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1:00 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.
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
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.
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
Kyle Olson / Progressives Today:
‘White Privilege’ victim drives his Corvette to the conference and other hypocrisies abound (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)  —  MADISON, Wis. - When one looks through the rhetorical veneer of the White Privilege Conference, hypocrisies abound.  —  The White Privilege folks say Christianity is oppressive …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Pat Dollard
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 …
Sun Journal:
King says he will endorse Collins in Senate race  —  PORTLAND (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats and once considered Susan Collins a political foe, is endorsing his Republican colleague's bid for a fourth term in the Senate, her campaign says.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Conservatives seek to regain control of Republican agenda  —  Although many Republicans are optimistic about their chances in this year's elections, some of Washington's leading conservatives gathered Thursday to privately vent frustrations about what kind of party they will be left with after November.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
The Consensus Candidate  —  Cory Gardner unifies Colorado Republicans.  —  “I love to smoke,” says Colorado congressman Cory Gardner, his voice trailing off.  His aide's eyes widen.  “Finish that thought!” she says.  —  The 39-year-old Republican lets out a distinctive belly laugh at his unfortunate pause.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Former Alabama KKK Leader Gets Prison Time For Cross Burning  —  A former “Exalted Cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan, who was arrested along with his mother last year in connection to a 2009 cross burning in Ozark, Ala., was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in the incident.
Rush Limbaugh:
Thank You to Everyone for Making Me the Children's Choice Book Awards “Author of the Year”  —  RUSH: The awards were handed out last night by the Children's Book Council, and I want to take a moment here to thank everyone in the audience, particularly the young people who voted.
Annalisa Quinn / Book News & Features:
Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book ‘Author Of The Year’ Award
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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
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms
Discussion: Shakesville
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Some Juggernaut  —  Democrats look awfully frantic for a party with history on its side.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Issa issues second Kerry subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos
Echo Chambers / BBC:
Bill Clinton insists wife Hillary is in good health
Discussion: The Reaction
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
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Host: “Go Try And Hire A Male Journalist — You Can't Find Any!”
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Fringe Candidates Steal The Show At Idaho's Gubernatorial Debate
Discussion: Mother Jones and Slate