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4:05 PM ET, May 25, 2014


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Los Angeles Times:
Isla Vista shooting: Read Elliot Rodger's elaborate attack plan  —  Elliot Rodger, the suspect in a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, outlined his intentions in a 137-page document that he sent Friday night, shortly before the killings, to someone he knew from an online body building forum.
Amanda Hess / Slate:
The Pick-Up Artist Community's Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder  —  On Friday night, a gunman killed six people in Santa Barbara, and the killer himself was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head.  Soon after police began investigating the crime, 22-year-old student Elliot Rodger emerged as the main suspect.
New York Times:
California Gun Rampage Tied to Video Leaves Seven Dead  —  ISLA VISTA, Calif. — Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others injured on Friday night after a bloody drive-by shooting on the crowded streets of a small college town near Santa Barbara, as a man the police described …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
UCSB Shooter Elliot Rodger Posted Racist Messages on ‘Puahate’ Website  —  Most of Elliot Rodger's final YouTube videos centered on his frustration over an inability to meet girls that found him attractive.  The 22-year-old student who allegedly committed a drive-by shooting spree near UC …
Daily Kos:
Elliot Rodger, Gunman in California Mass Shooting, was influenced by the “Men's Rights Movement”
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Privately Calling Obama ‘Detached,’ ‘Flat Footed,’ ‘Incompetent’  —  CNN's John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama “detached,” “flat footed,” and “incompetent.”  —  “Forget for a moment that Republican outrage,” said King on his CNN show this morning.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Final Word on U.S. Law Isn't: Supreme Court Keeps Editing  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice.  The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Government Seeks Seven-Month Sentence for LulzSec Leader ‘Sabu’  —  As a reward for his extensive cooperation helping prosecutors hunt down his fellow hackers, the government is seeking time served for the long-awaited sentencing of top LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as “Sabu.”
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Verge
Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control  —  Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday he would urge Senate leaders to reconsider tougher gun control and mental health measures in the wake of this weekend's deadly shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Huntsman: ‘Symbolic’ charges no deterrent  —  Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman on Sunday said charging members of the Chinese military with stealing U.S. trade secrets would likely not deter future online espionage.  —  Huntsman, a former GOP presidential candidate and Utah governor …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor  —  HOUSTON — The kitchen of the detention center here was bustling as a dozen immigrants boiled beans and grilled hot dogs, preparing lunch for about 900 other detainees.  Elsewhere, guards stood sentry and managers took head counts …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pro-European Billionaire Claims Victory in Ukraine Presidential Vote  —  KIEV, Ukraine — With their country caught in a fierce tug-of-war between Russia and the West over a new 21st-century security order, Ukrainians on Sunday elected Petro O. Poroshenko, a pro-European billionaire …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Five Stories You'll Care About in Politics This Week  —  We were just about to place some bets on politics when Republicans decided to pull their chips back from Vegas.  Mitch McConnell loves the women in his life, except of course for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat he will now face …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vox
Jessica Wehrman / The Columbus Dispatch:
Privatizing VA still appeals to Boehner
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and ThinkProgress