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1:10 PM ET, May 26, 2014


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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan  —  The CIA's top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama's surprise visit with U.S. troops.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Making Hay While the Sun Shines: The Left Politicizes Elliot Rodger  —  You have to hand it to the liberals: they never miss an opportunity to convert tragedy into political gain.  In the wake of Elliot Rodger's six murders-three with a knife and three with a gun, plus injuries inflicted …
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Santa Barbara rampage shows it's too easy to get guns that make mass murder easier  —  There are no sure safeguards against madness, but it does not change the fact that it's too simple for sick people to get guns — legally or illegally — especially the kinds of semiautomatic weapons …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Michael Moore / Facebook:
With due respect to those who are asking me to comment …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Mashable
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obama's New Rules for Coal Plants Are a B.F.D. The Ensuing Political Fight May Be Even Bigger.  —  Conventional wisdom holds that second term presidencies rarely yield accomplishments and that this second term president, in particular, has lost the ability to get much done.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Front National wins European parliament elections in France  —  Exit polls show Marine Le Pen's party topping the vote with leftist Syriza winning in Greece as anti-EU and extremists parties fare well  —  France suffered a political earthquake on Sunday as the far-right Front National topped …
French far right in ‘earthquake’ win as Europe votes  —  (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen's far right National Front scored a stunning first victory in European Parliament elections in France on Sunday as critics of the European Union registered a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and mass unemployment.
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
California GOP Candidate's Pro-Gun Robocall Went Out Day After Mass Shooting  —  Politics News National Rifle Association University of California Santa Barbara Tony Strickland Robocall UCSB Shooting Santa Barbara Shooting Second Amendment Tony Strickland California Tony Strickland Isla Vista Pro Gun Gop Gun Control UC Santa Barbara
Mark O'Mara / CNN:
I'm a gun owner and I want gun control  —  Worst mass shootings in U.S. … (CNN) — Another week in America, another mass shooting.  —  This time the mayhem was at the hands of a drive-by shooter Friday night, firing at people in Santa Barbara, California.  Six dead, 13 others injured, gunman suicide, police say.
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Are We Ready for H.I.V.'s Sexual Revolution?  —  PRETEND it's 1960, and the Food and Drug Administration has just done something startling.  It has taken a drug it had previously approved for infertility — brand name Enovid — and approved it for the opposite use: birth control.
Discussion: National Review
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The ‘Wary of Hillary’ Democrats  —  Everyone knows about the “Ready for Hillary” Democrats — the rapidly proliferating parade of elected officials and activists getting behind Hillary Clinton's increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign.  —  But there's also a smaller …
Jeff Jacoby / The Boston Globe:
Obama fails to show his vaunted ‘competence’  —  AS A CANDIDATE for president in 1988, Michael Dukakis famously proclaimed: “This election is not about ideology; it's about competence.”  —  It wasn't a winning argument.  Dukakis ran as the architect of the so-called “Massachusetts Miracle,” the state's mid-1980s economic boom.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Secret Success  —  SINTRA, Portugal — I'll be spending the next couple of days at a forum sponsored by the European Central Bank whose de facto topic — whatever it may say on the program — will be the destructive monetary muddle caused by the Continent's premature adoption of a single currency.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Ukrainians back Poroshenko to find way out of crisis
Discussion: NPR
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pro-European Billionaire Claims Victory in Ukraine Presidential Vote
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
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Highway funds stuck in neutral as Memorial Day travel spikes
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
Delayed care, fraud point to ailing VA health system
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
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South Carolina Bible College President Busted For Slavery, Forced Labor
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