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11:40 AM ET, May 17, 2015


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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 …
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 …
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.”
Washington Post:
Wide GOP field has party leaders anxious about '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.  As Jeb Bush, a leading presidential …
Discussion: The Reaction
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 Political Wire
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:
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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria
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