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6:25 PM ET, May 27, 2016


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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Tech Company: We Will Put Up $10 Million For Bernie-Trump Debate  —  WASHINGTON — A technology investment company has offered to put up the $10 million for charity that Donald Trump said on Thursday would be needed to hold a debate with Bernie Sanders.  —  [Update at 4:38 p.m. …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Donald Trump backs out of debate with Bernie Sanders  —  Donald Trump will not participate in a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said in a statement Friday.  —  “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged …
Donald J Trump for President:
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON DEBATING BERNIE SANDERS  —  Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Sanders camp: Maybe Trump is ‘chickening out’ of debate  —  The Bernie Sanders-Donald Trump debate could be one of the biggest televised events of the year.  But whether it will even happen is a different story, Sanders' campaign said Friday, accusing the folks in Trump's camp of dragging their feet.
Discussion: Comedy Central and Guardian
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Die-Hard Bernie Sanders Backers See F.B.I. as Answer to Their Prayers  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — Senator Bernie Sanders may be trailing Hillary Clinton by hundreds of delegates, and Mrs. Clinton may be treating the Democratic nomination as hers, but Julie Crowell, a stay-at-home mother …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Young Turks host offers $1M for Trump, Sanders debate  —  The Young Turks online program is offering up $1 million to host a debate between Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders  —  and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump  —  “We are now offering $1 million to charity in order …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Donald Trump Backs Down from Debate with Bernie Sanders
Mark Plotkin / The Hill:   Why Wasserman Schultz must go
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Why Bernie Sanders keeps popping up in California's out-of-the-way places
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Campaign Stumbles as It Tries to Go Big  —  BISMARCK, N.D. — A constant stream of changes and scuffles are roiling Donald J. Trump's campaign team, including the abrupt dismissal this week of his national political director.  —  A sense of paranoia is growing among …
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Nominee or not, why is Trump still smacking Republicans around?
Discussion: Hot Air
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump outsources campaign operations to RNC
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump has exposed Marco Rubio  —  In the late stages of his doomed presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio declared that the front-runner for his party's nomination was “a con artist.”  But it turns out that Donald Trump wasn't the only GOP presidential candidate pulling the wool over people's eyes.
Kevin Grasha /
At 96, Dr. Heimlich finally uses his life-saving technique  —  When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d' for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward the table.  —  Gaines has been trained in the Heimlich maneuver and has performed it at least twice …
David Roberts / Vox:
Donald Trump's horrifying gullibility, as revealed in his energy speech  —  Donald Trump's speech this week at a petroleum conference in North Dakota showcased the energy policies we can expect from a Trump administration.  But more importantly, it revealed a great deal about how Trump will develop and manage policy.
Jonah Bromwich / New York Times:
Chinese Detergent Ad Draws Charges of Racism  —  A Chinese laundry detergent commercial has spurred outrage online, with many social media users accusing it of blatant racism.  —  In the commercial for Qiaobi laundry detergent, an Asian woman shoves a detergent pod into the mouth of a black worker …
Discussion: Vox, Althouse and Shanghaiist
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Withheld Alimony From Marla Maples When She Threatened His Presidential Ambitions  —  “Our purpose was to send a message that she was playing close to the fire.  That should slow her down,” Trump's lawyer said at the time.  —  Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump's Delusions of Competence  —  In general, you shouldn't pay much attention to polls at this point, especially with Republicans unifying around Donald Trump while Bernie Sanders hasn't conceded the inevitable.  Still, I was struck by several recent polls showing Mr. Trump favored …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Fellow Liberals, Let's Stop Doing These Things
Peter Sterne / Politico:
The fall of  —  A Facebook page dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of digital media pioneer Salon is functioning as a crowdsourced eulogy.  —  Dozens of Salon alumni have, over the past several months, posted their favorite stories from and memories …
New York Times:
Text of President Obama's Speech in Hiroshima, Japan  —  The following is a transcript of President Obama's speech in Hiroshima, Japan, as recorded by The New York Times.  —  Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.
Jodi Guglielmi /
Amber Heard Accuses Johnny Depp of Domestic Violence with Graphic Photo of Bruise: ‘This Was Not an Isolated Event,’ Says Source  —  Amber Heard has filed a domestic violence restraining order against Johnny Depp, as a source tells PEOPLE “this was not an isolated event.”
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Mitt Romney's Increasingly Lonely Challenge to Donald Trump  —  The 2012 GOP presidential nominee reflects on the waves he created by attacking the 2016 candidate and how he increasingly finds himself a voice in the wilderness  —  SAN DIEGO— Mitt Romney's advisers begged him not to go to war with Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell On Trump: Our System Will Prevent ‘Big Mistakes’ (VIDEO)  —  Apparently trying to reassure those worried about GOP nominee Donald Trump's take-no-prisoners approach to politics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is issuing a reminder that all commanders-in-chief face systemic …
Elderly couple who cut wealthy neighbour's grass verge for 12 years given land in ‘squatters’ rights' ruling  —  A couple who cut a grass verge outside their wealthy neighbour's home for 12 years have been given the land by a judge in a “squatters' rights” ruling following a lengthy court battle.
Discussion: Newser
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Bernie Sanders Gets In Snippy Exchange With California Radio Hosts  —  “All right, look, if you don't like government, my friend, that's fine,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a contentious interview on the John and Ken Show on KFI radio.  —  David Mcnew / AFP / Getty Images
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
A Dialogue With a 22-Year-Old Donald Trump Supporter  —  For several days, I've been corresponding with a 22-year-old Donald Trump supporter.  He is white, has a bachelor's degree, and earns $50,000 to $60,000 per year.  —  He lives near San Francisco.  —  “I recently became engaged …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Kentucky governor joins lawsuit over White House bathroom guidance  —  Kentucky, following Mississippi, will join the lawsuit Texas and 10 other states filed this week against the Obama administration over its directive to school districts on accommodating transgender student access to bathrooms and locker rooms.
Edgard Portela / NewsBusters:
Bernie Hits Bump on Univision: Speechless on Socialism's Failures  —  The Democrats' socialist candidate for President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, was seriously tripped up this week in an interview with Univision's León Krauze.  —  When asked to explain the failure …
David S. Bernstein / Politico:
How Hillary Loses  —  It's a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton's double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in.  Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind.  During the insanity of the Republican primary …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Cruz vows to fight Trump on abortion plank in RNC platform  —  Though Marco Rubio suggested on Thursday that he expects his delegates to be released for Donald Trump and even volunteered to speak on his behalf, Ted Cruz signaled on Friday that he would take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to Cleveland.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
The secret life of Kim Jong Un's aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998  —  NEW YORK — Wandering through Times Square, past the Naked Cowboy and the Elmos and the ticket touts, she could be any immigrant trying to live the American Dream.  —  A 60-year-old Korean woman with a soft perm …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week and Newser
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Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Free Beacon Poll: Paul Ryan Leads GOP Challenger by 73 Points
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says He ‘Cannot Stand’ Hillary Clinton ‘Screaming’
Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
Zika Fears Prompt 125 Public Health Experts to Call for Olympics to Be Moved From Rio
Discussion: Hot Air
S.F. City Attorney's / City Attorney of San Francisco:
Sanders backers will seek emergency injunction from federal court on Friday in Calif. Primary
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How Donald Trump Destroyed the Interview
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sub sailor's photo case draws comparisons to Clinton emails
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Obama's naive idealism has caused havoc as America makes the same mistakes over and over again
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
New York City is about to become a lot more disgusting
Discussion: The Daily Caller