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9:50 PM ET, May 31, 2016


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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 in January instead of participating in a GOP primary debate.
Associated Press:
Where the money went: Trump details fundraising for vets  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure to account for money he claimed to raise for veterans, an irritated Donald Trump lambasted the news media Tuesday for pressing the issue and listed charities he said have now received millions of dollars from a fundraiser he held in January.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Reporter asks Trump about Cincinnati gorilla, is shamed  —  Usually when reporters ask about the gorilla in the room, it's not an actual gorilla.  —  Not so Tuesday, when between reporter queries about his potential running mate and his policies on veterans' health care …
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 …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Would Donald Trump have killed the gorilla?  —  New York (CNN)Donald Trump said Tuesday that a Cincinnati zoo “probably had no choice” but to kill a gorilla after a young boy had entered his enclosure.  —  “It was a very tough call,” the presumptive Republican nominee said at a press conference …
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
‘Never Trump’ group eyes conservative lawyer for WH run: report  —  Conservatives opposed to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  are considering trying to run a constitutional lawyer as a third-party candidate, according to a new report Tuesday.
Discussion: Raw Story and Newser
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.
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 …
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawyers clashed at Clinton aide's deposition
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump University ‘playbooks’ to be revealed  —  Trump University will come under new scrutiny Tuesday as a federal court is expected to release documents that Donald Trump's attorney fought to keep private.  —  The documents include “playbooks” that detail scripts for enrolling prospective students in real estate investing classes.
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 …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court rejects constitutional challenge to death penalty
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Katie Couric takes responsibility for ‘misleading’ part of gun violence doc
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump Melts Down In Epic Whinefest  —  Donald Trump is pissed off again.  Surprise!  This morning he held a press conference to announce who was getting the money from his January veterans fundraiser, and immediately proceeded to tee off on the press for...lèse-majesté?
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump Called Daryl Hannah “A Six” Who Needs A Bath During A 1993 Spat  —  “I see her a lot at Knicks games, and, I tell you, she doesn't even understand basketball,” Trump said of Hannah.  —  Donald Trump's response to women who criticize him is often to malign their physical appearance.
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
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.
Washington Post:
One group Trump donated to benefits fundraisers, not veterans  —  One of the charities that Donald Trump selected to receive a donation from his veterans' fundraiser is a group with a rating of “F” from CharityWatch, and has been criticized in the past for spending less than half of its incoming donations on programs that help veterans.
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Patrons of Vegan Cafe Are Pelted With Meat in Tbilisi, Georgia  —  Georgia, a proud nation in the Caucasus that went to war with Russia in 2008, is no stranger to conflict.  But a weekend assault by sausage-wielding attackers at a vegan cafe in central Tbilisi is fanning concerns that a simmering culture war could be intensifying.
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Rush Limbaugh:
The Press Conference Republican Voters Have Wanted to See for Years  —  RUSH: Say what you will about Donald Trump — how many years have people been begging for a Republican to just once take on the media the way Trump did?  All the way from the premise, to the details, to the motivation.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Politico
Fox News:
First baby born with Zika-linked microcephaly in New York tri-state area  —  The unidentified baby was born Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center where doctors confirmed she is suffering from Zika-linked microcephaly.  (Fox News/Hackensack University Medical Center)
Discussion: STAT
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
NRA Tells Parents To Keep Guns In Kids' Rooms For Safety  —  LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — During a seminar on “home defense concepts” at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Louisville, an instructor encouraged gun owners to store firearms in their children's bedrooms.
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Jonathan Allen / Raw Story:
New York investigating Trump's closing of Trump Tower atrium for campaign events
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Danny Yadron / Guardian:
Facebook planning encrypted version of its Messenger bot, sources say
Discussion: The Hill, Mashable, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Jonathan Ernst / National Review:
Class, Trump, and the Election
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Rasmussen Reports:
50% Say Clinton Should Keep Running Even If Indicted
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Hot Air
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James Dobson / WND:
Protect your kids from tyrant Obama
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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: Daily Kos and Washington Post
WATCH: Driver arrested after wild hit-and-run in Tampa
Discussion: Raw Story, KTLA, FOX40 and Fox 59
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben White / Politico:
Shady accounting underpins Trump's wealth
Susan Page / USA Today:
Mitch McConnell on endorsing Trump, battling Obama and playing ‘the long game’