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Susan Snyder / Philly.com:
Haverford College commencement speaker lambastes students  —  In a surprising move, a commencement speaker at Haverford College on Sunday used the celebratory occasion to deliver a sharp rebuke to students who had mounted a campaign against another speaker who had been scheduled to appear but withdrew amid the controversy.
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Graduation speaker blasts students  —  HAVERFORD, Pa. — A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted Pennsylvania college students as “immature” and “arrogant” for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.  —  William Bowen, former president of Princeton University …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems  —  President Barack Obama's job approval slump and voters' entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year's most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources  —  Deal would be biggest ever for YouTube  —  Google's YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
The 9/11 museum's absurd gift shop  —  The museum at Ground Zero tells the dark story of the 9/11 terror attacks with spectacular artifacts and exhibits.  It pays heart-wrenching tribute to the innocents and heroes killed that day.  —  It also has a gift shop.
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John Fund / National Review:
Lessons of the VA Scandal  —  If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces.  But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans' hospitals …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Science Standards Divide a State Built on Coal and Oil  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Sitting in the headquarters of the Wyoming Liberty Group, Susan Gore, founder of the conservative think tank, said new national science standards for schools were a form of “coercion,” adding, “I don't think government …
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Is This the Democrats' War on Women?  —  In 2013, an ex-boyfriend called the cops on Monica Wehby—and four days before her GOP primary, the police report resurfaced.  To blame for the leak?  A Democratic attack, say Republicans.  —  Republicans are crying foul over an eleventh-hour flurry …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Geithner, Staying on Script  —  Timothy F. Geithner, the former Treasury secretary, drew a large and respectful crowd last Wednesday at a Barnes & Noble store in Manhattan, where he was publicizing “Stress Test,” his new memoir about the financial crisis.  Mr. Geithner left little to chance at the event …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Christie calls for more aggressive foreign policy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressive foreign policy that defends American values abroad — even in “in some very messy, difficult places.”
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Poverty Is Not a State of Mind  —  Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush, the didactic-meets-dynastic duo, spoke last week at a Manhattan Institute gathering, providing a Mayberry-like prescription for combating poverty in this country: all it takes is more friendship and traditional marriage.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Grading Obama's Foreign Policy  —  SECOND terms are often a time when presidents, balked by domestic opposition, turn to the world stage to secure their legacy — opening doors to China, closing out the Cold War, chasing Middle Eastern peace.  —  But the global stage hasn't been a second-term refuge …
Discussion: The Dish
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has questions about Clinton  —  As Hillary Rodham Clinton moves steadily toward what Democrats now see as an inevitable campaign for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is readying a dissent from the left.  —  Sanders has been traveling the country to explore …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Liberaland
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 …
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Paige Lavender / Associated Press:
Arizona GOP Candidate Says Democrats Are Behind Most Mass Shootings
 
 
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