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8:20 PM ET, May 25, 2016


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Nick Gass / Politico:
State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules  —  A State Department watchdog concluded that Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the agency's policies on records while using a personal email server that was not — and, officials say, would never have been — approved by agency officials …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump plans to target Clinton over Whitewater  —  Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal, POLITICO has learned.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department's inspector general sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had.
Nick Gass / Politico:
The 9 biggest revelations in the State IG report on Clinton's emails  —  The State Department's inspector general report on Wednesday offered little absolution for Hillary Clinton or several of her top aides who refused to cooperate with the investigation into the former secretary of state's exclusive use of a private email server.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's email problems just got much worse  —  One of the two big dominoes in the Hillary Clinton email controversy toppled today: The State Department's Inspector General released its report on the email practices of Clinton and a number of other past secretaries of state.
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit
Discussion:, TPNN and Infowars
Katie Pavlich /
Inspector General Finds Hillary Clinton Violated Federal Records Act By Deleting Emails
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Accidentally Emails Politico Its Plan To Hit Clinton On Whitewater
New York Times:
State Dept. Report on Clinton's Emails
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hillary's summer of scandal
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and ABC News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump.  There's a lot more like this to come.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Early in the 2012 campaign, when top Democratic strategists were debating how to target Mitt Romney, they worked to hone their message about him down to a single, tight, pithy phrase.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: Romney ‘walks like a penguin’  —  cut into a handful of prominent Republican figures during a Wednesday rally, even lightly chiding those who ultimately came around to endorsing him for president.  —  The presumptive GOP nominee lashed out at 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, saying he “walks like a penguin.”
Discussion: Political Wire and
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump accuses New Mexico's Republican governor of not doing her job  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Despite his promise to unite the Republican Party, Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez — the chairwoman of the Republican Governor's Association — on Tuesday night and accused her of “not doing the job.”
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump returns to campaign trail with new taunts, big promises  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Donald Trump is back to on the campaign, and anyone who'd hoped his time away would produce a gentler, more conventional candidate is in for deep disappointment.  —  At a rally where he promised “to make a big …
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists  —  The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Big-name Democrats won't defend Wasserman Schultz  —  The knives are out for Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Capitol Hill.  But it's unclear whether it amounts to griping or a more serious warning sign that the embattled Democratic Party chairwoman's post is in jeopardy.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Green Party could be election spoiler
Discussion: Washington Post
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why so many Sanders supporters don't want to be Democrats
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom directive  —  Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging he Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to provide transgender students with facilities that match their gender identities.
Jeannie Suk / New Yorker:
The Transgender Bathroom Debate and the Looming Title IX Crisis
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   11 States File Lawsuit Over Obama Admin Trans Bathroom Guidance
Eliana Dockterman / TIME:
A Marvel Editor Explains How Captain America Was a Hydra Agent All Along  —  In a shocking twist, Steve Rogers always has been and will continue to be a member of the evil group  —  Sure, he wears red white and blue on the outside, but on the inside?  It turns out Steve Rogers …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton calls Reid's leadership ‘cancerous’  —  Tom Cotton laid into Harry Reid on Wednesday, calling Reid's recent remarks on the Senate floor “vulgar” and “incoherent” — before adding that the Democrat's leadership has been “cancerous.”  —  As a junior ranking senator, Cotton spends lots of his time presiding over the Senate.
Stephen Adams / KCEN-TV:
Gay Student Told to Change Pro-LGBT Shirt  —  COPPERAS COVE, Texas - An eighth grade student in Copperas Cove, Texas, was told to change her pro-LGBT shirt because school officials said it violated the dress code.  —  Ali Chaney, 13, wore the t-shirt, which had rainbow text that said “Some people are gay.
Discussion: PinkNews, Towleroad and Raw Story
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to Speak by Phone Tonight  —  The House speaker and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will try again to erase the rift between the two men.  —  michaelcbender  —  Donald Trump and Paul Ryan will talk by telephone on Wednesday night …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Bill Clinton Gets Into 30-Minute Debate With A 24-Year-Old Bernie Fan  —  SANTA FE — Five different times, aides tried to drag him away from the booth where Josh Brody, a 24-year-old supporter of Bernie Sanders, was holding forth about all that had gone wrong in the 1990s: welfare, NAFTA, Wall Street.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’  —  Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.  —  One factory has “reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots”, a government official told the South China Morning Post.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Where the Obamas are living in D.C. after the White House  —  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lease the 8,200-square-foot mansion owned by Joe Lockhart and Giovanna Gray after the first family leaves the White House in January, sources told POLITICO Playbook on Wednesday.
Texas AG expected announce legal challenge to Obama's transgender directive to schools  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon and is expected to announce a legal challenge to President Obama's directive to schools concerning bathrooms …
Eric HandMay / Science:
Billionaire technologist accuses NASA asteroid mission of bad statistics  —  Nathan Myhrvold—ex-Microsoft billionaire, patent accumulator, dinosaur geek, and noted molecular gastronomist—has a new obsession: asteroids.  The CEO of Bellevue, Washington-based Intellectual Ventures …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
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Brianna Gurciullo / Politico:
Trump: Jeb will get ‘burst of energy’ and endorse me
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Japanese leader lashes out at Obama over ‘despicable’ murder case
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
IRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says
Discussion: Hot Air
Devin Watkins / The Federalist:
D.C. Attorney General Ignores Court Order, Refuses Gun Permits
Discussion: Hit & Run
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