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7:45 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
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
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  —  Although Judge Callie Granade expanded a marriage case to the whole state on Thursday, she also put the ruling on hold until the Supreme Court rules on its pending marriage cases.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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
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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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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
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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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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
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.”
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.
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Rick Santorum Rips Fox News Over ‘Arbitrary’ Debate Rules  —  “The idea that a national poll has any relationship to the viability of a candidate—ask Rudy Giuliani that.  Ask Phil Gramm that.”  —  OKLAHOMA CITY—Rick Santorum on Thursday ripped Fox News' newly-announced criteria for qualifying …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
 
 
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Gillian Mohney / ABC News:
This Is What the California Oil Spill Looks Like Up Close
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Politico:
What I Taught Osama  —  The terrorist's favorite authors imagine …
Discussion: Power Line, Ed Driscoll and FishbowlDC
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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Discussion: American Spectator
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
Discussion: Liberaland and Weekly Standard
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Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows Riots Make America Conservative
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians
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Gov. Mike Huckabee / Des Moines Register:
My focus is on Iowa caucuses - not straw poll