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12:50 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 …
Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Awful School Is Awfully Intolerant: Condi Rice Backs Out Of Rutgers Speech Amid Protests  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University's commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal.”
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Ryan Pfluger / New York Times:
The Tale of Two Schools  —  Fieldston and University Heights are in the same borough but worlds apart.  How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?  —  University Heights High School is on St. Anns Avenue in the South Bronx, which is part of the poorest congressional district …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Monthly:
McConnell's Nuclear Blunder Haunts Republicans  —  This was a huge week for judicial nominations in the Senate.  Nine judges were confirmed, including one at the appeals level.  We also got confirmation that Republicans committed a terrible blunder last fall by forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Liberaland
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Heritage urges ‘no’ vote on energy efficiency bill
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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
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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