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3:10 PM ET, May 15, 2014

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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.
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Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: New York 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 …
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 …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Jill Abramson and the ‘Narrow Band’ of Acceptable Female Behavior  —  One reason for the tension between former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and her boss, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., was that Abramson challenged him over what she saw as unequal pay, according to the New Yorker's Ken Auletta.
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register  —  Trying to explain a singularly humiliating firing  —  So far, accounts of why Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of The New York Times, was abruptly fired on Wednesday, don't leave us with a firm sense of what happened.
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 …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Senate showdown likely coming over campaign spending  —  Washington (CNN) - Saying that “No one should be able to pump unlimited funds into political campaigns, whether they are Democrat, Republican or independent,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday strongly backed …
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Reid calls for constitutional amendment on campaign cash
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
9/11 CEREMONY SCRAPS ‘BRIDGE’ SONG AFTER CHRISTIE  —  You are here  —  Home » Chris Christie » 9/11 ceremony scraps ‘Bridge’ song after Christie  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A last-minute change prevented what could have been an uncomfortable moment during the Sept. 11 museum dedication ceremony …
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Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Gov. Christie was told about George Washington Bridge closure plans claims his former campaign manager
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Christie Aide Says Gov's Self-Exoneration Is Riddled With Errors
Discussion: NorthJersey.com and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
 
 
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