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4:30 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
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Snoop Dogg: I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton
Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton made $3.2 million from the tech sector.  Now she's hitting it up for campaign dollars.
Discussion: The Hill, Mashable and Business Insider
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Stephanopoulos was also involved with offshoot of Clinton Foundation
David Brooks / New York Times:
Learning From Mistakes  —  If you could go back to 1889 and strangle Adolf Hitler in his crib, would you do it?  At one level, the answer is obvious.  Of course, you should.  If there had been no Hitler, presumably the Nazi Party would have lacked the charismatic leader it needed to rise to power.
Simon Maloy / Salon:
David Brooks' sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks was once an enthusiastic backer of George W. Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq.  He'd write columns for the Weekly Standard - the official journal …
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Errors and Lies  —  Surprise!  It turns out that there's something …
Hillary Clinton on her emails: I want them out, too!  —  Clinton says she has limited say over timetable while judge orders up rolling release of emails.  —  Hillary Clinton and the State Department on Tuesday insisted they are not slow-walking the public release of her emails during …
ABC News:
Transcript for Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Wealth and Emails
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's emails in January 2016
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton on her emails: I want them released ASAP
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Selected Libya-Related Messages From Hillary Clinton's Personal Email Account
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Clinton Foundation-palooza Hurtles Toward Its Vince Foster Moment  —  I mentioned a couple months ago the quiet dread I experienced awaiting the Clinton campaign, the quite possible Clinton restoration and the drama both bring inevitably in their wake.  There's another part of that story we're …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Real Problem in Iraq  —  Over the weekend, as ISIS fighters rolled into Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province, one of them posted a video to the Internet.  It was shot from a recently captured Iraqi police station, and showed box after box of American mortar shells and bullets that appeared shiny and new.
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Are You Ready for President Biden?  —  Vice President Joe Biden might not be the heir apparent, but that's not stopping a small band of loyal supporters from rallying behind the RayBan-sporting veep in hopes of a long-shot bid.  —  If these were ordinary times, a happy warrior like Joe Biden …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Ayatollah Could Be More Trustworthy Than Obama On Iran Deal  —  “I don't know, I hate to admit it, but in terms of this framework, do I trust President Obama, or do I trust the Ayatollah?  In terms of what the framework actually says?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kevin S. Held /
Woman says she killed cats because grandkids wouldn't clean rooms  —  GODFREY, IL (KTVI) - A grandmother in Godfrey, Illinois is facing animal cruelty charges after admitting to killing a cat and four kittens because her grandchildren would not clean their rooms, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Discussion: KTLA and
Dan Thorne / Guinness World Records:
President Obama joins Twitter with @POTUS account, breaks fastest million follower count record  —  Barack Obama last night shattered the record for fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, after his new verified account @POTUS reached the figure in less than five hours.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Lindsey Graham Is An Unhinged Kook Who Shouldn't Be Taken Seriously  —  Yesterday Lindsey Graham expressed his interest in yes, for real, becoming a presidential candidate for 2016.  Spend any amount of time around the good senator and you'll hear more extreme sentiments expressed publicly …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ilan Ben-Meir / BuzzFeed:
Congressman: I Felt Safer In Israel Than I Would In “Certain Parts Of New York City Or Chicago” Or Baltimore  —  “The whole time we were there, of course, we had security with us, but there was no restrictions on travel, we never felt threatened one bit — unless you're threatened by the merchants …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and JP Updates
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Time for the Press to Start Punishing Clinton  —  The ability of the Clintons to get by on things that would send Republicans to political exile — or jail — is simply a wonder to behold.  But you would think that at some point the political press would start acting like the economic guild I've always thought it to be.
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Harvard professor apologizes to Rick Santorum  —  Harvard professor Robert Putnam apologized Tuesday to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for accusing him of saying “all black men are sexual predators.”  —  “Last week I carelessly but seriously misquoted Senator Santorum,” Putnam tweeted.
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Claire Wiseman /
Signal Mountain man admits to plotting deadly attack against Muslims
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Almukhtar / New York Times:
ISIS Finances Are Strong
Discussion: Lawfare and The Week
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades
Discussion: Power Line and Moe Lane
 Earlier Items: 
Patrice Taddonio / FRONTLINE:
Secrets, Politics and Torture
James Gallagher / BBC:
‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and New York Times
Nick Gass / Politico:
Alan Grayson on his wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’
Discussion: Post On Politics
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’
Nick Gass / Politico:
Gloria Steinem to lead women's march in North Korea
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Republican field is a clown car
Discussion: Daily Kos
Not A Blog:
The Show, the Books  —  I am getting a flood of emails …