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9:05 AM ET, May 17, 2015


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New York Times:
ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says  —  WASHINGTON — American Special Operations forces mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria early Saturday, killing a leader of the Islamic State and about a dozen militant fighters, as well as capturing his wife and freeing …
Story highlights  —  (CNN)U.S. Special Operations forces killed a senior ISIS commander during a daring raid intended to capture him in eastern Syria overnight Friday to Saturday, U.S. government officials said.  —  The ISIS commander, Abu Sayyaf, was killed after he fought capture in the raid at al-Omar …
Washington Post:
Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria
The White House:
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Counter-ISIL Operation in Syria
Discussion: Lawfare, Zero Hedge and
Carter: Special Operations Troops Conduct Raid in Syria
Discussion: The Long War Journal
Associated Press:
GOP Prospects in Iowa Agree to Get Tough With Terrorists  —  Republicans wooing Iowa's most active party members called Saturday for a stronger presence in the world but ran the gamut in tone and just how tough to get with America's enemies.  —  On Armed Services Day …
Wall Street Journal:   With Another Bush Eyeing White House, Family Money Machine Springs to Life
Katie Pavlich /
Peter Schweizer: ABC Should Redo Our Interview After Stephanopolous Admitted to Clinton Donations  —  In case you missed it yesterday, ABC News chief anchor and former Clinton White House communication advisor George Stephanopoulos admitted to donating $75,000 dollars to the Clinton Foundation …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Ed Driscoll
Washington Post:
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals
Jim Messina / Politico:
What My British Win Taught Me About 2016  —  My British experience—including advice from Mick Jagger—taught me that the Republican Party could end up like Ed Miliband.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  One of the savviest political observers I've come across is Mick Jagger.
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Hillary Clinton personally took money from companies that sought to influence her  —  Almost a decade ago, as Hillary Clinton ran for re-election to the Senate on her way to seeking the presidency for the first time, the New York Times reported on her unusually close relationship with Corning, Inc., an upstate glass titan.
New York Times:
Death Sentence for Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Unsettles City He Tore Apart  —  BOSTON — The finish line of the Boston Marathon is a landmark here, a blue and yellow slash across Boylston Street that for more than a century has represented pride and achievement for those who stagger across …
James Alan Fox / USA Today:
Tsarnaev death expensive justice: James Fox
Benjamin Elgin / Bloomberg Business:
Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail  —  The billionaire CEO of Continental Resources told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed  —  Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year …
Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's ex-leader, sentenced to death  —  Morsi has rejected the authority of the courts  —  An Egyptian court has pronounced death sentences on ousted president Mohammed Morsi and more than 100 other people over a mass prison break in 2011.
Discussion: Washington Post and 89.3 KPCC
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Food industry braces for Obama trans fat ban  —  The FDA is expected to move toward eliminating an ingredient seen as a health risk.  —  The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
POPE CALLS PALESTINIAN LEADER “ANGEL OF PEACE” DURING VISIT  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm relations with the Palestinians as it prepares …
Story highlights  —  (CNN)One of three conductors aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia this week told investigators she heard the locomotive's engineer say the train had been struck by an object, National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Friday.
New York Times:
Amtrak Train Possibly Hit Before Wreck
New York Times:
President Obama and the Gulf Arabs  —  Saudi Arabia is so angry at the emerging nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers that it is threatening to develop its own nuclear capability — one more indication of the deep differences between the United States and the Persian Gulf Arab states …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
F. A. O. Schwarz to Close Its Doors on Fifth Avenue
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