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8:15 AM ET, May 26, 2015


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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State.  But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say  —  WASHINGTON — They are only four words in a 900-page law: “established by the state.”  —  But it is in the ambiguity of those four words in the Affordable Care Act that opponents found a path to challenge the law, all the way to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Althouse
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday  —  Former New York Governor George Pataki  —  WASHINGTON - Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he's joining the crowded Republican field for president.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Senate Clears Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions … After four hours of debate and more than a dozen failed amendments offered by Democrats, the Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to far-reaching restrictions on minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent.
Wall Street Journal:
Charter Communications Reaches Deal for Time Warner Cable  —  Roughly $55 billion deal would give John Malone prize he has been chasing  —  Charter Communications Inc. reached a $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc., giving cable mogul John Malone the prize he has been chasing for two years.
Evangelist Claims Josh Duggar Wasn't Christian At Time Of Molestation Allegations  —  Former Republican governor of Arkansas and current presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed his support ...  Founded in 2007, is an independent media site that publishes original journalism …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show  —  If you're a Republican primary voter, you're probably feeling pretty good about the presidential primaries.  Even if you haven't yet found the candidate who will make you swoon, one thing you've got is choices.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Memorial Day  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  Thank you, Secretary Carter, for your leadership of our men and women in uniform.  General Dempsey; Major General Buchanan; Mr. Patrick Hallinan, Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries …
ABC News:
Obama Honors Troops on Memorial Day
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
B.B. King's Daughters Allege He Was Poisoned  —  Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate is calling the claims ridiculous.
Discussion: Ultimate Classic Rock and The Week
Matt Schiavenza / The Atlantic:
Why Iraq's Military Has No Will to Fight  —  Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in the city of Ramadi arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, May 16, 2015 (Reuters)  —  The Obama Administration has run out of patience with Iraq's Army.  On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter appeared on CNN's …
Discussion: Washington Post
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion Ledger:
Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber  —  U.S. Senator Thad Cochran married his longtime aide Kay Webber in a private family ceremony in Gulfport on Saturday, according to a one-sentence statement released by his office Monday.  —  Cochran's relationship with Webber became the topic …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Suspends Troll Chuck Johnson — Are Its New Guidelines Actually Working?  —  Notorious Twitter troll Chuck Johnson was placed in time-out Sunday — at least temporarily — and it looks like the company's new policy on violent threats was the reason.  —  Twitter suspended Johnson …
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Business:
Will Hillary Clinton Run Against Her Husband's Welfare Legacy?  —  Almost 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton made good on his campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” some of his oldest friends were beside themselves.  The plan, as originally conceived, had been to pump significantly …
Stephanie McNeal / BuzzFeed:
A Homeschooling Program Promoted By The Duggars Has Troubling Advice On How To Handle Sexual Abuse  —  A homeschooling program promoted by the Duggar family has distributed documents in the past that offer troubling advice about how to handle sexual abuse in the home.  —  Via Facebook: duggarfamilyofficial
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Wants Police Chief Who Released Duggar Offense Report To Be Fired
Discussion: Mediaite
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Monte Morin / Los Angeles Times:
Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers
New York Times:
Carly Fiorina Talks, Iowa Swoons, and Polls Shrug
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct
Discussion: ABC News
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Meh  —  Remember Douglas Adams's 1979 novel …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books
Discussion:, Vox Popoli and Whatever
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The 2016 political report: Walker emerges from Southern confab as GOP front-runner