 magazine staffers …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Has Early Lead in Iowa Poll as Jeb Bush Faces Challenges  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has expanded his early lead in Iowa, while former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to face headwinds and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida shows upside potential in the state that hosts …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Walker maintains popularity with 7-point lead
 
 
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Says Rand Paul ‘Wrong’ on Ending Surveillance Laws
Discussion: Bloomberg Business