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3:40 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.
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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.
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
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
What Sidney Blumenthal's Memos to Hillary Clinton Said, and How They Were Handled
Politico:
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 …
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ABC News:
Transcript for Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence on Wealth and Emails  —  On your income disclosure.  Recently on Friday fewer in the tip top Echelon of earners in this century how do you expect average Americans typically.  Well obviously bill and I've been blessed.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton on her emails: I want them released ASAP
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State Department plans to release Hillary Clinton's emails in January 2016
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 …
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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
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Errors and Lies  —  Surprise!  It turns out that there's something …
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.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Clinton Foundation-palooza Hurtles Toward Its Vince Foster Moment
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Hot Air and The Week
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Sui-Lee Wee / Reuters:
Women activists leave for North Korea and DMZ peace march
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Lindsey Graham Is An Unhinged Kook Who Shouldn't Be Taken Seriously
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
Discussion: JP Updates
Sarah Almukhtar / New York Times:
ISIS Finances Are Strong
Discussion: Lawfare, Associated Press and The Week
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Democratic House Freshman Aims To Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy As “Fraud”
Discussion: Raw Story, Hit & Run and Joe. My. God.
Des Moines Register:
Columba Bush: Support Iowa's domestic abuse programs
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Patrice Taddonio / FRONTLINE:
Secrets, Politics and Torture
James Gallagher / BBC:
‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week 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’
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
In Iowa, Hillary vows to fight ‘drug epidemic’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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 …