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10:40 AM 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 …
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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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
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: Mediaite
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee decides to skip Iowa Straw Poll
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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Politico:
Rand Paul calls it a night after 10 1/2 hours
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
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Fox News:
Police ID suspect in quadruple murder through pizza DNA  —  Police in Washington, D.C., issued an arrest warrant late Wednesday for a suspect in the murder of a corporate executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son, and a family housekeeper in their home last week.  —  The suspect is named as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint.
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) …
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
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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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.
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.
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco
BBC:
Islamic State seizes Syria's ancient Palmyra  —  Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins, reports say.  —  Unesco says its destruction would be “an enormous loss to humanity”, but no damage has been reported there yet.
Discussion: France 24, Washington Post and NPR
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New York Times:
ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins
Discussion: The Week, NPR and Commentary Magazine
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
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.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders' 2014 speaking gigs netted less than $2K  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) netted of $1,867.42 for two paid speeches and a television appearance last year, according to according to financial disclosure reports.  —  The total reflects a paltry sum compared to the millions …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ferguson plans permanent memorial to Michael Brown  —  The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., announced on Wednesday that his city would construct a permanent memorial to Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer there last summer.  —  Mayor James Knowles III said that the tribute …
Hillary Clinton / LinkedIn Pulse:
Four Ways to Jump-Start Small Business  —  When I was growing up, my father owned a small business.  And when I say small, I mean small: It was my father and an occasional day laborer.  My mother, brothers, and I would help do the silkscreen printing on the drapery fabrics he sold.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties  —  MEXICO CITY — The United States and Cuba are closer than ever to reaching an agreement to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies, officials in both countries said as negotiators met Thursday in Washington …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats Have a Todd Akin Problem  —  Alan Grayson is getting closer to a Senate campaign in Florida.  He could cost them a must-win seat—and threaten their chances at a Senate majority.  —  In the battle for the Senate, Democrats are off to a strong start.
 
 
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
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Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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