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1:05 AM ET, May 26, 2016

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Washington Post:
Clinton's inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules  —  HILLARY CLINTON'S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment.  What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight.
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Guardian
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Associated Press:
Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found.
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 …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
What does the new Inspector General report actually tell us about Hillary Clinton's emails?  —  Today the State Department's inspector general released a report on Hillary Clinton's email use during her time as secretary of state.  Both Democrats and Republicans are going to spin the report …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's email problems just got much worse
Discussion: Politico and JustOneMinute
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump fires top aide  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Wednesday night announced it had parted ways with its national political director, Rick Wiley — a move that appears to stem in part from an ongoing turf war atop the campaign.  —  Wiley was the first high-profile hire by Paul Manafort …
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Bloomberg:
Donald Trump Parts Ways With National Political Director  —  Rick Wiley's duties in the Sunshine State have been shifted to another staffer.  —  michaelcbender  —  Rick Wiley, Donald Trump's national political director, has left the Republican's presidential campaign following a decision …
Discussion: New York Times
Bloomberg:
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to Speak by Phone Tonight
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.
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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.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Big-name Democrats won't defend Wasserman Schultz
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Why so many Sanders supporters don't want to be Democrats
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and The Hill
Nell Frizzell / Guardian:
The men who live as dogs: 'We're just the same as any person on the high street'  —  Ahead of a new documentary, Spot, Bootbrush and Kaz open up about their community  —  t's easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy.  Maybe too easy, in fact …
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.
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Camp Accidentally Emails Politico Its Plan To Hit Clinton On Whitewater
Discussion: AOL and The Atlantic
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: Washington Post
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Bill Clinton Gets Into 30-Minute Debate With A 24-Year-Old Bernie Fan  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — 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
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump's Top Adviser: ‘This Is Not A Hard Race’  —  Paul Manafort explains why his boss is “gonna win,” no prob.  —  Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post  —  Donald Trump “sees himself more as the chairman of the board” of the country.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's backers and critics square off in Anaheim; tense moments but no major violence  —  Supporters and critics of Donald Trump squared off Wednesday in Anaheim as the presidential candidate held a rally before heading to Hollywood to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Discussion: Daily Mail, The Week and CBS Philly
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Jeannie Suk / New Yorker:
The Transgender Bathroom Debate and the Looming Title IX Crisis  —  This month, regional battles over the right of transgender people to access public bathrooms were elevated to national legal theatre.  First, the Justice Department told North Carolina that its recent law …
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom directive
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Invited Chinese Donor to Hillary Clinton's Home  —  A donation to the Clinton Foundation followed weeks later  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe invited the Chinese businessman whose donations to him have been named as a focus of Justice Department investigators …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
BBC:
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Peter Thiel, Tech Billionaire, Reveals Secret War With Gawker  —  A billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur was outed as being gay by a media organization.  His friends suffered at the hands of the same gossip site.  Nearly a decade later, the entrepreneur secretly financed a lawsuit to try to put the media company out of business.
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, Raw Story and Towleroad
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
The Republican Party Got the Voters It Deserved  —  My View colleague Megan McArdle thinks people are exaggerating the Republican Party's responsibility for Donald Trump.  Blaming the party, she concludes, “is like blaming the weatherman because it's raining, or an economist for a recession.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations  —  Maybe they use the '80s flick “War Games” as a training film, too.  —  The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates …
Discussion: Mashable
 
 
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Texas AG expected announce legal challenge to Obama's transgender directive to schools
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's attacks on the GOP's most prominent Latina, Susana Martinez, should alarm Republicans