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2:15 PM ET, May 24, 2016


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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 …
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 …
NBC News:
First Read: The Most Important Number in the New NBC/WSJ Poll  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  The most important number in the new NBC/WSJ poll
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?
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.
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.”
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton allies blame Bernie for bad polls
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Hillary still can't explain why she should be president
Discussion: The Resurgent
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Top Staffer: Trump's Demonization of Bill Clinton Accusers in 90's Was Just ‘Being a True Friend’  —  Top Donald Trump surrogate and attorney Michael Cohen struggled to explain Tuesday why his boss demonized those who accused Bill Clinton of rape and sexual impropriety in the 1990's …
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Trumpian Song of Sexual Violence
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Slate
NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
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: Towleroad and Talking Points Memo
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Clinton declines Calif. debate
Sacramento Bee:
Bill Clinton tells voters to ‘just relax’ about Hillary's chances
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Poll: Most Voters Think Trump Should Release Tax Returns  —  Donald Trump's campaign claims his federal tax returns are not of interest to American voters, but that's actually not true, according to a new Morning Consult poll.  —  “This is an issue the media is interested in.
Discussion: Vox, AOL, The Daily Caller and Politicus USA
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The RNC is building a campaign for Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jets Owner Woody Johnson Said to Back Trump
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
The child I love  —  When Maddy Ralston came into this world almost 21 years ago, it was love at first sight.  —  I cradled her in my arms, my adopted miracle, and couldn't stop crying.  She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.  —  As she grew up, Maddy eschewed the traditional girly girl stuff.
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.
Katrina Elaine Jørgensen / Facebook:
Resigning as Communications Chair from YRNF  —  To my dear friends at the Young Republican National Federation:  —  Regretfully, I am resigning from my position as Communications Chair with the YRNF.  With the practically fulfilled nomination of Donald Trump as our presidential candidate …
Iris Salem / CBS Los Angeles:
CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year  —  LOS ANGELES ( — A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.
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: RedState and CANNONFIRE
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Facebook admits rogue employees may have shown bias against conservatives
Discussion: WCTX-TV
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 …
Devin Henry / The Hill:
W.Va. AG: Stopping power plant rules will help coal jobs  —  The state attorney general leading the legal charge against President Obama's climate rule for power plants says stopping the regulation will end up helping the declining American coal industry.  —  “I think that it would lead …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4  —  According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year.
Cindyvonquednowktla / KTLA:
Officials Investigate ‘Non-Credible’ Threat at LAX; Passengers Safe  —  Passengers on an American Eagle plane that received a threat were safe after the incident was deemed “non-credible” by officials Tuesday morning.  —  The airport got a TSA notification of a phone threat made to a call center …
Discussion: WPMT FOX43 and WISH-TV
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Why a B-Minus Economy May Be Causing a Turbulent Election  —  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.
Page Six:
Cosby spends millions as lawsuits, criminal case rage on  —  Bill Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency, newly unearthed court papers show.  —  The comic said that at one point in his career …
Discussion: Hot Air, AOL and The Daily Caller
USA Today:
TSA boots head of security amid furor over long lines  —  The Transportation Security Administration's head of security has been ousted amid an uproar over long lines at airport security checkpoints and intense scrutiny over bonus payments.  —  “Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position …
Discussion: Infowars
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity
Jodi Jacobson / Rewire:
Associated Press Article on 20-Week Bans Underscores What's Wrong With Reporting on Abortion
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Marco Rubio: 'It's not that we lost, it's that Donald Trump won'
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
Terrorist or pedophile? This start-up says it can out secrets by analyzing faces
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Meaning of Mr. Trump  —  What energizes the Trump phenomenon …
Discussion: Don Surber
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Discussion: New Haven Register
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sen. Barrasso to chair GOP platform committee at convention
Discussion: and National Review
Vinod Sreeharsha / New York Times:
Transcript Suggests a Plot Behind Effort to Oust Brazilian President
 Earlier Items: 
Seton Motley / RedState:
In Venezuela, Net Neutrality Does In Fact Mean Internet Censorship
Presidential run leaves Scott Walker nearly $900,000 in debt
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump train is fueled by conspiracy
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly Plans to Sue Ex-Wife for $10 Million, Accuses Her of Cheating
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
Robby Soave / The Daily Beast:
On a College Campus? Don't Try to Tell a Joke
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Hit & Run
Chicago Tonight:
On Monday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin did not entirely shoot …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
D.C.'s worst May ever, explained.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy. Unless you're poor, black, Latino or elderly.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Addicting Info