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Ken Auletta / News Desk:
Jill Abramson and the Times: What Went Wrong?  —  In the gossipy world of New York journalism, the firing of Jill Abramson from her position as the executive editor of the Times provoked a veritable explosion of talk, posts, and Instagram pictures of the objects of interest.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times seeks correction from New Yorker over Abramson story  —  New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said late Thursday night that she was misquoted in a New Yorker article about the reasons for Jill Abramson's termination from the paper.  Murphy is now seeking a correction from The New Yorker.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Two Points on Abramson  —  First, don't miss this essay by Amanda Marcotte on Abramson's rough defenestration.  We're always excited to have her in our pages.  —  Second, it may get lost in all the high-octane drama but in Ken Auletta's second dispatch on Abramson's dismissal …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Bonfire of the Inanities  —  Reading the New York Times' report …
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Maura Lerner / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
On campus beat: Protest stops camel's visit to University of St. Thomas
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Manuel Perez / CNN:
Editors' note  —  (CNN) — CNN has discovered multiple instances of plagiarism by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a former CNN news editor.  She wrote frequently about international news, writing and reporting about Africa, Europe, and the Middle East from our London bureau.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democratic Party Still Seen More Favorably Than GOP  —  Both parties face “upside down” net favorable ratings  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans view the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party, even though both parties have a net unfavorable rating.
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Conservatives seek to regain control of Republican agenda
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Joy Wilke / Gallup:
Many Americans View Congressional Leaders Negatively
Nick Spinetto / WMUR:
Wolfeboro residents demand commissioner resign over racial slur  —  A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town said he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word, and he sat with his arms crossed while angry residents at a meeting called for his resignation on Thursday.
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
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Sarah Palermo / Concord Monitor:
Wolfeboro police commissioner under scrutiny for racist comments about Obama
Associated Press:
Residents of mostly white New Hampshire town ready to oust police official who called Obama …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The case for skepticism about climate scientists.  —  Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio came under attack this week for refusing to submit to scientific authority.  “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he said in an interview with Jonathan Karl.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio demanded people look at the science on abortion. So we did.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Arkansas Race Is Not Over Yet  —  In a year full of tough challenges for the Democrats, Tom Cotton may have opened up an opportunity.  —  Each election year has its own unique characteristics.  No two are alike, and this is one of the many things that make politics so interesting.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cotton Tries To Link Sen. Mark Pryor To ‘Radical’ Elizabeth Warren
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ore. Senate hopeful accused of stalking boyfriend  —  Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby was accused by her ex-boyfriend last year of “stalking” him, entering his home without his permission and “harassing” his employees, according to a Portland, Oregon police report.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Raw Story
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Case Against the Bernanke-Obama Financial Rescue  —  Atif Mian and Amir Sufi are convinced that the Great Recession could have been just another ordinary, lowercase recession if the federal government had acted more aggressively to help homeowners by reducing mortgage debts.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michael McCann / Sports Illustrated:
Sources: Donald Sterling refuses NBA sanctions, threatens to sue  —  Through his attorney, Donald Sterling has directly refused to adhere to serious NBA sanctions.  —  SI.com has learned that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher …
ioppublishing.org:
Statement from IOP Publishing on story in The Times  —  Dr. Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director at IOP Publishing, says, “The draft journal paper by Lennart Bengtsson that Environmental Research Letters declined to publish, which was the subject of this morning's front page story of The Times …
Kyle Olson / Progressives Today:
WPC14 UNDERCOVER VIDEO White Student Booted From White Privilege Session - His Race Was Too Offensive  —  MADISON, Wis. - When one looks through the rhetorical veneer of the White Privilege Conference, hypocrisies abound.  —  The White Privilege folks say Christianity is oppressive …
Tim Grieve / NationalJournal.com:
Why We're Changing Our Comments Policy  —  At National Journal, we believe that public service is a noble calling; that ideas matter; and that trustworthy information about politics and policy will lead to wiser decisions in the national interest.  Those principles are reflected in everything we do …
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Congress Party Concedes Defeat as India Backs Modi  —  NEW DELHI — The Indian National Congress, which has headed India's government for nearly all the country's post-Independence history, conceded defeat to the opposition leader Narendra Modi on Friday, as voters rendered a crushing verdict …
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
House Speaker's Spokesman: No “Commitment” To Pass Immigration Reform  —  White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said the administration had received assurances from Speaker John Boehner.  UPDATE: Jarrett tweets Boehner had made a “commitment to trying.”  —  White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Boko Haram Is Not Islamist
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
California consumers say duped by Blue Shield's limited Obamacare plans
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Power Line
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Hit & Run, NPR and Mashable
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Enjoys Lovefest On “The View”
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
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Sun Journal:
King says he will endorse Collins in Senate race
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Democrats Have Advantage on Issues, but It Won't Save Them in November
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate to vote on lawyer who authored drone strike memos
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and CNN
Larry O'Connor / Independent Journal Review:
Head Of ‘Benghazi Truth Squad’ Comes Up Short On Answers To Basic Questions
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
The Consensus Candidate  —  Cory Gardner unifies Colorado Republicans.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
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