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8:50 AM ET, May 25, 2016


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Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton's new reality: A dogfight with Trump  —  LOS ANGELES — Staring at national polls showing Hillary Clinton in a statistical dead heat with Donald Trump, Democrats are settling into a new reality: a race against the most untraditional political foe is shaping up to be a conventional, 2012-style battle.
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Randy Yeip / Wall Street Journal:
Polls: Clinton's Drop Has Magnified Trump's Rise  —  May has been a very merry month for Donald Trump, with recent polls showing him narrowing the gap with Hillary Clinton, or in some cases overtaking her, in a general-election matchup.  But while Mr. Trump has seen his support tick up recently …
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 …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Clinton has a new weapon against Trump: Elizabeth Warren
David French / National Review:
Mitt Romney, Run for President
Ryan Said to Tell Confidants He's Ready to End Trump Standoff  —  House speaker could end weeks-long split with nominee  —  Move would follow series of policy meetings with Trump aides  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Brian McBride / ABC News:
Paul Ryan to Endorse Donald Trump, According to Senior Campaign Sources
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Trump's Campaign Manager Drops Hint About VP
Discussion: Independent Journal … and TPNN
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Media Gets Its Wish  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since talk radio, cable news and the Internet emerged in the 1990s as potent political forces on the right, Republicans have used those media to attack their opponents through a now-familiar two-step.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Discussion: Fox News, BizPac Review and Daily Mail
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
‘Get off the stage!’  Crowd yells at commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump  —  Some people in the crowd at a graduation ceremony at California State University, Fullerton, shouted at the commencement speaker after she talked about presidential candidate Donald Trump …
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:
Peter Thiel Is Said to Bankroll Hulk Hogan's Suit Against Gawker
Discussion: The Week
Josh Zeitz / Politico:
Why Bernie's Bros Might Go for Trump  —  One of the great unknowns of the current presidential election cycle—a cycle without recent precedent in its unusual twists and turns—is whether the fall campaign will see a convergence of the populist Left and the populist Right.
Discussion: The Week
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.
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 …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why ‘Crooked Hillary’ is likely to stick  —  Our free email newsletters … Donald Trump has a knack for nicknames.  Low-energy Jeb caught something of Jeb's entitled aura.  “Little Marco” got at something truly juvenile and naive about Marco Rubio.  And “Lyin' Ted” was an effective way of branding Ted Cruz's dishonesty.
Sean Illing / Salon:
It must stop now: The media can't allow Trump to make this election about Bill Clinton
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
Steve Birr / The Daily Caller:
Illegal Immigrants Sue After Landlord Demands Documentation For Housing  —  Four Latino families filed papers to sue their Virginia landlord Monday after he threatened eviction due to illegal family members living on the premises.  —  The civil rights lawsuit filed by families living …
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Undocumented Latinos and their families sue after evictions
Discussion: Hot Air
Trump protesters smash door, break through barriers  —  (CNN)Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico — the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign.  —  The scene outside Albuquerque's convention center …
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Maggie Shepard / Albuquerque Journal:   Police fire smoke at anti-Trump protesters in Downtown ABQ
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;
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 …
Robin Holmes / Around the O:
UO issues statement on national forest incident in California  —  In response to an incident on the weekend of May 21 in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California, the University of Oregon issued the following statement from Robin Holmes, vice president for student life:
Kval / KCBY-TV:
Images surface on social media showing trash, UO apparel left at Lake Shasta
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and Raw Story
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Vietnam, Obama delivers subtle message on the role of women  —  HO CHI MINH CITY — President Obama stopped in front of a gold Buddha statue inside the ornate Jade Emperor Pagoda, where a guide explained that Vietnamese often portray the symbol of enlightenment as a female.
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
RNC official: We won't go full Trump on party platform  —  A top Republican National Committee (RNC) official sought to soothe business leaders worried about Donald Trump  —  's influence on the party, saying at a private meeting on Tuesday that its presumptive presidential nominee would not dictate the party's platform.
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.
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.
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Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
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Discussion: Infowars
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Post and Courier:
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Discussion: Hot Air, KTOO and The Atlantic
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
Harry Yorke / Telegraph:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Discussion: Betsy's Page
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
VA Secretary Bob McDonald Clarifies Comment Comparing Wait Times to Disneyland
Richard Fry / Pew Research Center's Social …:
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