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12:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Declines To Participate In Fox News Dem Debate  —  Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has reportedly declined to participate in the Fox News debate that her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has agreed to.  —  “We have declined Fox News' invitation to participate in a debate in California.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump's New Attack Ad Features Bill Clinton Accuser Juanita Broaddrick
Discussion: Althouse
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Two white-haired politicians — Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton — call a California truce
Discussion: Washington Post
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
A Look At What's Behind Donald Trump's Climb in New National Poll
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Daily Mail:
Trump passes Clinton for the first time in famed average of national polls
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton declines Fox News debate with Sanders
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 …
Benny Johnson / Independent Journal Review:
Disney Fires Back After VA Secretary Compares Wait Lines for Veterans to Theme Park Rides
Republicans lash out at VA secretary for ‘Disney’ comparison
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
David Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Long wait times for vets? VA secretary says that's the wrong question.
Discussion: NY1 News
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.
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.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Newt Gingrich Rips Mitt Romney's ‘Pathetic’ Anti-Trump Effort
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
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:   Planned Parenthood clinic evacuated, seven hospitalized
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Advocacy Group Comes Out Against Obama's Big Overtime Rule  —  U.S. PIRG says it will face a choice between paying staffers more or working them less.  Which is the whole idea.  —  Labor Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  A network of left-leaning public-interest groups has come …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
The Big Uneasy  —  What's roiling the liberal-arts campus?  —  At Oberlin, it started in December, when the temperatures ran high, although the weeping willows and the yellow poplars that had flared in the fall were bare already.  Problems had a tendency to escalate.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Glenn Reynolds: When leaders cheat, followers ... follow  —  The trust that underlies a law-abiding society is rotting away thanks to double-dealing in Washington.  —  The state is “a gang of thieves writ large,” economist Murray Rothbard is said to have remarked.
Patrick Howley / Breitbart:
Michelle Fields Signs On to #NeverTrump ‘News’ Blog Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Former associate Michelle Fields announced Sunday night that she is joining the left-wing Huffington Post website to cover the Donald Trump campaign.  —  Fields' move completes the 180-degree transition …
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Katie Conner / KNXV:
Documents: Somali citizen tried to run over border agents in southern Arizona
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Susanne Craig / New York Times:
Trump Boasts of Rapport With Wall St., but the Feeling Is Not Quite Mutual
Discussion: Mother Jones
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Meets With Woody Johnson, Jets Owner and G.O.P. Fund-Raiser
Sen. James Lankford / The Daily Signal:
Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN's Green Climate Fund
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Manolo Morales / KHON2:
Five killed after skydiving plane crashes on Kauai
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy. Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.
Taylor Kuykendall / SNL:
Murray Energy CEO says he has met with Trump and he is ‘the horse to ride’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Slantpoint
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BOOM!  Eric Trump Slams Hillary: She Has 730 People Working on her Campaign and She Hasn't Beat a Single Socialist
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Koskinen will skip IRS impeachment hearing
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
D.C. man accused of raping woman at knifepoint before 10 a.m. on Metro train
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mystwlker / RedState:
The False Choice of Trump vs Hillary
Washington Examiner:
The defeat of #NeverTrump  —  It's now or never for #NeverTrump.
Baltimore Sun:
Freddie Gray case: Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero found not guilty of all charges