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3:01 AM ET, May 21, 2015

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Politico:
Rand Paul ends surveillance slam  —  The Kentucky Republican is expected to speak late into the night on the Senate floor.  —  Sen. Rand Paul ceded the Senate floor after 11 1/2 hours Wednesday night, capping a high-profile condemnation of the U.S. government's surveillance practices …
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA will begin winding down spying program this weekend
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul Launches His ‘Filibuster’ Against Patriot Act Renewal
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cotton blocks move to take up NSA reform bill
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 …
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
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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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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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!
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane, ParaPundit and New York Times
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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
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 …
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 …
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Half of Democrats support a ban on hate speech  —  Most Americans support expanded federal hate crime laws, but are divided on banning hate speech  —  Since 1994 people convicted of federal crimes motivated by the ‘actual or perceived’ identity of victims have faced tougher sentences.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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New York Times:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Kiera Wood / Columbia Daily Spectator:
With Sulkowicz carrying mattress across stage, speakers emphasize activism at CC Class Day
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Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABC News and Hullabaloo
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: ABC News and 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
Robert Draper / New York Times:
'You'd Have to Be Insane Not to Conduct Some Soul-Searching'
Discussion: Washington Post