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12:20 PM ET, May 21, 2015

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails on Benghazi  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton last year provided the State Department with 55,000 pages of emails that she said were related to her work as secretary of state, all from the personal account she exclusively used while leading the department.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Captures Concerns Over Libya  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department is expected to release the first batch of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email address in the coming days.  —  The emails set for release, drawn from some 55,000 pages …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Speeches Often Well Received Despite the Price
John Tabin / New York Post:   Hillary's private spy and their shady foreign policy
Gov. Mike Huckabee / Des Moines Register:
My focus is on Iowa caucuses - not straw poll  —  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Iowa.  My goal is to run a well-funded, well-organized, and well-executed campaign to do extremely well in the Iowa caucuses in 2016.  —  In 2008, I competed and finished second in the Iowa straw poll …
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Iowa Republicans Are Worried About Jeb Bush's Viability  —  Focus group participants say they're worried the former governor's family loyalty-and his last name-could hurt him.  —  t margarettalev  —  Iowa Republicans say they feel overwhelmed by the large number of potential candidates …
Discussion: US News and Mediaite
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Who Stood With Rand This Time? … NOTABLES  —RAND PAUL ENDS FILIBUSTER AGAINST NSA'S CONTROVERSIAL DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM AFTER 10 HOURS: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, wrapped up his so-called “filibuster” over the National Security Agency's controversial bulk collection …
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee decides to skip Iowa Straw Poll
Washington Post:
Suspect in 4 D.C. killings identified after DNA is found on pizza sent to burned home  —  D.C. police have an arrest warrant for a 34-year-old man, Daron Dylon Wint from Maryland.  Law enforcement sources said DNA evidence linked him to the killing of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, young son and housekeeper.
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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.
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The Huffington Post:
Ben Carson, Vegetarian
Discussion: The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush's new Iraq strategy: Blame Obama
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Jeb Bush rails against ‘intellectual arrogance’ in climate change debate  —  Obama ‘abandoned’ Iraq, Jeb Bush says 01:00  —  Story highlights  — He says government should provide incentives for methods like hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling  —  Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN) …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: ‘The climate is changing’
Discussion: Horizons
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Jeb Bush on His Lineage: Get Over It
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Maybe They Can Phone In....  Sponsors of the first two Republican …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trade bill clears major Senate hurdle  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed fast-track trade authority legislation for President Barack Obama past a bipartisan filibuster on Thursday, putting the critical trade bill on a path toward eventual Senate passage.
Discussion: The Hill, Hit & Run and NPR
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Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Paid late, some ex-staffers of White House hopeful Fiorina won't sign on again  —  Politics has a well-known revolving door, with candidates often rehiring consultants, strategists and vendors as they move from one campaign to the next.  But for Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina, that might not be so easy.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Frank Fiorina: A regular guy tries on the role of campaign spouse
Discussion: Mediaite
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians  —  Officer leading Operation Hydrant inquiry says out of 1,433 alleged offenders 76 were politicians, 43 were from music industry and 135 were from TV, film or radio  —  Police across the country are investigating more than 1,400 men …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
kff.org:
Survey of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees, Wave 2  —  Liz Hamel, Mira Norton, Larry Levitt, Gary Claxton, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Introduction  —  This survey reports on the views and experiences of people purchasing health insurance coverage in the non-group market.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Obama Favorable Rating Up, Best Since September 2013  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' favorable ratings of President Barack Obama now stand at 53%, up four points from March.  This comes after a year in which these ratings were mostly below 50% and marks the president's highest score since September 2013.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Of Bikers and Thugs  —  On Sunday, there was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured.  —  “About 170 bikers were charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder,” The New York Times reported.
WND:
‘FATHER’ TO MARRY ‘SON,’ WITH COURT'S BLESSING!  —  The Pandora's box of same-sex marriage has just released a new pairing unimaginable a few short years ago.  —  Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak, father and son, though not biologically, will soon be husband and ... whatever, reports the Patch of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Los Angeles Times:
Pipeline operator in oil spill has high rate of safety infractions
Discussion: Grist, NPR and KTLA
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders' 2014 speaking gigs netted less than $2K
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ferguson plans permanent memorial to Michael Brown
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Super PAC Struggles to Raise Money
Discussion: Power Line
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pitbull a fan of Bush's ‘slick’ humor
Discussion: The Daily Caller