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8:30 PM ET, May 31, 2015

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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
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New York Times:
Challenging Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Gains Momentum in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — A mere 240 people live in the rural northeast Iowa town of Kensett, so when more than 300 crowded into the community center on Saturday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, many driving 50 miles …
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
O'Malley's challenge to Clinton: Ideological or generational? Or both?
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 …
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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CNN:
Beau Biden, son of vice president and former Delaware AG, dies at 46
Discussion: American Spectator
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Dies at 46
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 Breaking Leg
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
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
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies  —  Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space.  —  And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies.
Discussion: Raw Story
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. …
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: New Yorker and The PJ Tatler
New York Times:
Senate Moves Toward Limiting N.S.A. Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — In a rare Sunday night session, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to begin a debate on a bill passed by the House to curtail a national security surveillance program approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
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