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8:55 PM ET, May 25, 2014


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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.
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.
New York Times:
Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The last time President Obama visited Afghanistan, he came to sign a strategic partnership agreement with President Hamid Karzai.  —  But that was two years ago.  When Mr. Obama returned to Afghanistan on Sunday …
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
From Afghanistan to West Point: Obama looks overseas
Discussion: CNN
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
South Carolina Bible College President Busted For Slavery, Forced Labor  —  The president of a South Carolina Bible college was charged last week with essentially treating foreign students as slaves by forcing them to perform work for little or no pay.  —  The president of a South Carolina Bible college …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pro-European Billionaire Claims Victory in Ukraine Presidential Vote  —  KIEV, Ukraine — With their country caught in a fierce tug-of-war between Russia and the West over a new 21st-century security order, Ukrainians on Sunday elected Petro O. Poroshenko, a pro-European billionaire …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Chocolate tycoon Poroshenko claims victory in Ukrainian presidential election  —  Updated at 2:05 p.m.: Poroshenko has declared victory in the Ukrainian election; Tymoshenko has conceded defeat.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians headed to the polls Sunday to pick a replacement …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Fox News ‘expert’ suggests ‘homosexual impulses’ triggered Calif. mass shooting  —  Reality television psychologist Dr. Robi Ludwig asserted to Fox News that a mass shooting in California over the weekend may have been triggered because the suspect could not cope with his “homosexual impulses.”
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 …
TBogg / The Raw Story:
I was the NRA  —  I was fortunate enough to have been born and to have spent my life living in a part of America where the climate is conducive to outdoor living year-round.  —  The San Diego of my youth was the fabled “sleepy Navy town” of yore; scrub-filled canyons and mesas extending …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bankers exhale as Tea Party power fizzles  —  Banks are breathing a sigh of relief after established GOP incumbents bested a handful of Tea Party challengers at the polls recently.  —  Industry sources said the establishment wins improve Republican odds of retaking the Senate …
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control
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