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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 …
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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: Booman Tribune, Big Think and The Week
New York Times:
Amtrak Train That Derailed Was Going 106 M.P.H., Officials Say; 7 Killed  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven, was barreling into a sharp turn at 106 miles an hour — more than twice the speed limit on that stretch …
Paul Nussbaum / Philly.com:
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.
Discussion: CBS Philly, Eschaton and The PJ Tatler
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
NTSB Team In Philadelphia To Investigate Amtrak Derailment
Discussion: Philly.com, Hot Air and Mediaite
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Derailed Amtrak train was traveling at more than 100 mph
Associated Press:
The latest on Amtrak crash: Associated Press staffer killed
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.
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Reuters:
Jeb Bush, in apparent slip, says 'I'm running for president'  —  Republican Jeb Bush appears to have unintentionally announced his candidacy for president in 2016 in a conversation with reporters on Wednesday that was caught on video.  —  Speaking in Nevada, the former Florida governor seemed …
Discussion: Political Wire and The PJ Tatler
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
On the trail, Jeb Bush faces hostile questions about Iraq war  —  RENO, Nev. — In his most confrontational exchange to date with voters, presumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush faced sharp questions about his support for the Iraq war.  —  The most hostile question came …
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 …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb: Answering That Iraq Question Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To The Troops
Discussion: Daily Kos and Addicting Info
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Why Jeb Can't Ditch Dubya
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
Yes, I Would Have Ousted Saddam from Power
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 …
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: Politico and Daily Kos
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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?
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Proposes Challenge to China Sea Claims
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: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Google Comms and Policy Head Whetstone Takes Over That Job at Uber  —  Rachel Whetstone, the longtime head of Google's public policy and communications unit, is taking on that job at Uber as SVP of policy and communications.  —  That position has been held by David Plouffe …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
WH: Abortion ban's treatment of rape victims ‘disgraceful’  —  The Obama administration on Wednesday said it was “disgraceful” for House Republicans to push a late-term abortion ban bill that also puts up barriers for rape and sexual assault victims.  —  “It's disgraceful that House Republicans …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Common Dreams and Hot Air
Lilly Rockwell / City Blog:
As women take majority on Austin City Council, staff warned to expect more questions, longer talks  —  The new 10-1 City Council has meant all sorts of changes at City Hall, from a bigger dais to more meetings.  —  But there's one change the new system has brought to City Hall that city staff needed extra training to cope with:
 
 
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