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7:40 AM ET, May 4, 2014

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Associated Press:
CONDOLEEZZA RICE BACKS OUT OF RUTGERS COMMENCEMENT  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Condoleezza Rice backs out of Rutgers commencement  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address …
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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:
Discussion: National Review
National Review:
EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement
Discussion: The College Fix and Twitchy
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Obama at WHCD: ‘My stellar 2013’  —  President Barack Obama took aim at Republicans, the media — and himself — at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - opening and closing his comedy routine with the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.
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Bertrand M. Gutierrez / Winston-Salem Journal:
GOP candidate was once a female impersonator  —  Steve Wiles, a Republican state Senate candidate who supports North Carolina's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, once worked as a female impersonator at a gay nightclub in Winston-Salem and was gay at the time …
Ryan Pfluger / New York Times:
The Tale of Two Schools  —  Fieldston and University Heights are in the same borough but worlds apart.  How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?  —  University Heights High School is on St. Anns Avenue in the South Bronx, which is part of the poorest congressional district …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Patterico's Pontifications:
Visitor Logs: Obama Had “Debate Prep” Meeting on September 11, 2012, the Day of the Benghazi Attack [UPDATED With Major Update]  —  Where was President Obama during the Benghazi crisis?  Some GOP senators want to know: … Here is an interesting tidbit from the White House Visitor Logs for 9/11/12 …
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: Power Line
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 …
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
The Independent:
Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'  —  Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history.  Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Inequality Has Been Going On Forever ... but That Doesn't Mean It's Inevitable
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