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10:25 AM ET, May 19, 2015


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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.
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.
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches
Discussion: Business Insider
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Bill Clinton put ‘generation’ of black men in prison
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse
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
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 …
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.
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  —  May 19 With tears, songs and laughter, 30 women activists set off from Beijing on Tuesday on a controversial trip to North Korea, where they will cross the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) to the South in a call for peace on the divided peninsula.
Discussion: The Week
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Tech giants don't want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data  —  Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data.
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and Guardian
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Republican field is a clown car  —  “If you can't take a joke,” Lindsey Graham has said, “don't run for president.”  —  Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke — which is why he appreciates the absurdity that is the GOP field.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 and Mediaite
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.
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’  —  New study finds that youngsters who regularly smoked marijuana are far shorter than their non-smoking peers  —  Boys who smoke cannabis before puberty could be stunting their growth by more than four inches, a new study suggests.
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 …
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq
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Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Campaign reporters: you are granted no “role in the process.” It is your powers against theirs.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Wanted in Saudi Arabia: Executioners
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams and the media's sinking reputation
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal launches presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: Gawker
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Harvard Professor: Rick Santorum Is Misusing My Book To Say “All Black Men Are Sexual Predators”
Discussion: Liberaland and Weekly Standard
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Presiding at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word ‘Constitution’
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air