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7:00 AM ET, May 21, 2015

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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson says Iraq invasion was a mistake  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told The Hill on Wednesday that it was a mistake for the U.S. to invade Iraq, arguing that the nation should have found a different way to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Politico:
Rand Paul calls it a night after 10 1/2 hours  —  It's not clear whether his speech on the PATRIOT Act had any real effect on Mitch McConnell's plans.  —  Rand Paul relinquished the Senate floor late Wednesday night after 10-and-a-half hours of lambasting the government surveillance programs …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA will begin winding down spying program this weekend
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Launches His ‘Filibuster’ Against Patriot Act Renewal
U.S. Department of Justice:
Five Major Banks Agree to Parent-Level Guilty Pleas  —  Five major banks - Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG - have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges.  Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays PLC, and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc …
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Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Fox News rules will limit the field in first GOP presidential debate  —  Fox News, which is hosting the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, will require participants to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up to the event …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sick man whose Obamacare story went viral could be screwed again by Supreme Court  —  By now you may have learned of the plight of one Luis Lang, a South Carolina man whose story went viral after it was reported that he couldn't afford to treat an illness that was threatening to make him blind — and blamed Obamacare for it.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’ … Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has hired an illegal immigrant “Dreamer” to work on her 2016 bid, activists said Wednesday, in a move that sees the Democratic front-runner check off yet another wish-list item for Hispanic voters.
Discussion: Truth Revolt
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Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane  —  High stakes surveillance over the South China Sea 03:47  —  Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.
Discussion: The Week
Ray Daudani / WWBT-TV:
Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist  —  Virginia Senate candidate Joe Morrissey confirmed during a radio program on Wednesday morning he is the father of a child with his former receptionist.  —  Speaking on the Jack Gravely Show on WLEE radio, Morrissey confirmed …
USA Today:
Poof!  CNN's Jake Tapper disappears from Clinton Foundation website: Column  —  Journalists are supposed to report the news, not be part of it.  —  Yet another high-profile TV newsman may find himself embroiled in controversy over his connections to the Clinton Foundation.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pitbull a fan of Bush's ‘slick’ humor  —  Rapper Pitbull appears to have a keen appreciation for a borderline R-rated joke Jeb Bush once told him.  —  The “Fun” singer recalled a “funny story” about the likely GOP presidential candidate during a Tuesday interview with Howard Stern on the radio host's SiriusXM show.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
$15 Minimum Wage Will Hurt Workers  —  So Los Angeles is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, and then indexes the wage to inflation, so that it will never fall below this level in real terms.  The politicians who have passed this law are understandably very excited that many low-wage workers …
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Alice Walton / Los Angeles Times:
What you need to know about Los Angeles' $15 minimum wage
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
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!
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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Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Cancer charities' $187 million in donations paid for luxuries and fundraisers, feds say  —  The pitch was simple, and played on the images of a devastating disease to tug on heartstrings and open pocketbooks.  —  One of the websites featured pictures of smiling children, some of them in hospital beds …
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 …
New York Post:
DEA staffers secretly owned strip club with illegal immigrant dancers: feds  —  Two Manhattan DEA employees secretly owned a low-rent strip club in South Hackensack, NJ, that employed illegal immigrants from Brazil and Russia as dancers, the feds say in a new criminal complaint.
 
 
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New York Times:
ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Half of Democrats support a ban on hate speech
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Chicago Tribune:
McDonald's Oak Brook headquarters swarmed with wage protesters
Discussion: NPR and Common Dreams
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
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Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets
Discussion: Daily Kos, abc11.com and Hullabaloo
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Senate Homeland Security Chairman: Headlines Saying I Trust The Ayatollah Over Obama Are False
Discussion: Daily Kos and Salon
Los Angeles Times:
Two challengers, one incumbent, finish first in L.A. Board of Education races
Discussion: Washington Monthly and KTLA
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rubio slams Obama plans to ease travel restrictions on Cuba
Discussion: The Week
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Congressman laughs at sheriff who thinks weed destroys black communities like crack and heroin
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Mediaite
 

 
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