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5:50 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
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
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.
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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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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Christie faults media bias for ‘Bridgegate’ heat
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Banter and The Week
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.
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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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.
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
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
White House Makes Final Lobbying Push to Pass NSA Bill in Senate  —  The White House held threat briefings for key senators Thursday in its secure Situation Room as part of a lobbying effort to pass a bill preventing anti-terror spy programs from expiring June 1.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
 
 
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Loveday Morris / Washington Post:
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Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
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Jeet Heer / The New Republic:
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Discussion: American Spectator
New York Post:
CBS throws Letterman set into Dumpster
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Will Sommer / Loose Lips:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Univision host: Hispanic vote to jump from 12 million to 16 million, will decide presidency
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Sanders threatens to crowd out O'Malley
Discussion: Liberaland and Weekly Standard
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Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
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Ivan Oransky / Retraction Watch:
Author retracts study of changing minds on same-sex marriage after colleague admits data were faked
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians
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