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7:40 AM 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.
Steve Benen /
Adventures in Fox News polling, Part VI  —  As regular readers know, I hold a special place in my heart for Fox News polling, because unlike independent polls commission by major journalistic institutions, Fox News' surveys tend to be ... special.  —  The network's latest poll includes …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   U.S. Report Addresses Concern Over Obama's Plan to Close Guantánamo
Jada F. Smith / New York Times:
Obamas Had Up to $7 Million in Assets in '13, Records Show  —  The assets of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were valued as high as $7 million last year, according to a financial disclosure form released by the White House on Thursday.  —  Most of the president's income came …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Pulled in Less than $201 in Book Royalties
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Kirsten Powers / Associated Press:
Liberals' Dark Ages  —  Each week seems to bring another incident.  Who will the thought police come for next?  —  Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II.  We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.  —  COLUMN: Dear Condi, no one was listening anyway
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.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
All Senate Democratic Leaders Signal Opposition To Obama Nominee Michael Boggs  —  Elections 2014 Harry Reid Michael Boggs Abortion Confederate Flag Nominee Confederate Flag Obama Nominees Patty Murray Michael Boggs Obama Michael Boggs Dick Durbin Michael Boggs Video Gay Rights Michael Boggs …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Senate showdown likely coming over campaign spending
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women  —  Welcome to the dark side of America's war over guns.  —  A threatening “Mother's Day” video aimed at women calling for gun reforms  —  AS JENNIFER LONGDON STEERED her wheelchair through the Indianapolis airport on April 25 …
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Gov. Christie was told about George Washington Bridge closure plans claims his former campaign manager  —  Bill Stepien, who lost his job in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal, contends he told Christie about the GWB traffic plans on Dec. 12, a day before the governor told reporters his staff didn't know about them.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Christie Aide Says Gov's Self-Exoneration Is Riddled With Errors
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Issa issues second Kerry subpoena  —  Secretary of State John Kerry has been subpoenaed for the second time this month by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) over the Benghazi, Libya, attack.  —  Issa issued a new subpoena on Thursday after he and the State Department failed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
Fast food workers rally for higher wages  —  Dozens of fast food workers held a demonstration outside of a McDonald's in Manhattan Thursday morning.  They were part of a worldwide day of protests in 230 cities. … NEW YORK — Hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities …
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Amid protests, U.S. FCC proposes new ‘net neutrality’ rules  —  (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Backs Opening Net Rules for Debate
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
RNC wants independent probe of VA  —  The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Thursday demanded an independent investigation of at least 40 deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country.  —  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's comments came a day after President Obama appointed …
Discussion: and The Moderate Voice
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Some Juggernaut  —  Democrats look awfully frantic for a party with history on its side.  —  Democrats think they are the party of the future.  After a last hurrah for Republicans in this year's midterm elections, Democrats will have a commanding majority at the polls as far as the eye can see.
Annalisa Quinn / Book News & Features:
Book News: Rush Limbaugh Wins Children's Book ‘Author Of The Year’ Award … The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.  — Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the “Author of the Year Award” at the Children's Choice Book Awards …
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Fox News Host: “Go Try And Hire A Male Journalist — You Can't Find Any!”  —  This is exactly how Fox News' Outnumbered is supposed to work.  —  Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate with the hosts of Outnumbered about how equal pay played into the New York Times' decision …
Discussion: Washington Post
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
My Benghazi Scandal  —  I may be under fire from conservatives for saying Ambassador Stevens wasn't murdered in Benghazi, but I'm not backing down.  Here's why I said what I did.  —  After getting hammered by the right for remarks I made on the McLaughlin Group last weekend …
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
It's Now the Canadian Dream
Discussion: ParaPundit
Echo Chambers / BBC:
Bill Clinton insists wife Hillary is in good health
Discussion: The Reaction
USA Today:
If Purdue can freeze tuition, so can others: Our view
Associated Press:
Residents of mostly white New Hampshire town ready to oust police official who called Obama …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Tom Von Essen / New York Post:
Remember the day: A 9/11 museum reflection
Madison V. Peace / National Review:
Why Sasse Won  —  The bottom line is that he's an impressive …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo! News:
D'Souza fails to win dismissal of U.S. charges over straw donors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Guardian challenges lethal injection secrecy in landmark Missouri lawsuit
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Fringe Candidates Steal The Show At Idaho's Gubernatorial Debate
Discussion: Mother Jones and Slate
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Advantage Among Older Voters Won't Last
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
America's most gerrymandered congressional districts