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10:55 AM ET, May 11, 2014


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Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
BringBackOurBalls  —  It is hard not to have total contempt for a political culture that thinks the picture at right is a useful contribution to rescuing 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist savages in Nigeria.  Yet some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nafeez Ahmed / Guardian:
Behind the rise of Boko Haram - ecological disaster, oil crisis, spy games  —  Islamist militancy in Nigeria is being strengthened by western and regional fossil fuel interests  —  The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, and the massacre of as many as 300 civilians in the town of Gamboru Ngala …
David Brooks / New York Times:   The Real Africa  —  In 2005, Binyavanga Wainaina published …
Dan Merica / CNN:
In memoir excerpts, Clinton honors her mom  —  Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton honored her late mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham, as her life's biggest influence in excerpts from her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” released Sunday by Vogue magazine.  —  Clinton, whose first grandchild …
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Biden takes shot at Clintons in SC  —  Vice President Joe Biden gave a closed-door speech Friday to South Carolina Democrats that included a shot at the Clintons.  —  Biden, a potential 2016 candidate, said the unraveling of middle-class financial security began in “the later years …
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberaland
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Should Obamacare be kept or repealed?  —  Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans want to keep the federal health care law as is, or make some changes to improve it, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Sunday also indicates public attitudes …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Lois Lerner Should Be Granted Immunity  —  In this week's episode of the Capitol Hill soap opera, Lois Lerner, the apparatchik at the center of the IRS jihad against conservative groups, was at long, long last held in contempt of Congress.  Amid the farce, the House's IRS probe is floundering.
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Power Line
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner stacks special Benghazi committee with lawyers
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
One year later, Republicans put IRS probe on the backburner
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
With Malice Toward Nuns  —  WASHINGTON — SO much for all the cozy hugs and soothing cold calls and fun selfies and humble gestures and talk of mercy, love, inclusion, equality and justice.  —  Pope Francis appears guilty of condoning that most base Vatican sport: bullying nuns.
Discussion: Daily Kos
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Wis. prosecutors abuse the law for partisan ends  —  U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.  Last Tuesday, Randa halted the corruption …
Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.
Saturday's Illegal Cliven Bundy-Endorsed ATV Rally Runs Through Sacred American Indian Sites  —  Matt Lee-Ashley is a Senior Fellow with the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress.  —  This Aug. 11, 2009 photo shows a restored cliff dwelling south of Blanding, Utah.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tighten Grip on Debates in 2016 Race  —  MEMPHIS — The Republican National Committee moved Friday to seize control of the presidential primary debates in 2016, another step in a coordinated effort by the party establishment to reshape the nominating process.
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP leaders reconsider Rand Paul
Discussion: Liberal Values and PoliticusUSA
Ellen Weinstein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing Themselves  —  It starts with a basic understanding of game theory and incentives  —  King Solomon built the First Temple in Jerusalem and was known throughout the land for his wisdom.  —  David Lee Roth fronted the rock band Van Halen …
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
WHITE HOUSE TO FOCUS ON ROAD, BRIDGE REPAIR  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » White House to focus on road, bridge repair  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running out, the White House was preparing to press Congress next week to keep money flowing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Six Catholics, Three Jews and Not Much Memory at the Supreme Court
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital
Discussion: emptywheel
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser
Discussion: Althouse
Randy Holmes / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: One wild night in March
Discussion: Talking Points Memo