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Morning Must Reads: May 15

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

In the news: The largest election in history; EU cuts back on military as economy remains weak; Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Syria's chemical weapons program; what's prettier in print

  • Hopes of a Generation Ride on Indian Vote [NYT]
  • “Confronted by the prospect of a new Iron Curtain in Russia’s borderlands, the European Union’s largest countries are turning the other way. Germany, France, Italy and Spain are all cutting back on defense just as a swath of countries on the EU’s eastern flank from the Baltic Sea to Romania ramp up arms spending.” [Bloomberg]
    • The euro zoneeconomy grew much less than expected at the start of the year and inflation remained locked in the ‘danger zone’ below 1 percent…” [Reuters]
  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday in a nationally televised address that Japan should allow its military to come to the aid of allies under attack, a divisive step that has been banned since the aftermath of World War II and would require a reinterpretation of Japan’s pacifist constitution.” [WashPost]
  • “A high-stakes U.S.-Russian plan for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons is in jeopardy on several fronts, with the regime in Damascus facing growing allegations that it violated the agreement by attacking rebels and civilians with chlorine gas.” [WSJ]
  • “Amid all the speculation about her political future, Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast herself as a global icon tuning out the noise of domestic politics. But this week, she and her husband have jumped into partisan combat.” [WashPost]
  • Senate Republicans say they’ll try to pass immigration reform legislation in the next two years if they take back the Senate in November. ” [Hill]
  • No more marriages will be performed between same-sex couples in Arkansas as counties seek clarity after a state Supreme Court ruling.” [AP]
    • Arkansas Voter ID Law Reinstated [AP]
  • The New York Times‘ New Boss [Walter Isaacson/TIME]
  • Prettier in Print

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