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6:15 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.
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Launches His ‘Filibuster’ Against Patriot Act Renewal
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA will begin winding down spying program this weekend
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Rand Paul Takes the Floor to Contest NSA Surveillance (Updated) (Video)
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Christie and the Distorting Lens of New York Media Dominance
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!
Will Dunham / Reuters:   U.S. releases documents recovered in raid that killed bin Laden
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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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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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 …
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
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...
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’
Discussion: Truth Revolt
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 …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Court Transcripts: Bill O'Reilly's Daughter Saw Him “Choking Her Mom”  —  Gawker has obtained partial transcripts from the custody trial at the center of Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's vicious dispute with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.  The documents, which record testimony given last year …
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
Bloomberg Business:
Six Banks Pay $5.8 Billion, Five Guilty of Market Rigging … Six of the world's biggest banks will pay $5.8 billion and five of them agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a currency-rigging probe as they seek to wind down almost half a decade of enforcement actions.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, NPR and The Week
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New York Times:
5 Banks to Pay Billions and Plead Guilty in Currency and Interest Rate Cases
Discussion: CNNMoney, Common Dreams and The Week
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 …
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Theft of Debit-Card Data From ATMs Soars  —  Thieves are stealing information to make counterfeit plastic  —  Criminals are stealing card data from U.S. automated teller machines at the highest rate in two decades, preying on ATMs while merchants crack down on fraud at the checkout counter.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Week
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
WXIA-TV:
Witnesses: School nurse yells profanity, racial slur at 6th grader  —  A mother is asking the investigation into a Mundy's Mill Middle School nurse be reopened.  The nurse is accused of yelling profanities and racial slurs at the woman's 11-year-old son last October.  WXIA  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Raw Story
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
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Court: Notre Dame Can't Cut Off Birth Control For Its Students
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Highway Funding Extension Through July Passed by House
Discussion: Daily Kos
Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
CNN:
Does Waco coverage show a double standard on race? 03:20
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rubio slams Obama plans to ease travel restrictions on Cuba
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Rethinks Strategy to Battle Islamic State After Setback in Ramadi
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alan Grayson called cops on wife for allegedly using his credit card