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3:50 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 …
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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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephanopoulos regrets Clinton Foundation donation, will not moderate GOP debate  —  George Stephanopoulos says he should not have donated money to the Clinton Foundation and that he will not moderate the ABC News-sponsored Republican primary debate in February after failing to disclose those contributions.
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos Donated $50,000 to Clinton Foundation  —  ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.  The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
‘Clinton Cash’ Author Slams Stephanopoulos, ABC News for ‘Massive Breach of Ethical Standards’  —  When Peter Schweizer appeared on “This Week” on April 26th to promote his new book about the Clintons, he got a skeptical grilling from host George Stephanopoulos.  One subject that wasn't raised?
Jeremy Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul: George Stephanopoulos Shouldn't Moderate 2016 Debates
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
The RNC Should Ban George Stephanopoulos From Participating In 2016 Debates
Alana Abramson / ABC News:
Meet the College Democrat Who Told Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’  —  Jeb Bush found himself on defense after his town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, Wednesday after a young voter told him, “Your brother created ISIS.”  —  Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old student at University of Nevada …
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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 …
Marina Fang / The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo and The Week
New York Times:
Brother's Past Proves Tricky for Jeb Bush
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
Boehner on Amtrak Funding: ‘Such a Stupid Question’  —  House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday dismissed a reporter's question about Amtrak funding as authorities continued investigating the Tuesday derailment that killed eight people near Philadelphia.  —  “Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Stupid’ to say Amtrak funding cuts caused crash
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlDC
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Won't Run for President  —  John Bolton, one of the Republican Party's most prominent national security hawks, has decided not to run for president.  —  Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, bowed out of the 2016 contest on Thursday …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How Jeb Bush Triggered an Iraq War Watershed
Discussion: NPR, Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush now says, ‘I would not have gone into Iraq’
Discussion: American Bridge PAC
Marissa Jasek / WTKR-TV:
Mother hears daughter's final words before father shoots, kills her  —  Chesapeake, Va. - “Daddy, daddy, what are you doing?”  —  Those were the last words a Chesapeake mother heard over the phone before her 11-year-old daughter was murdered.  Those are details given to NewsChannel 3 by a close family friend.
Discussion: fox4kc.com
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 …
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.
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House changes tone on trade  —  The White House on Wednesday made an aggressive pitch to liberal Democrats, as it worked to salvage President Obama's trade plan.  —  Liberals were emboldened when the Senate failed to advance a trade promotion authority bill on Tuesday …
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Senate Passes Currency Measure Paving Way for Trade-Bill Action
Discussion: Politico
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
WXIA-TV:
School director fired after racial graduation comment  —  STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — The private school principal who gained national attention for a racially charged comment she made during a graduation ceremony has been fired.  —  Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy …
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.
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.
Dominique Charriau / Variety:
Natalie Portman to Star as Jacqueline Kennedy in New Drama (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Insiders sells international, CAA domestic, Pablo Larrain directs hot ticket Jackie Kennedy story  —  International Correspondent @john_hopewell  —  Natalie Portman will star as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” …
 
 
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Ann Friedman / New York Times:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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New York Post:
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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New York Times:
5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered
Discussion: Truthdig, Bloomberg View and USA Today
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rick Santorum: Men Who Father Children With Multiple Women Are “Sexual Predators”
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Two Baltimore City Jail Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting A 7-11
John Bicknell / Roll Call:
Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Mark Stencel / Politico:
The weaponization of fact-checking
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm
Discussion: Instapundit