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4:50 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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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
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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
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton vouches for Hillary's health
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
US using drones to find kidnapped Nigerian girls  —  The U.S. is now using unmanned drones in the search for hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram, the White House said Wednesday.  —  The deployment of drones comes in addition to manned surveillance flights …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
McCain: Send U.S. Special Forces to Rescue Nigerian Girls
Washington Post:   Rescuing the kidnapped girls should be only a first step for Nigeria to counter Boko Haram
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: National Review and Hullabaloo
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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
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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Rhodes Cook / Wall Street Journal:
In 2014 Primaries So Far, Good News for Incumbents  —  With Tuesday's elections in Nebraska and West Virginia, we are now seven states deep into the 2014 primary season.  Already, nominations have been decided in nearly 100 of the nation's 435 congressional districts.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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: TPNN and Right Wing News
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Liberal Columnist Insists Again That Chris Stevens Wasn't Murdered In Benghazi  —  Republicans remain convinced that the Obama administration deliberately avoided labeling the attacks in Benghazi an act of terrorism.  But that alleged “cover-up” has nothing on a recent characterization by Eleanor Clift.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Liberaland
Washington Post:
Eric Cantor's tea party opponent in Va. primary may be picking up momentum  —  RICHMOND — There was a time when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sympathized with the tea party's frustration with Washington.  —  Now, he's engaged in open warfare with the GOP's insurgent wing.
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: The Raw Story
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Hopes fade for survivors after Turkish mine fire kills more than 230  —  (Reuters) - Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday, where 238 workers were confirmed killed and 120 more still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever industrial disaster.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Omaha World-Herald:
Sasse's dominant victory in Senate race affirms Tea Party influence in Nebraska  —  LINCOLN — To Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse, his blowout primary victory is a win for sweeping ideas and the U.S. Constitution.  —  “We were only going to do this (campaign) if we were going to talk about big …
Discussion: Roll Call
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CBS News:
Tea party pulls out a modest victory in Nebraska Senate primary
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
 
 
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