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7:50 AM ET, May 27, 2014

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Michelle Faul / Associated Press:
NIGERIAN DEFENSE CHIEF SAYS ABDUCTED GIRLS LOCATED  —  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said Monday.
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Dana Ford / CNN:
Nigerian official: We know where abducted girls are  —  (CNN) — A top Nigerian military official believes he knows the whereabouts of girls kidnapped last month, but he says the nation's military will not use force to try to rescue them, a state news report said Monday.  —  “We want our girls back.
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Agence France-Presse:
‘We know where missing girls are’: Nigeria's top military officer
Discussion: The Week
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rap Genius Co-Founder Moghadam Fired Over Tasteless Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting  —  Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.
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Joan Walsh / Salon:
GOP's post-Obama problem: Why they're lost without him — and with the electorate he helped create  —  The establishment vanquished the Tea Party by drinking its poison — but has no plan for life after this president  —  With the 2014 congressional primary season almost behind us …
Discussion: NewsBusters
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Elections Provide Silver Linings in a Cloudy World  —  When President Barack Obama delivers a big foreign-policy address at West Point on Wednesday, he'll talk about the tensions and disputes that suddenly seem to be breaking out all around the globe.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System  —  WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled.  Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance.
Discussion: Unfogged
Reuters:
Eurosceptic election surge gives EU a headache  —  (Reuters) - Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma.
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John Fund / National Review:
European Earthquake  —  The voters demonstrate their Euroskepticism …
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Secret Success
ThinkProgress:
Hours After UCSB Shooting, Man Allegedly Shot At Women For Refusing To Have Sex With Him  —  A California man allegedly fired his gun at three women Saturday morning who refused to have sex with him and his friends.  —  The women, estimated to be between about 18 and 19 years old …
Discussion: Jezebel and CNN
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Greg Cotta / KTXL FOX40:
3 Women Refuse Sex, Suspect Fires Rounds
Discussion: The Raw Story
Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
Greenwald's Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance  —  The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Veterans' groups rip Richard Burr over VA  —  Leading veterans groups are lashing out against Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for an open letter he wrote scolding the organizations for not doing more to condemn Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  —  Calling Burr's letter a …
CNN:
Biden: ‘Assume every microphone is on’  —  (CNN) - Be wary of every microphone.  —  That was Vice President Joe Biden's advice Monday to a crowd at the kickoff for the Road 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge - where 200 cyclists, including injured veterans, ride 325 miles from Washington to Virginia Beach.
 
 
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
I.R.S. Bars Employers From Dumping Workers Into Health Exchanges
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New York Times:
Ukraine Forces Appear to Oust Rebels From Airport in East
Discussion: The Week
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama's New Rules for Coal Plants Are a B.F.D. The Ensuing Political Fight May Be Even Bigger.
Discussion: Washington Monthly