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6:50 PM ET, May 23, 2014

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Chris Giles / Financial Times:
Piketty findings undercut by errors  —  Thomas Piketty's book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, has been the publishing sensation of the year.  Its thesis of rising inequality tapped into the zeitgeist and electrified the post-financial crisis public policy debate.
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Financial Times:
Central bank blog … Welcome.  If you have yet to register on FT.com you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs.  However, our posts remain free.  —  Opinions on market-moving economics and central banks around the world.  — Gold fix pricing faces abolition call
Discussion: Washington Post and PolicyShop
Ramona Shelburne / ESPN:
Shelly Sterling to negotiate sale  —  Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate a forced sale of the team, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.  —  Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been negotiating with the NBA since …
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Donald Sterling / TMZ.com:
SURRENDERS CONTROL OF CLIPPERS  —  ... to Shelly  —  Donald Sterling is no longer the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned he just surrendered control to his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, and she is now secretly negotiating with the NBA to sell the team ... ON HER TERMS.
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and bet.com
Los Angeles Times:
Mark Cuban discusses his own prejudices in startling terms  —  It turns out, regarding race-related views among NBA owners, Donald Sterling may have company.  —  Less than a month after Sterling rocked the sports world with racist remarks, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has openly acknowledged his own prejudices.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Obama slams ‘false equivalence’ media  —  At a fundraiser last night, President Obama unleashed a surprisingly spirited and comprehensive attack on both-sides-to-blame media coverage.  While he has taken issue with Beltway coverage before, what was particularly noteworthy …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
A Response to Michael Kinsley  —  In 2006, Charlie Savage won the Pulitzer Prize for his series of articles in The Boston Globe exposing the Bush administration's use of “signing statements” as a means of ignoring the law.  In response to those revelations, Michael Kinsley …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VETERANS AFFAIRS AFGHANISTAN IRAQ NANCY PELOSI GEORGE W. BUSH VETERANS  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush …
Discussion: CNN and BizPac Review
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's early VA response: Executive inaction
Discussion: Hot Air and Towleroad News #gay
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems close ranks on VA
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Rasmussen Reports:
Georgia Senate: Nunn (D) Holds Slight Edge Over GOP Finalists  —  Georgia Republicans won't have a specific nominee for a couple more months, but the final two contenders are running slightly behind Democrat Michelle Nunn in Rasmussen Reports' first look at the U.S. Senate race in Georgia.
James Hibberd / PopWatch:
Morgan Freeman on helium  —  We could tell you that this clip below is from the fifth season of Science Channel's Through the Wormhole, a documentary series exploring the mysteries of of the universe that returns June 4.  But all that does is delay getting to the point …
Discussion: The Week, The Verge and Mashable
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
How right-wingers are amping up their war on science  —  From climate change to reproduction, Republicans are increasingly deciding “science” is whatever they say it is  —  No longer content just to claim to be “skeptical” of scientific findings they find disagreeable …
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Still Split on Abortion: 47% Pro-Choice, 46% Pro-Life  —  No decline in voters who prioritize abortion issue, now at 19%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans remain divided on the abortion issue, with 47% of U.S. adults describing their views as “pro-choice” and 46% as “pro-life,” continuing a pattern seen since 2010.
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Connecting the dots: Mayfield, Sager, Mary and McDaniel  —  Mark Mayfield is an attorney, Madison County Republican Party leader and officer in multiple tea party organizations.  —  Richard Sager is an elementary school physical education teacher and high school soccer coach.
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
I.R.S. Delays New Rules on Taxation for Activists
Discussion: NewsBusters
New York Times:
Amazon Flexes Its Muscles in Fight Against Publishers  —  Amazon's power over the publishing and bookselling industries is unrivaled in the modern era.  Now it has started wielding that might in a more brazen way than ever before.  —  Seeking ever-higher payments from publishers to bolster …
Matt Chorley / Daily Mail:
‘The Ukip fox is in the Westminster hen house’: Jubilant Farage taunts Cameron, Clegg and Miliband after his party takes council seats from Tories in the south and Labour heartlands in the north  —  A surge in support for Ukip has cost all the mainstream parties seats and control of councils …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Man strips naked in front of White House  —  Washington (CNN) - A man stripped down naked in front of the White House on Friday and, according to United States Secret Service, assaulted an officer who attempted to subdue him.  —  “Michel Bechard approached uniformed division officers …
Discussion: Mashable and Mediaite
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
The One Thing Each Party Needs to Overcome by 2016  —  So far, neither side has made much progress toward solving its lingering challenge.  —  Each party emerged from the 2012 presidential election facing one key electoral challenge before the next contest in 2016.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David H. Autor / sciencemag.org:
Skills, education, and the rise of earnings inequality among the “other 99 percent”  —  The singular focus of public debate on the “top 1 percent” of households overlooks the component of earnings inequality that is arguably most consequential for the “other 99 percent” of citizens …
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Peter Dizikes / MIT News Office:
Q&A: David Autor on inequality among the “99 percent”
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Burke / WPLG-TV:
Pompano Beach firefighter accused of shooting at man in drunken rage  —  Janeen McKenzie arrested on aggravated battery charge  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  —  A Pompano Beach firefighter was arrested in Palm Beach County after a night of boozing and foreplay with another man led her to open fire at him, deputies said.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Reuters:
Pro-Ukraine forces clash with separatists, at least two dead  —  (Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian self-defense fighters near the eastern city of Donetsk on Friday, two days before the presidential election, and at least two people were killed, a Reuters witness and militia sources said.
John Fund / National Review:
The Hard Sell on Climate Change  —  Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, was very forthright about his media priorities at a Society of Professional Journalists dinner in New York City on Monday.  —  He told Bill Carter of the New York Times: “Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about.
 
 
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Maria Jose Rendon / Contemporary Families:
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Ed Payne / CNN:
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist: Washington's Most Unlikely Bromance
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.
Discussion: Mediaite, VodkaPundit and Betsy's Page