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10:15 AM ET, May 20, 2015


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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
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. House Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton White House aide  —  Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Clinton finds problems with Obama TPP trade proposal
Discussion: Washington Times
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton
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
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton finally takes questions, defends speech income
Discussion: Des Moines Register, CNN and US News
Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
Hillary Clinton Finally Takes Reporters' Questions in Iowa
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Asks Reporters If ‘The Left’ Is ‘Obsessed With Sex’  —  After fielding a few questions from reporters about gay rights on Tuesday, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went off on “the left” and began discussing the Islamic State's treatment of gay people.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Infowars, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Beau Biden Undergoing Treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Curious Case of 50,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton E-Mails
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 …
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 …
The Commonwealth Fund:
The Problem of Underinsurance and How Rising Deductibles Will Make It Worse  —  Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014  —  31 million people in the United States were underinsured in 2014  —  11% of privately insured adults had a deductible of $3K or more in 2014, up from 1% in 2003
Bloomberg Business:
Obama Says Climate Change Threatens Military Readiness, Security  —  Climate change threatens global security and the readiness of U.S. armed forces, President Barack Obama will tell graduates of the Coast Guard Academy.  —  Thousands of miles of roads, railways and energy facilities …
Discussion: The Week
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alan Grayson called cops on wife for allegedly using his credit card  —  Florida Rep. Alan Grayson recently called his estranged wife a “gold digger,” but a review of the potential Senate candidate's soap-opera divorce case shows he unsuccessfully tried to have her criminally charged for far less …
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
Source: Aaron Hernandez a lookout in prison fight  —  Rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez 13 photos  —  Former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Thursday, January 29.  The state accused Hernandez of orchestrating the shooting death …
Discussion:, WPRI-TV and
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 …
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
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 …
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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Paul Armstrong / CNN:
No fresh lobster? Kim Jong Un takes aim at North Korean terrapin farm
Chaim Levinson / Haaretz:
Israel begins separating Palestinians, Israelis on West Bank buses
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Too close to call: Matt Bevin leads James Comer by 83 votes; Comer calls for recanvass
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Focuses on Top Venezuelan Officials in a Broad Cocaine Inquiry
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Sham cancer charities face federal charges of stealing $187M
Discussion: The Week and Joe. My. God.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Silk Road, Online Black Market, Reduced Users' Risks, Defense Says
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Federal Judge Says DC Gun Carry Law is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Moe Lane
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Lifelong Republican Turns On His Party, Embraces Obamacare