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11:55 PM ET, May 16, 2014

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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
SunTrust Reverses Decision On Conservative Benham Brothers  —  After an uproar from conservative customers, SunTrust Banks announced Friday afternoon that the decision to end its relationship with real estate entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham had been reversed.
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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 …
The Daily Caller:   Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked
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.
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Tens Of Millions Somehow Fail To Turn Out For ‘Operation American Spring’  —  It's still early, but it appears safe to say that tens of millions of people will not be turning out to participate in “Operation American Spring - Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning,” which kicked off Friday in Washington, D.C.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Jill Abramson, ousted New York Times editor, pulls out of attending Brandeis commencement  —  WALTHAM, Mass. — Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis (BRAN'-dys) University's commencement.
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The NYT's Game of Thrones: How the Top Journalism Job Was Dangled at Guardian Editor
Daniel Malloy / Political Insider blog:
In Georgia, John Lewis is now the last word in federal judgeships  —  U.S. Rep. John Lewis was the keynote speaker at Emory University's 2014 spring commencement this week.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com  —  Things aren't looking good for Michael Boggs, the state court of appeals judge whose nomination …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP war revived in Georgia
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Eric Cantor won't allow immigration on NDAA  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will block attempts next week to include a measure on a must-pass defense policy bill that would legalize young undocumented immigrants who serve in the military.  —  A spokesman confirmed Friday that the legislation …
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Talk about race  —  Marking the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, First Lady Michelle Obama said on Friday that racial and other prejudices still plague the nation and she called on young people to lead the way forward.
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Caused This Clinic To Close, And Its Doctors Couldn't Be Happier  —  On the last Wednesday in January, the RotaCare Tacoma free clinic in Washington state put away the chairs in the university janitor's lunchroom where it had made its home and closed its doors for the last time.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Poll: 70 percent support voter ID laws  —  Seven in 10 registered voters are in favor of identification laws in order to root out fraud at the ballot box, according to a Fox News poll released this week.  —  The survey found majority support in every major demographic, including black voters and Democrats.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio demanded people look at the science on abortion.  So we did.  —  “Science is settled,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Sean Hannity on Wednesday.  Rubio wasn't talking about climate change (as anyone who's been paying attention this week might guess) but rather “that human life begins at conception.”
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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.
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.
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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Mark Landler / New York Times:
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
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