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5:05 PM ET, May 20, 2015

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Politico:
Rand Paul to slam surveillance ‘until he can no longer speak’  —  But it's not technically a filibuster.  —  Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to launch a “filibuster” of a bill to reauthorize a major government surveillance program.  One problem: It's not actually a filibuster.
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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.
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:
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Will Dunham / Reuters:
U.S. releases documents recovered in raid that killed bin Laden
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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
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 …
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Virginia Hughes / BuzzFeed:
Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters' Minds  —  A researcher apparently made up the results of the much-publicized study, as revealed Tuesday by scientists trying to replicate it.  —  A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters' minds has been retracted due to fraud.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco  —  The shootout between members of rival outlaw motorcycle gangs in Waco has brought out a great deal of stupidity on the left — too much stupidity to catalogue, in fact.  But let us look at a few lowlights.  —  Making the comparison with Baltimore …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Congressman laughs at sheriff who thinks weed destroys black communities like crack and heroin  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Wisconsin sheriff stunned a congressman on Tuesday by refusing to say that marijuana was less destructive to society than methamphetamine or cocaine.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite
NBC News:
Hillary Clinton Taps DREAMer Lorella Praeli As Latino Outreach Director  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has named prominent DREAMer and immigration activist Lorella Praeli as Latino Outreach Director, a Clinton ca...
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” …
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 …
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 …
Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets  —  Unlimited Access.  Try it Today!  Your First 10 Days Always $0.99
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Headlines Saying I Trust The Ayatollah Over Obama Are False  —  “And let me say for the record, I certainly do not trust the ayatollah.”  Update: Johnson made similar comments two weeks ago.  —  Mark Wilson / Getty Images
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.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Two challengers, one incumbent, finish first in L.A. Board of Education races
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rubio slams Obama plans to ease travel restrictions on Cuba
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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
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