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5:55 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.
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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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights'  —  As we noted last week, Matt Barber's new BarbWire website has quickly become a blogging goldmine for us, as its mission seems to be to collect crazy pieces from all over the internet and publish them all in one place …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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: Taylor Marsh, CNN, Hot Air and Politico
Ken Sweet / Associated Press:   MEDIAN CEO PAY CROSSES $10 MILLION IN 2013
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: Politico and 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 …
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.
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.
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
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce goes up for Joni Ernst in Iowa primary
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Ukraine forces battle separatists; 40 dead  —  Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — Pro-Russia separatists and government forces battled at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, claiming 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what appears to be the deadliest outbreak of violence in the city.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Did Peace Just Break Out in Ukraine?
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.
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, OnPolitics and CNN
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Lucrative Years Running a Nonprofit Organization  —  Georgia Democrats are quite excited about their candidate for Senate, Michelle Nunn.  —  Here's how her campaign describes her work in the nonprofit sector:  —  Seeing a need in Atlanta for a vehicle by which young people …
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
 
 
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Covers Room In Vulgar Words To Make A Point About Sexism (VIDEO)
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Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Federal Judge Who Halted Walker Dark Money Criminal Probe Attended Koch-Backed Judicial Junkets
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Rules Against Florida I.Q. Rule in Death Cases
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Black Republican Congressional Candidate Defends Cliven Bundy
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: I want to return to medicine ‘at some point’
Discussion: OnPolitics
Victor Davis Hanson / PJ Media:
Lord Obama  —  If we were living in normal times …
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Sharon Begley / Reuters:
Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Egalitarian Grandees
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
Discussion: Hollywood Life, The Week and NPR
New York Times:
A Cable Merger Too Far
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Justice Department shuts down porn money: Column
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Hit & Run
 

 
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