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5:00 PM ET, May 16, 2015

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CNN:
Story highlights  —  (CNN)U.S. Special Operations forces killed a senior ISIS commander during a daring raid intended to capture him in eastern Syria overnight Friday to Saturday, U.S. government officials said.  —  The ISIS commander, Abu Sayyaf, was killed after he fought capture in the raid at al-Omar …
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Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
US COMMANDOS KILL SENIOR IS COMMANDER IN SYRIA RAID  —  BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State commander in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.
New York Times:
ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says  —  WASHINGTON — American Special Operations forces mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria early Saturday, killing a leader of the Islamic State and about a dozen militant fighters, as well as capturing his wife and freeing …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
DoD:
Carter: Special Operations Troops Conduct Raid in Syria
Discussion: The Long War Journal
New York Times:
Clintons Earned $30 Million in 16 Months, Report Shows  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband made at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations, according to financial disclosure forms filed with federal elections officials on Friday.
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Washington Post:
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals  —  NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show.
Politico:
Bill and Hillary Clinton made roughly $25 million in speeches since 2014
Discussion: Vox and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Clintons Received More Than $25 Million From Speeches Since January 2014
Discussion: Mediaite
Benjamin Elgin / Bloomberg Business:
Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail  —  The billionaire CEO of Continental Resources told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed  —  Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Fuel Fix
Jorge Barrera / APTN National News:
Hacker told F.B.I. he made plane fly sideways after cracking entertainment system  —  (Screen grab from One World Labs founder and prominent hacker Chris Roberts during an appearance on Fox News)  —  APTN National News  —  A well-known U.S. hacker told F.B.I. agents he took momentary control …
CNN:
Story highlights  —  (CNN)One of three conductors aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia this week told investigators she heard the locomotive's engineer say the train had been struck by an object, National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Friday.
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New York Times:
Amtrak Train Possibly Hit Before Wreck
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Call it ‘gender fluidity’: Schools to teach kids there's no such thing as boys or girls  —  One of the nation's largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum - the idea that there's no such thing …
BBC:
Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's ex-leader, sentenced to death  —  Morsi has rejected the authority of the courts  —  An Egyptian court has pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011.
Discussion: Washington Post and 89.3 KPCC
New York Times:
President Obama and the Gulf Arabs  —  Saudi Arabia is so angry at the emerging nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers that it is threatening to develop its own nuclear capability — one more indication of the deep differences between the United States and the Persian Gulf Arab states …
Doug Hughes / Washington Post:
I flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol Lawn to save our democracy  —  When I return to Washington for my arraignment in federal court this week, it will be by car, not gyrocopter.  My flying days are over, perhaps forever.  Accepting responsibility for my actions means I accept their consequences, which I always took seriously.
Heather Robinson / New York Post:
Why New York women wish they lived in the ‘Mad Men’ era  —  Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson.  —  The final episode of AMC's “Mad Men” this Sunday heralds the end of a TV era.  The show's seven seasons covered the turbulent decade from 1960 until 1970 …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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