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11:35 AM ET, May 23, 2016

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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Lags Behind Hillary Clinton in Organizing Key State  —  The presumptive GOP nominee's slow start in Ohio could undermine his chances of winning the White House  —  PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio—Though Donald Trump dispensed with his last primary opponent months before Hillary Clinton will …
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Graham privately urges Republicans to support Trump  —  (CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump's fiercest critics, is now calling on Republicans to support their presumptive nominee.  —  Graham urged GOP donors at a private fundraiser Saturday in Florida to unite behind Trump's campaign …
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:   RNC Spox: Trump ‘Very Clear’ We're Going With ‘Aggressive’ Clinton Attacks
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
Sean Spicer: Donald Trump ‘Made It Very Clear We Are Going to Be Aggressive’
CNN:
Obama lifts U.S. arms ban on Vietnam  —  Hanoi, Vietnam (CNN)President Barack Obama announced Monday that the United States is fully lifting a decades-long ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam.  —  In a joint news conference in Hanoi with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In historic move, U.S. lifts embargo on arms sales to Vietnam
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama, muted on human rights, lifts arms embargo on Vietnam
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Fox News and NPR
Associated Press:
Obama Lifts Decades-Old Arms Ban in His 1st Visit to Vietnam
Discussion: Politico, The White House and RedState
New York Times:
Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi
Bill Scher / Politico:
Bernie Loses His Halo  —  Is the left turning on its darling, Bernie Sanders?  On Friday, Netroots titan Markos Moulitsas, namesake of the liberal Daily Kos, dropped a rhetorical bomb on the Bern, blaming the candidate for doing too little to denounce death threats received by the Nevada Democratic Party …
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New York Times:
Do Sanders Supporters Favor His Policies?  —  Bernie Sanders is widely credited with pulling Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party to the left on major issues like health care, trade, financial regulation and the minimum wage.  Now he says he will battle all the way to the convention on behalf of …
Spiegel Online:
Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics  —  US President Barack Obama has said that Edward Snowden should have used official channels instead of taking NSA spying public.  Now, a former high-ranking US government official has revealed how the Pentagon retaliates against internal critics.
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Electoral map looks grim for Trump  —  is getting good news in the polls.  —  Last week, a Fox News poll saw him take a 3-point lead over Hillary Clinton  —  in a national survey.  That's within the margin of error.  —  But step back and take the long view.  Clinton led by seven points in April.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Paying More Attention to Election Than Democrats  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Republicans continue to follow the news of the presidential election more closely than Democrats.  In mid-May, 47% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they are following election news …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Politico
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course  —  Donald Trump says he is “not a big believer in global warming.”  He has called it “a total hoax,” “bulls**t” and “pseudoscience.”  —  But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.”
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Defends His National Security Positions as Hillary Clinton Attacks  —  Clinton is working to stoke fears that Trump fails the  —  Hillary Clinton is leveling a withering attack on Donald Trump's temperament and judgment when it comes to national security, calling him unqualified …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
I was just another reporter sent to cover radicalization in Minneapolis.  Then 2 local Somalis took me on a tour  —  Haqhawo Qaasim holds a photo of Guled Ali Omar, a defendant in an Islamic State recruitment trial, while standing in front of the courthouse in Minneapolis.  (Elizabeth Flores / Star Tribune)
Discussion: Power LinePower Line
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Sweden pays parents for having kids — and it reaps huge benefits.  Why doesn't the US?  —  Basic income is all the rage these days.  The idea — which calls for the government to give everyone in a given city/state/country/whatever enough money to live in, no strings attached …
Associated Press:
Supreme court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts  —  WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.  —  The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters …
Discussion: Politico and ACS Blog
Michael Walsh / New York Post:
How corporate America bought Hillary Clinton for $21M  —  “Follow the money.”  That telling phrase, which has come to summarize the Watergate scandal, has been a part of the lexicon since 1976.  It's shorthand for political corruption: At what point do “contributions” become bribes …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Facebook's Troubling One-Way Mirror  —  If you bothered to read the fine print when you created your Facebook account, you would have noticed just how much of yourself you were giving over to Mark Zuckerberg and his $340 billion social network.  —  In exchange for an admittedly magical level …
Discussion: Washington Post
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust  —  EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The nearly 88,000 acres were meant to be a gift, donated along with a $40 million endowment so that part of Maine's pristine North Woods might be protected forever as a national park.
Discussion: RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Begins Assault on Islamic State in Fallujah  —  Fallujah one of Islamic State's most significant remaining strongholds in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD—Iraqi forces have begun their assault on Islamic State in Fallujah, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said late Sunday, an operation that aims to evict …
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders supporters sue to have California's voter registration extended until election day  —  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters during a rally on May 21, 2016, in National City.  (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images)  —  A federal lawsuit alleging …
 
 
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
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New York Times:
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The White House:
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New York Daily News:
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Rat Pack vs. the hippie: Trump and Clinton are from opposite ends of same decade
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Recalling Hillary Clinton's claim of ‘landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia
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Paul Sperry / New York Post:
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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
My Quest to Find Bill Clinton's Love Child
Discussion: alan.com
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Former Marine plans anti-Trump protest
Discussion: Heat Street
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FLASHBACK VIDEO: HIllary Clinton Threatens Bill Clinton's Accusers on Today Show
Discussion: Clash Daily
Daily Mail:
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood says Hollywood is gripped by a powerful pedophile ring …