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8:00 PM ET, May 19, 2015


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Ron Fournier / National Journal:
I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton  —  Rare news conference doesn't address credibility gap.  —  I don't believe her.  —  I don't believe Hillary Rodham Clinton when she says—as she did at a brief news conference on Tuesday—that she has no control over the release of her State Department email.
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Stop It Liberals: Bush Didn't Lie About Iraq Having WMDs
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Lifelong Republican Turns On His Party, Embraces Obamacare  —  Luis Lang's photo on his crowdfunding campaign  —  Luis Lang, who is currently crowdfunding for medical expenses that he can't afford because he didn't sign up for insurance under Obamacare, has become a viral sensation.
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council approves increase in city's minimum wage to $15 by 2020  —  The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to address stagnating pay for workers …
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Police: Raytown mom uses hidden camera to catch her boyfriend taking pictures of daughter's privates  —  RAYTOWN, Mo. — A Raytown mother called police to arrest her 30-year-old boyfriend, whom police say she caught on a hidden camera sexually assaulting her six-year-old daughter.
Discussion: Fox 59 and
Rebecca Roberts /
Woman says she killed cats because grandchildren wouldn't clean rooms  —  GODFREY, IL (KTVI) - A kitten-killing grandmother is behind bars in Madison County.  Investigators say the Godfrey woman killed her granddaughter's cat and four kittens with a hammer, to teach her grand kids a lesson.
Discussion: Fox 59, FOX31 Denver and KTLA
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.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Record-High 60% of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on its constitutionality next month.  This is up from 55% last year and is the highest Gallup …
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg Business and NPR
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
Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Lindsey Graham calls for 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq
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
Jill Pantozzi / The Mary Sue:
We Will No Longer Be Promoting HBO's Game of Thrones  —  The Mary Sue has decided we will no longer be actively promoting the HBO series Game of Thrones.  Allow us to explain.  —  As I write this, I sit within five feet of no less than ten Game of Thrones promotional products …
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 …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Republicans' Early Views of GOP Field More Positive Than in 2012, 2008 Campaigns  —  Growing Interest in 2016 Campaign  —  From the start, the Republican presidential field for 2016 has been much more crowded than the Democratic field.  But voters in each party have similar views of the quality of their party's candidates.
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Federal Judge Says DC Gun Carry Law is Unconstitutional  —  A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the District of Columbia's new concealed carry law is unconstitutional.  —  The order, issued Monday by Judge Frederick J. Scullin, was the second decision in less …
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
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
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.
Michael Wessel / Politico:
I've Read Obama's Secret Trade Deal.  Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  “You need to tell me what's wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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.
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.
Claire Wiseman /
Signal Mountain man admits to plotting deadly attack against Muslims  —  Former congressional candidate: Town ‘must be utterly destroyed’  —  Robert Doggart wanted to burn Islamberg to the ground.  —  In a plea agreement filed in federal court April 29, the Signal Mountain resident …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Justice News:
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at the Colorado Lawyers Committee Annual Lunch
Dan Tracer / Queerty:
EXCLUSIVE: Grindr Screenshots Reveal Antigay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle
Discussion: Mediaite, PinkNews and Raw Story
Indianapolis Star:
Gov. Pence to announce re-election bid
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Biker Shootout Won't Stop Texas Governor from Signing Open Carry Bill into Law
New York Post:
Daughter of Sharpton with ‘sprained’ ankle posts more hiking Instagrams
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Here's what the NRA got stripped from Louisiana's anti-domestic violence bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Ayatollah Could Be More Trustworthy Than Obama On Iran Deal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sarah Almukhtar / New York Times:
ISIS Finances Are Strong
Discussion: Lawfare, The Week and Associated Press
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades
Discussion: Moe Lane and Power Line
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’