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8:30 AM ET, May 20, 2015

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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's State Department Staff Kept Tight Rein on Records  —  Aides scrutinized, sometimes blocked release of documents requested under public-records law  —  WASHINGTON—When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her staff scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How the ‘ick factor’ could doom Hillary — and her party  —  Another day, another three Hillary stories — all of which continue the ongoing tarnishment of the Clinton brand.  —  Tarnishment (n): The dilution of the quality of a trademark due to its association with a similar but inferior or more questionable version.
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Time for the Press to Start Punishing Clinton
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hot Air
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.
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Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
David Brooks's Pathetic Iraq Excuses
Simon Maloy / Salon:
David Brooks' sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
The protected, connected liberal media elite  —  On Dec. 23, 2012, former NBC anchor David Gregory hosted an interview with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press.”  —  As expected, the interview was hostile, with Gregory repeatedly badgering LaPierre …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Clinton Foundation-palooza Hurtles Toward Its Vince Foster Moment
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 …
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David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Iowa Democrats: Flawed Hillary Clinton Our Only Hope  —  A Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies focus group finds Democrats resolved over their presidential frontrunner.  —  t writerknowles  —  Iowa Democrats see Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate who, despite her flaws …
Discussion: Political Wire and Twitchy
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.
Bobby Blanchard / The Texas Tribune:
In Beaumont, Ted Cruz Spars a Bit … BEAUMONT — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
CBO director: ObamaCare funds were assumed to be for all states  —  The man who led the Congressional Budget Office when ObamaCare was being constructed said Tuesday it was the “common understanding” at the time that subsidies would be available in all states — a crucial question in a looming Supreme Court case.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Iran's supreme leader: Foreigners can't interview our scientists  —  Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that he would not tolerate “unreasonable demands” from world powers during nuclear negotiations, making clear that he would not allow inspectors to interview the country's scientists.
Discussion: The Week
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Beau Biden Undergoing Treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center … Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Office of the Vice President told ABC News.  —  The White House has not offered any further comment on Beau Biden's condition.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Too close to call: Matt Bevin leads James Comer by 83 votes; Comer calls for recanvass  —  The race for the Republican gubernatorial election went down to the wire and then some Tuesday night.  —  After 214,187 votes were counted, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin held an 83-vote lead …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Moe Lane
Dan Tracer / Queerty:
EXCLUSIVE: Grindr Screenshots Reveal Antigay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle  —  Until 2 p.m. on Monday, the ‘Our Church Staff’ section of St. John's Lutheran Church and School's website described Reverend Matthew Makela as an associate pastor who enjoys, “family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping, and sports.”
Columbia Daily Spectator:
Sulkowicz may not be allowed to bring mattress to CC Class Day  —  CARRY THAT WEIGHT?  A provision barring large items from Class Day may prevent Emma Sulkowicz, CC '15, from carrying her mattress at the ceremony.  —  By  —  A provision barring large items has been added …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Focuses on Top Venezuelan Officials in a Broad Cocaine Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Venezuelan officials are under investigation by the American authorities as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the distribution of cocaine in the Western Hemisphere, American law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Bobby Jindal / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Bobby Jindal plans to issue an executive order enforcing intent of religious freedom bill  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he plans to issue an executive order enacting the intent of religious freedom legislation that died in a House committee Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |
Los Angeles Times:
Minimum wage: L.A. City Council approves increase to $15 by 2020  —  The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed a plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to boost stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder.
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Charles Murray and the Right's Plan to Subvert Democracy
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Roger Simon / Politico:
The GOP and Willie Horton: Together again
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Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Other McCain
Yahoo Politics:
Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Sham cancer charities face federal charges of stealing $187M
Discussion: The Week and Joe. My. God.
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
About 21,000 gallons of oil leaked off Santa Barbara County beaches
Discussion: KTLA and The Week
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Silk Road, Online Black Market, Reduced Users' Risks, Defense Says
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
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Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Pro-Scott Walker super PAC spells out perks for $1 million donors
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
Michael Wessel / Politico:
I've Read Obama's Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Los Angeles Times
Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Here's what the NRA got stripped from Louisiana's anti-domestic violence bill
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Rebecca Roberts / FOX2now.com:
Woman says she killed cats because grandchildren wouldn't clean rooms
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