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12:55 PM ET, May 25, 2016

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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 …
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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 approved by agency officials even though it should have been, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday.
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:
Hillary's summer of scandal  —  A flurry of events set to unfold in the coming days and months could push back into the headlines the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, providing plenty of fodder for Donald Trump and his “Crooked Hillary” attack line.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton expressed worries about exposure of personal emails at State Dept.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Watchdog: Clinton, top aides did not comply on records policy
Discussion: The Week
Bloomberg:
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 …
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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.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's attacks on the GOP's most prominent Latina, Susana Martinez, should alarm Republicans  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  During a 65-minute speech in Albuquerque last night, Donald Trump laced into New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.  He blamed her for the state's economic problems …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren just absolutely shredded Donald Trump. There's a lot more like this to come.
Discussion: Politico, Shakesville and The Week
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Vince Foster's death and subsequent conspiracy theories, explained  —  Speaking to the Washington Post on Monday, Donald Trump referred to “very serious” allegations that there was foul play involved in the death of White House staffer Vince Foster in the early months of the Clinton administration.
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New York Daily News:   A right-wing revolt against Trump?  Dream on.  Conservatives never truly spoke for the Republican Party rank-and-file
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton's new reality: A dogfight with Trump
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Clinton thinks she knows how to take on Trump. Will it work?
Discussion: MLive.com, ABC News, WREG-TV and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers …
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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
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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.
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Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
‘Get off the stage!’ Crowd yells at commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump
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 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders aide questions Boxer's story about fearing for her safety … ' campaign manager is casting doubt on Sen. Barbara Boxer  —  's (D-Calif.) claim that she feared for her safety during the chaotic protests at the Nevada Democratic Convention earlier this month.
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
Forbes:
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 …
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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Obama Lectured by Japanese Prime Minister Over Okinawa Murder  —  In a news conference where he was harshly lectured by the prime minister of Japan, President Obama extended his “sincerest condolences and deepest regrets” for what he termed a “tragedy” in Okinawa …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Washingtonian and The Week
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 …
Jessica Haworth / Mirror.co.uk:
Building robot McDonald's staff ‘cheaper’ than hiring workers on minimum wage  —  The worrying forecast could threaten jobs at the fast food franchise, a former CEO of the company warns  —  A former McDonald's CEO warned that robots will take over staff jobs at the fast food empire - because it's cheaper than employing humans.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Scared Monkeys
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
North Carolina's GOP Senator Says State's Anti-LGBT Law Goes ‘Too Far’  —  State and local officials need to fix HB 2 or a judge will, says Richard Burr.  —  White House and Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  Surprise!  Republican Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) is kinda …
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;
 
 
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Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
Katie Couric Accused of Doctoring Interviews In Anti-Gun Film
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bernie Sanders Opposes Death Penalty For Dylann Roof
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul H. Jossey / New York Post:
Taxpayer-funded campaigns have been a disaster in New York
James Covert / New York Post:
Is Zuckerberg building a secure bunker next to his home?
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
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: Raw Story
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Feeling Let Down and Left Behind, With Little Hope for Better
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Four months later, Donald Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group