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4:15 PM ET, May 17, 2016


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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Donald Trump Is Not Expanding the GOP  —  Donald Trump likes to say he has created a political movement that has drawn “millions and millions” of new voters into the Republican Party.  “It's the biggest thing happening in politics,” Trump has said.  “All over the world, they're talking about it,” he's bragged.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Poll: Trump narrows Clinton's lead nationally to 3 points  —  Donald Trump continues to cut into Hillary Clinton's lead nationally, according to a national NBC News|  SurveyMonkey poll released Tuesday.  —  Trump has reduced the 5-point advantage Clinton held last week to just 3 percentage points.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Speaker Ryan: Voters are right to trust Trump more than me  —  (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said he agrees with a new poll showing that GOP voters trust Donald Trump  —  rather than himself to lead the Republican Party.  —  “I hope it's Donald Trump.  He's getting the nomination,” Ryan …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain In Deep Trouble in GOP Primary; Trump, Clinton Close in AZ  —  PPP's new Arizona poll finds that John McCain has a negative approval rating with Republican primary voters, and is at pretty serious risk of losing nomination for another term.  Only 35% of GOP voters approve of the job McCain is doing to 50% who disapprove.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
NBC News:
Hillary Clinton Holds Slim National Lead Over Donald Trump: Poll  —  Race between Clinton, Trump narrows 5:50  —  Over the past couple of weeks, Donald Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton has continued to inch closer to the magic number of delegates she needs to lock up the Democratic contest.
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
NOLAND, MARY ANNE  —  NOLAND, Mary Anne Alfriend.  Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68.  Born in Danville, Va. …
Colleen Quigley / WWBT-TV:
Trump or Clinton? Grandmother chooses neither in obit
Discussion: WCMH-TV and The Week
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:   Obituary: Virginia Woman Died Rather Than Have To Vote For Clinton Or Trump
Steven Yaccino / Bloomberg:
A Small Group of Superdelegates Could Close the Deal for Hillary—But Won't  —  In the interest of unity and fairness, a small group of crucial voters are staying on the sideline until more votes are cast.  —  stevenyaccino  —  Jason Rae learned about the pressures of being a superdelegate in 2008.
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
NV Democrats file complaint against Sanders campaign to DNC  —  The state Democratic Party has filed a stinging complaint with national Democrats over the “explosive situation” and “paranoid fantasy of fraud and delegate theft” created by Bernie Sanders supporters at Saturday's state convention …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
More Sanders staffers exit campaign
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush Has Some Thoughts On Trump's Cinco De Mayo Tweet  —  He also thinks the Republican Party may no longer be relevant.  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't been coy about the scars he bears from the Republican primary.  He won't be voting for his bete noire, Donald Trump …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Fundamentally Speaking, Hillary Clinton Won't Blow It  —  The election won't be decided by gaffes and personality.  —  In 2012, liberals worried that Barack Obama would fumble the election to Mitt Romney.  “With 100 days left in the presidential campaign, perhaps the two most vexing questions …
The Hill:
Hillary's unlikely ally: The media
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Spectator
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NYT stands by Trump story; attorney says lawsuit a ‘possibility’
Mickey Rapkin / DuJour:
Lady and the Trump  —  Donald and Melania Trump live in a 30,000-square-foot triplex at the top of his namesake tower on Fifth Avenue, and as the race toward the presidency gets shorter and more frenzied, the ratings-hungry cable news networks have started coming to them.
Washington Post:
U.S. judge strikes down D.C. concealed-carry gun law as likely unconstitutional  —  For the second time in as many years, a federal judge in Washington ordered the city to halt enforcement of its new, concealed-carry law that requires applicants to state “good reason” to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police.
Matt Vespa /
BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down DC Concealed Carry Law, ‘Good Reason’ Provision Likely Unconstitutional
Discussion: RedState
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Pennsylvania Could Decide The 2016 Election  —  When most people think of battleground America, they think of Florida and Ohio, two of only three states (along with Nevada) that have voted for the winner of every presidential election since 1996.  They tend not to think of Pennsylvania as a classic …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Five people who are never going to be Donald Trump's vice president  —  We don't know all that much about who Donald Trump is going to pick — or even consider — as his vice presidential running mate.  In fact, the most insight we have on Trump's VP thinking is who he's not going to pick.
Sir Elton John / The Hill:
North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity  —  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth.  Recently, he filed a lawsuit …
Daily Mail:
Newlywed husband divorces his wife hours after the ceremony because she was too busy texting her friends to have sex on their wedding night  —  A husband divorced his wife hours after their wedding because she was too busy texting her friends to consummate the marriage.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Beltway Conservatives Need To Get Out Of Their Bubble On Trump  —  There's a scene in “Moonstruck” where Cher's Loretta Castorini is frustrated at Nicolas Cage's Ronny Cammareri.  The two have fallen for each other, and that's not a good thing since Loretta is engaged to Ronny's brother.
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Audio of Donald Trump Saying Model ‘Looks Like a Third-Rate Hooker’ Resurfaces  —  Back in 2004, a model named Victoria Zdrok gave an interview to a guy named Chaunce Hayden.  In it, she detailed the way that Donald Trump had called up her bosses at Playboy and requested to meet her under …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and RedState
Grant Stinchfield / The Federalist:
The Never Trump Movement Is Anti-American And Hypocritical  —  Far too many of my ultra-conservative colleagues are acting exactly like the party elitists they purport to despise.  They didn't get their way, so they throw a temper tantrum.  Let the whining and crying begin.  I don't have time for it.
Michael P. Buffer / Citizen's Voice:
Teacher issues apology for emails about special-needs student  —  A Wyoming Area School District teacher issued a written apology Monday for comments about accommodations to help a special-needs student.  —  In emails from October 2014, Tenth Street Elementary School teacher Amy Kosco compared making …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia  —  The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying vocal opposition from the White House.  —  The upper chamber approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act by unanimous consent.
Discussion: Infowars
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Rift Between Labor and Environmentalists Threatens Democratic Turnout Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A rift between environmentalists and labor, two pillars of the Democratic coalition, broke open acrimoniously on Monday, when a group of big unions threatened to boycott an ambitious …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell: It would be a break with ‘tradition’ if Trump doesn't release taxes  —  Mitch McConnell will not demand that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump release his tax returns, but suggested Tuesday that Trump would be outside the historical norm if he continues to withhold them.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Perry Bacon Jr / NBC News:
Six Things to Watch in Kentucky and Oregon Primaries  —  Hillary Clinton continues to move ever closer to clinching the Democratic nomination with each successive primary contest, but Bernie Sanders could get more victories in his column on Tuesday when voters in Kentucky and Oregon head to the polls.
Shannon Keating / BuzzFeed:
Gender-Segregated Public Bathrooms Have A Long, Ugly History  —  While anti-transgender bathroom bills have only recently gained momentum, gender-segregated public restrooms have been sites of gender inequity for over a century.  Cultural anxieties about bodily secretions, disease, sex …
Discussion: BizPac Review
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New York Times:
Memos on Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support of the 9/11 Attacks
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
A Cheese Glut is Overtaking America
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alex Jones: ‘Michelle Obama Is A Man’ Who Murdered Joan Rivers To Cover It Up
Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Why Hasn't the U.S. Killed Bin Laden's Wingman Ayman al-Zawahiri?
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Connecticut To Automatically Register 400,000 Voters
Discussion: Hartford Courant
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings are latest victory in conservative war on IRS
Discussion: RedState and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test
Discussion: Vox and Eschaton
Natalie Jackson / The Huffington Post:
HUFFPOLLSTER: Trump Supporters Are More Likely Than Other Republicans To Dislike Minorities
Discussion: RedState and Daily Kos
Dan P. McAdams / The Atlantic:
IN 2006, DONALD TRUMP  —  made plans to purchase the Menie Estate …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Noam Chomsky: Today's GOP is ‘the most dangerous’ threat to the species ‘in human history’
Discussion: Democracy Now
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
For the poor in the Ivy League, a full ride isn't always what they imagined
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