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7:40 AM ET, May 19, 2015

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New York Times:
Clinton Friend's Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business  —  When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles: speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer.  Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's emails in January 2016  —  The State Department is proposing a deadline of January 2016 to complete its review and public release of 55,000 pages of emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged on a private server and turned over to her former agency last December.
Politico:
Police union accuses White House of politicizing cop safety  —  Obama administration has announced plan to restrict police forces' access to military gear.  —  The nation's largest police union is fighting back against a White House plan to restrict local police forces' ability …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truth Revolt
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly Accused of Domestic Violence in Custody Battle  —  Three weeks ago, a Nassau County Supreme Court justice ended a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, by granting custody of the couple's two minor children to McPhilmy.
Tanya Eiserer / WFAA-TV:
Bulletin warned of potential ‘war’ between rival biker gangs  —  “If they want to get at each other, they're going to get at each other”  —  NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE  —  For months, there had been skirmishes and talk of a war between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle gangs over money …
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News, abc11.com and Mediaite
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Errors and Lies  —  Surprise!  It turns out that there's something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House.  Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Washington Post
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Iraq War Architects Shouldn't Get To Keep Going On Sunday Shows
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Boston University prof in racist tweet flap accused of trolling white rape victim  —  Boston University Professor Saida Grundy's tweets deriding white men are her business, according to the school.  (Boston University)  —  Boston University, which has already condemned the racist Tweets …
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick  —  The official Republican debate calendar is here, and I don't mean to scare you, but you have less than three months before this whole thing goes to eleven.  Or I should say at least eleven, because the Republican National Committee seems …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
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Taegan Goddard / The Week:
The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton May Not Need a Second Chance to Make a First Impression  —  Jeb Bush has his famous last name as a calling card, for better or worse.  But Scott Walker's name does not ring many bells outside Wisconsin.  —  Ted Cruz is not even well known in Texas.
Discussion: New York Times
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Bill Clinton put ‘generation’ of black men in prison  —  PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says he will bash Hillary Clinton over her husband's record of putting “a generation of black men in prison” if he is the nominee.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse  —  You know it's bad when even the Associated Press notices: “Rout In Ramadi Calls US Iraq Strategy Into Question.” … The Daily Mail has this map that shows ISIS closing in on Baghdad:  —  The “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Infowars
Not A Blog:
The Show, the Books  —  I am getting a flood of emails and off-topic comments on this blog about tonight's episode of GAME OF THRONES.  It's not unanticipated.  —  The comments... regardless of tone... have been deleted.  I have been saying since season one that this is not the place to debate or discuss the TV series.
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance  —  Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Harvard Professor: Rick Santorum Is Misusing My Book To Say “All Black Men Are Sexual Predators”  —  “I'm not going to say who it is but what I'm trying to say is, he's a conservative and he took what I was saying and sort of so misinterpreted it that it's nothing like—it's just isn't even in the universe of what I said.”
Discussion: Liberaland and Weekly Standard
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Used Someone Else's iPhone To Tweet His First Presidential Account Tweet  —  President Obama still carries his secure BlackBerry.  On the day of the first tweet from @POTUS, the White House won't say if that device is Twitter capable.  —  The first tweet from the new account @POTUS …
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
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Alex Wall / White House.gov Blog:
Introducing @POTUS: President Obama's Twitter Account
Kenneth A. Oye / Nature:
Drugs: Regulate ‘home-brew’ opiates  —  The research community and the public require a fast, flexible response to the synthesis of morphine by engineered yeasts, urge Kenneth Oye, Tania Bubela and J. Chappell H. Lawson.  — Synthetic biology - Policy - Biotechnology - Drug discovery
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Engadget
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Bristol and Dakota couldn't be more thankful for the love and support of family and friends over the past months while preparing for their wedding.  They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Direction of U.S. Wanes  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reaching a more than two-year high in early 2015, Americans' satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. continues to fall.  Twenty-six percent of Americans say they are satisfied …
Discussion: Infowars and Washington Times
 
 
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Brandon McGinley / The Federalist:
Kermit Gosnell's Bureaucratic Enabler Just Got Promoted
Discussion: RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Jeb: He's held to ‘different standard’ than Hillary
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal launches presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
After ‘war cry’ fiasco, Loretta Sanchez doesn't rule out another run for Congress
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Post and The Week
Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
Matthew Apperson / WESH-TV:
Man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman surrenders guns
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Four passengers sue Amtrak over deadly Philadelphia derailment
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Presiding at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word ‘Constitution’
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: Internet ‘Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly’
Angelica Alvarez / abc11.com:
Kilt controversy nearly keeps Johnston County teen from attending his prom
Discussion: Fox 59
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Seeking the Presidency, Bernie Sanders Becomes Facebook Royalty Through Quirky Sharing
Discussion: The Reaction
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Why This Lawmaker Opposes Abortion For Everyone Except His Own Wife And Mistress