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10:35 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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Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Awful School Is Awfully Intolerant: Condi Rice Backs Out Of Rutgers Speech Amid Protests  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University's commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal.”
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
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obamacare's doom  —  If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation's second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Monthly:
McConnell's Nuclear Blunder Haunts Republicans  —  This was a huge week for judicial nominations in the Senate.  Nine judges were confirmed, including one at the appeals level.  We also got confirmation that Republicans committed a terrible blunder last fall by forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Heritage urges ‘no’ vote on energy efficiency bill
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Outside Cash Floods North Carolina Judicial Race  —  The state is ground zero in the partisan war, and challenges to its conservative agenda will come before the state Supreme Court.  But ‘nasty’ ads are sinking the Democratic incumbent.  —  A marquee Senate race pitting Democrat Kay Hagan …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Nick Brown / Reuters:
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Obama, a lame duck for 33 months?
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