The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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May 14, 2015 8:03 AM EDT


Good morning from Phoenix, where this reporter found out the hard way that Daylight Saving Time is not observed. Four GOP presidential candidates will make their pitch here this week to the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, where party leaders are gathered to review plans for the primary debates and begin preparations for next year’s national convention. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was first last night, making a pitch to the governing body that she is best equipped to attack Hillary Clinton in the general election. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is still struggling to clean up comments about the Iraq War, will speak tonight after holding a town hall in Tempe. Back on the East Coast, President Obama is hosting Gulf leaders at Camp David for a summit on countering the Islamic State and Iran.

Must Reads

The Republicans’ Iraq Trap (TIME)
Jeb Bush isn’t the only GOPer with an Iraq problem

House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks (CNN)
Republicans lavish praise, while Clinton seizes opportunity to rally her base

No State Left Unturned for Clinton (TIME)
Inside the Democratic front-runner’s grassroots efforts

Why Democrats Overcame In-Fighting on Trade (TIME)
After a setback, Obama gets his win

Pollsters Struggle to Assess 19 GOP Contenders (Politico)
A problem for everything from media coverage to debate qualifications

House Votes to End N.S.A.’s Bulk Phone Data Collection (New York Times)
All eyes on a divided Senate

Sound Off

“His desire is peace and prosperity, he wants everyone to be better off…My interest as an elected official is the national security of the United States and embedded in that is the belief that it is not good for our people—or the people of Cuba—for an anti-American dictatorship 90 miles from our shores.” — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio dismissing Pope Francis’ efforts on Cuba and Palestine after a foreign policy address Wednesday

“My only regret is the backlash,” — David Keating, the creator of the super PAC and an unabashed proponent of money in politics takes a victory lap

Bits and Bites

O’Malley plans May 30 announcement

Bush declares his candidacy by accident

Lawmakers approve Amtrak budget cut hours after deadly crash

10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

Rick Perry PAC claims “Momentum”

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