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9:40 AM ET, May 21, 2015

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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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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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee decides to skip Iowa Straw Poll
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
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John Tabin / New York Post:
Hillary's private spy and their shady foreign policy  —  Hillary Clinton listens to Sid Blumenthal, and she doesn't care who knows it.  —  Never mind that Clintonland's longtime hatchet man fed her information at the State Department, which she then forwarded to her subordinates …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails on Benghazi
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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 …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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: 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
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
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.
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
Washington Post:
Md. man suspected in killings of four people in Northwest Washington  —  (Tony Powell/Washington Life Magazine)  —  D.C. police late Wednesday said they have identified a suspect in the killings of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, young son and housekeeper, who authorities believe were held captive in the family's Northwest D.C. home.
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.
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 …
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.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Frank Fiorina: A regular guy tries on the role of campaign spouse  —  Frank Fiorina trudged through the aisles of Costco one day last week with a press handler, a photographer and a newspaper reporter.  It wasn't his idea, and the whole thing made him feel odd.
Discussion: Mediaite
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
U.S. and Cuba Nearing Deal 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 say, as negotiators prepare to meet Thursday in Washington …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Super PAC Struggles to Raise Money  —  Priorities USA Action, an outside group backing the Democratic presidential candidate, has garnered only $5 million in ‘hard commitments’  —  The super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid is struggling to raise money …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.
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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Reason:
Reason Roundtable: Is Reform Conservatism a Friend or Foe of Limited Government?
Discussion: The Federalist and Hit & Run
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Cancer charities' $187 million in donations paid for luxuries and fundraisers, feds say
Peter Moore / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Half of Democrats support a ban on hate speech
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Pitbull a fan of Bush's ‘slick’ humor
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Ray Daudani / WWBT-TV:
Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Court: Notre Dame Can't Cut Off Birth Control For Its Students
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Hillary hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’
Discussion: Truth Revolt
WXIA-TV:
Witnesses: School nurse yells profanity, racial slur at 6th grader
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rentz / Baltimore Sun:
Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets
Discussion: Daily Kos, abc11.com and Hullabaloo