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12:45 PM ET, May 20, 2015


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New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie loses his marbles on national TV |  Editorial  —  Star-Ledger Editorial Board By Star-Ledger Editorial Board  —  It's no wonder that New Jersey is screaming a warning to the rest of the country.  —  For months, we have wondered how Gov. Chris Christie thinks he can win …
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’
Discussion: Mediaite
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Iowa Democrats: Flawed Hillary Clinton Our Best Hope to Win  —  A Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies focus group finds Democrats resolved over their presidential frontrunner.  —  t margarettalev  —  Iowa Democrats are rallying around Hillary Clinton with pragmatic enthusiasm …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
U.S. Releases Contents Of Bin Laden's English-Language “Bookshelf”  —  From Chomsky to Woodward.  BuzzFeed News got a first look at the rare public accounting of some of the documents seized from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound.  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. government this week …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cotton blocks move to take up NSA reform bill  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) blocked a move from Republican colleague Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Tuesday to bring up the House-passed USA Freedom Act, which would reform the National Security Agency's surveillance practices.
Discussion: American Spectator
Nick Gass / Politico:
Study on gay marriage views retracted after allegations of fake data  —  One of the authors of a recent study which claimed that short conversations with gay people could change minds on same-sex marriage has retracted it.  —  The retraction this week of the popular article published …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Virginia Hughes / BuzzFeed:
Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters' Minds
Discussion: Washington Post, US News and Poynter.
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
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC, All 50 States and D.C. Charge Four Cancer Charities With Bilking Over $187 Million from Consumers  —  Complaint Alleges Defendants Falsely Claimed Donations Would Help Pay For Pain Medication, Hospice Care & Other Services; But Spent Donations on Cars, Trips, Sports Tickets, & Professional Fundraisers
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Sham cancer charities face federal charges of stealing $187M
Discussion: The Week and Joe. My. God.
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, |
Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal issues religious freedom executive order
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 …
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
Pew Internet:
Americans' Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance  —  The cascade of reports following the June 2013 government surveillance revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden have brought new attention to debates about how best to preserve Americans' privacy in the digital age.
Discussion: Mashable, Politico and New York Times
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: Betsy's Page and National Journal
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 …
Cyd Zeigler / Outsports:
Texas college bans gay athletes from dating or supporting same-sex marriage  —  LeTourneau Univ., an NCAA Division III school in Texas, has a new policy forbidding gay student-athletes from dating.  Any support for same-sex marriage can result in an athlete's dismissal.
Discussion: Raw Story and PinkNews
Adrian Glick Kudler / Curbed LA:
Unaffordable Housing: Every Single Part of Los Angeles is Unaffordable on $15/Hour  —  Today the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $10.50, then to $12, then to $13.25, then to $14.25, and finally to $15 in the year 2020, over the loud protests …
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.
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Super PAC Executive Director Exits Amid Shake-Up
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
After rioters burned Baltimore, killings pile up largely under the radar
David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Bernie Sanders blows Wolf Blitzer's mind with plan to make college free by taxing Wall Street
Paul Armstrong / CNN:
No fresh lobster? Kim Jong Un takes aim at North Korean terrapin farm
Bloomberg Business:
Obama Says Climate Change Threatens Military Readiness, Security
Discussion: The Week
Chaim Levinson / Haaretz:
Israel begins separating Palestinians, Israelis on West Bank buses
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gass / Politico:
Iran's supreme leader: Foreigners can't interview our scientists
Discussion: The Week
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Too close to call: Matt Bevin leads James Comer by 83 votes; Comer calls for recanvass
Yahoo Politics:
Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Federal Judge Says DC Gun Carry Law is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Moe Lane