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4:45 AM ET, May 26, 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 graphic, 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.
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael Moore / Facebook:
With due respect to those who are asking me to comment …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Mashable
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.
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.
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 M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Pro-European Billionaire Claims Victory in Ukraine Presidential Vote
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ukrainians back Poroshenko to find way out of crisis
Discussion: Firedoglake and NPR
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
From Afghanistan to West Point: Obama looks overseas
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
Delayed care, fraud point to ailing VA health system
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Government Seeks Seven-Month Sentence for LulzSec Leader ‘Sabu’
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Verge
Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control
Discussion: Mediaite, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: CNN and Politico
Rick Klein / ABC News:
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Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Dina Rasor / Truthout Stories:
Moral Robots for the Pentagon? Let's Work on Pentagon Morality First
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