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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 …
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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.
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.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Invitation to a beheading: How Times editors learned of Abramson's ouster
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers  —  Buckley v. Valeo Chuck Schumer Harry Reid Amendment Harry Reid Koch Brothers McCutcheon v. Fec Harry REeid Citizens United Harry Reid Koch Tom Udall Amendment Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission HuffPolitics …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Senate showdown likely coming over campaign spending
Discussion: Politico
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Gov. Christie was told about George Washington Bridge closure plans claims his former campaign manager  —  Bill Stepien, who lost his job in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal, contends he told Christie about the GWB traffic plans on Dec. 12, a day before the governor told reporters his staff didn't know about them.
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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
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
9/11 CEREMONY SCRAPS ‘BRIDGE’ SONG AFTER CHRISTIE
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VI  —  As regular readers know, I hold a special place in my heart for Fox News polling, because unlike independent polls commission by major journalistic institutions, Fox News' surveys tend to be ... special.  —  The network's latest poll includes …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Daily Kos
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Report Addresses Concern Over Obama Plan to Shut Guantánamo
Discussion: Just Security and Lawfare
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
My Benghazi Scandal  —  I may be under fire from conservatives for saying Ambassador Stevens wasn't murdered in Benghazi, but I'm not backing down.  Here's why I said what I did.  —  After getting hammered by the right for remarks I made on the McLaughlin Group last weekend …
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Advantage Among Older Voters Won't Last  —  As life expectancy rises and the population ages, it gets more female and more opposed to entitlement reform.  Those are both bad for a party of austerity.  —  Republicans are expected to score gains in 2014 because of their advantage …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Host: “Go Try And Hire A Male Journalist — You Can't Find Any!”  —  This is exactly how Fox News' Outnumbered is supposed to work.  —  Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate with the hosts of Outnumbered about how equal pay played into the New York Times' decision …
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Fringe Candidates Steal The Show At Idaho's Gubernatorial Debate  —  Two long-shot candidates in the Idaho gubernatorial race stole the show in Wednesday's Republican primary debate.  —  On stage were Gov. Butch Otter, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, as well as Harley Brown and Walt Bayes.
Discussion: Slate
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: WRAL-TV and Washington Monthly
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.
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women  —  Welcome to the dark side of America's war over guns.  —  A threatening “Mother's Day” video aimed at women calling for gun reforms  —  AS JENNIFER LONGDON STEERED her wheelchair through the Indianapolis airport on April 25 …
Annalisa Quinn / Book News & Features:
Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book ‘Author Of The Year’ Award … The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.  — Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the “Author of the Year Award” at the Children's Choice Book Awards …
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.
Kirsten Powers / Associated Press:
Liberals' Dark Ages  —  Each week seems to bring another incident.  Who will the thought police come for next?  —  Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II.  We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.  —  COLUMN: Dear Condi, no one was listening anyway
Yahoo! News:
D'Souza fails to win dismissal of U.S. charges over straw donors  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative author and filmmaker, on Thursday failed to win the dismissal of U.S. criminal charges that he used straw donors to make excessive contributions to a 2012 Senate candidate.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Pulled in Less than $201 in Book Royalties
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