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4:50 PM ET, May 23, 2016

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Politico
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
A Look At What's Behind Donald Trump's Climb in New National Poll  —  The latest national ABC News/Washington Post poll has Donald Trump in the tightest race yet with Hillary Clinton in the probable matchup between the two likely presidential nominees.  —  Forty-six percent of respondents favor Trump …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Paying More Attention to Election Than Democrats
Fox News:
Drum roll: Clinton unveils ‘stronger together’ slogan
Discussion: Scott Adams Blog, Taylor Marsh and AOL
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Spox: Trump ‘Very Clear’ We're Going With ‘Aggressive’ Clinton Attacks
Discussion: Breitbart and The Last Refuge
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
One Of The Most Aggressive Gerrymanders In The Country Just Lost In The Supreme Court  —  Nearly two years ago, a federal court struck down Virginia's congressional maps, finding that state lawmakers engaged in an unconstitutional racial gerrymander when they packed tens of thousands …
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Times, USA Today and CNN
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Associated Press:
Supreme court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and ACS Blog
Associated Press:
Virginia GOP Filing Lawsuit to Block Felons From Voting
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sanders pushes Dems to reject Puerto Rico debt deal
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Sanders picks pro-Palestinian activist for Democratic platform committee  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has been given highly unusual say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform this year even if, as expected, he loses the primary contest to Hillary Clinton.
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.
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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 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama dining with Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam  —  President Barack Obama has no reservations about dining with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.  —  During his visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, Obama is taping a segment for a forthcoming episode of Bourdain's CNN program “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In historic move, U.S. lifts embargo on arms sales to Vietnam
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.”
The Local:
Left-winger van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election  —  With just a few votes left to be counted, it appears Austria has chosen the former Green leader Alexander van der Bellen to be the country's next president, in what was one of the tightest presidential election races seen in Austria.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Hell no’ to VP pick from state with a Republican governor  —  must not pick a senator from a Republican-controlled state as her vice president, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid  —  (D-Nev.) warned Monday.  —  “If we have a Republican governor in any of those states …
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Daily Mail and Politicus USA
Brian McBride / ABC News:
Tom Brady to Appeal ‘Deflategate’ Ruling to Entire 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals  —  Tom Brady will appeal the federal court ruling reinstating his four-game suspension for “Deflategate,” requesting that the entire 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rehear his case, in what's known as an en banc hearing …
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Associated Press:
High Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Blagojevich Case
Discussion: Political Wire
Patrick Maines / The Hill:
The civil war within conservative media  —  Though it's not been well analyzed by mainstream reporters, the so-called conservative media have been split down the middle by the Donald Trump  —  phenomenon.  Outlets like the Drudge Report, Breitbart and The Washington Times have been in loud …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Resurgent
 
 
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Mystwlker / RedState:
The False Choice of Trump vs Hillary
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New York Times of the future is beginning to take shape
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Trump Video Mixes Bill Clinton Rape Allegation, Hillary Clinton Laughing
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Release the Kraken  —  Every winter in Spencer Gulf …
Discussion: Washington Post
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
As Trump and Clinton Clash, 2 Operatives Duke It Out in Their Shadows
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Refusal to release tax returns emerging as a big liability for Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Lindsay Gibbs / ThinkProgress:
Tragedy At The Preakness Renews Questions About The Safety Of Horse Racing
Discussion: alan.com and USA Today
Daily Mail:
'It's a miracle': Virgin Mary statue ‘crying a single tear of blood’ …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Black Women at $5
Spiegel Online:
Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Sweden pays parents for having kids — and it reaps huge benefits. Why doesn't the US?
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust
Discussion: RedState
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
Discussion: Power LinePower Line