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2:05 PM ET, May 20, 2015

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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 …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Over 1 Million Bin Laden Documents Remain Unreleased
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Asks Reporters If ‘The Left’ Is ‘Obsessed With Sex’
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
If you search Google Maps for the N-word, it gives you the White House  —  Someone on Google Maps just labeled President Obama a very bad word.  —  A reader points out that if you enter a search for “N***** king” — which contains a particularly offensive racial epithet for African Americans …
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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 …
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: Washington Post and Mediaite
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Virginia Hughes / BuzzFeed:
Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters' Minds
Discussion: Washington Post, US News and Poynter.
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Gay-Marriage Opponents Get Legal Protection From Louisiana Governor  —  NEW ORLEANS — Hours after a committee in the Louisiana Legislature effectively voted down a bill that would explicitly protect people and businesses that do not want to participate in same-sex marriage …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Week and AMERICAblog News
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Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal issues religious freedom executive order
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 …
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 and Hot Air
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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 …
New York Post:
Narcotics cops ordered to stop arresting suspects over 40  —  The city's narcotics cops are being told to stop arresting suspects over the age of 40 — a major strategy shift designed to target younger dealers, who are more likely to carry guns and use them, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Mediaite, Gothamist and BizPac Review
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
Robert Draper / New York Times:
'You'd Have to Be Insane Not to Conduct Some Soul-Searching'  —  During the months following the November 2014 midterm elections, several House Democrats convened a series of secret meetings to plot the future of their party's leadership.  —  The party had just endured a nationwide thrashing …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Super PAC Executive Director Exits Amid Shake-Up  —  Buffy Wicks, the head of Priorities USA, is in talks with the Clinton campaign about a senior role.  She leaves the super PAC as Guy Cecil comes in.  —  Scott Olson / Getty Images  —  Buffy Wicks, a leading Democratic operative …
Dan Freedman / Connecticut Post:
Obama official once said train-safety cost outweighed benefit  —  WASHINGTON — When a Republican lawmaker in 2011 asked an Obama administration Office of Management and Budget official to name regulations where costs were not justified by benefits, the official had a ready answer.
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
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Judge drops Rauner ‘fair share’ suit, lets non-union workers' case proceed
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Adrian Glick Kudler / Curbed LA:
Unaffordable Housing: Every Single Part of Los Angeles is Unaffordable on $15/Hour
Cyd Zeigler / Outsports:
Texas college bans gay athletes from dating or supporting same-sex marriage
Discussion: Raw Story and PinkNews
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
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg Business
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
CBO director: ObamaCare funds were assumed to be for all states
Yahoo Politics:
Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's State Department Staff Kept Tight Rein on Records
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
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

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