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7:30 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
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman shot at in Lake Mary
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 …
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
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Bill won't campaign for Hillary in 2015, aides say  —  President Clinton will not hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in 2015, aides told The Washington Post, keeping in line with his promise to be a “backstage adviser” to her White House run.  —  “He's completely focused right …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton hasn't answered a question from the media in 20 days
Discussion: New York Times
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
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.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Prize For The Most Racist Interview Of A 2016 Candidate Goes To Bloomberg's Mark Halperin
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
ABC News:
Rand Paul Presidential Campaign Staffer Licks Camera of Democratic Tracker … A Democratic tracker got a licking Monday while attending a Rand Paul campaign event in New Hampshire.  —  A campaign staffer for the Republican presidential candidate licked the camera lens of a tracker …
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rand Paul aide licks tracker's camera
Discussion: Gawker, Telegraph and BuzzFeed
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.
BBC:
Bangladesh blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death  —  A secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police say.  —  Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by a masked gang wielding machetes in the city of Sylhet, reports say.
Niall Ferguson / The Huffington Post:
The Rise and Fall of Krugmania in the UK  —  It is already conventional to name the former party leaders Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage as the biggest losers of the British general election, closely followed by all the opinion pollsters and the narcissistic comedian Russell Brand.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Office of Media Relations:
GW Battleground Poll  —  Americans' pessimism about the current state of the country extends to the field of candidates for the 2016 presidential race, according to a new George Washington University Battleground Poll.  Read the full press release.  —  Previous Polls
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Office of Media Relations:
American Electorate Skeptical of Every 2016 Candidate, New GW Battleground Poll Shows
Discussion: The Week, Politico and OnPolitics
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
The 22 most memorable quotes from the new Elon Musk book, ranked  —  For anyone interested in technology, entrepreneurship or the price of greatness, Ashlee Vance's new book, “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,” is a tremendous look into arguably the world's most important entrepreneur.
Discussion: The Verge and Raw Story
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced in Leak Case Tied to Times Reporter  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Central Intelligence Agency officer on Monday was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on espionage charges for telling a journalist for The New York Times about a secret operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear program.
 
 
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Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
How Liberals Have Ruined College
Los Angeles Times:
Homelessness up 12% in L.A. city and county
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
Case of the Vanishing Worker
Discussion: Zero Hedge
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Corruption from the IRS to the DoJ
The Huffington Post:
GOP Crowd Applauds Calling Immigrants Rats and Roaches
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Alex Jones: ABC News Used ‘Dirty Tricks’ To Silence Me About Texas Takeover
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
CNN:
Nun: Tsarnaev ‘sincerely remorseful’ about Boston bombing victims
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
HHS: Insurers must cover all birth control
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Nothing wrong with diabetes infomercials
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Hillary Clinton needs Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren fires back at Obama: Here's what they're really fighting about