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5:50 PM ET, May 31, 2016


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Jerry Brown:
An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents  —  On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.  —  I have closely watched the primaries …
Kristol Eyes Conservative Lawyer for Independent Presidential Run  —  Bill Kristol is considering recruiting David French to run against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, two Republicans tell Bloomberg Politics.  —  MarkHalperin  —  jheil  —  Two Republicans intimately familiar …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump taunts media to its face  —  Donald Trump, whose entire campaign can seem like an experiment in free media, was simply trying to keep a low profile when he held an impromptu, televised fundraiser for veterans groups back in January in lieu of attending a GOP primary debate.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Kristol on Trump: At least I'm not ‘a roaring jackass’  —  Bill Kristol may be a loser in Donald Trump's eyes, but at least he's not “a roaring jackass,” the Weekly Standard editor said Tuesday in response to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's verbal attack.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump is dead wrong about the ‘sleaze’ media  —  On Monday, Donald Trump finally made public an accounting of the $5.6 million in charitable donations to veterans groups he gave or raised during an Iowa speech in January.  He also took the opportunity — at a news conference at Trump Tower …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump at war with press over vet money
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Under Fire Over Veterans Donations, Trump Rails Against ‘Sleazy’ Press (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Inside the origins of Trump's high-octane Twitter account
Discussion: TPNN and Daily Mail
ABC News:
Donald Trump to Explain Charitable Contributions to Veterans' Groups Today
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Hadas Gold / Politico:
SiriusXM suspends Glenn Beck over Trump conversation  —  Satellite radio company SiriusXM has suspended Glenn Beck's syndicated show this week and is “evaluating” the program's place over comments made last week by one of Beck's guests.  —  Last week, fiction writer Brad Thor appeared …
SiriusXM Announces Suspension of Glenn Beck over Brad Thor Interview Comments  —  SiriusXM hosts Stephen K. Bannon and David Webb announced on Breitbart News Daily that SiriusXM has suspended Glenn Beck and Webb will temporarily take over Beck's 9AM to noon Eastern time slot on SiriusXM's Patriot Channel 125.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Supreme Court rules against White House in water pollution case  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration in a case regarding water pollution permits.  —  The nation's highest court ruled unanimously that a landowner can appeal through the federal court system …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Parents-of-four whose son fell into zoo enclosure sparking killing of Harambe the gorilla as it emerges father has a lengthy criminal history - including kidnap and drug trafficking  — Harambe was fatally shot after their four-year-old boy crawled past a railing and fell 15ft into the gorilla exhibit moat
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Would Donald Trump have killed the gorilla?
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Bernie Sanders Fights On: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  A defiant candidate on what he's trying to achieve  —  Not even “the math” can spoil a Bernie Sanders rally.  The democratic-socialist senator from Vermont has outperformed any rational expectation, building an insurgent campaign …
Discussion: Shakesville and BNR
Sanders: Clinton's not qualified to be president
Discussion: Mother Jones, Mashable and Mediaite
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The most depressing moment of the 2016 race  —  For those of us with a certain political bent and background, this is the most depressing moment of all.  The best of the GOP — Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, the intellectually serious reformicons who have called attention to issues of poverty …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Trump attacked Martinez
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
EU Press Room:
European Commission and IT Companies announce Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech  —  The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft ("the IT companies") today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours
Susan Page / USA Today:
Mitch McConnell on endorsing Trump, battling Obama and playing ‘the long game’  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who learned an early lesson about the value of patience and persistence during a childhood bout with polio, has some advice for Republicans alarmed …
Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
BREAKING: EPIX Pulls Katie Couric's Fraudulent Documentary “Under The Gun”  —  Just two weeks after first airing and one week after director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer/narrator Katie Couric were caught in a scandal where Soechtig replaced the answer to a question with footage shot …
Caleb Howe / RedState:
This Is The Dumbest, Fakest, Didn't Happenest Thing Hillary Ever Said  —  Let's skip the intro and get down to the brass tacks here.  In an interview with New York Magazine, Hillary Clinton said this: … Here are the five things that make this fake.  —  1) I really admire you.  —  2) I really like you.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy  —  A long time ago, more than 20 years in fact, the Wall Street Journal published a powerful, eloquent editorial, simply headlined: “No Guardrails.” … Twenty years later, that same newspaper is edging toward open advocacy in favor of Donald Trump …
JH Ahn / NK News:
North Korean editorial supports Donald Trump  —  A North Korean editorial on Tuesday said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can bring about North Korea's “Yankee Go Home” slogan and ultimately help unify the Korean Peninsula.  —  The article published in state media outlet DPRK Today …
Jonathan Ernst / National Review:
Class, Trump, and the Election  —  If the ‘high IQs’ of the establishment have let America down, where is a voter to turn?  —  Donald Trump seems to have offended almost every possible identity group.  But the New York billionaire still also seems to appeal to the working classes …
Discussion: Instapundit
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Clinton's lead over Trump may be bigger than you think  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  A fresh round of hand-wringing among Democrats broke out over the weekend, and at the core of it was the same old storyline that we keep hearing again and again: Donald Trump is unconventional and unpredictable!
Ben White / Politico:
Shady accounting underpins Trump's wealth  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million.  But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses.  —  POLITICO spoke with more than a dozen financial experts …
Vince Chadwick / Politico:
Twitter suspends @DarthPutinKGB account mocking Vladimir Putin  —  A number of accounts spoofing Russia and its leaders have been banned from the social media site.  —  A popular Twitter account impersonating Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended, the latest in a series …
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alan Grayson marries candidate who wants to replace him  —  Congressman had formerly protested report on ties to Dena Minning  —  One of Dena Minning's biggest assets in her congressional bid was her boyfriend: incumbent Alan Grayson, who's leaving the U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘Muslim-free gun shop’ now selling targets with Bernie, Obama and Hillary pictures on them  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Florida gun shop owner who made news last year when he banned Muslims from his store is now selling targets at his location and online featuring …
Discussion: Mediaite
USA Today:
Hillary Clinton broke the rules: Our view  —  As secretary of State, she ignored repeated warnings about email security.  —  Everyone, including Hillary Clinton, now agrees that the newly confirmed secretary of State made a mistake in 2009 when she decided, for the sake of “convenience,” …
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One group Trump donated to benefits fundraisers, not veterans
Rush Limbaugh:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Last Refuge
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Discussion: RedState
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
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James Dobson / WND:
Protect your kids from tyrant Obama
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Why the Next President Will Inherit a Divided Country
Discussion: New York Magazine
Emma Roller / New York Times:
Pay No Attention to the Man Atop the Ticket
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Over the Waterfall Into Trump's Racist Abyss
Discussion: Vox, Politico and Politicus USA
Rick Wilson / Heat Street:
Donald Trump's Money Is A Myth - Will He Bankrupt the RNC Too?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Instapundit
Clive Crook /
Commentary: Elites ignored concerns of voters
WATCH: Driver arrested after wild hit-and-run in Tampa
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox 59, KTLA and FOX40
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
NRA Tells Parents To Keep Guns In Kids' Rooms For Safety
Discussion: Raw Story
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Gun Violence and the Irrational Fear of Home Invasion