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Trevor Eischen / Politico:
Condoleezza Rice backs out of Rutgers ceremony  —  Condoleezza Rice on Saturday declined an invitation to speak at Rutgers University's commencement ceremony after some students and faculty protested against the former secretary of state's role in the Iraq war.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“College campuses essentially operate on mob rule at this point”  —  That's the observation of Sonny Bunch to the news that Condoleeza Rice is withdrawing as a Commencement Speaker at Rutgers after protests against her and threats to disrupt the festivities if she spoke:
Nina Teicholz / Wall Street Journal:
Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you?  The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade  —  “Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.  How could this be?
Discussion: neo-neocon and Power Line
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Heritage urges ‘no’ vote on energy efficiency bill  —  The conservative group Heritage Action is urging lawmakers to vote “no” on the energy efficiency bill set to hit the Senate floor next week.  —  Heritage charges that the bill, which promotes energy saving in industrial and commercial buildings …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sen. Tim Kaine / Politico:
I'm Ready for Hillary  —  Why I'm endorsing Clinton in 2016.  —  In 2006, nearly two years before the 2008 presidential election, I told my friend, then-Senator Barack Obama, that I would support him if he ran for the presidency.  I was and am proud that I was one of his first supporters.
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A journalist writes an advice column for Mrs. Clinton.
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Alabama's chief justice: Buddha didn't create us so First Amendment only protects Christians  —  Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CAIR
Matt Simon / Wired:
Absurd Creature of the Week: This Marsupial Has Marathon Sex Until It Goes Blind and Drops Dead  —  In the forests of Australia, every year just before spring, there erupts a sexual frenzy unlike any other on Earth.  It's bigger than an ultra-romantic Neil Diamond concert, bigger even than spring break in Cancun.
Discussion: The Dish
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
V. Stiviano: Donald Sterling Is Not a Racist, Should Apologize for Remarks … Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's confidante V. Stiviano today told ABC's Barbara Walters that she thinks the embattled NBA basketball owner should apologize for his racist remarks.  —  “Yes.
Nick Brown / Reuters:
U.S. bankruptcy judge urges settlement on GM ignition defects  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday urged settlement talks in a dispute between General Motors Co and plaintiffs seeking compensation for the lost value of their cars stemming from a massive recall over a faulty ignition switch …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Inequality Has Been Going On Forever . . . But That Doesn't Mean It's Inevitable  —  We have been living with rising income inequality for so long — in good times and bad, under Republican presidents and Democratic ones — that it has come to seem inevitable.
Dave Bartkowiak Jr. / WDIV-TV:
Wayne County Clerk: John Conyers not qualified for Aug. 5 ballot  —  Congressman may have filed insufficient number of valid signatures to qualify for ballot … DETROIT -  —  Veteran U.S. Congressman John Conyers does not have enough signatures to get on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, according to Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett.
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