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6:45 PM ET, May 24, 2016


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David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Is Clinton Disliked?  —  I understand why Donald Trump is so unpopular.  He earned it the old-fashioned way, by being obnoxious, insulting and offensive.  But why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular?  —  She is, at the moment, just as unpopular as Trump.
NBC News:
First Read: The Most Important Number in the New NBC/WSJ Poll  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  The most important number in the new NBC/WSJ poll
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Kenneth Starr, Who Tried to Bury Bill Clinton, Now Only Praises Him  —  An unlikely voice recently bemoaned the decline of civility in presidential politics, warned that “deep anger” was fueling an “almost radical populism” and sang the praises of former President Bill Clinton — particularly his …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Campaign Attacks Donald Trump for Housing Bubble Comments
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Four months later, Donald Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group  —  Almost four months after saying he would give $1 million of his own money to veterans' causes, Republican candidate Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge on Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Trump's Campaign Manager Drops Hint About VP  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has long said he would likely pick a “political person” with government experience as his running mate.  —  But appearing Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski got a little bit more specific.
Discussion: Independent Journal … and TPNN
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
JOHN KASICH: It's going to be ‘really hard’ to endorse Donald Trump
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael A. Cohen /
Still panicked about Trump?  Don't be  —  Hey, we need to talk.  —  Wait, who said that?  —  It's me, your panicked liberal friend.  Remember me?  The one who is convinced Donald Trump is going to be our next president and is looking for rental properties in Canada.  —  Oh, hey, how are you doing?
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:   Bernie Sanders Wants Votes Reviewed in Tight Kentucky Race
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Trumpian Song of Sexual Violence  —  As I mentioned yesterday, the three big networks and in fact the major national dailies continue to blast out Donald Trump's charges that Hillary Clinton's husband raped or assaulted other women.  And yet, CNN, MSNBC, let alone Fox refuse to discuss …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Top Staffer: Trump's Demonization of Bill Clinton Accusers in 90's Was Just ‘Being a True Friend’  —  Top Donald Trump surrogate and attorney Michael Cohen struggled to explain Tuesday why his boss demonized those who accused Bill Clinton of rape and sexual impropriety in the 1990's …
Richard Fry / Pew Research Center's Social …:
For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds  —  Young Adults' Living Arrangements  —  For the first time since 1880, Americans ages 18 to 34 are more likely to be living with their parent(s) than in a household shared with a spouse or partner.
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Marco Rubio: 'It's not that we lost, it's that Donald Trump won'  —  The Florida senator, who suspended his presidential campaign after losing his home state, reflects on where it went wrong, what he learned and what's next  —  hile Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Kasich instructs his delegates to remain bound to him through GOP convention
Discussion: Political Wire
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
VA Secretary Bob McDonald Clarifies Comment Comparing Wait Times to Disneyland  —  VA secretary's comparison of wait times to Disneyland spurs outrage 0:35  —  Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Tuesday took an “opportunity to correct” a comparison he made of the long wait for medical care …
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
VA secretary: I ‘deeply regret’ if I offended vets
Discussion: RedState
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Lay off’ Sanders criticism … (D-Nev.) on Tuesday defended Bernie Sanders  —  , saying the media should cut the Democratic presidential candidate some slack.  —  “I think we should just kind of lay off Bernie Sanders a little bit,” Reid told reporters after being asked whether …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton allies blame Bernie for bad polls
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Judge rules Ohio voter rights violated  —  The GOP-dominated legislature unconstitutionally violated Ohioans' voting rights by eliminating “Golden Week” and other actions that cut access to the ballot, a Republican federal judge ruled today.  —  Judge Michael H. Watson of U.S. District Court …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Literary Hub:
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE  —  Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;  —  Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
The child I love  —  When Maddy Ralston came into this world almost 21 years ago, it was love at first sight.  —  I cradled her in my arms, my adopted miracle, and couldn't stop crying.  She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.  —  As she grew up, Maddy eschewed the traditional girly girl stuff.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Great White Hope: Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists  —  BURNS, TENNESSEE—Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been accused of dog-whistling to white supremacists ever since he kicked off his campaign in the summer of 2015 and warned against “criminal” Mexican immigrants.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Sky Dancing and Shakesville
Leah Barkoukis /
IRS Employee Admits He Would Continue Targeting Conservative Groups: 'That's Just the Way It Is'  —  As the House Judiciary Committee moves forward with the first of two hearings examining whether IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be impeached for misconduct Tuesday …
Stephen Lemons / Phoenix New Times:
Chris Simcox's Three Daughters Testify Against Him in Child Molestation Trial  —  Former border vigilante Chris Simcox probably won't be getting any Father's Day cards in jail, judging from the testimony of three of his daughters on Monday, during the Minuteman Project co-founder's ongoing trial …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
HB2 Continues To Have Little Support From North Carolinians  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find that HB2 is very unpopular, and voters want to see it repealed.  —  Only 35% of voters in the state support the bill, to 44% who are opposed to it.
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Muslim lawmaker: Muslims for Trump is like chickens for Colonel Sanders  —  The first Muslim to be elected to U.S. Congress says Muslims supporting Donald Trump  —  for president is as ridiculous as chickens cheering for Kentucky Fried Chicken.  —  “Muslims who support Trump is like chickens …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Lizzie Parry For / Daily Mail:
Do you yell with rage or silently get irate?  From heart problems to back pain, how you argue predicts the health problems you will face, experts say  — People prone to fits of rage are at greater risk of high blood pressure, chest pain and cardiovascular problems, a new study reveals
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Reeling From 2016 Chaos, G.O.P. Mulls Overhaul of Primaries  —  WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over making fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year …
Discussion: Political Wire
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Twitter replies are broken, and Twitter has a great plan to fix them  —  Anytime a major social media platform makes even minor changes, it generates consternation.  So we can expect a lot of griping in the coming hours about Twitter's announcement that it's going to change how it deals …
Page Six:
Cosby spends millions as lawsuits, criminal case rage on  —  Bill Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency, newly unearthed court papers show.  —  The comic said that at one point in his career …
Discussion: AOL, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Iris Salem / CBS Los Angeles:
CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year  —  LOS ANGELES ( — A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.
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James Martin / USA Today:
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Portland police chief misled investigator about hunting accident, sheriff says
Discussion: Raw Story
Brianna Gurciullo / Politico:
Trump on fundraisers: It's not for me, it's for the RNC
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Ryan Moves To Block Surprise Amendments After Gay Rights Flap
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
NRA Video Puts the ‘Ayatollahs of Iran’ On Notice: 'You Haven't Met America'
Discussion: The Slot and The Daily Caller
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Lance Benzel / Gazette:
El Paso County sheriff: Racial slur led to lieutenant's retirement
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: Crooked Timber
USA Today:
TSA boots head of security amid furor over long lines
Discussion: Infowars
Katrina Elaine Jørgensen / Facebook:
Resigning as Communications Chair from YRNF
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the welfare king