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5:20 PM ET, May 13, 2015


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Wall Street Journal:
Excessive Speed Probed in Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia  —  At least 7 people dead after train heading from Washington to New York derails  —  PHILADELPHIA—An Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash here appears to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it entered …
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
House panel votes to cut Amtrak budget hours after deadly crash  —  “Starving rail of funding will not enable safer train travel,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said.  —  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said the cuts are needed to stay in line with the caps imposed …
Discussion: Big Think, Booman Tribune and The Week
New York Times:
Amtrak Train That Derailed Was Going 100 M.P.H., Officials Say; 7 Killed  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, was traveling at a speed of at least 100 miles an hour, twice the speed limit on that stretch of track …
Paul Nussbaum /
Sources: Train reportedly speeding; engineer mum  —  Investigators of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment say they are focusing on reports that the train was traveling more than twice the 50-mile-an-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve in Frankford.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Derailed Amtrak train was traveling at more than 100 mph
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
‘Absolute disastrous mess’: 6 dead, 146 injured after Amtrak train derails
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush: Iraq Questioning Is Disservice to Slain Soldiers  —  Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that questioning about how he would have handled Iraq War authorization “does a disservice” to military service members killed in action.
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich says U.S. shouldn't have attacked Iraq  —  ' class="> Enlarge Image  —  Dealing with a question that tripped up Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich says that the U.S. never should have gone to Iraq, knowing what we know now.  —  “There's a lot of people who lost limbs and lives over there …
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
Yes, I Would Have Ousted Saddam from Power
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Why Jeb Can't Ditch Dubya
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Seeks Strategy for Debates Amid Expanding Candidate List  —  WASHINGTON — Republican leaders, searching for a fair-minded but strategically wise way to conduct the presidential primary debates, are grappling with how to manage White House contenders in a sprawling field …
Chris Moody / CNN:
Being Moody: This question stumps Republicans  —  Being Moody: Who's the greatest living president?  —  Greenville, South Carolina (CNN)It's a simple question, but one that stops Republican presidential hopefuls in their tracks: Who do you think is the greatest president alive today?
Discussion: Daily Kos, FishbowlDC and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker Still Leads Nationally, Clinton Over 60%  —  PPP's national Republican poll for May continues to find Scott Walker leading the field, but it's tightly clustered and his support has actually dropped two consecutive surveys now.  —  Walker's at 18% to 13% for Marco Rubio …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Annie Karni / Politico:
Martin O'Malley to top progressives: Warren's not running, I am  —  Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has a message for progressives clamoring for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's entry into the presidential race: she's not running, but I am.  —  As part of an effort to position himself …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
Manu Raju / Politico:
Scenes from the Democratic meltdown
Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Text images between Missouri House Speaker John Diehl and intern reveal sexually charged exchanges  —  Screenshots of text messages obtained by The Star  —  ›  —  ‹  —  Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl …
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: WQAD-TV
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Proposes Challenge to China Sea Claims
Marco Rubio / Medium:
The Rubio Doctrine  —  Strength, globalization and core values should guide American foreign policy  —  I'd like to begin my remarks today by quoting from the closing of another set of remarks—from a speech that echoes across history due to its proximity to tragedy, but that stands more importantly …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Potty-mouthed Alan Grayson and his offshore investments  —  U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken, populist Democrat who thunders against Wall Street fat cats,and used to to joke about Mitt Romney's low tax bill, incorporated a couple hedge funds in the Cayman Islands so investors could avoid taxes.
Discussion: Mediaite
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” …
Samantha Audia / The College Fix:
College students told to report ‘hurtful statements’ to campus authorities  —  If someone says anything mean-spirited at the University of Colorado Boulder - campus administrators want to know about it.  Not only that - they want to know the offender's name, age, email address and more.
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 …
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 …
Rob Quinn / USA Today:
USA about to get Cuba's lung cancer vaccine  —  (NEWSER) - Closer American ties with one of the world's major cigar exporters could actually be good news in the fight against lung cancer.  Cuba has developed Cimavax, an effective lung cancer vaccine, and American researchers can now finally get their hands on it, reports Wired.
Discussion: Big Think and ThinkProgress
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.
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