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3:20 PM ET, May 23, 2014

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Ramona Shelburne / ESPN:
Shelly Sterling to negotiate sale  —  Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate a forced sale of the team, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.  —  Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been negotiating with the NBA since …
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Los Angeles Times:
Mark Cuban discusses his own prejudices in startling terms  —  It turns out, regarding race-related views among NBA owners, Donald Sterling may have company.  —  Less than a month after Sterling rocked the sports world with racist remarks, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has openly acknowledged his own prejudices.
Donald Sterling / TMZ.com:
SURRENDERS CONTROL OF CLIPPERS
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Mediaite and bet.com
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Obama slams ‘false equivalence’ media  —  At a fundraiser last night, President Obama unleashed a surprisingly spirited and comprehensive attack on both-sides-to-blame media coverage.  While he has taken issue with Beltway coverage before, what was particularly noteworthy …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's early VA response: Executive inaction  —  President Barack Obama wants to talk about flexing his administrative and executive power to do more.  Instead, he got stuck talking about a clear administrative and executive failure that, at least so far, he hasn't done much about.
Discussion: Hot Air and Towleroad News #gay
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems close ranks on VA
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer: Obama will act on immigration if GOP doesn't
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Shinseki pledges to fix VA's problems
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
A Response to Michael Kinsley  —  In 2006, Charlie Savage won the Pulitzer Prize for his series of articles in The Boston Globe exposing the Bush administration's use of “signing statements” as a means of ignoring the law.  In response to those revelations, Michael Kinsley …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
How right-wingers are amping up their war on science  —  From climate change to reproduction, Republicans are increasingly deciding “science” is whatever they say it is  —  No longer content just to claim to be “skeptical” of scientific findings they find disagreeable …
Discussion: National Review
Rasmussen Reports:
Georgia Senate: Nunn (D) Holds Slight Edge Over GOP Finalists  —  Georgia Republicans won't have a specific nominee for a couple more months, but the final two contenders are running slightly behind Democrat Michelle Nunn in Rasmussen Reports' first look at the U.S. Senate race in Georgia.
John Fund / National Review:
The Hard Sell on Climate Change  —  Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, was very forthright about his media priorities at a Society of Professional Journalists dinner in New York City on Monday.  —  He told Bill Carter of the New York Times: “Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough: I've Never Heard Anyone Object To Obamacare Over Race (VIDEO)  —  Joe Scarborough said Friday that he doesn't understand what evidence Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has to back up his claim that opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law is driven by his race.
Politico:
Michael Grimm probe panel announced  —  The House Ethics Committee announced Friday the creation of a special investigatory panel to probe allegations of wrongdoing by New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm.  —  But the panel will “defer action on its investigation at this time,” because Grimm is under federal indictment.
Discussion: CNN
David H. Autor / sciencemag.org:
Skills, education, and the rise of earnings inequality among the “other 99 percent”  —  The singular focus of public debate on the “top 1 percent” of households overlooks the component of earnings inequality that is arguably most consequential for the “other 99 percent” of citizens …
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Peter Dizikes / MIT News Office:
Q&A: David Autor on inequality among the “99 percent”
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Payne / CNN:
Tennessee brings back electric chair  —  Editor's note: CNN's original series “Death Row Stories” explores America's capital punishment system at 9 p.m. ET/PT Sundays, beginning July 13.  Join the conversation about the death penalty at facebook.com/cnn or Twitter @CNNorigSeries using #DeathRowStories.
Discussion: Gawker and Scared Monkeys
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Gov. Haslam signs bill to allow electric chair in Tennessee
Discussion: Washington Post
detroitnews.com:
Michigan SOS: Conyers will remain off Aug. 5 ballot  —  Conyers (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)  —  U.S. Rep. John Conyers will remain off the Aug. 5 ballot after Secretary of State Ruth Johnson decided Friday that the Detroit Democrat still lacks enough valid signatures to participate in the primary election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Chorley / Daily Mail:
‘The Ukip fox is in the Westminster hen house’: Jubilant Farage taunts Cameron, Clegg and Miliband after his party takes council seats from Tories in the south and Labour heartlands in the north  —  A surge in support for Ukip has cost all the mainstream parties seats and control of councils …
Discussion: National Review and Vox Popoli
James Hibberd / PopWatch:
Morgan Freeman on helium  —  We could tell you that this clip below is from the fifth season of Science Channel's Through the Wormhole, a documentary series exploring the mysteries of of the universe that returns June 4.  But all that does is delay getting to the point …
Discussion: The Week, The Verge, Mashable and Mediaite
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Did a Pennsylvania Republican Lose Because He's Openly Gay?  —  Mike Fleck ran unopposed three times, but appears to have been beaten by a write-in candidate after coming out in 2012.  —  Pennsylvania may have become the 19th state to allow same-sex couples to marry Tuesday but did it also vote …
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
IRS Will Revise Proposal on Political Nonprofit Groups  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said today that it will revise proposed rules governing nonprofit groups' involvement in politics.  —  The rules, released last year, were an attempt to provide guidance for how much political …
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Sara Carter / TheBlaze.com:
$1 Million Bounty to Be Offered for ‘Smoking Gun’ in IRS Targeting Scandal
 
 
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Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Officials Cast Wide Net in Monitoring Occupy Protests
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Still Split on Abortion: 47% Pro-Choice, 46% Pro-Life
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
The One Thing Each Party Needs to Overcome by 2016
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Maria Jose Rendon / Contemporary Families:
CCF Research Brief: Really? Work lowers people's stress levels
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Assembly Speaker Finds Fall Guy: Another Sheldon Silver
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Netanyahu Says Obama Got Syria Right
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John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Ex-CNN employee claims boss fired him for being gay, called him ‘flamboyant’ in $60 million suit
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist: Washington's Most Unlikely Bromance
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Tom Steyer / The Huffington Post:
Climate Change Is on the Ballot
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.
Discussion: Mediaite and VodkaPundit
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
They Had a Dream  —  Rule by experts comes a cropper  —  They had a dream.