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10:35 AM ET, May 14, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation  —  ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization …
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Annie Karni / Politico:
‘Clinton Cash’ publisher corrects ‘7 or 8’ inaccurate passages  —  In trying to defuse the potential damage of the buzzy book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” Hillary Clinton's campaign and its allies seized …
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 …
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Matt Berman / National Journal:
Jeb Bush Inadvertently Says He's Running for President
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb: Answering That Iraq Question Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To The Troops
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich says U.S. shouldn't have attacked Iraq
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley, eyeing the presidency, plans May 30 announcement  —  DURHAM, N.H. — Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who has been ramping up for a potential White House bid, plans to make an announcement about his political future on May 30 in Baltimore, aides said Wednesday.
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
O'Malley to Announce Presidential Plans on May 30
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After Lobbying by Obama, Senate Agrees to Vote on Trade Bill After All  —  WASHINGTON — Senate leaders, after personal intercessions by President Obama, reached an agreement Wednesday on a path to grant the president accelerated power to complete a sweeping trade accord ringing the Pacific Ocean …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Democrats in Disarray,” Part II
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC and Bloomberg Business
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Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Technology That Could Have Prevented Amtrak Derailment Was Absent  —  For the second time in two years, a passenger train traveling well above its speed limit has derailed, leaving a trail of death and injuries.  And for the second time, existing technology that might have prevented the accident was missing.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rendell Blasts GOP ‘SOBs’ Who Didn't Have ‘Decency’ To Delay Amtrak Vote  —  Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on Wednesday night slammed House Republicans who voted to cut funding for Amtrak a few hours after a deadly train accident in Philadelphia.  —  Rendell told MSNBC's Chris Hayes …
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Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
House panel votes to cut Amtrak budget hours after deadly crash
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
So wrong it's funny  —  In troubled times, it's good to take a moment to laugh at the GOP's hilariously wrong predictions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  —  Let's start with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who predicted in 2011, “[ObamaCare] will bankrupt our nation, and it will ruin our economy.”
Washington Post:
Veterans Affairs improperly spent $6 billion annually, senior official says  —  The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk …
John Bicknell / Roll Call:
Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself  —  Before there were Capitol Police to protect Congress (and leave their guns stashed in bathrooms), lawmakers tended to their own security — and their own weaponry.  —  And through much of the first half of the 19th century …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm  —  Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape.  Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove.  Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of “child protection.”
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Ethics office: Lawmakers took trip secretly paid for by foreign government  —  Ten members of Congress and their aides accepted gifts and airfare to Azerbaijan that were secretly paid for by that country's state-owned oil company, according to a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) obtained by The Washington Post.
Mark Stencel / Politico:
The weaponization of fact-checking  —  Can fact-checkers adapt what they do to the way politicians have adapted to them?  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  The TV commercial started with a barrage of four-megaton words in all caps, all attributed to serious news organizations and read aloud in a disapproving voice:
Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
House Approves Revised Measure Banning Most Abortions After 20 Weeks  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, approving a revised version of a bill that Republican leaders had abruptly pulled in January amid objections from some of their own members.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
WH: Abortion ban's treatment of rape victims ‘disgraceful’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Common Dreams and Hot Air
 
 
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Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Mom sues school board for teen's arrest, suspension over NRA shirt
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agent retiring amid probe into conduct at White House
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Potty-mouthed Alan Grayson and his offshore investments
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