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10:45 AM 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 …
Michael Moore / Facebook:
With due respect to those who are asking me to comment on last night's tragic mass shooting at UCSB in Isla Vista, CA -\-\ I no longer have anything to say about what is now part of normal American life.  Everything I have to say about this, I said it 12 years ago: We are a people easily manipulated …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Mashable
Amanda Hess / Slate:
The Pick-Up Artist Community's Predictable, Horrible Response to a Mass Murder
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control
Discussion: Mediaite, The Gateway Pundit and 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 …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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
Discussion: The Week and Outside the Beltway
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 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.”
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: Liberaland and 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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