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1:40 PM 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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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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Shake Your Head  —  I always try to remind myself not to criticize stories like the one I'm about to describe, or perhaps better to say, not to forget the core reason for providing a comprehensive national plan to provide health insurance for everyone who needs it.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Bush Aide: Jeb Told Me He Misheard Question About Invading Iraq (VIDEO)  —  Ana Navarro, a former aide to ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), said on CNN Tuesday that the potential presidential candidate told her he'd misheard a question about the Iraq War.  —  Navarro, who was Bush's director …
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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 …
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:   There's No Good Answer on Iraq for Jeb Bush
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL Has Been in Talks to Spin Off HuffPost as Part of Verizon Acquisition Deal  —  According to numerous sources, while it has been negotiating its deal to sell to Verizon, AOL has also been in advanced discussions with a number of parties to spin off its flagship Huffington Post content unit.
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Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4B; AOL shares soar
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House escalates Warren feud  —  The White House on Monday amplified its criticism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), accusing her of spreading false information about President Obama's trade agenda.  —  “There is no need for this false criticism that members of Congress aren't aware …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberal senators imperil Obama trade bill
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
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Banks brace for Bernie Sanders  —  Wall Street is worried that Sen. Bernie Sanders's vigorous calls for banking industry reform will pull Hillary Clinton to the left, as the two presidential candidates battle for the 2016 Democratic nomination.  —  Sanders (I-Vt.) last week unveiled …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
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Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street warns Hillary Clinton: Don't be like Ed Miliband
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and Hot Air
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 …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Round One For the RedState Gathering  —  I hope you have gotten your tickets to the RedState Gathering, because with this post today I suspect we are going to see them start going quickly.  Backers of the various candidates want to see their preferred pick and with Atlanta being an easy place to get to …
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Plain Dealer:
First Republican presidential debate on track for Aug. 6 at The Q in Cleveland, sources say
Discussion: Politico
Allen West / Allen B. West:
More ominous signs of Christian persecution  —  My daughter Aubrey and I arrived in Dallas and our home in Woodbridge on Sunday morning.  We had departed from Palm Beach Gardens Saturday evening after we watched Austen head off for her senior prom — a doggone big deal, dads!
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
Mati Weiderpass / The New York Observer:
Gay Extremists Must Not Silence Those Who Support Discussion and Dialogue  —  Senator Ted Cruz host says being gay is not a political affiliation  —  When Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Sam Domb, and Ian Reisner gathered in Weiderpass' apartment in April, the ‘fireside chat’ set off a firestorm of reactions within the gay community.
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 …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: Advocates for the Disabled Should Help Brainstorm Ways to Cut Social Security Spending  —  Kinder, gentler, cheaper (maybe).  —  t daveweigel  —  Every election cycle, candidates who want to burnish their fiscal hawk credentials warn that entitlements are going to run out of money.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
 
 
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Chris Christie / Wall Street Journal:
My Plan to Raise Growth and Incomes
Discussion: Washington Post
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen ‘iPhone 6s’ to come in rose gold model, feature 2GB RAM, 12MP camera
Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
Shadia Nasralla / Reuters:
Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna into mood for Eurovision Song Contest
Discussion: PinkNews, NPR, The Week and Mashable
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
First Russia-China naval war games underway in Mediterranean
Manu Raju / Politico:
Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire
Discussion: RedState
Peter Eavis / New York Times:
Judge's Ruling Against 2 Banks Finds Misconduct in '08 Crash
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
ObamaCare official: Creating state exchange is ‘very, very complex’
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Michael Morell / Politico:
The Real Story of Benghazi
Washington Post:
Too much black and blue in Baltimore
Matthew Cole / NBC News:
Pakistanis Knew Where Osama Bin Laden Was, U.S. Sources Say
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
How Liberals Have Ruined College
Discussion: Instapundit
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Feds greenlight Arctic drilling
Discussion: Firedoglake