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12:20 PM ET, May 24, 2014


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Beth Farnsworth / KEYT-TV:
Sheriff Confirms Seven Dead in Isla Vista Shootings  —  “Mass Murder Situation”  —  ISLA VISTA, Calif. -  —  Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown revealed new details about Friday night's drive by shootings in Isla Vista during a Saturday morning news conference, including a new death toll …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The 2016 presidential candidate we need  —  All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us.  Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America's consciousness.  Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government's proper scope and actual competence …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Veterans aren't the only ones waiting for health care  —  TWEET SHARE LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  In 2005, Phillip Longman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, published an article entitled “Best Care Anywhere” in the Washington Monthly.  The article, which later became a book …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Giles / Financial Times:
Piketty findings undercut by errors  —  Thomas Piketty's book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, has been the publishing sensation of the year.  Its thesis of rising inequality tapped into the zeitgeist and electrified the post-financial crisis public policy debate.
Financial Times:
Central bank blog … Welcome.  If you have yet to register on you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs.  However, our posts remain free.  —  Opinions on market-moving economics and central banks around the world.  — Gold fix pricing faces abolition call
Discussion: New York Times
Dave Philipps / Gazette:
Accusations cloud Sheriff Terry Maketa's future: Commanders' complaint alleges affairs, budget improprieties  —  Updated:  —  El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is embroiled in accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Delay EPA power plant rules, senators demand  —  Forty-five senators are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new rules on limiting carbon emissions from power plants.  —  The senators are asking the EPA to extend a public comment period for the rules, which could also delay their issuance.
Discussion: Hot Air
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Justice Department pushed Lois Lerner to help build criminal case against nonprofits  —  CONGRESS IRS DARRELL ISSA PENNAVE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT JIM JORDAN NONPROFITS SHELDON WHITEHOUSE LOIS LERNER HOUSE OVERSIGHT  —  Updated with a response from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Steve King Challenges Chuck Schumer To A Duel  —  House Gop Immigration Reform Steve King Immigration Immigration Reform Bill Immigration Steve King Chuck Schumer House Gop Immigration Immigration Reform Video House Republicans Immigration Reform Chuck Schumer Immigration Latino Politics Immigration Bill House Republicans Immigration
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
New York Times:
As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish  —  Amazon's power over the publishing and bookselling industries is unrivaled in the modern era.  Now it has started wielding its might in a more brazen way than ever before.  —  Seeking ever-higher payments from publishers to bolster its anemic bottom line …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Nancy Pelosi blames George W. Bush for Veterans Affairs scandal  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VETERANS AFFAIRS AFGHANISTAN IRAQ NANCY PELOSI GEORGE W. BUSH VETERANS  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush …
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