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6:30 PM ET, May 17, 2015


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Is Heavy.  He's My Brother.  —  WASHINGTON — IT isn't about what we know now.  —  It's about what we knew then.  —  It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that “any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had.”
Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma  —  Should the Wisconsin governor play in the Iowa straw poll in August?  It might be the most important strategic decision of his primary campaign.  —  There's a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now.  —  When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off …
Discussion: The Reaction
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls  —  A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake.  —  Politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion.  So it's a revealing moment when the major contenders …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about their chances in '16
Discussion: The Reaction
Peter Jamison / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American ‘war cry’ shocking
Discussion: BuzzFeed, LAist and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
What IS this strange sound from the sky?  Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation  — Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus  —  A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing …
Wednesday Martin / New York Times:
Poor Little Rich Women  —  WHEN our family moved from the West Village to the Upper East Side in 2004, seeking proximity to Central Park, my in-laws and a good public school, I thought it unlikely that the neighborhood would hold any big surprises.  For many years I had immersed myself …
Discussion: Gothamist and Instapundit
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Al Sharpton's daughter sues city for $5M after spraining ankle  —  She learned at the feet of a master.  —  Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans  —  January 30, 1995, the beginning of modern media-political history: Rupert Murdoch (right) announcing that Roger Ailes will run the newly launched Fox News (Peter Morgan / Reuters)  —  Let me recommend for your weekend reading …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Appears to Have Acquired GPS Firm Coherent Navigation  —  In one of its latest efforts to bolster its mapping capabilities, Apple appears to have acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area GPS-related firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Key Iraqi City Falls to ISIS as Last of Security Forces Flee  —  BAGHDAD — The last Iraqi security forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday, as the city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters …
Sunday Biker Gang Shooting Leaves Nine Dead, Several Injured … Headlines List  —  Three rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were dead and several were injured.
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say … John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News.  —  Kasich has said his wife and daughters have given …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg Business:
Why Obama Is Wrong and Warren Is Right on Trade Bill Quarrel
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Pa. senator: Amtrak needs more funding
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Jeb Bush To Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right To Gay Marriage
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
In religious and political gesture, Pope confers sainthood on two Palestinians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Patriot Act on life support
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows
New York Times:
Housing Apartheid, American Style
David McCabe / The Hill:
George W. Bush defends religious liberty
Jim Messina / Politico:
Why the GOP can't get no satisfaction