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5:50 PM ET, May 17, 2015

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Is Heavy.  He's My Brother.  —  WASHINGTON — IT isn't about what we know now.  —  It's about what we knew then.  —  It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that “any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had.”
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Politico:
Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma  —  Should the Wisconsin governor play in the Iowa straw poll in August?  It might be the most important strategic decision of his primary campaign.  —  There's a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now.  —  When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off …
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls  —  A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake.  —  Politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion.  So it's a revealing moment when the major contenders …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about their chances in '16
Discussion: The Reaction
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Peter Jamison / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American ‘war cry’ shocking
Discussion: BuzzFeed, LAist and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
What IS this strange sound from the sky?  Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation  — Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus  —  A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans  —  January 30, 1995, the beginning of modern media-political history: Rupert Murdoch (right) announcing that Roger Ailes will run the newly launched Fox News (Peter Morgan / Reuters)  —  Let me recommend for your weekend reading …
Wednesday Martin / New York Times:
Poor Little Rich Women  —  WHEN our family moved from the West Village to the Upper East Side in 2004, seeking proximity to Central Park, my in-laws and a good public school, I thought it unlikely that the neighborhood would hold any big surprises.  For many years I had immersed myself …
Discussion: Instapundit
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Appears to Have Acquired GPS Firm Coherent Navigation  —  In one of its latest efforts to bolster its mapping capabilities, Apple appears to have acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area GPS-related firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell.
KWTX-TV:
Sunday Biker Gang Shooting Leaves Nine Dead, Several Injured … Headlines List  —  Three rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were dead and several were injured.
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say … John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News.  —  Kasich has said his wife and daughters have given …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Patriot Act on life support  —  A stalemate in the Senate would leave the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) without powers they have used to track terrorists for years, say supporters of the Patriot Act.  —  Without action by the end of the month, key provisions of the Patriot Act will expire …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
 
 
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg Business:
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Jeb Bush To Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right To Gay Marriage
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
CNN:
In religious and political gesture, Pope confers sainthood on two Palestinians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill
Discussion: ABC News
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Jim Messina / Politico:
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