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8:25 PM ET, May 21, 2015

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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal  —  On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry.
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama rejects ‘rubber stamp’ of Israel policies
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Obama's Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court  —  Sometime next month, the Supreme Court will decide King v. Burwell, and the conventional wisdom about the stakes in the case appears to have shifted.  The case represents a challenge to the core of the Affordable Care Act.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Expands Alabama Marriage Ruling Statewide, But Puts Order On Hold
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Josh Duggar / In Touch Weekly:
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People.com:
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation  —  In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen.
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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Nick Gass / Politico:
Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on protesters in email to Clinton
Discussion: Power Line
Elise Young / Bloomberg Business:
Christie Gets Candid, Profane With N.J. Reporters After Roast  —  Chris Christie gave an expletive-laced speech at an annual New Jersey media roast Wednesday, taking aim at reporters who had mocked him for the George Washington Bridge scandal, his travels and the state's finances.
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Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Christie faults media bias for ‘Bridgegate’ heat
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Banter and The Week
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts' President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders  —  The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group's blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that …
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Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Robert Gates: Boy Scouts' ban on gay adult leaders not sustainable
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Maggie Gyllenhaal on Hollywood Ageism: I Was Told 37 Is ‘Too Old’ for a 55-Year-Old Love Interest  —  “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh,” the actress tells TheWrap  —  Every time we think things are getting better for women in Hollywood, something comes along to remind us — naaah.
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor  —  A dollar bill is a special kind of thing.  You can keep it as long as you like.  You can pay for things with it.  No one will ever charge you a fee.  No one will ask any questions about your credit history.
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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Politico:
Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive  —  On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama's trade agenda has found new life.  —  In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president's goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries …
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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.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones  —  The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.  —  The surveillance project was launched …
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William Kristol / USA Today:
We were right to fight in Iraq  —  Obama threw away hard-earned gains.  —  We were right to invade Iraq in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein, and to complete the job we should have finished in 1991.  —  Even with the absence of caches of weapons of mass destruction, and the mistakes …
Discussion: The Daily Banter
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The Atlantic:
The Middle East Interview
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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ABC News:
Mansion Fire: DNA on Pizza Crust Led Authorities to DC Murder Suspect, Sources Say
Discussion: abc11.com
New York Post:
CBS throws Letterman set into Dumpster  —  Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller Robert Miller  —  CBS wasted no time in kicking David Letterman to the curb.
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, Ed Driscoll and CNNMoney
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Bin Laden had the book on Obama  —  Being on bin Laden's bookshelf has become, in a way, the modern version of being on Richard Nixon's enemies list.  Bob Woodward gets a special award.  He gained both distinctions, if that's the right word.  —  Politico contacted some of the authors in question for comment.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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Politico:
What I taught Osama  —  The terrorist's favorite authors imagine …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Juliet Linderman / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: 6 Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray  —  All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday.  —  The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Majority of Democrats, 37 Percent of Republicans Want to Repeal First Amendment  —  Depressing news from YouGov: … It's important to note here that “stir up hatred against” does not mean “instruct a crowd to kill” or “explicitly incite violence against.”
 
 
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Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
This Is What the California Oil Spill Looks Like Up Close
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Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Rick Santorum Rips Fox News Over ‘Arbitrary’ Debate Rules
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Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
Militants tighten grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast's most renowned sites
Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Md. driver's test no longer includes parallel parking
Discussion: USA Today and NPR
Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
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Will Sommer / Loose Lips:
Marion C. Barry Gets Probation for Bank Charges, Backs Off Ward 8 Race
Discussion: American Spectator
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
White House Makes Final Lobbying Push to Pass NSA Bill in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Sanders threatens to crowd out O'Malley
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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How Al Jazeera America Went from a Home for Idealists to a Sexist Mess
Gov. Mike Huckabee / Des Moines Register:
My focus is on Iowa caucuses - not straw poll