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2:45 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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on protesters in email to Clinton
Discussion: Power Line
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Speeches Often Well Received Despite the Price
Discussion: The Federalist
John Tabin / New York Post:   Hillary's private spy and their shady foreign policy
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.
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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?
Discussion: The Hill
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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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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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Faults Brother for Lack of Budget Discipline
Discussion: Hot Air and OnPolitics
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: ‘The climate is changing’
Discussion: Mashable and Horizons
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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Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush's new Iraq strategy: Blame Obama
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.
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and NPR
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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CBC News:
Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware
Discussion: PandoDaily, Reuters and The Citizen Lab
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Obama trade bill clears big Senate hurdle  —  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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Ivan Oransky / Retraction Watch:
Author retracts study of changing minds on same-sex marriage after colleague admits data were faked  —  In what can only be described as a remarkable and swift series of events, one of the authors of a much-ballyhooed Science paper claiming that short conversations could change people's minds …
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.
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: Shakesville and Balloon Juice
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows Riots Make America Conservative  —  Nonviolent protests work.  Violent protests cause a backlash.  —  Shares  —  The recent spate of protests against police brutality have changed the way the left thinks about rioting.  The old liberal idea, which distinguished between peaceful protests …
Brianna Owczarzak / WNEM-TV:
Mother of gay son, son speak out about Midland pastor who resigned following ‘sin’  —  A mother came forward with new accusations against the local pastor who resigned after being outed as gay.  —  She said what that pastor told her son nearly drove him to suicide.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines  —  Republicans Want GOP Leaders to Challenge Obama More Often  —  The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public - including most Republicans.  Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
 
 
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
How Republicans hope to turn Islamic State into a problem for Democrats
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Guardian:
Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse
Discussion: Spectator and Althouse
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S. and Cuba Meet for Talks to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties
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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Super PAC Struggles to Raise Money
Discussion: Power Line