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8:15 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.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Invitation to a beheading: How Times editors learned of Abramson's ouster  —  “Please come to a masthead/dept head meeting at 2:00 p.m. today in the page one conference room/3rd floor.”  —  That was the note top editors at The New York Times received this afternoon summoning them to an abrupt gathering …
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.
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Judicial Watch Obtains New Documents Showing IRS Targeting Came Directly From Washington D.C.
Washington Post:
The Clintons fight back, signaling a new phase in 2016 preparations  —  Amid all the speculation about her political future, Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast herself as a global icon tuning out the noise of domestic politics.  —  But this week, she and her husband have jumped into partisan combat.
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.
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP: We'll act on immigration reform in GOP-led Senate  —  Senate Republicans say they'll try to pass immigration reform legislation in the next two years if they take back the Senate in November.  —  The Republicans say winning back the Senate will allow them to pass a series of bills …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Dip Into GOP Primaries, Try to Pick Their Opponent  —  In the flurry of divisive Republican primary contests, some Democrats see an inviting opportunity: A chance to try and help pick their own opponent in Senate and House races.  —  Democrats increasingly are running ads …
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
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Casey Kasem is found in Washington hours after daughter files missing person's report  —  Sgt. Mario Toti of the Santa Monica Police Department told the Daily News on Wednesday that Casey Kasem has been found and is ‘somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.’ The discovery comes hours after Kasem's daughter …
Lawrence H. Summers / Democracy Journal:
The Inequality Puzzle  —  Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty; Translated by Arthur Goldhammer  • Belknap/Harvard University Press  Once in a great while, a heavy academic tome dominates for a time the policy debate and, despite bristling with footnotes, shows up on the best-seller list.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Bonfire of the Humanities  —  Christine Lagarde is the latest ritualistic burning of a college-commencement heretic.  —  It's been a long time coming, but America's colleges and universities have finally descended into lunacy.  —  Last month, Brandeis University banned Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The effect of one-party rule  —  Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining.  Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Review
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.
Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?  —  The candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority, but hundreds of thousands of them are stuck in a long waiting line for disability decisions.  —  VA officials expect to end the claims backlog next year.  (John Moore/Getty Images)
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Zeke J Miller / TIME:   Christie: Bridgegate Will Have No Effect On 2016
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Sal Russo / Roll Call:
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Fox News:
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