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10:45 PM ET, May 15, 2014

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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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Eric Brown / Reuters:
What's Next For Jill Abramson's New York Times ‘T’ Tattoo?  —  In the wake of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson's unexpected decision to step down from her position Wednesday, several questions linger.  Was Abramson forced out?  Where will she go next?
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sulzberger Swings the Axe Again: Why the Times Publisher and Jill Abramson Were Doomed From the Start
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register
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 …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Report Addresses Concern Over Obama's Plan to Close Guantánamo
Discussion: Just Security and Lawfare
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 and Washington Post
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
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
USA Today:
Fast food workers rally for higher wages  —  Dozens of fast food workers held a demonstration outside of a McDonald's in Manhattan Thursday morning.  They were part of a worldwide day of protests in 230 cities. … NEW YORK — Hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities …
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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
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Amid protests, U.S. FCC proposes new ‘net neutrality’ rules  —  (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.
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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
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Pulled in Less than $201 in Book Royalties  —  Vice President Joe Biden is not making too much money off his book Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics.  Last year, in fact, he made less than $201 in royalties from his book publisher, according to just-released disclosure forms.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Johnson / USA Today:
Court forbids deadbeat dad from having more kids  —  Asim Taylor owes about $100,000 in child support, and an appeals court in Ohio has upheld an unusual sentence meant to make sure that bill doesn't grow: Justices reaffirmed that the Elyria man can't have any more kids until he pays up, reports the local Chronicle-Telegram.
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Madison V. Peace / National Review:
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
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Yahoo! News:
D'Souza fails to win dismissal of U.S. charges over straw donors
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Guardian:
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Kyle Olson / Progressives Today:
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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