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1:20 AM ET, May 15, 2014


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Ken Auletta / Currency:
Why Jill Abramson Was Fired  —  At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper's publisher.  At the time, I did not give a moment's thought to why Jill Abramson …
New York Times:
Times Ousts Its Executive Editor, Elevating Second in Command  —  The New York Times dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor on Wednesday, replacing her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in an abrupt change of leadership.  —  Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson to exit New York Times  —  New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Wednesday that she will leave the paper, two sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO.  Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor, effective immediately.
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Arkansas Supreme Court denies stay of marriage order, but a wrinkle in ruling will halt issuance of licenses in Pulaski County  —  The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a request for an emergency stay of Judge Chris Piazza's order overturning the ban on same-sex marriage.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Supreme Court Dismisses Marriage Appeal, Denies Stay Request  —  “[M]otion for emergency stay denied.”  Law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples remains in effect, though, the court adds.  —  Jennifer Rambo (right) of Fort Smith, Ark., kisses her partner …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Harry Reid Says He “Can't Vote” For Obama's Controversial Judicial Pick  —  “Unless I have a better explanation, I can't vote for him,” the Senate majority leader said of Michael Boggs.  —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters / Reuters
AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield  —  BAKERSFIELD - A cat came to her best friend's rescue Tuesday when the young boy was attacked in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield.  —  The surveillance video shows the boy playing on his bicycle when a dog sneaks up behind him and grabs his leg.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Predicts BridgeGate Will Have Zero Effect On His Political Future  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was asked Wednesday what effect the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal will have on his political ambitions.  —  “I think it will have none, because I didn't do anything …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Moody's downgrades NJ debt as Christie's budget problems grow
Zeke J Miller / TIME:   Christie: Bridgegate Will Have No Effect On 2016
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers  —  WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and National Review
Noah Millman / The American Conservative:
Climate Change Isn't Just About Sea Levels, And Adaptation Will Require Action, Not A Sense Of Futility
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt: Defending the Drama
Fox News:
Price for Nevada dad to see state's school files on his kids: $10G  —  When Nevada dad John Eppolito requested data collected by the school system on his four kids he was told it would cost more than $10,000.  —  Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and TPNN
Fox News:
American drones scour Nigeria for kidnapped schoolgirls, but US law makes search difficult  —  American drones were scouring a region the size of West Virginia in northern Nigeria for nearly 300 Christian schoolgirls kidnapped a month ago by a maniacal Islamic warlord, but the effort faced …
Jordan Shapiro / Associated Press:
Missouri lawmakers pass 3-day abortion wait period  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to legislation requiring a woman to wait three days after first seeing a doctor before having an abortion.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Took 6 Months to ‘Get Over’ Concussion, Bill Says of Timeline  —  Bill Clinton did more today than defend his wife, Hillary Clinton, from recent accusations leveled by GOP strategist Karl Rove that she suffered brain damage after falling in December 2012.
Discussion: National Review
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders  —  It's not just the Democrats who are opposed to a new select committee looking into the Benghazi attacks.  Many top Republicans are uneasy, too.  —  Last Wednesday, as the House was preparing for its new investigation into the Benghazi attacks …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
The Oh-So-Fragile Class of 2014 Needs to STFU And Listen to Some New Ideas  —  Another powerful woman has been discouraged from speaking on campus.  Because God forbid my fellow, fragile millennials have their ears damaged by words with which they don't agree.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Our Second Black President?  —  For years, we've had a running conversation about how much or whether the often vitriolic, seemingly gut level opposition to President Obama is tied to his race as opposed to simple partisanship, opposition to policies and more.
Jonathan Ernst— / TIME:
Bill Clinton Defends Hillary On Benghazi, Rove Attacks  —  Former President BIll Clinton said at the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit on Wednesday that his wife handled the attack in Libya appropriately and that he was “dumbfounded” by Karl Rove's suggestion she suffered brain damage from a fall in 2012
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton vouches for Hillary's health
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Rhodes Cook / Wall Street Journal:
In 2014 Primaries So Far, Good News for Incumbents
Discussion: Roll Call
Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To ‘Torture’
Discussion: TPNN and Right Wing News
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Honest Work  —  Why the GOP argument against raising …
Joshua Rothman / Page-Turner:
The Origins of “Privilege”
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Ross Pomeroy / RealClearScience:
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity May Not Exist
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Girding for a Fight, McConnell Enlists His Wife
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Ahead of Midterms, Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Strong in U.S.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Liberal Columnist Insists Again That Chris Stevens Wasn't Murdered In Benghazi
Discussion: Fox News, and Mediaite
Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Raw Story