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12:20 PM 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 …
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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
College Student to Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’  —  Jeb Bush at a town-hall-style meeting in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday.  —  James Glover/Reuters  —  RENO, Nev. — “Your brother created ISIS,” the young woman told Jeb Bush.  And with that, Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old college student …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
How Jeb Bush Stumbled His Way Through Four Days Of Iraq Questions  —  More than a decade after President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003, his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), ended up in his own Iraq quagmire this week.  —  The likely presidential contender for months somehow …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
On the trail, Jeb Bush faces hostile questions about Iraq war
Matt Berman / National Journal:
Jeb Bush Inadvertently Says He's Running for President
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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.”
Discussion: The Reaction
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Technology That Could Have Prevented Amtrak Derailment Was Absent
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.
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
O'Malley to Announce Presidential Plans on May 30
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and Politico
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold Running For Senate In 2016  —  WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrat Russ Feingold announced Thursday that he will run for Senate in 2016, hoping to win back the seat he lost six years ago.  —  Feingold made his announcement in a video that was provided in advance to The Huffington Post.
Greg Barnes /
Elderly cancer patient calls 911 because he has no food  —  When 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon returned home Tuesday after spending months in the hospital for cancer treatments and rehab, his refrigerator was empty.  —  UPDATE: Donations, food pour in for veteran  —  He had nothing to eat and no way to get to the store.
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 …
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 …
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:
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
The Deterioration of the Christian Right Is Imminent  —  Mike Huckabee's recent entry into the presidential race has turned boring early campaign season into something worth watching.  Huckabee's presence has revealed a process of decay that has been steadily unfolding over the last several years …
Discussion: New York Times and Progress Pond
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Two Baltimore City Jail Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting A 7-11  —  Two correctional officers who work at the Baltimore City jail were suspended without pay Wednesday after video emerged showing them looting a 7-11 store during last month's riots.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Pataki to make 2016 call on May 28  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) on Thursday penciled in May 28 for the date he will decide on a White House run next year.  —  “I will announce my decision on 2016 on May 28th in New Hampshire,” Pataki tweeted.
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: ThinkProgress and Weekly Standard
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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John Bicknell / Roll Call:
Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Mom sues school board for teen's arrest, suspension over NRA shirt
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rendell Blasts GOP ‘SOBs’ Who Didn't Have ‘Decency’ To Delay Amtrak Vote
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agent retiring amid probe into conduct at White House
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm
Discussion: Instapundit
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Ethics office: Lawmakers took trip secretly paid for by foreign government
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Potty-mouthed Alan Grayson and his offshore investments