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12:15 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.
Daily Kos:
Elliot Rodger, Gunman in California Mass Shooting, was influenced by the “Men's Rights Movement”  —  Trigger Warning: Violence against Women  —  Last Night in Santa Barbara California, a Gunman in a BMW opened fire on students near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Isla Vista shooting suspect targeted sorority, neighbors, strangers  —  Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials offered the most detailed description yet of the violent rampage in Isla Vista on Friday night, saying the suspect methodically killed at three separate locations near UC Santa Barbara.
USA Today:
Police identify Calif. shooting suspect as Elliot Rodger
Cynthia Johnston / Reuters:
Gunman kills six in drive-by shooting in California college town
Discussion: Canada Blog …
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox Popoli
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: Mediaite
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
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama at West Point: Interventionist, internationalist  —  President Barack Obama will use his speech at the West Point commencement Wednesday to lay out a broad vision of American foreign policy that a White House official Saturday called “both interventionist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral.”
Discussion: CNN
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
Jessica Wehrman / The Columbus Dispatch:
Privatizing VA still appeals to Boehner  —  WASHINGTON — More than two decades ago, House Speaker John Boehner said, he floated an idea that was controversial: Why not privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs?  —  The idea was soundly rejected by veterans' organizations.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and ThinkProgress
Sam Foote / New York Times:
Why I Blew the Whistle on the V.A.
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberaland
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