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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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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.
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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Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP pols 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.
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Michelle Nunn unscathed in Senate run — for now  —  In Georgia, almost 4 in 10 voters were either unsure of Nunn or had never heard of her, according to an NBC News/Marist poll earlier this month.  How she's ultimately defined in the minds of voters could well decide the general election.
Discussion: National Review
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
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Agence France-Presse:   ‘We know where missing girls are’: Nigeria's top military officer
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.
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money  —  In a GOP runoff today, candidate T.J. Fabby has attacked his foe for accepting Muslim money.  But now Fabby has too.  I know.  I sent it.  —  Sometimes you have to taunt the bigots.  It's often more fun and satisfying than getting angry with them.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Governments Await Obama's Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation's fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Hillary leaves left cold  —  Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016.  —  For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq war, ran to the right of President Obama …
Discussion: CNN
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Juan Williams / The Hill:   The fierce fight for women's votes
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
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Greg Cotta / KTXL FOX40:
3 Women Refuse Sex, Suspect Fires Rounds
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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