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9:45 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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New York Times:
Times Ousts Its Executive Editor, Elevating Second in Command  —  The New York Times dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor on Wednesday, replacing her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in an abrupt change of leadership.  —  Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
The Clintons fight back, signaling a new phase in 2016 preparations  —  Amid all the speculation about her political future, Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast herself as a global icon tuning out the noise of domestic politics.  —  But this week, she and her husband have jumped into partisan combat.
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Took 6 Months to ‘Get Over’ Concussion, Bill Says of Timeline
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Real Clear Politics
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
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Says He “Can't Vote” For Obama's Controversial Judicial Pick
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Dip Into GOP Primaries, Try to Pick Their Opponent  —  In the flurry of divisive Republican primary contests, some Democrats see an inviting opportunity: A chance to try and help pick their own opponent in Senate and House races.  —  Democrats increasingly are running ads …
Ken Ham / Facebook:
Well the secularists love Pat Robertson today!  A number of them are posting a section from CBN's “700 Club” program today (Tuesday) on YouTube and on various websites.  They love it that Pat Robertson has once again used his “700 Club” program to engage in name-calling as he attacks those of us …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
A Shameful Victory for Obamacare's Opponents
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - 'You can't force somebody to sell property in America': Donald Sterling vows …
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NationalJournal.com:
Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew M. Chingos / Brookings Institute:
Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts
Discussion: Education Next and Joanne Jacobs
Jordan Shapiro / Associated Press:
Missouri lawmakers pass 3-day abortion wait period
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Predicts BridgeGate Will Have Zero Effect On His Political Future
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Sal Russo / Roll Call:
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Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Honest Work  —  Why the GOP argument against raising …
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