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4:50 PM ET, May 27, 2014

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Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen  —  Police were examining this video posted on YouTube in which a man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger says he is planning an attack in Isla Vista because he had been snubbed by women.
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Daniel Beekman / NY Daily News:
Woman ‘devastated’ to be named by Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger as motivation for killing spree, dad says  —  The father of the woman, whose name the Daily News is withholding, 'doesn't even remember' Rodger, who went on a killing spree Friday night that left six dead and 13 injured.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber To UCSB Parents: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump' My Guns  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher gave his condolences this week to the families of the victims of the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara.  But no tragedy is going to stop “Joe The Plumber” from defending the Second Amendment.
Discussion: Pharyngula
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
There's another scandal in American health care  —  TWEET SHARE LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  The investigation is ongoing, but as of now, it looks like overwhelmed VA hospitals shunted some veterans onto secret wait lists and delayed their care (read Vox's explainer here).
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Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Safety Net Hospitals Already Seeing More Paying Patients — And Revenue
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
White House: U.S. will have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014  —  Shares -  —  President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. plans to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, starting with reducing the troop presence in the country to just 9,800 and an end to the U.S. combat mission at the close of 2014.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and VodkaPundit
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Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Says US Finishing the Job in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   APNewsBreak: U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Gun Activists Flaunting Assault Rifles Get Booted From Chili's and Sonic  —  As a backlash grows, open-carry groups in Texas beat a retreat.  —  It would be an understatement to say that the tactics of gun rights activists have been backfiring of late.  The showdown has taken place foremost in Texas …
Mike Allen / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON: Book is not for 'followers of Washington's long-running soap opera ... I'm proud of what we accomplished ... America remains the “indispensable nation"' — GOP SENATE CONTRACT '14?  —  EXCLUSIVE: The initial printing of Hillary Rodham Clinton's “Hard Choices,” …
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Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They're All Wrong  —  The firearms fanboys have been more creative than usual, scrambling to defend their precious weapons in the wake of the massacre in Santa Barbara.  It's only made their excuses lamer.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce goes up for Joni Ernst in Iowa primary  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is giving Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst a last-minute boost ahead of the state's June 3 GOP primary, touting her farm-family upbringing and military credentials in a TV ad obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: CNN
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ABC News:   Iowa Senate Race 2014: ABC News' ‘14 For 14’
TheBlaze.com:
Major Jewish Group Slams MSNBC Host Toure for Suggesting Holocaust Survivors Benefitted from ‘the Power of Whiteness’  —  A major Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and pursuing Nazi war criminals is criticizing MSNBC host Toure for suggesting that Jewish Holocaust survivors benefitted from being white.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Did Peace Just Break Out in Ukraine?  —  Why the standoff with Vladimir Putin may have ended.  —  The crisis in Ukraine appears to be over.  Not that Ukraine itself is cruising toward democracy and prosperity.  That road is littered with obstacles: The country is crippled with debt, mired in corruption, and quaking with instability.
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CNN:
Ukraine forces battle separatists; 40 dead
Mary Ann Ahern / nbcchicago.com:
George W. Bush Treated at Rush University Medical Center  —  President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend to have knee replacement surgery at the Rush University Medical Center's Midwest Orthapaedics.  —  The former president had outpatient surgery on Saturday …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and OnPolitics
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?  —  The marriage equality fight is all but won.  Will the future of marriage be boring as hell, or a Bible-thumper's idea of Sodom and Gomorrah?  —  Same-sex marriage is becoming a national inevitability.
Amir Oren / Haaretz:
The Brussels mystery: Was shooting anti-Semitism or part of spy games?  —  Considering how professional the shooter looked on footage, and the fact two of those killed were former Israeli civil servants, maybe the attack was actually a battle in the covert war.
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Christie's Lawyer Problem  —  Chris Christie rose to national prominence in 2010 in part on his reputation for taking on unpopular battles, entrenched interests, and vocal critics at town-hall meetings across his heavily Democratic state.  —  But the governor's decision last Wednesday …
Discussion: City Journal
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: I want to return to medicine ‘at some point’  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who practiced as an ophthalmologist for 17 years before entering Congress, is back at home performing free eye surgery for patients Tuesday.  —  The Kentucky Republican said it's “an amazing thing …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Report: CEO paychecks top $10 million mark  —  Paychecks for top executives are reaching new highs, as the median pay for a CEO exceeded $10 million for the first time in 2013.  —  A new report from The Associated Press found that the head of an average large public company brought home $10.5 million …
Discussion: Daily Kos, NPR and Booman Tribune
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Ken Sweet / Associated Press:   MEDIAN CEO PAY CROSSES $10 MILLION IN 2013
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / PJ Media:
Lord Obama  —  If we were living in normal times …
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Trains African Commandos to Fight Terrorism
Sharon Begley / Reuters:
Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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Heather Wilhelm / The Federalist:
Hijacking A Mass Murder To Boost Self-Esteem
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Hillary leaves left cold
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Politico
New York Times:
A Cable Merger Too Far
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Justice Department shuts down porn money: Column
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money
 

 
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