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7:50 AM ET, May 13, 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.
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist  —  National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill on Wednesday called President Obama's critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist.  —  O'Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Foil Obama on Asia Trade Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, in a rebuke of President Obama, on Tuesday blocked consideration of giving him power to accelerate a broad trade accord with Asia.  —  After more than six years battling Republicans on everything …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Huffington Post:
Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Feud with Warren breaks open amid ‘fast track’ vote
Brent Budowsky / The New York Observer:
Obama Hurls Insults at Liberals on Trade
Discussion: Viking Pundit, Fox News and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator Accuses Obama of Sexism Toward Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: American Spectator
BostonGlobe.com:
Who is writing the TPP?  —  CONGRESS IS in an intense debate …
Facebook Media:
Introducing Instant Articles  —  As more people get their news on mobile devices, we want to make the experience faster and richer on Facebook.  People share a lot of articles on Facebook, particularly on our mobile app.  To date, however, these stories take an average of eight seconds to load …
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The New York Times-Facebook Deal Is Here  —  It could represent a seismic change for both the publishing industry and for the media company itself.  —  1.9k  —  Shares  —  1k  —  Tomorrow morning, in what marks a tectonic shift in the publishing industry, the New York Times is expected …
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia comes on eve of budget-cutting markup  —  Senator Tom Carper had been on the train until shortly before the fatal collision.  —  An Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring dozens …
Discussion: NPR and The PJ Tatler
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Paul Nussbaum / Philly.com:
Nutter: At least 5 dead as Amtrak train derails in Port Richmond
Discussion: NPR
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
There Is No ‘Blue Wall’  —  If you were browsing campaign coverage at this point in advance of the 1992 election, you'd be reading a lot about the Republicans' impregnable “red wall.”  OK — it wouldn't have been called the “red wall” (the association of Republicans with red states and Democrats …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Madison Police Officer Who Shot Tony Robinson Will Not Face Charges … The Madison, Wisconsin, police officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old will not be criminally charged for the shooting since the district attorney announced today that it was a “lawful use of deadly police force.”
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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: Addicting Info and fox4kc.com
Dan Messineo / Local News:
Right-to-work bill passes through Missouri Senate  —  Democrats attempt to filibuster right-to-work bill  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -  —  A right-to-work bill passed through the Missouri Senate Tuesday evening after a more than 8 hour filibuster by democrats.
Meghann Myers / USA Today:
Navy to double maternity leave, make fitness changes  —  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is set to unveil a host of far-reaching initiatives and policy changes aimed at improving quality of life and careers for sailors and Marines, a senior Navy official confirmed to Navy Times.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents  —  The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting …
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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David K. Shipler / New Yorker:
Pamela Geller and the Anti-Islam Movement  —  The winning cartoon in the contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad, early this month in Garland, Texas, which two gunmen attacked, depicts a fierce Prophet waving a scimitar and saying, “You can't draw me!”  The artist, whose hand and pencil are visible …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Center-Right Moment  —  The most surprising event of this political era is what hasn't happened.  The world has not turned left.  Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right's stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought …
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Conversation on Poverty at Georgetown University  —  Washington, D.C.  —  MR. DIONNE: It's a real honor to be here today with my two Presidents — President Obama and President DeGioia.  (Laughter.)  And my friend, David Brooks, hurled the most vicious insult …
Tom Baldwin / Guardian:
The BBC was not in the pocket of Labour this election.  Quite the opposite  —  For all its faults, the BBC is an organisation that is invested in fairness.  But it has been too easily swayed by pressure from Tory-supporting newspapers  —  If history is written by the winners …
Discussion: Business Insider and Spectator
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
Watts Up With That?:
22 Very Inconvenient Climate Truths  —  Here are 22 good reasons not to believe the statements made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  —  Guest essay by Jean-Pierre Bardinet.  —  According to the official statements of the IPCC “Science is clear” and non-believers cannot be trusted.
 
 
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