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11:20 PM ET, May 31, 2015

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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Senate advances NSA reform — but program to lapse at midnight  —  The Senate advanced legislation 77-17 to reform the National Security Agency on Sunday, but parts of the Patriot Act will nonetheless lapse for a few days amid opposition from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Hit & Run
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New York Times:
With Surveillance Program Set to Expire, Senate Turns Toward Limits  —  WASHINGTON — The government's authority to sweep up vast quantities of phone records in the hunt for terrorists was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky …
Discussion: Techdirt and Outside the Beltway
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Says Rand Paul ‘Wrong’ on Ending Surveillance Laws
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Oklahoma troopers fatally shoot man during high water response  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Highway patrol troopers in Oklahoma fatally shot a man whom they had been trying to get out of high water, authorities said.  —  The two troopers responded to a stranded motorist call south …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Daily Mail
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
CNN:
Beau Biden, son of vice president and former Delaware AG, dies at 46  —  Beau Biden, son of vice president, dies at 46 02:01  —  Story highlights  —  Washington (CNN)Joseph “Beau” Biden III, an Iraq War veteran who served as the attorney general of Delaware and was a son of Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: American Spectator
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Prospects for Polygamy  —  ON every issue save abortion, social liberalism is suddenly ascendant in America.  The shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the change is much more comprehensive: In just 15 years, we have gone from being a society divided roughly evenly between progressive …
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
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 …
New York Post:
As five Taliban officials walk free, Bergdahl deal stink grows  —  Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held as a prisoner of war from 2009 until his release in May 2014.  —  Come Monday, the five senior Taliban officials sprung from Guantanamo in the trade …
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, Ed Driscoll, Twitchy and NPR
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Secretary Kerry Flown to Swiss Hospital After Bike Crash
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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: New Yorker and 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.
 
 
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