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7:50 AM ET, May 24, 2016

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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 …
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NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump  —  Trump and Clinton in Dead Heat, New NBC News Poll Shows 2:31  —  While there are still several months between now and the general election in November, attention is rapidly moving to the hypothetical match-up between Donald Trump …
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump's New Attack Ad Features Bill Clinton Accuser Juanita Broaddrick
Discussion: Althouse
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign plans battleground-state media blitz hitting Trump on housing crisis
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:   Hillary Clinton Is the Jeb Bush of the Left
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.”
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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 …
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 …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Declines To Participate In Fox News Dem Debate
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Two white-haired politicians — Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton — call a California truce
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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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David Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Long wait times for vets? VA secretary says that's the wrong question.
Discussion: AOL and NY1 News
Benny Johnson / Independent Journal Review:
Disney Fires Back After VA Secretary Compares Wait Lines for Veterans to Theme Park Rides
Politico:
Republicans lash out at VA secretary for ‘Disney’ comparison
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
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.
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The RNC is building a campaign for Trump  —  The Republican Party is racing to build a presidential campaign for Donald Trump.  —  The presumptive GOP nominee enters the general election with an organization even thinner than Mitt Romney's four years ago.  Trump won the primary by dominating media coverage.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politicus USA and Salon
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
New York Times:
The Opinion Pages  —  AS President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese.  —  As Americans who fought in that war, we are frequently asked about its lessons.
Discussion: CNN
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: Slate
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
When Elections Aren't About the Economy  —  The boring economy seems to be making this presidential race even more exciting.  And uncertain.  —  The economy has reliably been one of the most important factors influencing a presidential election.  A strong economy helps to keep the party in power in power.
Chicago Tonight:
On Monday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin did not entirely shoot down rumors he might run for governor in 2018, but did say he has no aspirations for any other job beyond his current position as Illinois' senior U.S. senator.  That hasn't stopped speculation within the party that he is interested in running …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Anis Shivani / Salon:
Donald Trump is going to win: This is why Hillary Clinton can't defeat what Trump represents  —  People are rising up against neoliberal globalization.  Trump represents capital, but also understands this reality  —  The neofascist reaction, the force behind Trump, has come …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Kim Palmer / Reuters:
Judge halts Ohio law that blocked funds for Planned Parenthood  —  A federal judge in Cincinnati temporarily blocked the implementation of a state law that would have effectively de-funded 28 Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics, in a ruling on Monday.  —  U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett granted …
Discussion: alan.com
 
 
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David Marcus / The Federalist:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Sen. James Lankford / The Daily Signal:
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Manolo Morales / KHON2:
Five killed after skydiving plane crashes on Kauai
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy. Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
D.C. man accused of raping woman at knifepoint before 10 a.m. on Metro train
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
The Big Uneasy  —  What's roiling the liberal-arts campus?
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Advocacy Group Comes Out Against Obama's Big Overtime Rule
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money