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8:10 PM ET, May 18, 2014


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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 …
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Political Chatter: Hillary Clinton is talk of the town
Discussion: Politico and Pat Dollard
Susan Snyder /
Haverford College commencement speaker lambastes students  —  In a surprising move, a commencement speaker at Haverford College on Sunday used the celebratory occasion to deliver a sharp rebuke to students who had mounted a campaign against another speaker who had been scheduled to appear but withdrew amid the controversy.
Associated Press:
Graduation speaker blasts students
Discussion: Progressives Today
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: Liberaland and Associated Press
Thomas Frank / Salon:
Congratulations, class of 2014: You're totally screwed  —  Only people worse off than indebted grads: adjuncts  —  Welcome to the wide world, Class of 2014.  You have by now noticed the tremendous consignment of debt that the authorities at your college have spent the last four years loading on your shoulders.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sulzberger's last straw  —  New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger fired executive editor Jill Abramson after concluding that she had misled both him and chief executive Mark Thompson during her effort to hire a new co-managing editor, according to two sources with knowledge of the reason for her termination.
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
NYT Publisher Sulzberger Says Abramson Firing Driven by Conduct
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
Chad Stanton / Washington Monthly:
Self Destruction, We're Headed For Self Destruction  —  Way back in 1980's when people were convinced that the biggest peril facing the United States other than communism was urban violence there was something of a cottage industry surrounding the examination of the culture and pathologies that lead to such “counterproductive” behavior.
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Should students about to read “The Great Gatsby” be forewarned about “a variety of scenes that reference gory, abusive and misogynistic violence,” as one Rutgers student proposed?
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Admits to ‘Serious’ Building Collapse  —  SEOUL, South Korea — A 23-story apartment building that may have housed more than 90 families collapsed in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last week, a South Korean government official said on Sunday, after the North reported a “serious” accident at a construction site.
Becky Pallack / Arizona Daily Star:
AZ congressional candidate says mass shooters are Democrats (with audio)  —  FLORENCE — Congressional District 1 candidate Gary Kiehne made extreme comments about gun rights at a Republican primary debate Saturday.  —  Asked how he would protect gun rights, Kiehne said he owns more guns …
New York Times:
The House Ducks on Defense  —  The Pentagon has for too long been in denial about the changes it will have to make in a world of declining resources, skyrocketing personnel costs and changing global threats.  This year, however, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a more realistic, though still insufficient, cost-saving budget.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has questions about Clinton  —  As Hillary Rodham Clinton moves steadily toward what Democrats now see as an inevitable campaign for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is readying a dissent from the left.  —  Sanders has been traveling the country to explore …
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Susan Edelman / New York Post:
The 9/11 museum's absurd gift shop
Discussion: Liberaland and The PJ Tatler
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
White House Reporter Sent To Shed During Obama's Golf Game
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South
Jon Meacham / TIME:
Brown v. Board of Education: Few Revolutions Are Ever Truly Complete
Discussion: Hot Air
William J. Broad / New York Times:
In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Never Forgetting a Face
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Verge
Christine Rousselle /
Utah Republican Suggests Bringing Back Firing Squad
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
James Morgan / BBC:
‘Biggest dinosaur ever’ discovered
Discussion: NPR, The Verge, The Week, Gawker and Mashable