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12:55 PM ET, May 19, 2015


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Emily Smith / Page Six:
George Stephanopoulos' future — and $105M contract — in danger  —  ABC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — $105 million, to be exact.  —  The “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor renewed his contract last year for $105 million, TV-industry sources told The Post Monday.
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.
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton made $3.2 million from the tech sector.  Now she's hitting it up for campaign dollars.
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Stephanopoulos was also involved with offshoot of Clinton Foundation
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:   George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams and the media's sinking reputation
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Bill Clinton put ‘generation’ of black men in prison
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders ‘rolling’ release of Clinton's State Department emails  —  A federal judge has rejected the State Department's plan to release most of Hillary Clinton's emails as secretary of state in one large batch, insisting that the agency parcel out releases of the records over time.
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.
Jason Leopold / VICE News:
State Department Says Clinton Emails Won't Be Released Until January 2016
Daily Mail:
Iraq braced for the Battle of Baghdad: Chilling images show ISIS victory parade after fanatics seize key city of Ramadi - just 60 miles from the capital - in an orgy of violence and beheadings  —  ISIS militants have held a twisted victory parade after taking the key city of Ramadi in an orgy …
Discussion: CNN, Allen B. West, Infowars and Fox News
The Hill:   Obama's ISIS strategy takes hit
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
ISIS Fighters Seized Advantage in Iraq Attack by Striking During Sandstorm
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Stop It Liberals: Bush Didn't Lie About Iraq Having WMDs  —  Liberals, please stop it with the Iraq war lies.  —  There is plenty of criticism that can be leveled against George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, but he didn't deliberately mislead the country about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Discussion: The Atlantic
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.
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 …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Apple's Move to Shelve TV Plans  —  Apple had dropped its TV plans, but investor Carl Icahn sees the firm entering the market next year  —  Investor Carl Icahn said he expects Apple Inc. to introduce an ultra-high-definition television in 2016.  But after nearly a decade of research …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Gloria Steinem to lead women's march in North Korea  —  Gloria Steinem is among 30 women activists marching from Beijing through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea in a call for peace next Sunday.  The event marks the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament.
Discussion: The Week
Sui-Lee Wee / Reuters:
Women activists leave for North Korea and DMZ peace march
Discussion: The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Alan Grayson on his wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’  —  The legal battle between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and his estranged wife Lolita has reportedly hit a snag.  —  The couple agreed to the annulment of their 25-year marriage last month, according to the Orlando Sentinel …
Discussion: Post On Politics
Sandra Pedicini / Orlando Sentinel:
Disney World gets stronger with selfie stick warning  —  People just don't seem to get it.  Theme parks don't want you using selfie sticks on their rides.  —  So on Friday, Walt Disney World went a step further to make that point.  It posted a “No Selfie Sticks” sign at the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
James Gallagher / BBC:
‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible  —  Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.  —  They have genetically modified yeast to perform the complicated chemistry needed to convert sugar to morphine.  —  The findings, published …
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
Patrice Taddonio / FRONTLINE:
Secrets, Politics and Torture  —  The secret history of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture.  —  (0:31) The secret history of the CIA's controversial “enhanced interrogation” methods.  —  From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk …
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Tech giants don't want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data
Discussion: Engadget, Guardian and The Verge
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Wanted in Saudi Arabia: Executioners
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
In Iowa, Hillary vows to fight ‘drug epidemic’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Republican field is a clown car
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 and Engadget
Brandon McGinley / The Federalist:
Kermit Gosnell's Bureaucratic Enabler Just Got Promoted
Discussion: RedState