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9:50 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 …
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton
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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Clinton Foundation-palooza Hurtles Toward Its Vince Foster Moment
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 …
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
Discussion: Balloon Juice and New York Times
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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, |
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
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
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.
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.
Simon Maloy / Salon:
David Brooks' sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history
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Chaim Levinson / Haaretz:
Israel begins separating Palestinians, Israelis on West Bank buses
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
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.
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Silk Road, Online Black Market, Reduced Users' Risks, Defense Says
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Lifelong Republican Turns On His Party, Embraces Obamacare
New York Post:
Daughter of Sharpton with ‘sprained’ ankle posts more hiking Instagrams
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Ed Driscoll

From Mediagazer:

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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