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9:10 AM ET, May 15, 2015


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Chris Good / ABC News:
Jeb Bush on Disagreeing With Family: ‘I Have a Hard Time With That’ … Jeb Bush seems to have a talking point to explain why he hesitated so long to say, in hindsight, that the Iraq war was a mistake: He won't “go out of [his] way” to disagree with his brother.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fraternity of Failure  —  Jeb Bush wants to stop talking about past controversies.  And you can see why.  He has a lot to stop talking about.  But let's not honor his wish.  You can learn a lot by studying recent history, and you can learn even more by watching how politicians respond to that history.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rove declines to endorse Jeb Bush  —  Karl Rove says he's not endorsing anybody — yet.  —  The former George W. Bush strategist said Friday that Jeb Bush had effectively cleaned up his answer on whether he would invade Iraq knowing what he knows now, but added that he's watching the race and waiting on a frontrunner.
Discussion: The Week
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Hates Obamacare, but Loves his Apple Watch
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Jeb Bush Fully Walks Back: ‘I Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq’
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush Reverses: He Now Says He ‘Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ABC anchor sorry for not disclosing Clinton donations
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
‘Clinton Cash’ Author Slams Stephanopoulos, ABC News for ‘Massive Breach of Ethical Standards’
Jeremy Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul: George Stephanopoulos Shouldn't Moderate 2016 Debates
Tim Weiner / New York Times:
B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89  —  B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported.  He was 89.
Brad Paisley / CNN:
B.B. King, the Beale Street Blues Boy 12 photos  —  The Mississippi native's reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Trade spat with Warren ‘has never been personal’  —  President Obama said Thursday that his dispute with liberal star Sen. Elizabeth Warren over his ambitious trade agenda “has never been personal.”  —  “The issue with respect to myself and Elizabeth has never been personal,” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Hill:
Obama's Warren attacks backfire  —  President Obama's sharp rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) over his ambitious trade agenda is backfiring in the House, where the personal attacks are alienating the same Democrats the president is courting for votes.  —  Warren, a freshman liberal …
Discussion: American Spectator
Chelsea Harvey / Washington Post:
Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish  —  It's one of the most basic biology facts we're taught in school growing up: Birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded.  But new research is turning this well-known knowledge …
Whole-body endothermy in a mesopelagic fish, the opah, Lampris guttatus
Discussion: The Verge
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Scott Walker's crisis of faith  —  The Wisconsin governor is racing to reassure Christian conservatives that he's one of them.  —  Scott Walker, the son of a Baptist preacher who says he takes his orders from God, has an unexpected problem on his hands: Many social conservatives don't trust him.
YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV)  —  A high school in York County has spoken out after students protested Thursday morning when a senior said he was asked to remove an American flag from his pick-up truck.  —  Thursday morning, several students, parents, and veterans protested the incident …
Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl resigning under fire over texts with intern  —  JEFFERSON CITY|  John Diehl on Thursday said he will resign as speaker of the Missouri House this week in the wake of a story published by The Star barely 24 hours earlier about texts replete with sexual innuendo between …
New York Times:
Let Syrians Settle Detroit  —  Detroit, a once great city, has become an urban vacuum.  Its population has fallen to around 700,000 from nearly 1.9 million in 1950.  The city is estimated to have more than 70,000 abandoned buildings and 90,000 vacant lots.
The White House:
U.S.- Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Joint Statement  —  President Obama and Heads of Delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, the Secretary General of the GCC, and members the President's Cabinet met today at Camp David to reaffirm and deepen the strong partnership …
The Reddit Admins / reddit:
Promote ideas, protect people  —  TL;DR: We are unhappy with harassing behavior on reddit; we have survey data that show our users are, too.  So we've improved our practices to better curb harassment of individuals on reddit.  —  Running a community-based site is complicated …
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Long-Awaited Reform to the Patriot Act
Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore corrections officers charged with looting convenience store during unrest
Discussion: Raw Story and Hinterland Gazette
Yahoo! Finance:
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Allen West throws tantrum at Pope: He's full of ‘disdain and anti-Semitism’ for recognizing Palestine
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Six narcotics officers acquitted in federal corruption trial
Discussion: CityLab and Hit & Run
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Republican National Committee presidential straw poll counts 36 candidates
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Benghazi Panel Republican Criticizes Clinton on Testimony Plans
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Carly Fiorina talks to Right Turn
Discussion: Samizdata