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2:55 PM ET, May 25, 2014


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Los Angeles Times:
Isla Vista shooting: Read Elliot Rodger's elaborate attack plan  —  Elliot Rodger, the suspect in a rampage near UC Santa Barbara, outlined his intentions in a 137-page document that he sent Friday night, shortly before the killings, to someone he knew from an online body building forum.
Amanda Hess / Slate:
The Pick-Up Artist Community's Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder  —  On Friday night, a gunman killed six people in Santa Barbara, and the killer himself was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head.  Soon after police began investigating the crime, 22-year-old student Elliot Rodger emerged as the main suspect.
New York Times:
California Gun Rampage Tied to Video Leaves Seven Dead  —  ISLA VISTA, Calif. — Seven people were killed, including the gunman, and seven others injured on Friday night after a bloody drive-by shooting on the crowded streets of a small college town near Santa Barbara, as a man the police described …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
UCSB Shooter Elliot Rodger Posted Racist Messages on ‘Puahate’ Website  —  Most of Elliot Rodger's final YouTube videos centered on his frustration over an inability to meet girls that found him attractive.  The 22-year-old student who allegedly committed a drive-by shooting spree near UC …
USA Today:
Police identify Calif. shooting suspect as Elliot Rodger
Daily Mail:
‘I will slaughter every single blonde s**t I see’: Seven people killed as son of Hunger Games …
Cynthia Johnston / Reuters:
Gunman kills six in drive-by shooting in California college town
Discussion: Canada Blog …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Privately Calling Obama ‘Detached,’ ‘Flat Footed,’ ‘Incompetent’  —  CNN's John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama “detached,” “flat footed,” and “incompetent.”  —  “Forget for a moment that Republican outrage,” said King on his CNN show this morning.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Final Word on U.S. Law Isn't: Supreme Court Keeps Editing  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice.  The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning …
Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control  —  Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday he would urge Senate leaders to reconsider tougher gun control and mental health measures in the wake of this weekend's deadly shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Huntsman: ‘Symbolic’ charges no deterrent  —  Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman on Sunday said charging members of the Chinese military with stealing U.S. trade secrets would likely not deter future online espionage.  —  Huntsman, a former GOP presidential candidate and Utah governor …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Five Stories You'll Care About in Politics This Week  —  We were just about to place some bets on politics when Republicans decided to pull their chips back from Vegas.  Mitch McConnell loves the women in his life, except of course for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat he will now face …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor  —  HOUSTON — The kitchen of the detention center here was bustling as a dozen immigrants boiled beans and grilled hot dogs, preparing lunch for about 900 other detainees.  Elsewhere, guards stood sentry and managers took head counts …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Everything Is Broken  —  Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.  He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it.  In the process, he figured out how to get total administration access over a network.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and PandoDaily
Dean Weingarten / The Truth About Guns:
New Jersey Law Would Ban Many Common Hunting Rifles  —  The gun ban that has gone to New Jersey Governor Christie for signature has been described as a “gun magazine restriction”, but it bans numerous common sport and hunting rifles.  The ban has no exemption for rifles with fixed magazines …
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vox
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Privatizing VA still appeals to Boehner
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and ThinkProgress