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7:50 AM ET, May 14, 2015


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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 …
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 …
Matt Berman / National Journal:
Jeb Bush Inadvertently Says He's Running for President  —  We're rapidly approaching the time when all presidential campaigns are official presidential campaigns.  Until then, we get this.  —  Jeb Bush said Wednesday he is running for president.  Wait, no. He said he is running for president if he is running for president.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich says U.S. shouldn't have attacked Iraq
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb: Answering That Iraq Question Would Be A ‘Disservice’ To The Troops
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Why Jeb Can't Ditch Dubya
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and alicublog
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Democrats in Disarray,” Part II  —  I complained this morning about the permanent audience for “Democrats in Disarray” stories like Robert Draper's piece turning the Maryland Senate primary into a microcosm of a party torn apart by dissension between dirty hippies and centrist pragmatists.
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC and Bloomberg Business
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
House Votes to End N.S.A.'s Bulk Phone Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government's bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After Lobbying by Obama, Senate Agrees to Vote on Trade Bill After All
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Moe Lane
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Train approached curve at 106 mph, twice the limit
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
NTSB Team In Philadelphia To Investigate Amtrak Derailment
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 …
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.
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
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
WH: Abortion ban's treatment of rape victims ‘disgraceful’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Common Dreams and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Proposes Challenge to China Sea Claims  —  Moves would send Navy planes, ships near artificial islands built by China in contested waters  —  The U.S. military is considering using aircraft and Navy ships to directly contest Chinese territorial claims to a chain …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hot Air
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Texas attorney general tells CNN: Gays can ‘feel how they want’ but marriage is for straight people
Discussion: Mediaite, Advocate and Addicting Info
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Potty-mouthed Alan Grayson and his offshore investments
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The First — and a Half — Amendment  —  Free speech and artistic …
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Rob Quinn / USA Today:
USA about to get Cuba's lung cancer vaccine
Discussion: Big Think