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6:25 PM ET, May 12, 2015

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama's trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation.  —  A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle, 52-45.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat  —  Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warren's gender may have played a role.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats defy White House on trade pact  —  “What we just saw here is pretty shocking,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.  —  “Until there is a path to get all four bills passed ... we will, certainly most of us, will have to vote no,” said Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Block Progress on Obama's Trade Authority  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats handed President Obama a stinging rebuke on Tuesday, blocking consideration of legislation granting their own president accelerated power to complete a major trade accord with Asia.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Rand Paul to oppose fast-track
BostonGlobe.com:
Who is writing the TPP?  —  CONGRESS IS in an intense debate …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Shut Down Obama's Trade Bill
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats vote to block Obama on trade
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NPR
Ben Geman / National Journal:   Wyden, Key Democrats Will Vote to Block Trade Bill
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 …
WXIA-TV:
Man saves dog, but gets arrested anyway  —  A man saves a dog from a hot Mustang but was arrested because of how he did it.  The move landed Michael Hammons behind bars.  WXIA  —  CONNECT  —  ATHENS, GA (WXIA) - A man saves a dog from a hot Mustang but was arrested because of how he did it.
Discussion: WQAD-TV
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
U-Va. dean sues Rolling Stone for ‘false’ portrayal in retracted rape story  —  This image is included in a $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone.  U-Va. associate dean Nicole Eramo argues that an image from the Cavalier Daily student newspaper (left) was turned into an illustration …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Jeb Bush to skip Iowa Straw Poll  —  No Iowa Straw Poll for Jeb Bush.  —  The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.
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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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Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Handicapping a Democratic Takeover  —  The 2016 Senate cycle is shaping up to be the opposite of 2014, with the map heavily stacked against the GOP.  —  The battle for control of the Senate is finally underway and if early indications are correct, Republicans can be no more confident …
Discussion: Hot Air
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!
New York Times:
Days Before Prom in Shelton, Conn., a Dress Code Adds to the Stress  —  SHELTON, Conn. — As surely as flowers bloom, springtime brings prom drama around the country.  The dates, the dancing, the photos, the cost — it is all fraught.  And the dresses.  Oh, the dresses.
Discussion: Gothamist and Althouse
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Ben Carson Invokes Dred Scott Decision as Precedent for Ignoring Supreme Court Rulings  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson raised eyebrows last week when he told Newsmax that a potential Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the country would not have to be implemented …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Worry Military Exercises May Lead to Federal Control Of States  —  Eight weeks of U.S. military exercises this summer in several southwestern states - dubbed Jade Helm 15 - have some wondering if the government is preparing for martial law.  Most voters don't oppose such exercises …
Bill McKibben / New York Times:
Obama's Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial  —  MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — THE Obama administration's decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change.  Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry.
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
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Late-term abortion ban keeps controversial incest rule  —  Newly unveiled language in the House's late-term abortion bill shows that GOP leaders did not meet all of the demands from members of their party who had opposed an earlier version, keeping in limits on incest-related abortion.
Washington Post:
Gov. Scott Walker: 'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.  —  “I don't know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington …
Discussion: ABC News and abc7news.com
 
 
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire
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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
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Obama's lonely ‘Arab Summit’
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