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7:40 PM ET, May 14, 2014

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson to exit New York Times  —  New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Wednesday that she will leave the paper, two sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO.  Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor, effective immediately.
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Ken Auletta / Currency:
Why Jill Abramson Was Fired  —  At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper's publisher.  At the time, I did not give a moment's thought to why Jill Abramson …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor  —  Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, is unexpectedly leaving the position and will be replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the newspaper, the company said Wednesday.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Says He “Can't Vote” For Obama's Controversial Judicial Pick  —  “Unless I have a better explanation, I can't vote for him,” the Senate majority leader said of Michael Boggs.  —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters / Reuters
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Senate Dems pound Obama judge pick
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KERO-TV:
AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield  —  BAKERSFIELD - A cat came to her best friend's rescue Tuesday when the young boy was attacked in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield.  —  The surveillance video shows the boy playing on his bicycle when a dog sneaks up behind him and grabs his leg.
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
McCain: Send U.S. Special Forces to Rescue Nigerian Girls
Justin Sink / The Hill:
US using drones to find kidnapped Nigerian girls
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Hot Air
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders  —  It's not just the Democrats who are opposed to a new select committee looking into the Benghazi attacks.  Many top Republicans are uneasy, too.  —  Last Wednesday, as the House was preparing for its new investigation into the Benghazi attacks …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Predicts BridgeGate Will Have Zero Effect On His Political Future  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was asked Wednesday what effect the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal will have on his political ambitions.  —  “I think it will have none, because I didn't do anything …
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Christie: Bridgegate Will Have No Effect On 2016
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Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Moody's downgrades NJ debt as Christie's budget problems grow
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Our Second Black President?  —  For years, we've had a running conversation about how much or whether the often vitriolic, seemingly gut level opposition to President Obama is tied to his race as opposed to simple partisanship, opposition to policies and more.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers  —  WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and National Review
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Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt: Defending the Drama
Noah Millman / The American Conservative:
Climate Change Isn't Just About Sea Levels, And Adaptation Will Require Action, Not A Sense Of Futility
Jonathan Ernst— / TIME:
Bill Clinton Defends Hillary On Benghazi, Rove Attacks  —  Former President BIll Clinton said at the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit on Wednesday that his wife handled the attack in Libya appropriately and that he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove's suggestion she suffered brain damage from a fall in 2012
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Associated Press:
Bill Clinton vouches for Hillary's health
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Fox News:
Price for Nevada dad to see state's school files on his kids: $10G  —  When Nevada dad John Eppolito requested data collected by the school system on his four kids he was told it would cost more than $10,000.  —  Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and TPNN
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
The Oh-So-Fragile Class of 2014 Needs to STFU And Listen to Some New Ideas  —  Another powerful woman has been discouraged from speaking on campus.  Because God forbid my fellow, fragile millennials have their ears damaged by words with which they don't agree.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
What Ben Sasse's Win in the Nebraska Republican Primary Means  —  Rather than yet another Tea Party-versus-establishment battle, the contest elevated a conservative candidate, Ben Sasse, who convinced insiders and outsiders alike.  —  The Dynamic.  If you have read anything about politics …
ThinkProgress:
Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law  —  “[O]ur right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life,” according to the campaign website of Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who won his party's nomination to the United States Senate on Tuesday.
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Raw Story
Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To ‘Torture’  —  Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter delivered to the state's Department of Corrections on Tuesday …
Discussion: Right Wing News and TPNN
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Senate Frontrunner Touches Republicans' Third Rail, Suggests Raising Taxes  —  The Georgia Republican contenders for U.S Senate have made a lot of outrageous assertions, from calling evolution a lie “straight from the pit of hell” to proposing that poor students sweep floors to pay for lunch.
Joshua Rothman / Page-Turner:
The Origins of “Privilege”  —  The idea of “privilege”—that some people benefit from unearned, and largely unacknowledged, advantages, even when those advantages aren't discriminatory —has a pretty long history.  In the nineteen-thirties, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote about the “psychological wage” …
Discussion: Althouse
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Liberal Columnist Insists Again That Chris Stevens Wasn't Murdered In Benghazi
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