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12:50 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.
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
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: Politico and ABC News
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 …
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 …
David French / National Review:
Mitt Romney, Run for President  —  You're the only man who can save us from future calamity.  —  Let's be clear about our nation's plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians.
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 …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why ‘Crooked Hillary’ is likely to stick
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Is Clinton Disliked?  —  I understand why Donald Trump is so unpopular.
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: Booman Tribune and Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Reid: ‘Lay off’ Sanders criticism
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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:
Gawker Founder Suspects a Common Financer Behind Lawsuits
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 …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Kenneth Starr, Who Tried to Bury Bill Clinton, Now Only Praises Him
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.
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;
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?
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 …
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.
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Bill Cosby WILL STAND trial on sex assault charges after judge hears rape accuser's claims actor told her to drink wine and take ‘herbal medication’ to relax before unconscious assault  — Andrea Constand, 42, the women who is accusing Cosby of raping and drugging her in 2004, did not testify in court at the probably cause hearing
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Page Six:
Cosby spends millions as lawsuits, criminal case rage on
Discussion: AOL, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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.
Trump Unveils Stable of Republican Donors  —  A group of 20 prominent GOP donors say they will back the presumptive nominees presidential bid.  —  zachmider  —  Donald Trump's road to raising $1 billion for the general election just got a lot smoother.  —  A group of 20 Republican donors …
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Harry Yorke / Telegraph:
Car is chased by swarm of bees for two days after queen bee gets stuck in boot  —  Play!  —  A grandmother plagued by a huge swarm of bees for more than 24 hours while driving her car home from a nature reserve has spoken about the “incredible” ordeal.  —  Carol Howarth, 65 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Post and Courier:
Federal authorities to seek death penalty against Dylann Roof  —  This Charleston County Sheriff's Office photo shows Dylann Roof on June 18.  Roof, 21, was arrested in the slayings of nine people at a prayer meeting inside Emanuel AME Church.  —  Nearly a year after gunfire interrupted …
Discussion: KTOO, Hot Air and The Atlantic
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Trump Would Crush the Winners of the U.S. Economy  —  Donald Trump says it all the time: “We don't win anymore.”  If you got all your economic news from the presumed Republican nominee, you'd think U.S. businesses hadn't added any new jobs or accomplished anything worthwhile since sometime in the Johnson administration.
Discussion: Hit & Run
James Martin / USA Today:
My uncle leveled Hiroshima.  We're not sorry: Voices  —  My uncle never regretted dropping the atomic bomb because his action brought peace.  —  Millions of Americans have a personal or family connection to World War II.  One is Salon columnist Camille Paglia who, in answering a letter …
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Sanders Responded To Transgender-Rights Survey — But Clinton Didn't
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Twitter to Ease Character Limit, Making Room for GIFs, Videos and More
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
10 Years After An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore May Actually Be Winning
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Daily Caller and The Week
Cortney O'Brien /
Valerie Jarrett Cites ‘Ending Two Wars’ as Obama Accomplishments
Discussion: Daily Wire
Mark Blumenthal:
Trump Polls: You Can't Wish Them Away
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
Discussion: The Hill, 9to5Mac and The Verge
Lizzie Parry For / Daily Mail:
Do you yell with rage or silently get irate? …
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Muslim lawmaker: Muslims for Trump is like chickens for Colonel Sanders
Discussion: Raw Story
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Great White Hope: Trump Unites Generations Of White Nationalists
Discussion: Daily Kos, Shakesville and Sky Dancing
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
New York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities
Stephen Lemons / Phoenix New Times:
Chris Simcox's Three Daughters Testify Against Him in Child Molestation Trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Karl Polanyi for President
Discussion: Crooked Timber