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4:15 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 …
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
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
Peter Jamison / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American ‘war cry’ shocking
Discussion: 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 …
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
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Patriot Act on life support  —  A stalemate in the Senate would leave the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) without powers they have used to track terrorists for years, say supporters of the Patriot Act.  —  Without action by the end of the month, key provisions of the Patriot Act will expire …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
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 …
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
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Pa. senator: Amtrak needs more funding  —  Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) called on his fellow lawmakers on Sunday to increase the tax dollars available to Amtrak following a fatal crash in Philadelphia.  —  “We should not, the Congress should not put Amtrak in the position …
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.
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.
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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
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill
Discussion: ABC News
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows
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David McCabe / The Hill:
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Food industry braces for Obama trans fat ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo