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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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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 …
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
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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Associated Press:
Virginia GOP Filing Lawsuit to Block Felons From Voting
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
GOP sues to block McAuliffe order to let 200,000 Virginia felons vote
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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.”
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.
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
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump video raises sexual assault charges against Bill Clinton
Discussion: Media Matters for America and TPNN
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
A Look At What's Behind Donald Trump's Climb in New National Poll
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Trump Video Mixes Bill Clinton Rape Allegation, Hillary Clinton Laughing
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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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 …
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Associated Press:
Supreme court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and ACS Blog
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 …
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
New York Times:
How Far Is Europe Swinging to the Right?  —  *The 2016 Austrian presidential election and the 2015 French regional elections are included to add a more recent result for those countries.  —  The charts above show election results in 20 European countries, with right-wing populist and far-right parties highlighted in red.
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The Local:
Left-winger van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election
Discussion: Hot Air
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.”
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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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 …
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.
Mystwlker / RedState:
The False Choice of Trump vs Hillary  —  No, Not Voting for Trump Is Not Voting For Hillary  —  In life, oversimplification is a coping mechanism used to resist the overwhelming complexity that can pervade modern life.  In today's world of multiple devices, multiple venues of social connectivity …
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 …
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Advocacy Group Comes Out Against Obama's Big Overtime Rule
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ESPN:
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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Fox News:
Drum roll: Clinton unveils ‘stronger together’ slogan
Discussion: Scott Adams Blog, Taylor Marsh and AOL
Washington Examiner:
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Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Release the Kraken  —  Every winter in Spencer Gulf …
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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
Patrick Maines / The Hill:
The civil war within conservative media
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Resurgent
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Black Women at $5
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Paying More Attention to Election Than Democrats