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11:35 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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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA will begin winding down spying program this weekend
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cotton blocks move to take up NSA reform bill
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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!
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
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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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.
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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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
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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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 …
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: Raw Story
Business Wire:
Nintendo of America Hires Bowser as New VP of Sales  —  Doug Bowser Brings Decades of Experience, Not Fire Breath, to New Role  —  REDMOND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nintendo of America has hired a new Vice President to lead the United States sales organization with a name that's well-known in the Mushroom Kingdom.
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 …
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.
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Court: Notre Dame Can't Cut Off Birth Control For Its Students  —  A group of activists spell out their position on Hobby Lobby's case in front of the Supreme Court  —  A federal appeals court held on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's decision limiting access to birth control …
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: The Week and Fox News Insider
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: Daily Kos, ABC News and Hullabaloo
Paul McLeary / Foreign Policy:
Situation Report: Ramadi, always Ramadi; Poland storms Washington; Susan Rice whiffs; missile defense; and plenty more  —  By Paul McLeary with Ariel Robinson  —  The taking of Ramadi 1-2-3.  While the Islamic State keeps liberating U.S.-made military equipment from fleeing Iraqi troops …
 
 
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