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3:00 PM ET, May 16, 2014


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Ken Auletta / News Desk:
Jill Abramson and the Times: What Went Wrong?  —  In the gossipy world of New York journalism, the firing of Jill Abramson from her position as the executive editor of the Times provoked a veritable explosion of talk, posts, and Instagram pictures of the objects of interest.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times seeks correction from New Yorker over Abramson story  —  New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said late Thursday night that she was misquoted in a New Yorker article about the reasons for Jill Abramson's termination from the paper.  Murphy is now seeking a correction from The New Yorker.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Two Points on Abramson  —  First, don't miss this essay by Amanda Marcotte on Abramson's rough defenestration.  We're always excited to have her in our pages.  —  Second, it may get lost in all the high-octane drama but in Ken Auletta's second dispatch on Abramson's dismissal …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Bonfire of the Inanities  —  Reading the New York Times' report …
Manuel Perez / CNN:
Editors' note  —  (CNN) — CNN has discovered multiple instances of plagiarism by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a former CNN news editor.  She wrote frequently about international news, writing and reporting about Africa, Europe, and the Middle East from our London bureau.
Maura Lerner / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
On campus beat: Protest stops camel's visit to University of St. Thomas
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Nick Spinetto / WMUR:
Wolfeboro residents demand commissioner resign over racial slur  —  A police commissioner in a predominantly white New Hampshire town said he won't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the N-word, and he sat with his arms crossed while angry residents at a meeting called for his resignation on Thursday.
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Sarah Palermo / Concord Monitor:
Wolfeboro police commissioner under scrutiny for racist comments about Obama
Associated Press:
Residents of mostly white New Hampshire town ready to oust police official who called Obama …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The case for skepticism about climate scientists.  —  Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio came under attack this week for refusing to submit to scientific authority.  “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he said in an interview with Jonathan Karl.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ore. Senate hopeful accused of stalking boyfriend  —  Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby was accused by her ex-boyfriend last year of “stalking” him, entering his home without his permission and “harassing” his employees, according to a Portland, Oregon police report.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Raw Story
Charlie Cook /
The Arkansas Race Is Not Over Yet  —  In a year full of tough challenges for the Democrats, Tom Cotton may have opened up an opportunity.  —  Each election year has its own unique characteristics.  No two are alike, and this is one of the many things that make politics so interesting.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cotton Tries To Link Sen. Mark Pryor To ‘Radical’ Elizabeth Warren
VALERIE JARRETT: ‘WE HAVE A COMMITMENT’ FROM BOEHNER ON AMNESTY THIS YEAR  —  President Barack Obama's top adviser and confidant told a group of global elites on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has made a commitment to the White House to try to pass amnesty legislation this year.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
House Speaker's Spokesman: No “Commitment” To Pass Immigration Reform
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Issa issues second Kerry subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael McCann / Sports Illustrated:
Sources: Donald Sterling refuses NBA sanctions, threatens to sue  —  Through his attorney, Donald Sterling has directly refused to adhere to serious NBA sanctions.  — has learned that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher …
Jeff Zillgitt / USA Today:
Donald Sterling tells NBA he won't pay fine
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Banter
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democratic Party Still Seen More Favorably Than GOP  —  Both parties face “upside down” net favorable ratings  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans view the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party, even though both parties have a net unfavorable rating.
Kyle Olson / Progressives Today:
WPC14 UNDERCOVER VIDEO White Student Booted From White Privilege Session - His Race Was Too Offensive  —  MADISON, Wis. - When one looks through the rhetorical veneer of the White Privilege Conference, hypocrisies abound.  —  The White Privilege folks say Christianity is oppressive …
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Congress Party Concedes Defeat as India Backs Modi  —  NEW DELHI — The Indian National Congress, which has headed India's government for nearly all the country's post-Independence history, conceded defeat to the opposition leader Narendra Modi on Friday, as voters rendered a crushing verdict …
Statement from IOP Publishing on story in The Times  —  Dr. Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director at IOP Publishing, says, “The draft journal paper by Lennart Bengtsson that Environmental Research Letters declined to publish, which was the subject of this morning's front page story of The Times …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Enjoys Lovefest On “The View”  —  On Barbara Walters's last day on television, Clinton makes a surprise appearance — and pitches her new book.  “Oh, my friend, I wouldn't miss it.”  —  —  Hugs and kisses were exchanged on the set of ABC's The View …
Larry O'Connor / Independent Journal Review:
Head Of ‘Benghazi Truth Squad’ Comes Up Short On Answers To Basic Questions  —  Former Clinton Administration official Lanny Davis is all about damage control.  In fact, his latest book is called Crisis Tales and it's all about his career helping important people out of very tough jams.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists
Discussion: The Daily Beast, NPR and Mashable
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Commencement Bigots  —  It's commencement season …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Former Alabama KKK Leader Gets Prison Time For Cross Burning
Sun Journal:
King says he will endorse Collins in Senate race
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Democrats Have Advantage on Issues, but It Won't Save Them in November
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate to vote on lawyer who authored drone strike memos
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
The Consensus Candidate  —  Cory Gardner unifies Colorado Republicans.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Some Juggernaut  —  Democrats look awfully frantic for a party with history on its side.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Conservatives seek to regain control of Republican agenda
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
RNC wants independent probe of VA
Discussion: and The Moderate Voice
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Obamas Had Up to $7 Million in Assets in '13, Records Show
Kirsten Powers / Associated Press:
Liberals' Dark Ages