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9:40 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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign plans battleground-state media blitz hitting Trump on housing crisis
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Hillary Clinton and 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
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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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Dems call for unity as Sanders fuels intraparty fighting  —  The Democratic Party is calling for party unity amid heightened tensions between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders  —  's supporters and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Sanders blasts Clinton at Calif. rally for rejecting debate  —  on Monday night said it's “a little bit insulting” to California voters that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton  —  refuses to debate him ahead of the state's primary.  —  “I was disturbed, but not surprised …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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CNN:
Clinton declines to debate Sanders in California  —  Detroit (CNN)Hillary Clinton will not debate Bernie Sanders in California, her top campaign spokeswoman said Monday.  —  Declining to participate in the Fox News debate — which Sanders had agreed to — is another clear sign that Clinton …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Declines To Participate In Fox News Dem Debate
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.
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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, NY1 News and Mediaite
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the welfare king  —  A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the “welfare queen,” the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king.  —  Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off …
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm  —  A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation's biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007 …
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
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.
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: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy.  Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.  —  HOUSTON — In his wallet, Anthony Settles carries an expired Texas ID card, his Social Security card and an old student identification card from the University of Houston, where he studied math and physics decades ago.
Discussion: Addicting Info
Robby Soave / The Daily Beast:
On a College Campus?  Don't Try to Tell a Joke  —  If you hurt someone's feelings, or might have potentially hurt their feelings, campus bias response teams are ready to pounce.  —  Tell a joke, and you might make someone laugh.  But tell a joke on a college campus, and you might …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump train is fueled by conspiracy  —  Watching the excellent documentary “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear” is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014: the initial public health mistakes, the divided and unclear responsibilities, the hysterical coverage on cable TV.
Discussion: Yahoo
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.
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
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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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly Plans to Sue Ex-Wife for $10 Million, Accuses Her of Cheating
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: RedState
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 Earlier Items: 
Kim Palmer / Reuters:
Judge halts Ohio law that blocked funds for Planned Parenthood
Discussion: alan.com
Sen. James Lankford / The Daily Signal:
Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN's Green Climate Fund
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Obama Hits Highest Job Approval Since Second Inauguration
Discussion: Politicus USA
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
The Big Uneasy  —  What's roiling the liberal-arts campus?
Discussion: The Atlantic
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Advocacy Group Comes Out Against Obama's Big Overtime Rule
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money