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10:15 AM ET, May 12, 2015

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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 …
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
American Religion: Complicated, Not Dead
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” …
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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 and Yahoo Politics
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.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]  —  So this just happened.  AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share.
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4B; AOL shares soar
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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Jack Shafer / Politico:
Sy Hersh, lost in a wilderness of mirrors  —  Knowing, perhaps, that his critics would denounce his revisionist take on the killing of Osama bin Laden as fantasy, Seymour M. Hersh sought to pre-empt such disparagement in the first paragraph of his piece published yesterday in the London Review of Books.
Max Fisher / Vox:
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory
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.
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 …
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
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Round One For the RedState Gathering
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
ObamaCare official: Creating state exchange is ‘very, very complex’  —  The CEO of HealthCare.gov on Monday said states would not be able to immediately set up their own insurance marketplaces if the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare this summer.  —  Kevin Counihan, the director of HealthCare.gov …
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman suffers facial wounds after shooting  —  George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, suffered minor injuries in a roadside shooting Monday near a busy intersection in Lake Mary.  —  Lake Mary Police Department Chief Steve Bracknell …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Kevin Clay / WESH-TV:
George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Lake Mary, police say
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
How Liberals Have Ruined College  —  College should be a place of new ideas and challenging views.  Instead, liberals have made it a place of fear and intimidation.  —  The root of nearly every free speech infringement on campuses across the country is that someone—almost always a liberal …
Discussion: Instapundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberal senators imperil Obama trade bill  —  The White House and Senate Republicans are scrambling to win enough support for a key procedural vote Tuesday to move forward with President Obama's trade agenda.  —  The vote is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic roll calls of this Congress …
Ann Doss Helms / The Charlotte Observer:
Who should save sight of S.C. man who can't afford surgery?  —  Luis Lang, an uninsured resident of Fort Mill, S.C., needs an expensive operation to save his sight.  Ann Doss Helms ahelms@charlotteobserver.com  —  ahelms@charlotteobserver.com  —  To start a lively discussion …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Raw Story and NPR
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.
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Why So Many Podcasts Are Brought to You by Squarespace  —  It's by now a trope of modern listening: The soothing tones of Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig subside and make way for a sponsor mentioning promotional codes for online stamps, boxes of all-natural snacks, or tools for building a website.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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.
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Judge's Ruling Against 2 Banks Finds Misconduct in '08 Crash  —  Many on Wall Street have long argued that the banks did not generally break the law when they packaged shoddy mortgages and sold them to investors in the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire  —  The Louisiana senator's quest to deny his colleagues benefits wins him no friends on Capitol Hill.  —  Getty  —  One fellow senator calls David Vitter's years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.”
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
First Russia-China naval war games underway in Mediterranean  —  Neither Russia nor China has one inch of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, making it an unlikely and provocative venue for their first joint naval war games.  —  The 10 days of maneuvers that got underway Monday …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Nepal Rattled by Powerful New Earthquake East of Capital  —  NEW DELHI — A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Tuesday, less than three weeks after a devastating temblor there killed more than 8,000 people.  Dozens of deaths and more than a thousand injuries were reported.
Discussion: Reuters, The Week and NPR
 
 
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