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7:55 AM ET, May 26, 2014


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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: The Other McCain and Instapundit
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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.”
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jon Prior / Politico:
Blumenthal revisits gun control
Discussion: Mediaite, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
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
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 …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Highway funds stuck in neutral as Memorial Day travel spikes  —  More than 36 million drivers are expected to hit U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend with Congress stuck in neutral over plans to renew federal transportation funding.  —  The Department of Transportation's Highway Trust Fund …
Discussion: Liberaland and Washington Monthly
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Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
Delayed care, fraud point to ailing VA health system
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bankers exhale as Tea Party power fizzles
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Government Seeks Seven-Month Sentence for LulzSec Leader ‘Sabu’
Discussion: The Verge and TalkLeft
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Huntsman: ‘Symbolic’ charges no deterrent
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Discussion: ABC News and Politico