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7:30 AM ET, May 6, 2015


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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Appeal Survives Scrutiny, Poll Says  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have initially weathered a barrage of news about her use of a private email account when she was secretary of state and the practices of her family's foundation, an indication that she is starting …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's rope-line antagonist  —  Andrea Mitchell's back on the trail, and she's not taking no for an answer.  —  In the usual scrum of reporters crowded around Hillary Clinton, sticking microphones, cameras and phones in the Democratic front-runner's face on her campaign trips to early states …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Here's what we know about the Democratic primary debates
Elena Schneider / Politico:
DNC will sanction 6 primary debates
Gohmert Statement on Jade Helm Exercises  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the ‘Jade Helm 15’ exercises scheduled to take place in Texas and various other states:  —  “Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Louie Gohmert Sounds The Alarm About Possible Military Takeover Of Texas  —  Tea party darling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. military alter a planned training exercise that some conspiracy theorists believe is cover for a possible takeover of the Lone Star state.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and Obsidian Wings
CBC News:
Alberta election 2015 results: NDP wave sweeps across province in historic win  —  Wildrose Party, led by newly elected leader Brian Jean, once again Alberta's Official Opposition  —  It's a massive shock that turns Canadian politics on its head: the NDP has won a majority government in Alberta.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
A sign of things to come in the Democratic party  —  Last night at a public hearing on the budget in Prince George's County, Maryland, a flyer with the following headline was circulated: … The flyer goes on to attack the “Israel lobby,” which allegedly is using Black politicians to split …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Lindsey Graham: Everything That Starts With ‘Al-’ In Middle East Is Bad  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not a linguist.  —  “Everything that starts with ‘Al’ in the Middle East is bad news,” Graham said at a dinner in Boston on Monday with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to investigative journalist Uri Blau.
Discussion: The Week
Rachel Shapiro / Staten Island Advance:
Staten Island special election 2015: Dan Donovan wins Congress seat  —  Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan has won Tuesday's special election and is going to be Staten Island's new congressman.  (Staff-Shot)  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
‘Safe-space’ America dangerous to dissenters  —  Accusations of hate speech are so mainstream, they scare or force opponents into silence  —  Christina Hoff Sommers has been speaking on college campuses for two decades challenging students to embrace what she calls “equity feminism” over “gender feminism.”
Juliet Linderman / Associated Press:
Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.
Kate Irby / Bradenton Herald:
Couple found guilty of having sex on Bradenton Beach  —  MANATEE — After only 15 minutes of deliberation, a jury Monday found a couple guilty of having sex on Bradenton Beach.  —  The convictions carry maximum prison sentences of 15 years.  —  Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 20 …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Discussion: The Week
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans Tread Carefully as Islamic State Claims Credit for Texas Shooting  —  When is a shooting a terrorist attack?  —  t daveweigel  —  Last week, Iowa Representative Steve King brought Dutch politician and speaker Geert Wilders to Washington for a series of briefings with conservatives.
Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
The 40-Hour Work Week Is a Thing of the Past  —  The phrase “nine to five” is becoming an anachronism.  —  About half of all managers work more than 40 hours a week, according to a new survey from tax and consulting firm EY, and 39% report that their hours have increased in the past five years.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Warren met privately with ‘Draft Warren’ supporters  —  The Massachusetts senator recently huddled with progressives affiliated with the campaign urging her to run for president.  Her office insists she was unaware of any connection.  —  Elizabeth Warren says she has no intention of jumping into the 2016 race.
Discussion: Political Wire
Lori Pilger / Lincoln Journal Star:
Auburn woman files federal case against homosexuals  —  An Auburn woman calling herself an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, filed a federal lawsuit Friday against all homosexuals.  —  Sylvia Driskell, 66, said in the suit that she is petitioning the U.S. District Court of Omaha to be heard “in the matter of homosexuality.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Corker expects ‘overwhelming vote’ on Iran bill Thursday  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he expects an “overwhelming vote” on Thursday in favor of legislation that would allow Congress to review a nuclear deal with Iran.  —  Corker also said he believes that Senate Majority …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans finally get their budget  —  Check it off the to-do list: Congressional Republicans have finally passed a budget.  —  The Senate on Tuesday cleared the House-passed budget agreement, bringing Republicans over the finish line on their long-held goal of passing a fiscal blueprint that balances in a decade.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Despite the growing focus on inequality in recent years, the 63% of Americans who say that money and wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people …
Discussion: Common Dreams
David Klepper / Associated Press:
Top NY Lawmaker Clings to Power After Corruption Charges  —  The leader of the state Senate defiantly dismissed a federal criminal complaint against him as “nothing more than a press release” on Tuesday and vowed to keep his position even as more of his fellow Republicans called for him to step down.
Discussion: Politico
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
The GOP's First Big 2016 Test: Fitting Candidates on the Debate Stage  —  From 23 debates in 2012 to as many as 17 candidates in 2016.  —  The Republican Party has a whole new debate problem in 2016.  —  After suffering through a seemingly endless and unwieldy stream of 23 debates in the 2012 cycle …
Chris Jose / FOX31 Denver:
Group's prom picture with guns and a Confederate flag causes controversy … PARKER, Colo. — A prom picture is stirring up controversy in Parker.  —  Chaparral High School hosted prom in Denver on Saturday, but it's a picture of students posing with guns and the Confederate flag that is grabbing the town's attention.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Online activists raised $60K for Tamir Rice's family — so where did all that money go?  —  Shaun King was furious.  —  The author and life coach turned activist has been one of the most prominent online voices in recent months, as protests of police impunity that began in Ferguson, Mo. …
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Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
25 Years Of Predicting The Global Warming ‘Tipping Point’
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Elizabeth Llorente / Fox News:
In first Latino outreach, Hillary Clinton will lay out her vision for immigration reform
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Brendan Farrington / ABC News:
Republican Congressman DeSantis to Run for Rubio Senate Seat
Discussion: Politico
Sharon Begley / Reuters:
IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers
Discussion: US News and Tech Times
The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Plans To Block Trade Deal Until The Senate Deals With Surveillance Reform, Highway Funding
Discussion: Fox News
Story highlights  —  New York (CNN)A 25-year-old New York …
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Dr. Susan Berry / BREITBART.COM:
FAIL: Only 18 Percent of 8th-Graders Proficient in US History
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
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Bloomberg Business:
Microsoft Is Said to Evaluate Possible Bid for Salesforce
Dan Froomkin / The Intercept:
How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
Discussion: Common Dreams, RT and The Hill
Margaret Newkirk / The Advocate:
Bloomberg: on Bobby Jindal's watch, Louisiana's tattered finances the consequence of two key factors
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
College girlfriend says James Comer abused her