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10:05 PM ET, May 23, 2016

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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has chosen a well-known advocate for Palestinian rights to help draft the Democratic Party platform this year, after party leaders gave the longshot but deeply popular candidate unusual …
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Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump escalates attack on Bill Clinton  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is reviving some of the ugliest political chapters of the 1990s with escalating personal attacks on Bill Clinton's character — centered on past accusations of sexual assault — amid a concerted effort …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sanders: Democratic convention could be ‘messy’  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be “messy” as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added: “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Guardian
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Declines To Participate In Fox News Dem Debate  —  Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has reportedly declined to participate in the Fox News debate that her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has agreed to.  —  “We have declined Fox News' invitation to participate in a debate in California.
abc7.com:
HILLARY CLINTON POISED TO DEFEAT BERNIE SANDERS IN CALIFORNIA'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, SURVEYUSA POLL SHOWS  —  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seen in undated file images.  —  KABC  —  Hillary Clinton is well positioned to defeat Bernie Sanders in California's presidential primary …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Two white-haired politicians — Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton — call a California truce
Discussion: Washington Post
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton declines Fox News debate with Sanders
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
A Look At What's Behind Donald Trump's Climb in New National Poll
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Daily Mail:
Trump passes Clinton for the first time in famed average of national polls
CNN:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions  —  Washington (CNN)Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
GOP sues to block McAuliffe order to let 200,000 Virginia felons vote
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
VA secretary: Disney doesn't measure wait times, so why should VA?  —  Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn't use wait times …
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Politico:
Republicans lash out at VA secretary for ‘Disney’ comparison
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Benny Johnson / Independent Journal Review:
Disney Fires Back After VA Secretary Compares Wait Lines for Veterans to Theme Park Rides
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
In Trump's World, Newt Gingrich Is King — and Maybe VP  —  The two men are kindred spirits in more ways than one.  —  He has an uncanny ability to dominate the media and shape a narrative, and he harnessed the anger and anxiety of lower-middle-class whites to reshape the Republican party.
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Newt Gingrich Rips Mitt Romney's ‘Pathetic’ Anti-Trump Effort  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Monday lambasted Mitt Romney for his failed drive to derail GOP front-runner Donald Trump, calling his actions “pathetic” and his effort “not particularly effective.”
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among three dead on Everest.  Two more missing and thirty sick or frostbitten.  —  29,029.  —  That's how many feet in the air the peak of Mount Everest towers over Nepal, and the world, in its gleaming white brilliance.
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Facebook:
Response to Chairman John Thune's letter on Trending Topics  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response to anonymous allegations of political bias in our Trending Topics feature and to discuss the preliminary results of our work.
Baltimore Sun:
Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero found not guilty of all charges … Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of all counts for his role in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.  —  The judgment, following a five-day bench trial, is the first in the closely-watched case.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Drops Tommy Chong as Intro Speaker Hours Before L.A. Rally  —  EMAIL ME  —  “It was an insult,” the comic actor says.  —  Tommy Chong is in disbelief after he was disinvited by the Bernie Sanders campaign from introducing the presidential hopeful hours before a rally in East Los Angeles.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Ryan: Trump could win, but I'm not ‘betting’ on it  —  Paul Ryan loves the word “unity,” but his definition of that term differs sharply from Donald Trump's vision of a smiling speaker at his side, mouth shut and domesticated — just like Chris Christie.  —  Ryan, who made peace with Trump earlier …
ProPublica:
Machine Bias  —  There's software used across the country to predict future criminals.  And it's biased against blacks.  —  ON A SPRING AFTERNOON IN 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to pick up her god-sister from school when she spotted an unlocked kid's blue Huffy bicycle and a silver Razor scooter.
Discussion: BGR, Engadget, Gizmodo, The Verge and Rewire
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since Second Inauguration  —  As the race to succeed President Barack Obama rages around him, the man who currently sits in the Oval Office has hit his highest approval rating since his second inauguration, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Advocacy Group Comes Out Against Obama's Big Overtime Rule  —  U.S. PIRG says it will face a choice between paying staffers more or working them less.  Which is the whole idea.  —  Labor Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  A network of left-leaning public-interest groups has come …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Trump ‘Christian Policy’ Adviser Is A ‘Prophet’ Who Stopped A Tsunami, Says AIDS Is Result Of ‘Unnatural Sex’  —  Mario Bramnick, an official with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told Time magazine last week that Donald Trump has taken on Frank Amedia of Touch Heaven Ministries …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Bernie insults voters: He must drop notion that everyone who disagrees with him is corrupt or a dupe  —  Sanders refuses to admit he lost, instead sticking to the idea that he wasn't given a fair shot by the voters  —  The Bernie Sanders campaign has injected a lot of welcome aspects …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Sorry, There's Nothing Magical About Breakfast  —  I don't eat breakfast.  It's not that I dislike what's offered.  Given the choice of breakfast food or lunch food, I'd almost always choose eggs or waffles.  It's just that I'm not hungry at 7:30 a.m., when I leave for work.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy.  Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.  —  HOUSTON — In his wallet, Anthony Settles carries an expired Texas ID card, his Social Security card and an old student identification card from the University of Houston, where he studied math and physics decades ago.
Emily E. Smith / Oregonian:
‘Something needs to be done’: Parents say they want justice for baby's bruises  —  A Sherwood couple say they came home from a date night a couple of months ago to find their 1-year-old son, Jacob, screaming and the babysitter asleep on the couch.  The next morning, they awoke to find him covered in bruises.
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.”
Patrick Howley / Breitbart:
Michelle Fields Signs On to #NeverTrump ‘News’ Blog Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Former associate Michelle Fields announced Sunday night that she is joining the left-wing Huffington Post website to cover the Donald Trump campaign.  —  Fields' move completes the 180-degree transition …
 
 
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KHON2:
Five people killed in fiery plane crash on Kauai
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader
Discussion: The Diplomat and Daily Wire
Politico:
City Council set to vote on sweeping summons reform package
Discussion: New York Magazine
Taylor Kuykendall / SNL:
Murray Energy CEO says he has met with Trump and he is ‘the horse to ride’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Slantpoint
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BOOM!  Eric Trump Slams Hillary: She Has 730 People Working on her Campaign and She Hasn't Beat a Single Socialist
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Koskinen will skip IRS impeachment hearing
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
D.C. man accused of raping woman at knifepoint before 10 a.m. on Metro train
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood clinic evacuated, seven hospitalized
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
The Big Uneasy  —  What's roiling the liberal-arts campus?
Mystwlker / RedState:
The False Choice of Trump vs Hillary
New York Times:
How Far Is Europe Swinging to the Right?
Discussion: Hot Air
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Hell no’ to VP pick from state with a Republican governor
Patrick Maines / The Hill:
The civil war within conservative media
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Resurgent