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7:30 AM ET, May 11, 2015


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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Waiting for Jeb to jump  —  Bush is in no hurry to formally declare his candidacy, and it might be hurting his chances.  —  Getty  —  By the end of last week, almost everyone had jumped into the pool.  Almost everyone except John Ellis Bush, who still sits at the water's edge …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush: I Would Have Invaded Iraq  —  In an except of an interview with Fox's Megyn Kelly set to be aired Monday evening, 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said he would have invaded Iraq, and reminded everybody that so would Hillary Clinton.  —  To be clear, there appears …
Discussion: Horizons
Fox News:
Exclusive: Jeb Bush says he would have backed Iraq invasion  —  Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush says that he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq but acknowledges that mistakes were made after Saddam Hussein had been removed from power, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
How Hillary Is Winning  —  AS fleetly as Hillary Clinton vacuums …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
New Hampshire Poll: Republican Field Tightens, Hillary Clinton Still Out in Front Among Democrats
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Political Wire
Ruben Navarrette / Mercury News:
Halperin interview of Ted Cruz was painful  —  SAN DIEGO — Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago.  —  “My son, I was tortured in a jail cell in Cuba, but I managed to come to the United States and build a life so that you could live your dreams.
Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books:
The Killing of Osama bin Laden  —  It's been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The killing was the high point of Obama's first term, and a major factor in his re-election.
The Seattle Times:
Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP  —  Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.”  Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.”  —  Those are some of the words affronted conservatives used in emails last month to describe my column …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Says King Won't Attend Meetings in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that its new monarch, King Salman, would not be attending meetings at the White House with President Obama or a summit gathering at Camp David this week, in an apparent signal …
Discussion: The Week
Sean Kelly /
Handgun Found In Prisoner's ‘Butt Cheeks’ During Search  —  2.3 K  —  A prisoner in New Jersey was caught with a handgun hidden in his “butt cheeks.”  —  According to reports, 21-year-old Darquan Lee was brought to a Bridgeton, New Jersey, police station on Friday after being arrested on a contempt of court warrant.
Discussion: Liberaland
Baltimore Sun:
Thousands turn out for Prince's ‘Rally 4 Peace’ benefit concert  —  Devoted fans like Luther Washington said Prince's “Rally 4 Peace” concert Sunday was just what Baltimore needed to heal after massive protests shook the city in recent weeks.  —  Outside Royal Farms Arena …
Andres Jauregui / Reuters:
Nine Georgia Deputies Fired Over Death Of Student Matthew Ajibade  —  Nine sheriff's deputies in Georgia were fired on Friday over the New Year's Day death of a black inmate who had been placed in restraints, officials said.  —  The dismissals come amid a series of killings by police …
Discussion: Mediaite and theGrio
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
A new world order?  Putin and Xi put friendship on display  —  Echoes of the past as Moscow's Victory Day parade stirs memories of a previous anti-American alliance  —  At first sight, things look very different now.  When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: New York Times and The Atlantic
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
“Stay Quiet and You'll Be Okay”  —  As we mentioned a week ago, I'm none too well at the moment, and it so happens my preferred position in which to write causes me severe pain - which is presumably some kind of not so subtle literary criticism from the Almighty.  But I'm back, more or less, with lots to catch up on.
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New York Times:
Obama's Pacific Trade Push Faces a Senate Vote This Week
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Yahoo Politics
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Houthi Rebels Agree to 5-Day Cease-Fire in Yemen
Discussion: Common Dreams, CNN, NPR and The Week
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Chris Christie: ‘Global warming is real’
New York Times:
Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Liberaland
Washington Post:
Election may set U.K. on path to a split, isolation
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
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The Clarion Ledger:
Suspects named in slaying of two Hattiesburg officers
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Walker goes strong on foreign policy