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4:15 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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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:
Poll: Majority of Americans Dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
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’
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Hillary still can't explain why she should be president
Discussion: The Resurgent
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.
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
JOHN KASICH: It's going to be ‘really hard’ to endorse Donald Trump
Discussion: Mediaite
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   The RNC is building a campaign for Trump
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.
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.
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Twitter replies are broken, and Twitter has a great plan to fix them  —  Anytime a major social media platform makes even minor changes, it generates consternation.  So we can expect a lot of griping in the coming hours about Twitter's announcement that it's going to change how it deals …
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
We Must Restore Congressional Authority on Declaring War  —  Paul is the junior U.S. Senator for Kentucky.  —  ‘One generation cannot bind another generation to perpetual war’  —  This president has now been at war longer than any other in history.  That must end.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
HB2 Continues To Have Little Support From North Carolinians  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find that HB2 is very unpopular, and voters want to see it repealed.  —  Only 35% of voters in the state support the bill, to 44% who are opposed to it.
Stephen Lemons / Phoenix New Times:
Chris Simcox's Three Daughters Testify Against Him in Child Molestation Trial  —  Former border vigilante Chris Simcox probably won't be getting any Father's Day cards in jail, judging from the testimony of three of his daughters on Monday, during the Minuteman Project co-founder's ongoing trial …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lance Benzel / Gazette:
El Paso County sheriff: Racial slur led to lieutenant's retirement  —  An El Paso County sheriff's veteran quietly retired this month after acknowledging that he used the N-word to describe President Obama, Sheriff Bill Elder said.  —  Uttering the racial slur brought a swift end …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 and Towleroad
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Clinton declines Calif. debate
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.
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
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
VA secretary refuses to apologize for Disneyland comparison  —  Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is not apologizing for controversial comments he made Tuesday comparing veterans health care wait times to lines at Disneyland.  —  During an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday …
Discussion: RedState
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Marco Rubio: 'It's not that we lost, it's that Donald Trump won'  —  The Florida senator, who suspended his presidential campaign after losing his home state, reflects on where it went wrong, what he learned and what's next  —  hile Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination …
Karl Polanyi for President  —  Should health care and education be rights, or products that those with enough money can purchase in markets?  About seventy-five years ago, in response to the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt offered, through the programs of the New Deal …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity  —  Former President Jimmy Carter, who has long put religion and racial reconciliation at the center of his life, is on a mission to heal a racial divide among Baptists and help the country soothe rifts that he believes are getting worse.
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 …
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
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
NRA Video Puts the ‘Ayatollahs of Iran’ On Notice: 'You Haven't Met America'  —  A recently released NRA video entitled “You Haven't Met America Yet” features a man addressing the “ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist [they] enable,” and daring them to meet the real America.
Discussion: The Slot and The Daily Caller
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Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
New York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities
Discussion: RedState and Red Alert Politics
Jodi Jacobson / Rewire:
Associated Press Article on 20-Week Bans Underscores What's Wrong With Reporting on Abortion
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
Terrorist or pedophile? This start-up says it can out secrets by analyzing faces
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
Devin Henry / The Hill:
W.Va. AG: Stopping power plant rules will help coal jobs
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Discussion: New Haven Register
Vinod Sreeharsha / New York Times:
Transcript Suggests a Plot Behind Effort to Oust Brazilian President
 Earlier Items: 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump train is fueled by conspiracy
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the welfare king
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Why a B-Minus Economy May Be Causing a Turbulent Election
Anis Shivani / Salon:
Donald Trump is going to win: This is why Hillary Clinton can't defeat what Trump represents
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, RedState and Rush Limbaugh