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2:55 PM ET, May 18, 2014

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sulzberger's last straw  —  New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger fired executive editor Jill Abramson after concluding that she had misled both him and chief executive Mark Thompson during her effort to hire a new co-managing editor, according to two sources with knowledge of the reason for her termination.
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Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
NYT Publisher Sulzberger Says Abramson Firing Driven by Conduct  —  New York Times Co. (NYT) Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denied gender bias played any part in his decision to fire top editor Jill Abramson, saying she publicly mistreated colleagues and was a poor communicator.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
After Criticism, Times Publisher Details Decision to Oust Top Editor
Medium:
Tim Geithner, unreliable narrator  —  You can't trust what you read in his book  —  I'm slowly making my way through Tim Geithner's book; I might wind up writing a proper review somewhere, some time.  But already one thing has become generally-received wisdom about the book …
Discussion: emptywheel and Politico
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Man arrested for sneaking into Thad Cochran's wife's nursing home  —  A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Blogger Arrested For Sneaking Nursing Home To Photograph GOP Senator's Wife
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran team questions challenger on activist's arrest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kingfish / Jackson Jambalaya:
Madison Police arrest Clayton Kelly for sneaking into Rose Cochran's room (Updated)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Justin Sink / The Hill:
As Hillary White House run looms, questions linger about Bill  —  Whether Hillary Clinton likes it or not, her husband is one of the big reasons she is the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination if she runs in 2016.  —  The charismatic, popular former president …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dick Scaife / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
What matters most  —  Nothing gives perspective to life so much as death.  —  Recently, doctors told me I have an untreatable form of cancer.  —  Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news.  Naturally, I can't share their enthusiasm.  —  The diagnosis has prompted me to consider my life …
Discussion: ABC News
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Admits to ‘Serious’ Building Collapse  —  SEOUL, South Korea — A 23-story apartment building that may have housed more than 90 families collapsed in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last week, a South Korean government official said on Sunday, after the North reported a “serious” accident at a construction site.
Discussion: Mashable, Outside the Beltway and CNN
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Quixotic ‘80 Campaign Gave Birth to Kochs’ Powerful Network  —  He backed the full legalization of abortion and the repeal of laws that criminalized drug use, prostitution and homosexuality.  He attacked campaign donation limits and assailed the Republican star Ronald Reagan as a hypocrite who represented …
Becky Pallack / Arizona Daily Star:
AZ congressional candidate says mass shooters are Democrats (with audio)  —  FLORENCE — Congressional District 1 candidate Gary Kiehne made extreme comments about gun rights at a Republican primary debate Saturday.  —  Asked how he would protect gun rights, Kiehne said he owns more guns …
Christine Rousselle / Townhall.com:
Utah Republican Suggests Bringing Back Firing Squad  —  SHARES  —  Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican serving in the Utah House of Representatives, wants to bring back the firing squad as an execution method in the state of Utah.  Ray's proposal comes in light of the recent controversies surrounding …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Should students about to read “The Great Gatsby” be forewarned about “a variety of scenes that reference gory, abusive and misogynistic violence,” as one Rutgers student proposed?
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Never Forgetting a Face  —  Joseph J. Atick cased the floor of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington as if he owned the place.  In a way, he did.  He was one of the organizers of the event, a conference and trade show for the biometrics security industry.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Verge
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
911 call released in Monica Wehby saga
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