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12:20 PM ET, May 13, 2015

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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.”
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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 …
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) …
CNN:
‘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.
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Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Investigation launched into fatal Amtrak crash
Paul Nussbaum / Philly.com:
Nutter: At least 5 dead as Amtrak train derails in Port Richmond
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, NPR and The Week
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Field, Mellow Edition  —  I find myself feeling mellow on the subject of 2016.  I have nonspecific affection and sympathy for everyone.  Actually when I think of the Republican field the picture that comes to mind is of Cloris Leachman in the movie “Spanglish.”  Merrily: “I love you.
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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
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Francesca Chambers For / Daily Mail:
Chelsea Clinton could take on role of first lady if Hillary wins, White House expert says
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP ramps up abortion fight  —  Republicans are ramping up their attack on Roe v. Wade with a House vote Wednesday on a bill banning late-term abortions.  —  While it's unlikely to pass the Senate and reach President Obama's desk, Republicans say they are playing a long game.
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” …
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Oracle's Larry Ellison to host fundraiser for Rubio  —  Sen. Marco Rubio now has another billionaire supporter in his corner: Oracle founder Larry Ellison.  —  Ellison will host a fundraiser for the Florida Republican's White House bid at his mansion in Woodside, Calif. on June 9, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Facebook:
Improved Benefits for Facebook Contractors  —  Today, I am pleased to announce that we are implementing a new set of standards on benefits for contractors and vendors who support Facebook in the US and do a substantial amount of work with us.  These benefits include a $15 minimum wage …
Bollettino Sala Stampa della Santa Sede:
Joint Statement of the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine at the conclusion of the Plenary Meeting (13.05.2015)  —  On 13 May 2015, the Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which is working on a Comprehensive Agreement following on the Basic Agreement …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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
 
 
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New York Times:
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Nick Gass / Politico:
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