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9:10 AM ET, May 18, 2015


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Associated Press:   Police: 9 Dead From Texas Shootout Among Rival Biker Gangs
KCEN-TV:   BREAKING: Nine Dead in Shooting at Twin Peaks
Dana Ford / CNN:
Reports: 9 dead in Waco, Texas, shooting
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Bush insists he's not writing off Iowa  —  Skepticism runs high about the former Florida governor's intentions for the February caucuses.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - His brother won the caucuses here in 2000.  His likely campaign manager is a veteran Iowa campaign strategist.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: No constitutional right to same-sex marriage
Discussion: Catholic Online and Liberaland
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic …
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma
Discussion: The Reaction
Daniel J. McGraw / Politico:
The GOP is dying off.  Literally.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party's biggest—and least discussed—challenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party's own nickname.  The Republican Party voter is old—and getting older …
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 …
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Dean Potter, extreme climber, dies in Yosemite base jumping accident  —  Yet again, Dean Potter was hurtling through the air.  A dead tree stood on the ground below him, a strange tug at the space between his shoulders came from above.  —  Potter, already a famous rock climber, had been having this dream night after night.
Grayson Schaffer / Outside Online:
Dean Potter Killed in BASE-Jumping Accident
Discussion: CNN, The Week and NBC News
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 …
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir state expansion fights  —  Some GOP governors are saying: “I told you so.”  —  Medicaid enrollment under Obamacare is skyrocketing past expectations, giving some GOP governors who oppose the program's expansion under the health law an “I told you so” moment.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama to Limit Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday will ban the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restrict the availability of others, administration officials said …
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and The Week
New York Times:
Today in Politics: Hillary Clinton's Busy Week Presents More Opportunities for No Questions  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Iowa and New Hampshire this week, seen here on her last trip in April in Keene, NH.  —  Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic convention: Loretta Sanchez apologizes for Native American ‘war cry’  —  A day after Loretta Sanchez made a stereotypical Native American “war cry” gesture that is now dogging her nascent U.S. Senate campaign, the Orange County congresswoman apologized, saying she had made a mistake.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
ABC Colleague: George Stephanopoulos 'Really Isn't a Journalist'  —  If ABC's chief anchor thought two apologies over his undeclared Clinton Foundation donations would be enough to pacify his critics, he was wrong.  —  It has been a rough weekend for ABC News's embattled chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, and an even worse Sunday.
Discussion: CNN and Ed Driscoll
Nick Gass / Politico:
Joe Biden's advice to Yale graduates  —  Sporting a pair of his trademark aviator glasses, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to graduating Yale students on Sunday and offered some pearls of wisdom to the Class of 2015.  The Commencement Day event, where students traditionally wear off-beat hats …
Discussion: Business Insider
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Democrats sic identity politics on their own  —  The left has handicapped its ability to debate policy, even among themselves.  —  They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we'd have a condescending president who looked down on his female critics as “little ladies” who didn't understand how the world works.
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Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Don't expect any official “Atheists for Hillary” outreach …
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
At the mercy of the climate jihadists
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Pa. senator: Amtrak needs more funding
In religious and political gesture, Pope confers sainthood on two Palestinians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Patriot Act on life support
Discussion: Fox News
Daily Mail:
What IS this strange sound from the sky? …
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, CNN and The Week
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Al Sharpton's daughter sues city for $5M after spraining ankle