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8:35 AM ET, May 14, 2015

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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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and NPR
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Wall Street Journal:
Excessive Speed Probed in Amtrak Train Crash in Philadelphia
Washington Post:
Train approached curve at 106 mph, twice the limit
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
NTSB Team In Philadelphia To Investigate Amtrak Derailment
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
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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
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
O'Malley to Announce Presidential Plans on May 30  —  Martin O'Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore, a move that could present another Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The former Maryland governor will hold a conference call …
Discussion: Politico
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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
Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl admits sexually charged relationship with intern  —  Screenshots of text messages obtained by The Star  —  ›  —  ‹  —  JEFFERSON CITY —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
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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
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:
VA 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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agent retiring amid probe into conduct at White House  —  A top member of President Obama's Secret Service detail under investigation for his conduct during a White House bomb investigation notified the agency this week that he plans to retire, according to officials familiar with his decision.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
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.
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm
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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
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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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