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11:00 AM 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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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Invitation to a beheading: How Times editors learned of Abramson's ouster  —  “Please come to a masthead/dept head meeting at 2:00 p.m. today in the page one conference room/3rd floor.”  —  That was the note top editors at The New York Times received this afternoon summoning them to an abrupt gathering …
New York Times:
Times Ousts Jill Abramson as Executive Editor, Elevating Dean Baquet
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson to exit New York Times
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.
Elizabeth Drew / The Atlantic Online:
Project Wizard: Dick Nixon's Brazen Plan for Post-Watergate Redemption  —  The disgraced president's plan to remake himself as a statesman shows how disconnected he was from reality—but also how resilient and effective he could still be.  —  When Richard Nixon, the first president …
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
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 …
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.
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)
Discussion: Washington Post
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Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Cascade of scandals has Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki fighting for his job
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: Power Line
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Stymied by GOP, Obama tells Dems: 'Washington doesn't work'  —  President Obama told attendees at a high-dollar Manhattan fundraiser Wednesday night that the Democratic Party would be in better shape if he “could just get a million surplus votes in Brooklyn” and move them to Nebraska …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
A Shameful Victory for Obamacare's Opponents  —  Lots of people don't even realize they are eligible for assistance  —  McKinsey and Company has published a new report about the Affordable Care Act.  It's getting attention, but not entirely for the right reasons.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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John Tozzi / Businessweek:
How Obamacare Rules Triggered $1.6 Billion in Insurance Rebates
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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 …
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
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The effect of one-party rule  —  Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining.  Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Review
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Backs Constitutional Amendment To Limit Koch Brothers' Influence  —  “If they think Romney was watched closely by me, that's nothing compared to what it's going to be like with the Koch Brothers,” Senate Majority leader vows in BuzzFeed interview.
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Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Arkansas Supreme Court denies stay of marriage order, but a wrinkle in ruling will halt issuance of licenses in Pulaski County  —  The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a request for an emergency stay of Judge Chris Piazza's order overturning the ban on same-sex marriage.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Supreme Court Dismisses Marriage Appeal, Denies Stay Request
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Ben Carson Moves Toward Presidential Run
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - 'You can't force somebody to sell property in America': Donald Sterling vows …
Discussion: Politico and Rush Limbaugh
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Dip Into GOP Primaries, Try to Pick Their Opponent
Matthew M. Chingos / Brookings Institute:
Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts
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Fox News:
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Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To ‘Torture’
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