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8:50 PM ET, May 14, 2016


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump  —  A band of exasperated Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia — is actively plotting to draft …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Report: Romney recruiting Kasich, Sasse for third-party option  —  Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 nominee, is among those courting prospects for a possible third-party bid to keep Donald Trump  —  from the White House, according to a Washington Post report.  —  Among those prospects are Sen. Ben Sasse …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ben Sasse under fire
David Niose / Salon:
This is one weak nominee: Hillary Clinton's problem isn't Bernie Sanders.  It's Hillary Clinton  —  Clinton's camp thinks her résumé will be enough to carry her to the White House.  No one should be that sure  —  No matter what you think about Hillary Clinton …
Ted Morgan / Salon:
This isn't how a democracy should work: How the media boosted Donald Trump and screwed Bernie Sanders  —  Voters want change.  Elites in D.C. and the media — both liberal and conservative — are actively obstructing it  —  As this wildly unpredictable primary season heads toward the finish line …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Greg Bluestein / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Poll: Clinton vs. Trump a tossup in Georgia  —  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are locked in a statistical tie in Georgia, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll that laid bare the deep divide over the presidential race.  —  Trump's 4-point lead over Clinton …
New York Times:
Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private  —  Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct by Mr. Trump over decades.  —  Donald J. Trump had barely met Rowanne Brewer Lane when he asked her to change out of her clothes.
Laredo Morning News:
8 fatalities reported in bus rollover on U.S. 83  —  Eight people have died and about 40 were taken to the hospital after a charter bus rolled over Saturday morning on North U.S. 83 in Webb County, authorities said.  —  The OGA Charters' bus, originating from the Rio Grande Valley …
Michael A. Cohen /
Trump offers a preview of his authoritarian presidency  —  Donald Trump says so many things that are offensive, incorrect, and dishonest that it is often impossible to keep up.  In just the past few days, he's flip-flopped on his tax position, his support for raising the minimum wage, and his so-called Muslim ban.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:   Reporter denies leaking ‘John Miller’ tapes, suggests Trump behind leaks
Fox News:
Report: GOP mega-donor Adelson to give Trump up to $100 million  —  Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is reportedly willing to give Donald Trump as much as $100 million for his presidential campaign — a purported record-setting amount for the wealth casino magnate.
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Welcome to a Bernie Sanders Wiccan ritual  —  Leigha Lafleur, holding a candle, leads a Wiccan ritual to support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday in Portland.  (Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times)  —  Attending a rally for Bernie Sanders usually involves long lines …
Discussion: Mediaite
David Caplan / ABC News:
Clinton Campaign Releases Video Slamming Trump's Refusal to Release Tax Returns  —  The Hillary Clinton campaign released a video online Saturday morning, questioning Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, until he allegedly finishes being audited.
Discussion: Daily Mail
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Evasions on Taxes
Discussion: Vox, BuzzFeed and Politico
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Capitol Hill Newspapers, Once a Protected Class, Redefine Themselves  —  WASHINGTON — When Neetzan Zimmerman arrived at The Hill as its first director of audience development in January 2015, he found a publication largely unchanged since its heyday as a scrappy weekly for Washington's deal makers.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Kentucky woman says man beat her for looking too masculine — as people stood by and watched  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Paintsville, Kentucky woman said that she was attacked and brutally beaten on Thursday for looking too masculine.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Cannes hotel guests in a panic over false terror alert  —  MORE FROM:  —  Wealthy guests at the exclusive Hotel du Cap in Antibes during the Cannes Film Festival were terrified when men wearing what looked like suicide vests arrived by boat bearing a black, ISIS-like flag.
UK's Cameron struggles to make Britons believe his EU message: poll  —  Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to convince voters he is telling the truth about why Britain should stay in the European Union and his main “Out” rival Boris Johnson is doing a better job, an opinion poll found.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cruz blasts Obama's ‘bathroom police’ efforts  —  (R-Texas) blasted President Obama on Saturday over his administration's new guidelines advising public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.  —  “The president issued a decree to every public school …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daily Mail:
The woman killed by doctors because she was obsessed with cleaning: Just one of growing numbers of Dutch people given the right to euthanasia because of mental, not terminal, illness  —  She is a conventional mother who enjoys life with her two children and husband in a farming town 100 miles away …
Discussion: Althouse
Niraj Chokshi / Washington Post:
‘Take it off!  This is America!’:  Man who yanked hijab pleads guilty to religious obstruction  —  Near the end of his Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque in December, Gill Parker Payne decided he had to take action.  —  Seated a few rows in front of him was a woman he had never met before.
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Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly Confronts Tx. Lt. Governor Over Opposition to Obama's Trans Bathroom Action
Discussion: Slantpoint
Media Matters for America:
Anti-LGBT Extremist On MSNBC Can't Answer Which Bathroom Transgender Guest Should Use
Laylan Connelly / Orange County Register:
Red crab invasion: Beaches at Newport Beach, Laguna Beach covered by the tiny crustaceans
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
During a May 13 appearance on NBC's Today, Katie Couric previewed her upcoming gun control documentary …
Discussion: Hot Air
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Senior Trump Adviser Says Idea That Words Matter Is ‘Ridiculous’
Discussion: National Review
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Media lay the groundwork for Hillary, the victim
Discussion: RedState
Sky News:
An elderly Buddhist monk has been hacked to death in a temple in Bangladesh, the latest in a spate …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
German Lopez / Vox:
Nationwide marijuana legalization could produce up to $28 billion in yearly tax revenue
Discussion: ACLU and Business Insider
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Scarborough: ‘Entire Democratic Party’ is against Sanders
David Glasner / Uneasy Money:
Saving a Very Old Paper from Oblivion
Jonathan Gilbert / New York Times:
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Ex-Argentine President, Indicted on Financial Charge
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trump on ‘smart’ women: They're manipulative ‘killers’ who use their bodies to get ahead
Discussion: CNN and Heat Street
Henry Bodkin / Telegraph:
Tiny origami robot can be injested to complete medical tasks without surgery
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
“Corrupt, Liar, Deceiver, Opportunist” - Focus Group OF WOMEN Rips Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)
Discussion: The American Mirror