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2:20 PM ET, May 15, 2014

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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 …
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Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture  —  “Our journalism advantage is shrinking,” a committee led by the publisher's son warned.  A call to get rid of the metaphor of “Church and State.”  —  Associated Press  —  A 96-page internal New York Times report …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sulzberger Swings the Axe Again: Why the Times Publisher and Jill Abramson Were Doomed From the Start  —  A long good-bye that nobody saw coming.  —  For the past six months, Jill Abramson walked the newsroom like a woman under siege.  “She was feeling it and was exhausted,” one close colleague said.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Jill Abramson and the ‘Narrow Band’ of Acceptable Female Behavior
NationalJournal.com:
Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?  —  The candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority, but hundreds of thousands of them are stuck in a long waiting line for disability decisions.  —  VA officials expect to end the claims backlog next year.  (John Moore/Getty Images)
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Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Cascade of scandals has Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki fighting for his job
Stephanie Moore / WYFF-TV:
Coroner: Man wearing bullet-proof vest says, ‘Shoot me,’ is killed  —  Man, woman being questioned  —  A 25-year-old man who put on a bullet proof vest and asked to be shot was killed Wednesday morning, according to the coroner, and an 18-year-old girl is charged in the death.
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Casey Vaughn / FOX Carolina 21:
Bond set for teen charged after SC man killed testing bulletproof vest
Discussion: The Raw Story
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
America's most gerrymandered congressional districts  —  Crimes against geography.  —  This election year we can expect to hear a lot about Congressional district gerrymandering, which is when political parties redraw district boundaries to give themselves an electoral advantage.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and WRAL-TV
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Bonfire of the Humanities  —  Christine Lagarde is the latest ritualistic burning of a college-commencement heretic.  —  It's been a long time coming, but America's colleges and universities have finally descended into lunacy.  —  Last month, Brandeis University banned Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali …
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Power Line
Lawrence H. Summers / Democracy Journal:
The Inequality Puzzle  —  Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty; Translated by Arthur Goldhammer  • Belknap/Harvard University Press  Once in a great while, a heavy academic tome dominates for a time the policy debate and, despite bristling with footnotes, shows up on the best-seller list.
Discussion: National Review
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Ben Carson Moves Toward Presidential Run  —  Ben Carson is warming to the idea of running for president.  Since the famous brain surgeon retired last year from Johns Hopkins Hospital, he's been speaking around the country to enthusiastic audiences.  And they've affected his thinking about seeking national office.
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Took 6 Months to ‘Get Over’ Concussion, Bill Says of Timeline  —  Bill Clinton did more today than defend his wife, Hillary Clinton, from recent accusations leveled by GOP strategist Karl Rove that she suffered brain damage after falling in December 2012.
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Washington Post:
The Clintons fight back, signaling a new phase in 2016 preparations
Discussion: CNN, Roll Call, Politico and NewsBusters
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Judicial Watch Obtains New Documents Showing IRS Targeting Came Directly From Washington D.C.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP: We'll act on immigration reform in GOP-led Senate  —  Senate Republicans say they'll try to pass immigration reform legislation in the next two years if they take back the Senate in November.  —  The Republicans say winning back the Senate will allow them to pass a series of bills …
Ed Payne / CNN:
Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to death for her faith  —  (CNN) — A Sudanese court has sentenced a Christian woman to death for renouncing Islam, her lawyer said Thursday.  —  Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, was convicted by a Khartoum court this week of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.
Rupert Darwall / National Review:
Science as McCarthyism  —  On Monday, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson took a tilt at climate skeptics.  “The assumption that the vast majority in a scientific field is engaged in fraud or corruption is frankly conspiratorial,” Gerson wrote.  As a non-scientist …
Discussion: Power Line
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 15, 2014 - Native Son Kasich Best Against Clinton In Ohio 2016, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Stuck Deep In Voter Approval Quicksand  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich runs better against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than any other Republican in an early look …
Mary Sanchez / Kansas City Star:
Catholic Church forces woman to leave job after gay marriage is revealed  —  Colleen Simon insisted on performing her job this week out of devotion.  —  On Wednesday, she managed a delivery of 2,000 pounds of food for the pantry at St. Francis Xavier Church.  It's work she sees as fulfilling God's will, his call to serve.
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Casey Kasem is found in Washington hours after daughter files missing person's report  —  Sgt. Mario Toti of the Santa Monica Police Department told the Daily News on Wednesday that Casey Kasem has been found and is ‘somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.’ The discovery comes hours after Kasem's daughter …
John Tozzi / Businessweek:
How Obamacare Rules Triggered $1.6 Billion in Insurance Rebates  —  One of the less discussed pieces of the Affordable Care Act is a measure to control insurance premiums by limiting how much companies can spend on stuff other than medical claims.  Expenses for marketing, fees to brokers …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
A Shameful Victory for Obamacare's Opponents
Discussion: Bloomberg View
 
 
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Daily Mail:
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