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11:50 PM ET, May 26, 2014


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Michelle Faul / Associated Press:
NIGERIAN DEFENSE CHIEF SAYS ABDUCTED GIRLS LOCATED  —  ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said Monday.
Discussion: Mediaite, Jezebel, Gawker and Mashable
Agence France-Presse:
‘We know where missing girls are’: Nigeria's top military officer  —  Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's highest ranking military officer on Monday gave a glimmer of hope to the families of more than 200 schoolgirls held by Boko Haram militants, revealing they had located the missing teenagers.
Discussion: The Week
Dana Ford / CNN:
Nigerian official: We know where abducted girls are
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Hours After UCSB Shooting, Man Allegedly Shot At Women For Refusing To Have Sex With Him  —  A California man allegedly fired his gun at three women Saturday morning who refused to have sex with him and his friends.  —  The women, estimated to be between about 18 and 19 years old …
Discussion: Jezebel and CNN
Greg Cotta / KTXL FOX40:
3 Women Refuse Sex, Suspect Fires Rounds
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System  —  WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled.  Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance.
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog and Unfogged
The Day Of Retribution.  On Elliot Rodger, the Butcher of Santa Barbara.  —  This post is about the slaughter carried out by Elliot Rodger in Santa Barbara.  It is about violence, the hatred of women and the general hatred of humans.  Consider carefully whether you wish to read it.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The fierce fight for women's votes  —  Most voters in the last four presidential elections have been female, and most of them voted for the Democrat.  But in all four races a majority of white women voted for the Republican.  —  Young white women and white working moms are more likely than their older …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The ‘Wary of Hillary’ Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post and The SUA Blog
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Veterans' groups rip Richard Burr over VA  —  Leading veterans groups are lashing out against Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for an open letter he wrote scolding the organizations for not doing more to condemn Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  —  Calling Burr's letter a …
Discussion: VFW,, New York Times and RedState
Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
Greenwald's Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance  —  The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.
John Fund / National Review:
European Earthquake  —  The voters demonstrate their Euroskepticism, but will elites listen?  —  How big was the “Euroskeptic” uprising in the elections for the European Parliament on Sunday?  Martin Schulz of Germany, the left-wing candidate who will become the next president of the European Commission …
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Biden: ‘Assume every microphone is on’  —  (CNN) - Be wary of every microphone.  —  That was Vice President Joe Biden's advice Monday to a crowd at the kickoff for the Road 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge - where 200 cyclists, including injured veterans, ride 325 miles from Washington to Virginia Beach.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Miss. Judge Allegedly Struck, Yelled Slur At Mentally Disabled Black Man  —  A Mississippi judge allegedly slapped a young mentally disabled black man earlier this month at a flea market and yelled “run, n—  , run,” the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.
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
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
I.R.S. Bars Employers From Dumping Workers Into Health Exchanges
Discussion: Washington Post and Power Line
New York Times:
Ukraine Forces Appear to Oust Rebels From Airport in East
Discussion: The Week
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Secret Success
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeff Jacoby / The Boston Globe:
Obama fails to show his vaunted ‘competence’