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9:15 AM ET, May 23, 2016


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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 …
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 …
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
Sean Spicer: Donald Trump ‘Made It Very Clear We Are Going to Be Aggressive’
CBS News:   CBS Battleground Tracker Poll: Ohio and Florida show tight races
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Obama Lifts Decades-Old Arms Ban in His 1st Visit to Vietnam  —  U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy.
Discussion: Politico
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:   Zika is coming, but we're far from ready
David Nakamura / Washington Post:   In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam
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 …
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
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Michelle Fields to resume covering Donald Trump - for Huffington Post  —  Michelle Fields, the conservative reporter who had Donald Trump's campaign manager charged with battery, has a new job.  —  Fields is heading to the Huffington Post, where she will cover the 2016 campaign with a specific focus on Trump and the Republican Party.
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
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.”
Discussion: Political Wire and
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 …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
The scandal in Washington no one is talking about  —  The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance.  But newly uncovered e-mails have reopened the case …
Daily Mail:
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood says Hollywood is gripped by a powerful pedophile ring and Tinseltown is covering up a ‘seedy’ underbelly full of predatory ‘vipers’  —  Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that young actors in Hollywood are being sexually abused by predatory high-powered ‘vipers’ working in the industry..
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Recalling Hillary Clinton's claim of ‘landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia  —  One of our all-time great fact checks was The Fact Checker's March 21, 2008, report on Hillary Clinton's false claim that she arrived in Bosnia “under sniper fire.”  The article, written by our former colleague Michael Dobbs …
Discussion: the daily howler
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FLASHBACK VIDEO: HIllary Clinton Threatens Bill Clinton's Accusers on Today Show  —  HILLARY'S WAR ON WOMEN—  In November 2015 Hillary Clinton tweeted out that “all sexual abuse accusers deserve to be believed.”  —  Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.
Discussion: Clash Daily
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Runaway Train  —  Yes, it's a con. In the three weeks since …
Annie Shalvey / WPRI-TV:
Swastika found painted on sign at Pawtucket synagogue
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New York Post:
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Former Marine plans anti-Trump protest
Discussion: Heat Street
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Isil carrying out chemical experiments on its prisoners as it moves labs into residential neighbourhoods
Discussion: Power LinePower Line
NBC News:
Meet the Press - May 22, 2016  —  CHUCK TODD:
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Donald Trump: 'I'm not advocating guns in classrooms' but ‘teachers should have guns in classrooms’
Discussion: NBC News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump camp quietly courts Muslims
Discussion: Daily Wire, Raw Story and Hot Air
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Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Washington state GOP convention backs Cruz over Trump
Discussion: The Hill and RedState