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8:35 AM ET, May 12, 2015

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Kevin Clay / WESH-TV:
George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Lake Mary, police say  —  Zimmerman appeared to suffer minor wound, officers say  —  George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.
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Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman suffers facial wounds after shooting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
mynews13.com:
George Zimmerman shot, injured in Lake Mary road rage incident
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
America's Changing Religious Landscape  —  Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow  —  The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing …
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Hasn't Answered a Press Question in 21 Days (And Her Opponents Are Taking Notice) … Today is the one month anniversary of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.  It also marks 21 days since she answered a question from the press.  —  During this “ramp up” …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Bill won't campaign for Hillary in 2015, aides say
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hasn't answered a question from the media in 20 days
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion  —  Wireless giant gets ad technology for mobile video; AOL Chief Tim Armstrong to remain  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is buying AOL Inc. in a $4.4 billion deal aimed at advancing the telecom giant's growth ambitions in mobile video and advertising.
Discussion: The Week and NPR
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Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4B; AOL shares soar  —  AOL CEO: We share combined vision with Verizon  —  We are going to do a lot of meaningful things, says Tim Armstrong, AOL CEO, discusses details of Verizon buying AOL for $4.4 billion.  —  Telecom giant Verizon announced Tuesday …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Matthew Cole / NBC News:
Pakistanis Knew Where Osama Bin Laden Was, U.S. Sources Say  —  Two intelligence sources tell NBC News that the year before the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a “walk in” asset from Pakistani intelligence told the CIA where the most wanted man in the world was hiding …
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Max Fisher / Vox:
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Liberal Comedian Starts ‘Draw Your Favorite Islamophobe’ Contest  —  In response to anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller's controversial “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest, liberal comedian and commentator Dean Obeidallah announced a “Draw Your Favorite Islamophobe” contest this Saturday on his Sirius XM radio show.
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Jeffrey Tayler / Salon:
The left has Islam all wrong: Bill Maher, Pamela Geller and the reality progressives must face
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jeb Bush's disastrous defense of the Iraq War  —  Is it possible that in 2016, more than a decade after the invasion of Iraq, the Republican party's presidential nominee could become bogged down in debating whether the war was the right thing to do?  The answer, a depressing one for many in the GOP …
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Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
Obama presidential library goes to Chicago  —  A University of Chicago bid, where Obama taught constitutional law, beat out rival proposals.  —  The Barack Obama presidential library will be built in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation announced in a video message posted online Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News, New York Times and The Week
David McCabe / The Hill:
Rand Paul threatens Patriot Act filibuster  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview published Monday that he will filibuster a reauthorization of provisions within the Patriot Act.  —  “I'm going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward,” …
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Feds greenlight Arctic drilling  —  The Obama administration gave its stamp of approval Monday to Royal Dutch Shell's plan to drill for oil and natural gas as soon as this summer in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska.  —  The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) …
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
U.S. Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arctic Ocean
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
Obama's lonely ‘Arab Summit’  —  Ever since he decided to chase the mirage of a “Grand Bargain” with Iran, President Obama has pretended that the only opposition comes from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and “hardline” Republicans in the Congress.  —  He was to highlight that claim …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Mark Halperin is a serious and fair-minded journalist.  Today he kindly issued an apology for some silly questions he asked me in an interview.  The apology was unnecessary -\-\ no offense was taken, nor, I believe, intended -\-\ but is certainly appreciated.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
113 Republicans back lawsuit against Obama's immigration actions  —  Top Republicans in Congress on Monday entered the court battle over President Obama's latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally.  —  Texas and 25 other states have challenged the legality …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Michael Morell / Politico:
The Real Story of Benghazi  —  A CIA insider's account of what happened on 9/11/12  —  When I made it to the command post that morning, there was a security tent that covered two tables holding secure phone lines and computers capable of accessing CIA's top secret network.
Washington Post:
Too much black and blue in Baltimore  —  TWO OR three times a day on average, suspects in the custody of the Baltimore police are turned away by the city jail because they are deemed too battered, beaten, bruised or otherwise injured or sick to be processed and admitted.
Plain Dealer:
First Republican presidential debate on track for Aug. 6 at The Q in Cleveland, sources say  —  Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
George Hunter / Detroit News:
Report: Naked Sen. Smith confronted ex before shooting  —  Detroit — State Sen. Virgil Smith told police his ex-wife stormed into his house and assaulted his girlfriend before he did “the most stupid thing in his life” — opening fire at the ex-wife's Mercedes Benz with an automatic rifle …
Dave Urbanski / TheBlaze.com:
Surveillance Video Shows What Happens When Thugs Mess With the Wrong Concealed Carry Permit Holder  —  Florida officials have determined that a concealed carry permit holder who fatally shot a man earlier this year acted in self-defense — and a newly released surveillance video showed how the scary scene unfolded.
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
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Niall Ferguson / The Huffington Post:
The Rise and Fall of Krugmania in the UK
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Power Line
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
HHS: Insurers must cover all birth control
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