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9:35 AM ET, May 6, 2015


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Nick Gass / Politico:
New Iowa poll: Scott Walker leads, Jeb Bush in 7th place  —  The latest Iowa polling numbers are great news for Scott Walker, and terrible news for Jeb Bush.  —  The Wisconsin governor retains his advantage among Iowa Republican caucus-goers, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Keeps Lead as Jeb Bush Struggles in Latest Iowa Polling  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to lead prospective and declared 2016 Republican candidates in Iowa, while former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has lost ground, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 6, 2015 - Walker In Front Of Pack In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; At 5%, Bush Is A Distant Seventh  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the top dog with a big early lead in the Iowa Republican Caucus, with a four-way scramble for second place …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Keep Pouring Fuel On The Texas Takeover Fire  —  The Pentagon has no plans to stage a military takeover of the Lone Star state.  There are no tunnels covertly being constructed under West Texas' shuttered Wal-Mart stores.  —  So why are the fringes of the Internet still abuzz …
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
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.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority  —  Congressional Republicans scored a major legislative victory on Tuesday as the Senate adopted the first bicameral GOP budget agreement in a decade.  —  The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans finally get their budget
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Here's what we know about the Democratic primary debates
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain in Big Trouble for GOP Primary  —  John McCain's troubles with conservatives have him in a whole lot of trouble for reelection next year.  Even among Republican primary voters just 41% approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove.  Only 37% of primary voters say they generally support …
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Dangerous Myths Surrounding Charlie Hebdo
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Bill De Blasio plans ‘Contract with America’ for left  —  NYC's mayor will unveil his ‘Progressive Agenda’ next week at the U.S. Capitol.  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, using his muscular perch to try to nudge the national Democratic Party to the left, next week will unveil …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Hot Air
Nicole Haas / BizPac Review:
FLOTUS plays race card: Museums are for white people  —  First lady Michelle Obama used a speech Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum to instead dig deeper the racial divide that's been growing ever wider during her husband's presidency.
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
Manu Raju / Politico:
Begich's big decision: Challenge Murkowski?  —  With Obama off the ballot in 2016, Begich could mount a serious challenge against Murkowski.  —  Mark Begich nearly withstood the anti-Obama wave last year, losing his Senate seat by just 2 points to Dan Sullivan in the deep red state of Alaska.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
‘Flash Crash’ Overhaul Is Snarled in Red Tape  —  Five years after market meltdown, effort to prevent a repeat drags far behind schedule  —  Five years after the 2010 “flash crash,” are markets and regulators better prepared?  WSJ's Bradley Hope joins the News Hub.  —  By
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Changing My Mind and Opposing the Ex-Im Bank  —  There are better ways to help businesses flourish.  For starters, cut the sky-high U.S. corporate tax rate.  —  During the 14 years I served as governor of Texas, I made job growth the highest priority of my administration.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
3 reasons why Huckabee 2016 will be a bust  —  In 2008, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surprised many Beltway pundits by coming out of nowhere on a shoestring budget to win the Iowa caucuses and finish as the runner-up to eventual nominee John McCain in the delegate count.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hot Air
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
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Benjamin Hart / The Awl:
Leaving New York and Also Technology
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
America's Elite Colleges Prefer Liberal Commencement Speakers By 7-To-1 MARGIN
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair
Discussion: Common Dreams
At least four Florida companies approved for ferry service to Cuba
Discussion: The Week
David Klepper / Associated Press:
Top NY Lawmaker Clings to Power After Corruption Charges
Discussion: Politico
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
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Juliet Linderman / Associated Press:
Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal
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
Lori Pilger / Lincoln Journal Star:
Auburn woman files federal case against homosexuals
Dr. Susan Berry / BREITBART.COM:
FAIL: Only 18 Percent of 8th-Graders Proficient in US History
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Online activists raised $60K for Tamir Rice's family — so where did all that money go?