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2:55 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.
James Poulos / The Daily Beast:
Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rap Genius Co-Founder Moghadam Fired Over Tasteless Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting
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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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Hillary leaves left cold
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Rise of the showboat donor
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton Proud Of Diplomatic Accomplishments
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Post-primary poll gives Jack Kingston an early edge over David Perdue
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).
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Safety Net Hospitals Already Seeing More Paying Patients — And Revenue  —  This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  —  At Seattle's largest safety-net hospital, the proportion of uninsured patients fell from 12 percent last year to an unprecedented low of 2 percent this spring …
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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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 …
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.
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
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: Booman Tribune
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Ken Sweet / Associated Press:
MEDIAN CEO PAY CROSSES $10 MILLION IN 2013
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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
New York Times:
A Cable Merger Too Far  —  There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.  The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus …
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP politicians press for 2014 ‘Contract with America’  —  A faction of Republicans including Sen. Lindsey Graham is agitating for party leaders to unveil a policy manifesto in the midterm elections, detailing for voters what the GOP would attempt with a Senate majority its members are increasingly confident they'll achieve.
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABC News:
Iowa Senate Race 2014: ABC News' ‘14 For 14’  —  ABC News' “14 For 14” project is documenting 14 races that matter between now and November.  This page will be updated throughout the year.  See the full list of 2014 midterm election contests the ABC News political team is tracking.  —  THE PLAYERS
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
New Costs From Health Law Snarl Union Contract Talks  —  Workers and Employers Tussle Over Who Should Pay for New Costs Tied to Affordable Care Act  —  Disputes between unions and employers over paying for new costs associated with the Affordable Care Act are roiling labor talks nationwide.
 
 
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U.S. Trains African Commandos to Fight Terrorism
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Sharon Begley / Reuters:
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Egalitarian Grandees
Heather Wilhelm / The Federalist:
Hijacking A Mass Murder To Boost Self-Esteem
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CNN:
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait
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 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
John Edwards, chasing ambulances again
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NewsBusters
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Justice Department shuts down porn money: Column
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and Hit & Run
Manu Raju / Politico:
Michelle Nunn unscathed in Senate run — for now
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money
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Democratic Elections Provide Silver Linings in a Cloudy World
 

 
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