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1:20 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.”
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 …
Washington Post:
Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about their chances in '16  —  DES MOINES — To take back the White House after eight years in the political wilderness, Republicans think they must soften their image and expand their appeal in particular to women and Latino voters.
Discussion: The Reaction
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schweizer / USA Today:
Stephanopoulos, ABC have not fully disclosed Clinton ties: Schweizer  —  ABC's anchor much closer to Hillary's foundation than he told his viewers.  —  Fact-driven, fair, aggressive journalism animates American politics.  As an investigative journalist, I am accustomed to asking tough questions.
Katie Pavlich /
Peter Schweizer: ABC Should Redo Our Interview After Stephanopolous Admitted to Clinton Donations
Discussion: NewsBusters and Ed Driscoll
Jim Messina / Politico:
Why the GOP can't get no satisfaction  —  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.
Sacramento Bee:
Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage American Indians  —  At California Democratic Party convention, Senate candidate makes whooping gesture Attorney General Kamala Harris calls it ‘shocking’ Sanchez would not say if gesture was an appropriate one
Discussion: Liberaland and Truth Revolt
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.
New York Times:
The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — A Twitter post recently caught the eye of Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate and godfather of the Keystone XL pipeline protests.  It included an image from “The Simpsons” showing Homer and his family basking …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Housing Apartheid, American Style  —  The riots that erupted in Baltimore last month were reminiscent of those that consumed cities all over the country during the 1960s.  This rage and unrest was thoroughly explained five decades ago by President Lyndon Johnson's National Advisory Commission …
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confidently predicted on Sunday the Senate this week will give final approval to pending trade legislation.  —  “I point out to my members who are somewhat squeamish, as you can imagine …
Discussion: ABC News
David McCabe / The Hill:
George W. Bush defends religious liberty  —  Former President George W. Bush offered a defense of religious liberty and faith more broadly while speaking at Southern Methodist University's (SMU) commencement ceremony Saturday.  —  He spent some of his speech talking about why graduates …
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows  —  After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures — dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent.
Washington Post:
Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria  —  U.S. Special Operations killed a senior Islamic State leader in a ground raid inside Syria Friday night, the White House said in a statement Saturday.  —  The statement said that Abu Sayyaf, described as having a senior role in overseeing gas …
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Discussion: Gothamist