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5:45 PM ET, May 16, 2014

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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.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The NYT's Game of Thrones: How the Top Journalism Job Was Dangled at Guardian Editor
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Bonfire of the Inanities  —  Reading the New York Times' report …
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
‘Hump Day’ event cancelled after students claim bringing a camel to campus was racist  —  Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.
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Maura Lerner / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
On campus beat: Protest stops camel's visit to University of St. Thomas
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The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked  —  But all that changed after an obscure website called Right Wing Watch drew negative attention to the Benham's conservative views with the headline, “HGTV Picks Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Extremist For New Reality TV Show.”
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked  —  First they lost their television show.  Now the Benham brothers say they are losing their business.  —  SunTrust Banks is cutting ties with would-be reality stars David and Jason Benham …
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Right Wing Watch
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.
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
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Operation American Spring falls flat: ‘This is very disappointing,’ Texan says  —  Operation American Spring, billed as a Friday morning multi-million patriot march on Washington, D.C., to oust leadership from the nation's capital — from President Obama to House Speaker John Boeher — has proven woefully below expectations.
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 …
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Jeff Zillgitt / USA Today:
Donald Sterling tells NBA he won't pay fine
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Banter
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
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Boko Haram Is Not Islamist  —  New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen says Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls from their families and forced them to convert to Islam, should not be confused with Islam.  The Democrat made the point in a Thursday hearing.
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Bridget Johnson / The PJ Tatler:
State Dept. Official: ‘Just Not Accurate’ to Characterize Boko Haram as Muslim
emptywheel:
Announcement  —  This is just a quick announcement that I have ended my affiliation with First Look/The Intercept.  My departure was voluntary and amicable.  —  To anticipate questions some may ask, my departure from The Intercept doesn't relate to anything I wrote or didn't write about Ukraine.
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 …
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 …
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.
Daily Dot:
These companies spend the most money to kill net neutrality  —  With the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to move forward with a controversial proposal that threatens net neutrality and the open Internet, lobbying activity looks like it has reached a fevered pitch.
David Dayen / The New Republic:
Somehow, Activists Have Put Protecting Net Neutrality Back on the Agenda  —  A principle that seemed all but dead is making a comeback  —  When Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler initially proposed rules to allow telecoms to charge Internet companies for access to a …
Simon Maloy / Salon:
One Percent's latest crybaby shtick: Why Koch brothers can't whine about Harry Reid  —  But by being political players, Kochs want to have it both ways  —  Harry Reid is a troll.  He's an effective majority leader and he knows how to work within the sticky labyrinth of official DC to get things done, but he's also a troll.
 
 
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