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2:50 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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Gawker:
Apply to Work for al Qaeda Today!
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Will Dunham / Reuters:
U.S. releases documents recovered in raid that killed bin Laden
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
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 …
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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The Huffington Post:
If You Type ‘N—  House’ Into Google Maps, It Will Take You To The White House  —  President Barack Obama is no stranger to Internet racism, but this is just ridiculous: typing “nigga house” into Google Maps can land you at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  —  A screenshot of the glitch …
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
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.
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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: Mediaite and Washington Post
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Virginia Hughes / BuzzFeed:
Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters' Minds
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Backing Hillary Clinton Sees Staff Overhaul
Discussion: Mediaite and Prairie Weather
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
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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Alice Walton / Los Angeles Times:
What you need to know about Los Angeles' $15 minimum wage  —  The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday morning agreed to increase the city's minimum wage.  The city attorney's office will now draft an ordinance and bring it back to the council for a second vote.  Here is what you need to know about the proposal:
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Adrian Glick Kudler / Curbed LA:
Unaffordable Housing: Every Single Part of Los Angeles is Unaffordable on $15/Hour
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Gohmert: Bush Wouldn't Have Invaded Iraq Had He Known Obama Would Succeed Him And Fight For ‘The Wrong Side’  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said yesterday that President Bush would have thought twice about invading Iraq if he had known that his successor would be “such a total incompetent leader” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie and the Distorting Lens of New York Media Dominance  —  As I noted below and as reality has noted several times in recent months, a series of self-inflicted wounds and news events over which he had little control have conspired together to make the idea of a Chris Christie presidential run …
 
 
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Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Congressman laughs at sheriff who thinks weed destroys black communities like crack and heroin
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rethinks Strategy to Battle Islamic State After Setback in Ramadi
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Judge drops Rauner ‘fair share’ suit, lets non-union workers' case proceed
Discussion: BarbWire.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: Hot Air and Bloomberg Business
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
The protected, connected liberal media elite
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
How the ‘ick factor’ could doom Hillary — and her party
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Journal
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
 

 
From Mediagazer:

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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