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4:20 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator Accuses Obama of Sexism Toward Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: American Spectator
Who is writing the TPP?  —  CONGRESS IS in an intense debate …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Rand Paul to oppose fast-track
Discussion: CNN, BuzzFeed, Politico and Hit & Run
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  —  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 …
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: Politico and Hot Air
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: The PJ Tatler
Paul Nussbaum /
Nutter: At least 5 dead as Amtrak train derails in Port Richmond
Discussion: NPR
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.”
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 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 …
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.
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 …
Sajid Javid: Significant changes to strike law  —  Newly appointed Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be “significant changes” to strike laws under the new Conservative government.  —  A strike affecting essential public services will need the backing of 40% of eligible union members under government plans, he said.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's damage control operation gets more troops  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is getting more firepower to help with its damage control.  —  Correct The Record, an outside rapid response and research group dedicated to defending the records of Clinton and the other Democratic …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Baltimore Sun:
After riot, school advocates want more money from Hogan, Rawlings-Blake  —  Dozens of education advocates at two separate events Monday called on Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for the city's schools, arguing the recent rioting in Baltimore shows the money is desperately needed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Cuba's Castro concerned over ‘illegal’ activity at U.S. mission  —  Cuban President Raul Castro said on Tuesday that dissidents are receiving “illegal” training at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana, an issue he raised with U.S. President Barack Obama in talks on restoring diplomatic ties.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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
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Katherine Timpf / National Review:
University Report: A Room Full of White People Is a Microaggression
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
Obama: Wealthy Ignore Poverty By Sending Kids To Private Schools
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Rep. Johnson: GOP Budget Could Cause Baltimore Type Violence
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Late-term abortion ban keeps controversial incest rule
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
John Kerry dangles sanctions relief during trip to Russia
Bill McKibben / New York Times:
Obama's Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Federal Records Agency's Top Lawyer Expressed “Concern,” Surprise At Clinton's Private Email Use, Internal Emails Reveal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Inés San Martín / Crux:
Key advisor blasts US criticism to pope's environmental stance
Discussion: Politico and POLITICO
Washington Post:
Gov. Scott Walker: 'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian
Discussion: ABC News and
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro / Economy:
Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Ben Carson Invokes Dred Scott Decision as Precedent for Ignoring Supreme Court Rulings
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Worry Military Exercises May Lead to Federal Control Of States
New York Times:
Days Before Prom in Shelton, Conn., a Dress Code Adds to the Stress
Discussion: Althouse
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Bush Aide: Jeb Told Me He Misheard Question About Invading Iraq (VIDEO)