Once one of the biggest champions of Common Core education standards, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is leaving them behind, as public pressure and political ambition coincide. It’ll cost you money—a lot of it—to give Bill Clinton an award. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz loves Candy Crush, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has money troubles. Here are your Friday must reads:
The Republican Presidential Contest Has a Polling Problem
Polling is hard. Polling 16 candidates is even less reliable. [TIME]
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is Indicted
But the details are scarce [Associated Press]
GOP Split on Possible Health-Law Fixes
Some suggest extending Obamacare tax credits to ease the transition [Wall Street Journal]
An Award for Bill Clinton Came With $500,000 for His Foundation
The plaque comes with a steep ask [New York Times]
Rand Paul’s money problem
Behind the Kentucky senator’s NSA ‘filibuster’ lies a desperate quest for cash [POLITICO]
“Love thibs and think he did a great job.” —President Barack Obama on fired Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau Thursday.
“Don’t ask me what movies I’ve seen, because I haven’t.” —Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush revealed his reading list, and that he’s not a fan of the silver screen.
Bits and Bites
Clinton gets three Pinocchios [Washington Post]
Straw Poll meeting offers clues on who will participate [Des Moines Register]