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5:50 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.
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.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
UCSB Shooter Elliot Rodger Posted Racist Messages on ‘Puahate’ Website
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
David Jackson / Associated Press:
Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as his administration plans to end the nation's longest war at the end of this year, and faces intense criticism over the medical treatment of American veterans.
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
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Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line