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11:30 AM ET, May 27, 2014


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Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen  —  Police were examining this video posted on YouTube in which a man who identifies himself as Elliot Rodger says he is planning an attack in Isla Vista because he had been snubbed by women.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rap Genius Co-Founder Moghadam Fired Over Tasteless Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting  —  Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.
Alan Duke / CNN:
Five revelations from the ‘twisted world’ of a ‘kissless virgin’  —  Editor's note: Readers of the following article should be advised that portions of Elliot Rodger's document can be disturbing.  —  (CNN) — Elliot Rodger left behind a 107,000-word “story” of what the shooting suspect called his “twisted world.”
Mike Allen / Politico:
HILLARY CLINTON: Book is not for 'followers of Washington's long-running soap opera ... I'm proud of what we accomplished ... America remains the “indispensable nation"' — GOP SENATE CONTRACT '14?  —  EXCLUSIVE: The initial printing of Hillary Rodham Clinton's “Hard Choices,” …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Hillary leaves left cold  —  Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016.  —  For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq war, ran to the right of President Obama …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton Proud Of Diplomatic Accomplishments
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Rise of the showboat donor
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP pols press for 2014 ‘Contract with America’
Joan Walsh / Salon:
GOP's post-Obama problem: Why they're lost without him — and with the electorate he helped create  —  The establishment vanquished the Tea Party by drinking its poison — but has no plan for life after this president  —  With the 2014 congressional primary season almost behind us …
Agence France-Presse:
Germany's first far-right NPD deputy in European Parliament  —  Berlin (AFP) - Udo Voigt, the first member of Germany's far-right anti-immigrant party to enter the European Parliament, has faced legal action in the past with comments such as Hitler was “a great man”.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Populists' Rise in Europe Vote Shakes Leaders
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Governments Await Obama's Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation's fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts …
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money  —  In a GOP runoff today, candidate T.J. Fabby has attacked his foe for accepting Muslim money.  But now Fabby has too.  I know.  I sent it.  —  Sometimes you have to taunt the bigots.  It's often more fun and satisfying than getting angry with them.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Gun Activists Flaunting Assault Rifles Get Booted From Chili's and Sonic  —  As a backlash grows, open-carry groups in Texas beat a retreat.  —  It would be an understatement to say that the tactics of gun rights activists have been backfiring of late.  The showdown has taken place foremost in Texas …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Eschaton
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Did Peace Just Break Out in Ukraine?  —  Why the standoff with Vladimir Putin may have ended.  —  The crisis in Ukraine appears to be over.  Not that Ukraine itself is cruising toward democracy and prosperity.  That road is littered with obstacles: The country is crippled with debt, mired in corruption, and quaking with instability.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Satellite data released after long wait  —  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Data from communications between satellites and missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was released Tuesday, more than two months after relatives of passengers say they requested that it be made public.
Discussion: Hollywood Life, The Week and NPR
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.
Dana Ford / CNN:
Nigerian official: We know where abducted girls are
Discussion: Sic Semper Tyrannis
Agence France-Presse:   ‘We know where missing girls are’: Nigeria's top military officer
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Christie's Lawyer Problem
Discussion: City Journal
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
John Edwards, chasing ambulances again
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NewsBusters
New York Times:
A Cable Merger Too Far
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Justice Department shuts down porn money: Column
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Manu Raju / Politico:
Michelle Nunn unscathed in Senate run — for now
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Elections Provide Silver Linings in a Cloudy World
 Earlier Items: 
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Unfogged
Hours After UCSB Shooting, Man Allegedly Shot At Women For Refusing To Have Sex With Him
Robert Pear / New York Times:
I.R.S. Bars Employers From Dumping Workers Into Health Exchanges