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8:50 AM ET, May 21, 2015

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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson says Iraq invasion was a mistake  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told The Hill on Wednesday that it was a mistake for the U.S. to invade Iraq, arguing that the nation should have found a different way to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Paul's filibuster wraps up after more than 10 hours  —  Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ceded the Senate floor just before midnight Wednesday after more than 10 hours.  —  “My voice is rapidly leaving, my bedtime has long since passed,” the Kentucky Republican said as he wrapped up his speech.
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run and New York Times
Politico:
Rand Paul calls it a night after 10 1/2 hours  —  It's not clear whether his speech on the PATRIOT Act had any real effect on Mitch McConnell's plans.  —  Rand Paul relinquished the Senate floor late Wednesday night after 10-and-a-half hours of lambasting the government surveillance programs …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA will begin winding down spying program this weekend
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Launches His ‘Filibuster’ Against Patriot Act Renewal
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Fox News rules will limit the field in first GOP presidential debate  —  Fox News, which is hosting the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, will require participants to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up to the event …
Gov. Mike Huckabee / Des Moines Register:
My focus is on Iowa caucuses - not straw poll  —  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Iowa.  My goal is to run a well-funded, well-organized, and well-executed campaign to do extremely well in the Iowa caucuses in 2016.  —  In 2008, I competed and finished second in the Iowa straw poll …
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Iowa Republicans Are Worried About Jeb Bush's Viability  —  Focus group participants say they're worried the former governor's family loyalty-and his last name-could hurt him.  —  t margarettalev  —  Iowa Republicans say they feel overwhelmed by the large number of potential candidates …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Five Major Banks Agree to Parent-Level Guilty Pleas  —  Five major banks - Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG - have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges.  Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc …
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco  —  The shootout between members of rival outlaw motorcycle gangs in Waco has brought out a great deal of stupidity on the left — too much stupidity to catalogue, in fact.  But let us look at a few lowlights.  —  Making the comparison with Baltimore …
John Tabin / New York Post:
Hillary's private spy and their shady foreign policy  —  Hillary Clinton listens to Sid Blumenthal, and she doesn't care who knows it.  —  Never mind that Clintonland's longtime hatchet man fed her information at the State Department, which she then forwarded to her subordinates …
USA Today:
Poof!  CNN's Jake Tapper disappears from Clinton Foundation website: Column  —  Journalists are supposed to report the news, not be part of it.  —  Yet another high-profile TV newsman may find himself embroiled in controversy over his connections to the Clinton Foundation.
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Super PAC Struggles to Raise Money  —  Priorities USA Action, an outside group backing the Democratic presidential candidate, has garnered only $5 million in ‘hard commitments’  —  The super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid is struggling to raise money …
Discussion: Political Wire
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S. and Cuba Nearing Deal to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties  —  MEXICO CITY — The United States and Cuba are closer than ever to reaching an agreement to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies, officials in both countries say, as negotiators prepare to meet Thursday in Washington …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sick man whose Obamacare story went viral could be screwed again by Supreme Court  —  By now you may have learned of the plight of one Luis Lang, a South Carolina man whose story went viral after it was reported that he couldn't afford to treat an illness that was threatening to make him blind — and blamed Obamacare for it.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’ … Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has hired an illegal immigrant “Dreamer” to work on her 2016 bid, activists said Wednesday, in a move that sees the Democratic front-runner check off yet another wish-list item for Hispanic voters.
Discussion: Truth Revolt
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Washington Post:
Md. man suspected in killings of four people in Northwest Washington  —  (Tony Powell/Washington Life Magazine)  —  D.C. police late Wednesday said they have identified a suspect in the killings of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, young son and housekeeper, who authorities believe were held captive in the family's Northwest D.C. home.
Ray Daudani / WWBT-TV:
Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist  —  Virginia Senate candidate Joe Morrissey confirmed during a radio program on Wednesday morning he is the father of a child with his former receptionist.  —  Speaking on the Jack Gravely Show on WLEE radio, Morrissey confirmed …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane  —  High stakes surveillance over the South China Sea 03:47  —  Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.
Discussion: The Week
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Frank Fiorina: A regular guy tries on the role of campaign spouse  —  Frank Fiorina trudged through the aisles of Costco one day last week with a press handler, a photographer and a newspaper reporter.  It wasn't his idea, and the whole thing made him feel odd.
Discussion: Mediaite
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pitbull a fan of Bush's ‘slick’ humor  —  Rapper Pitbull appears to have a keen appreciation for a borderline R-rated joke Jeb Bush once told him.  —  The “Fun” singer recalled a “funny story” about the likely GOP presidential candidate during a Tuesday interview with Howard Stern on the radio host's SiriusXM show.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Cancer charities' $187 million in donations paid for luxuries and fundraisers, feds say  —  The pitch was simple, and played on the images of a devastating disease to tug on heartstrings and open pocketbooks.  —  One of the websites featured pictures of smiling children, some of them in hospital beds …
WXIA-TV:
Witnesses: School nurse yells profanity, racial slur at 6th grader  —  A mother is asking the investigation into a Mundy's Mill Middle School nurse be reopened.  The nurse is accused of yelling profanities and racial slurs at the woman's 11-year-old son last October.  WXIA  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Raw Story and Hinterland Gazette
New York Post:
DEA staffers secretly owned strip club with illegal immigrant dancers: feds  —  Two Manhattan DEA employees secretly owned a low-rent strip club in South Hackensack, NJ, that employed illegal immigrants from Brazil and Russia as dancers, the feds say in a new criminal complaint.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Court Transcripts: Bill O'Reilly's Daughter Saw Him “Choking Her Mom”  —  Gawker has obtained partial transcripts from the custody trial at the center of Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's vicious dispute with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.  The documents, which record testimony given last year …
 
 
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Reason:
Reason Roundtable: Is Reform Conservatism a Friend or Foe of Limited Government?
Discussion: The Federalist and Hit & Run
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats Have a Todd Akin Problem
New York Times:
ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Half of Democrats support a ban on hate speech
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Court: Notre Dame Can't Cut Off Birth Control For Its Students
Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets
Discussion: Daily Kos, abc11.com and Hullabaloo
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Headlines Saying I Trust The Ayatollah Over Obama Are False
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie and the Distorting Lens of New York Media Dominance
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Congressman laughs at sheriff who thinks weed destroys black communities like crack and heroin
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite