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2:15 PM ET, May 4, 2014


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Associated Press:
CONDOLEEZZA RICE BACKS OUT OF RUTGERS COMMENCEMENT  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Condoleezza Rice backs out of Rutgers commencement  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“College campuses essentially operate on mob rule at this point”
Discussion: National Review
National Review:
EXCLUSIVE: Rice Withdraws from Rutgers Commencement
Discussion: The College Fix and Twitchy
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
It's Not Just About Obama  —  THERE has been a festival of commentary of late bemoaning the pusillanimous foreign policy of President Obama.  If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we'd all feel much safer.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NewsBusters
New York Times:
President Obama and the World  —  Two years after winning an election in which foreign policy was barely mentioned, President Obama is being pummeled at home and abroad for his international leadership.  The world sometimes seems as if it is flying apart, with Mr. Obama unable to fix it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Obama at WHCD: ‘My stellar 2013’  —  President Barack Obama took aim at Republicans, the media — and himself — at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - opening and closing his comedy routine with the botched rollout of
Wall Street Journal:
White House Correspondents Dinner: Transcript of Obama's Remarks  —  Here is the transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Saturday, May 3, as released by the White House.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.
Discussion: Liberal Values
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obamacare's doom  —  If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation's second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Discussion: Power Line
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg snags Halperin and Heilemann  —  “Game Change” co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have joined Bloomberg News where they will spearhead a new, stand-alone politics site, sources at the organization told POLITICO on Sunday.  —  Halperin, Time magazine's senior political analyst …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
42 and 45 Overpower 44  —  WASHINGTON — THE First Family is all over the news, discussing the management of the economy, income inequality, raising the minimum wage, the vicissitudes of press coverage and the benefits of healthy eating.  —  Everywhere you look, the Clintons rule.
Sen. Tim Kaine / Politico:
I'm Ready for Hillary
Discussion: Liberal Values and Taylor Marsh
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Abdul-Jabbar talks racism  —  Former NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Sunday “more whites believe in ghosts than they do in racism.”  —  Racism is a systemic problem, he said on ABC's “This Week.”  Abdul-Jabbar penned an op-ed last week for Time Magazine discussing race and the racist history …
Associated Press:
SC Sen. Graham avoids big re-election challenge  —  Rep. Mick Mulvaney was thought to be a credible challenger in the June 10 primary, until Graham inspired House leaders to give Mulvaney a seat on the House Financial Services Committee.  Mulvaney opted against challenging the two-term senator.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Greg Clary / CNN:
Gov. Perry talks botched Oklahoma execution; potential 2016 run  —  Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that while last week's execution in Oklahoma was clearly botched, there's no need for sweeping changes in capital punishment laws across the country.
Discussion: Politico
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Outside Cash Floods North Carolina Judicial Race  —  The state is ground zero in the partisan war, and challenges to its conservative agenda will come before the state Supreme Court.  But ‘nasty’ ads are sinking the Democratic incumbent.  —  A marquee Senate race pitting Democrat Kay Hagan …
Bertrand M. Gutierrez / Winston-Salem Journal:
GOP candidate was once a female impersonator  —  Steve Wiles, a Republican state Senate candidate who supports North Carolina's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, once worked as a female impersonator at a gay nightclub in Winston-Salem and was gay at the time …
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Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Monthly:
McConnell's Nuclear Blunder Haunts Republicans
Ryan Pfluger / New York Times:
The Tale of Two Schools  —  Fieldston and University Heights …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Matt Simon / Wired:
Absurd Creature of the Week: This Marsupial Has Marathon Sex Until It Goes Blind and Drops Dead
Discussion: The Dish
Nina Teicholz / Wall Street Journal:
Are butter, cheese and steak really bad for you? The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade
Discussion: Power Line