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1:20 PM ET, May 27, 2016


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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.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Mitt Romney's Increasingly Lonely Challenge to Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Marco Rubio says he's going to the GOP convention
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 …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Sanders camp: Maybe Trump is ‘chickening out’ of debate
Discussion: Political Wire and NPR
David Wright / CNN:
‘Game on’ — Trump, Sanders to debate?
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 …
Discussion: the daily howler and Daily Kos
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Joe Scarborough to Clinton: ‘Stop lying’ about emails
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 …
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Why Bernie Sanders keeps popping up in California's out-of-the-way places
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Why Some Clinton Supporters Are Not ‘Really Ready To Go Public’
Discussion: Towleroad
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.
Obama Calls for World Without Nuclear Bombs in Hiroshima Speech
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, Shanghaiist and Althouse
Jarrod Alonge / BuzzFeed:
We Found It — The Most Racist Ad Of 2016
Nick Denton / Gawker:
An Open Letter to Peter Thiel  —  Nearly a decade ago, after you had opened up to friends and colleagues, a gay writer for Gawker shared an item with the readers of Valleywag, a section for news and gossip about the rich and powerful of Silicon Valley.  “Peter Thiel, the smartest VC in the world, is gay,” wrote Owen Thomas.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How Donald Trump Destroyed the Interview  —  The interview is the Niagara that fills the news ocean.  A quick check of the front page of the New York Times, a scan of any 30-minute block of CNN, or a few clicks on the POLITICO home page establish it: For generations, the interview …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Shakesville and CBS New York
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
RNC scrambles to calm state GOP officials  —  The Republican National Committee is scrambling to respond to increasingly frantic concerns from state GOP officials that the party has not provided enough field organizers and will be badly outgunned by Democrats in battleground states.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: ‘You have to be wealthy in order to be great’  —  declared Thursday that “you have to be wealthy in order to be great,” while promising to add wealth to the country.  —  The comment from the billionaire businessman and presumptive GOP presidential nominee came during a speech …
Discussion: New Urban Legends and The Week
The Hill:
Bible verse prompts GOP walkout after LGBT vote labeled a sin  —  A House conservative went after dozens of fellow Republicans on Thursday with suggestions that they'd sinned for backing an anti-discrimination proposal against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sub sailor's photo case draws comparisons to Clinton emails  —  A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary …
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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Blue Origin will intentionally crash its spaceship during the next test flight
Discussion: Engadget
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Nominee or not, why is Trump still smacking Republicans around?
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Manso / Politico:
My Bizarre Dinner Party with Donald Trump, Roy Cohn and Estee Lauder
Discussion: The Week
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
In a rare occurrence, Obama speaks his mind about Trump for the world to hear
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Focus on the Fundamentals  —  Trump's unexpected primary victory …
Alex Roarty / Roll Call:
Down But Not Out: Grayson Plots Long Shot Comeback
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