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8:35 AM ET, May 19, 2015

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The Hill:
Obama's ISIS strategy takes hit  —  President Obama's strategy in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is facing fresh scrutiny after the militant group toppled government forces in the major Iraqi city of Ramadi.  —  The city's fall represented the biggest military gain for ISIS this year.
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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
New York Times:
ISIS Fighters Seized Advantage in Iraq Attack by Striking During Sandstorm
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
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
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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.
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches  —  In one of her last gigs on the paid lecture circuit, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an eBay summit aimed at promoting women in the workplace, delivering a 20-minute talk that garnered her a $315,000 payday from the company.
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
In Iowa, Hillary vows to fight ‘drug epidemic’  —  Hillary Clinton on Monday pledged to take on the “drug epidemic” as she made another visit to the early voting state of Iowa  —  Clinton said she had not expected to focus on drug abuse or mental health in her White House run …
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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
YouTube may show ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film: U.S. court  —  Google Inc should not have to remove an anti-Islamic film from its YouTube website because a woman complained that she was duped into performing in a film that depicted the prophet Mohammed as a fool and sexual deviant, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ should have stayed on YouTube, court rules
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Politico
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
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Staff quit Clinton Foundation over Chelsea  —  Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she's causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say.  —  Several top staffers have left the foundation since Chelsea came onBoard as vice chairman in 2011.
Discussion: BizPac Review and Weasel Zippers
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
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
 
 
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Republican field is a clown car
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction With Direction of U.S. Wanes
Discussion: Infowars and Washington Times
Kenneth A. Oye / Nature:
Drugs: Regulate ‘home-brew’ opiates
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Engadget
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Bristol and Dakota couldn't be more thankful for the love …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Presiding at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word ‘Constitution’
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: Internet ‘Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly’
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
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
Brian H. Potts / Wall Street Journal:
The Hole in the Rooftop Solar-Panel Craze
Discussion: Washington Post