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8:25 AM ET, May 25, 2016


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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.
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
Pay Attention To Libertarian Gary Johnson; He's Pulling 10 Percent vs. Trump And Clinton  —  Gary Johnson might be on the verge of becoming a household name.  —  At the moment, he's probably most often confused with that plumber who fixed your running toilet last month or your spouse's weird friend …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton has a new weapon against Trump: Elizabeth Warren  —  COMMERCE, Calif. — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has a new partner in her battle against Donald Trump: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who gave a speech Tuesday mirroring Clinton's own talking points accusing Trump of profiting from the housing crash of 2008.
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Politico
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton's new reality: A dogfight with Trump  —  LOS ANGELES — Staring at national polls showing Hillary Clinton in a statistical dead heat with Donald Trump, Democrats are settling into a new reality: a race against the most untraditional political foe is shaping up to be a conventional, 2012-style battle.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Randy Yeip / Wall Street Journal:
Polls: Clinton's Drop Has Magnified Trump's Rise
David French / National Review:
Mitt Romney, Run for President
Denise de la Cruz / OC Weekly:
Univision's María Elena Salinas Gets Booed at Cal State Fullerton Grad Speech  —  Racial tension was in the air yesterday at Cal State Fullerton's commencement ceremonies, specifically where keynote speaker and renowned Univision broadcast journalist María Elena Salinas addressed graduating Titans, including myself.
Discussion: Fox News, BizPac Review and Daily Mail
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:   ‘Get off the stage!’ Crowd yells at commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump
Ryan Said to Tell Confidants He's Ready to End Trump Standoff  —  House speaker could end weeks-long split with nominee  —  Move would follow series of policy meetings with Trump aides  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Brian McBride / ABC News:
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Trump's Campaign Manager Drops Hint About VP
Discussion: Independent Journal … and TPNN
This Silicon Valley Billionaire Has Been Secretly Funding Hulk Hogan's Lawsuits Against Gawker  —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:   Peter Thiel Is Said to Bankroll Hulk Hogan's Suit Against Gawker
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Gawker Founder Suspects a Common Financer Behind Lawsuits
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Is Donald Trump's Hair a $60,000 Weave?  A Gawker Investigation  —  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has generated an unceasing torrent of press attention that some estimate to be worth roughly $2 billion.  Yet the central mystery at the very core of his persona …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party's national convention in July.  —  Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
Discussion: CNN, Infowars, Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Lay off’ Sanders criticism
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why ‘Crooked Hillary’ is likely to stick  —  Our free email newsletters … Donald Trump has a knack for nicknames.  Low-energy Jeb caught something of Jeb's entitled aura.  “Little Marco” got at something truly juvenile and naive about Marco Rubio.  And “Lyin' Ted” was an effective way of branding Ted Cruz's dishonesty.
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Baylor refuses to respond to reports of President Kenneth Starr's firing  —  Baylor declined to respond to reports Tuesday that President and Chancellor Kenneth Starr, best known for his investigation of the Clinton administration, has been fired by the Board of Regents in the wake …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Media Gets Its Wish  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since talk radio, cable news and the Internet emerged in the 1990s as potent political forces on the right, Republicans have used those media to attack their opponents through a now-familiar two-step.
Discussion: Althouse
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;
Josh Zeitz / Politico:
Why Bernie's Bros Might Go for Trump  —  One of the great unknowns of the current presidential election cycle—a cycle without recent precedent in its unusual twists and turns—is whether the fall campaign will see a convergence of the populist Left and the populist Right.
Robin Holmes / Around the O:
UO issues statement on national forest incident in California  —  In response to an incident on the weekend of May 21 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California, the University of Oregon issued the following statement from Robin Holmes, vice president for student life:
Kval / KCBY-TV:
Images surface on social media showing trash, UO apparel left at Lake Shasta
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and Raw Story
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Secret History of the Iran-Deal ‘Echo Chamber’  —  A network of advocates, experts and messaging specialists the White House says helped it sell the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 actually began to campaign for such an accord four years earlier, before the real negotiations started.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Vietnam, Obama delivers subtle message on the role of women  —  HO CHI MINH CITY — President Obama stopped in front of a gold Buddha statue inside the ornate Jade Emperor Pagoda, where a guide explained that Vietnamese often portray the symbol of enlightenment as a female.
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
Associated Press:
Conservative Michigan Lawmaker's Wife Reveals Teen Abortion  —  The wife of a conservative Michigan lawmaker says in a Facebook posting that she had an abortion while in high school and went public with it after someone approached her husband vowing to disclose the information.
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.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
What's driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea's company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers.  —  Recently, he decided to do something with that data trove that was long considered unthinkable: He is getting rid of it.
Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
CDC Official Says Thousands May Have Arrived in US With Zika  —  Federal health officials today said they believe thousands of people may have contracted the Zika virus before returning to the U.S. and they remain concerned that the virus might commence ongoing transmission in the U.S.
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 …
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: Betsy's Page
Steve Birr / The Daily Caller:
Illegal Immigrants Sue After Landlord Demands Documentation For Housing  —  Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises.  —  The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living …
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Carjackers used gay dating app Grindr to lure victims, authorities say
Discussion: KTLA
Trump Unveils Stable of Republican Donors
Discussion: Raw Story
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Sanders Responded To Transgender-Rights Survey — But Clinton Didn't
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals
Discussion: Infowars
Post and Courier:
Federal authorities to seek death penalty against Dylann Roof
Discussion: KTOO, Hot Air and The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Trump Would Crush the Winners of the U.S. Economy
Discussion: Hit & Run
Cortney O'Brien /
Valerie Jarrett Cites ‘Ending Two Wars’ as Obama Accomplishments
Discussion: Daily Wire
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Bill Cosby WILL STAND trial on sex assault charges after judge hears rape accuser's claims actor told …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Harry Yorke / Telegraph:
Car is chased by swarm of bees for two days after queen bee gets stuck in boot
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark Blumenthal:
Trump Polls: You Can't Wish Them Away
Discussion: Vox
James Martin / USA Today:
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