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11:50 AM ET, May 18, 2014


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Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Man arrested for sneaking into Thad Cochran's wife's nursing home  —  A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel camp knew about Cochran break-in before it was public  —  U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign is questioning how Chris McDaniel's campaign manager, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner, apparently knew about Clayton Kelly's arrest before news of him allegedly sneaking into Rose Cochran's nursing home room and taking photos broke.
Kingfish / Jackson Jambalaya:
Madison Police arrest Clayton Kelly for sneaking into Rose Cochran's room (Updated)  —  Update II (4:27 PM CST, 5/17/14): The first update was posted between 9:00 and 10:00 AM today.  The original post was published at 11:40 PM last night.  It did not mention the identity of Rose Cochran.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Blogger Arrested For Sneaking Nursing Home To Photograph GOP Senator's Wife  —  A Mississippi political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into the nursing home where Sen. Thad Cochran's wife resides and taking her picture for an online video, the Clarion-Ledger reported Saturday.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran team questions challenger on activist's arrest  —  HERNANDO, Miss. — Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) campaign is raising questions about when his primary challenger knew about the arrest of an activist who videotaped the incumbent's bedridden wife.  —  A voicemail from Sen. Chris …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dick Scaife / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
What matters most  —  Nothing gives perspective to life so much as death.  —  Recently, doctors told me I have an untreatable form of cancer.  —  Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news.  Naturally, I can't share their enthusiasm.  —  The diagnosis has prompted me to consider my life …
Discussion: ABC News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
As Hillary White House run looms, questions linger about Bill  —  Whether Hillary Clinton likes it or not, her husband is one of the big reasons she is the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination if she runs in 2016.  —  The charismatic, popular former president …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Quixotic ‘80 Campaign Gave Birth to Kochs’ Powerful Network  —  He backed the full legalization of abortion and the repeal of laws that criminalized drug use, prostitution and homosexuality.  He attacked campaign donation limits and assailed the Republican star Ronald Reagan as a hypocrite who represented …
Tim Geithner, unreliable narrator  —  You can't trust what you read in his book  —  I'm slowly making my way through Tim Geithner's book; I might wind up writing a proper review somewhere, some time.  But already one thing has become generally-received wisdom about the book …
Discussion: emptywheel and Politico
James Morgan / BBC:
‘Biggest dinosaur ever’ discovered  —  Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.  —  Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall.
Discussion: The Verge, The Week, Gawker and Mashable
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
After Criticism, Times Publisher Details Decision to Oust Top Editor  —  Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times, released a statement Saturday afternoon detailing his decision to fire the newspaper's executive editor, Jill Abramson.  He was responding to a growing controversy …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged graduates of the University of California Berkeley to be disruptors, using their knowledge and technology to shake up the economic system.  —  “Being called a disruptor is a high compliment,” Pelosi said in prepared remarks Saturday.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Would Democrats amend Constitution to stop the Koch brothers?  —  HARRY REID CAMPAIGN FINANCE 2014 ELECTIONS FREEDOM OF SPEECH KOCH BROTHERS CONSTITUTION  —  It's no longer news when Majority Leader Harry Reid takes to the floor of the Senate to denounce the Koch brothers.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GM suggested engineers avoid ‘judgment words’ like ‘death trap,’ ‘grenademaker’
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Mediaite
Erica Martinson / Politico:
EPA carbon crackdown set to launch
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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Discussion: NPR and Hot Air