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5:05 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 …
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.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
State Dept. inspector general report sharply criticizes Clinton's email practices  —  The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use …
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
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds  —  State Dept. report criticizes Clinton's email practices 1:51  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton expressed worries about exposure of personal emails at State Dept.
Discussion: Shadowproof and Daily Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hillary's summer of scandal
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Watchdog: Clinton, top aides did not comply on records policy
Discussion: The Week and National Review
New York Times:
State Dept. Report on Clinton's Emails
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.
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.”
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.
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
The Trump Bump: Early Gamble On The Donald Pays Off For Backbenchers
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Accidentally Emails Politico Its Plan To Hit Clinton On Whitewater  —  A Trump campaign plan to target Hillary Clinton over the decades-old Whitewater real estate scandal was made public on Wednesday afternoon when a Trump spokeswoman accidentally included a Politico reporter on the email thread.
Discussion: The Week and Blue Nation Review
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Green Party could be election spoiler  —  The Green Party suddenly has a chance to make an impact in the presidential election, with polls showing that Donald Trump  —  are set to be the most unpopular nominees in modern times.  —  The possibility of disaffected liberals …
Discussion: and Washington Post
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Why so many Sanders supporters don't want to be Democrats
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Trump, Clinton win Washington state primary
Discussion: The Atlantic
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz
The Intercept:
“AMERICAN SNIPER” CHRIS KYLE DISTORTED HIS MILITARY RECORD, DOCUMENTS SHOW … No American has been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history.  His bestselling autobiography, American Sniper — a story of honor, glory …
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   11 States File Lawsuit Over Obama Admin Trans Bathroom Guidance
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obamas to live in home of former Clinton press secretary: report
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power LinePower Line:
Electing Trump, One Riot at a Time  —  Last night in Albuquerque, rioters attacked a Donald Trump rally.  Several tried to disrupt the event and had to be removed from the crowd.  Most remained outside, throwing rocks at the hall and burning objects at policemen.
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.
Jim Bourg / National Review:
Why ‘Hillary Is Even Worse’ Doesn't Cut It  —  I am part of the tiny fraction of the population that deals professionally in public policy from the right.  In influence, we are all over the map, from talk-show hosts with audiences of millions (Limbaugh, Hannity) to politicians who directly shape policy …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Vitamins Were Fortified With B.S.  —  You give the Donald your urine and a stack of money?  That's what he wanted, in exchange for a customized vitamin regimen that a Harvard doctor deems a ‘scam.’  —  Call it “Vitamin T.”  For several years in the late 2000s and early 2010s …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tom Cotton calls Reid's leadership ‘cancerous’
Kent Erdahl / FOX31 Denver:
Video shows ‘erratic’ woman screaming, removing clothes on Frontier plane
1 dead following apartment fire near Battle Creek
Discussion: WCDC-TV
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Warren Blasts ‘Small, Insecure Money-Grubber’ Donald Trump (VIDEO)
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine
Texas AG expected announce legal challenge to Obama's transgender directive to schools
Julia Limitone / Fox Business:
Fmr. McDonald's USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bernie Sanders Opposes Death Penalty For Dylann Roof
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders aide questions Boxer's story about fearing for her safety
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
James Covert / New York Post:
Is Zuckerberg building a secure bunker next to his home?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
The Danger of President Trump Isn't Dictatorship
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Instapundit
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hanger
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
New York Daily News:
A right-wing revolt against Trump?  Dream on.  Conservatives never truly spoke for the Republican Party rank-and-file