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1:50 PM ET, May 13, 2015


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Associated Press:
The latest on Amtrak crash: Associated Press staffer killed  —  3 photos  —  An Associated Press video software architect is among the six people killed in the Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment.  —  Jim Gaines, a 48-year-old father of two, had attended meetings in Washington.
‘Absolute disastrous mess’: 6 dead, 146 injured after Amtrak train derails  —  Story highlights Philadelphia (CNN)  —  Latest developments  —  • A sixth person has died as a result of the Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, a doctor at Temple University Hospital said Wednesday morning.
New York Times:
Data Recorders Recovered in Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia  —  PHILADELPHIA — Investigators recovered the so-called black box data recorders from the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train on Wednesday, while emergency crews searched for more survivors and victims of a crash that killed …
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Passengers still unaccounted for in fatal Amtrak crash
Nick Gass / Politico:
White House on Sherrod Brown: 'He'll find a way to apologize'  —  The White House responded Wednesday to Sen. Sherrod Brown's criticism of President Barack Obama's treatment of fellow Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  —  White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Brown is “a stand-up guy.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House expects apology from Dem who suggested Obama was sexist  —  The White House on Wednesday said it expects Sen. Sherrod Brown to apologize for calling President Obama's criticism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren sexist.  —  White House press secretary Josh Earnest called Brown (D-Ohio) …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist
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 …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The New York Times-Facebook Deal Is Here
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
Yes, I Would Have Ousted Saddam from Power  —  Jeb Bush is taking extreme fire for answering, in response to a question that set the predicate of “knowing what he knows now,” that yes,he would still have gone into Iraq in 2003, as his brother did when president.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:   Republican Field, Mellow Edition
Will Leitch / Bloomberg Business:
Two Former Leaders of the Free World Sitting Around Chatting  —  Bill Clinton and David Letterman go down memory lane.  —  t williamfleitch  —  When former President Bill Clinton was introduced as a guest on Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday night, he was greeted with an extended saxophone solo …
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Francesca Chambers For / Daily Mail:
Chelsea Clinton could take on role of first lady if Hillary wins, White House expert says
Discussion: Liberaland
Washington Post:
10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government  —  The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post.
Sarah Buynovsky / WNEP-TV:
Student Suing Misericordia University Officials After Failing to Pass Course … DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A nursing student is suing some Misericordia University officials after she failed to pass a course twice.  —  Jennifer Burbella of Stroudsburg said school officials failed to abide by federal law.
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Robert Draper / New York Times:
The Great Democratic Crack-Up of 2016 … Maryland might seem a peculiar venue for a blood feud over the future of the Democratic Party.  It is the second-bluest state in the United States, after Massachusetts, according to Gallup; its registered Democrats, more than 30 percent of whom are black …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Pidot / Slate:
Wyoming just criminalized citizen science.  —  Imagine visiting Yellowstone this summer.  You wake up before dawn to take a picture of the sunrise over the mists emanating from Yellowstone hot springs.  A thunderhead towers above the rising sun, and the picture turns out beautifully.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Oath Keepers Founder: Traitor McCain Should Be ‘Hung By The Neck Until Dead’  —  The founder of the Oath Keepers, a loose-knit group of current and former law enforcement officials and military who pledge to defend the Constitution, called for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to be “hung by the neck until dead” …
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Michael Crowley / Politico:
John Kerry and John McCain: Once friends, now foes  —  A decades-old friendship between two Vietnam vets and former Senate allies is on the rocks.  —  Getty  —  When John Kerry was nominated to be Secretary of State in early 2013, his confirmation was never in real doubt.
Wall Street Journal:
China Lashes Out Over U.S. Plan on South China Sea  —  Pentagon proposal to use aircraft and Navy vessels in region prompts swift response: ‘We are severely concerned’  —  Beijing condemned on Wednesday a proposed U.S. military plan to send aircraft and Navy ships near disputed South China Sea islands …
Andrew Tilghman / Marine Corps Times:
Missing U.S. helicopter carrying Marines reportedly spotted in Nepal  —  U.S. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 UH-1Y Hueys bring relief supplies to Khopachagu, Nepal, May 11.  HMLA-469, or “Vengeance”, has flown 54 flight hours, delivering 68,307 pounds of food and shelter supplies to the rural areas of Nepal.
Jeffrey E. Stern / The Atlantic:
The Execution of Clayton Lockett  —  On the morning of his execution, Clayton Lockett hid under the covers.  —  Before a team of correctional officers came to get him at 5:06 a.m., he fashioned a noose out of his sheets.  He pulled the blade out of a safety razor and made half-inch-long cuts on his arms.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeff Sneider / The Wrap:
Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive)  —  The “Selma” filmmaker is being eyed to join the MCU, but will she take the reins of “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel?”  —  Marvel is courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its diverse superhero movies …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Moody's downgrades Chicago debt to ‘junk’ with negative outlook  —  Moody's downgraded Chicago's credit rating down to junk level “Ba1” from “Baa2.”  —  The announcement, which the ratings agency released Tuesday afternoon, cited a recent Illinois court ruling voiding state pension reforms.
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