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7:50 AM ET, May 28, 2014


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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
US to keep troops in Afghanistan  —  President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, after the U.S. combat mission ends in 2014, a senior administration official said.  —  That number would be cut in half by the end of 2015, the official said.
Discussion: Politico
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Reuters, Power Line and CNN
Fox News:
Obama announces plan to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016
Discussion: The Verge and Outside the Beltway
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Says US Finishing the Job in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico and Firedoglake
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
White House: U.S. will have 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014
Discussion: VodkaPundit and
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, insisted the deaths of innocent people “don't trump” his constitutional rights in an open letter to the families of victims in Friday's shooting rampage near …
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Kinsley, Greenwald and Government Secrets  —  Michael Kinsley's review of Glenn Greenwald's new book, “No Place to Hide” hasn't even appeared in the printed Book Review yet - that won't happen until June 8 - but it's already infuriated a lot of people.  After the review was published online last week …
Randall Balmer / Politico:
The Real Origins of the Religious Right  —  They'll tell you it was abortion.  Sorry, the historical record's clear: It was segregation.  —  One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Ricochet
Ken Auletta / Comment:
SUMMING UP THE FIRING OF JILL ABRAMSON  —  The story of Jill Abramson's abrupt termination as the executive editor of the Times is one of those running stories in which reporters peel away one layer only to be presented with another.  The earlier layers are still a part of the truth …
Lane DeGregory / Tampa Bay Times:
Beverly Young: I'm running against David Jolly in '16  —  Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican David Jolly for the congressional seat long held by the late C.W. Bill Young, but they may have one lined up for 2016: Beverly Young, the congressman's widow who campaigned for Jolly earlier this year.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds seek extra redactions in drone memo  —  The Justice Department plans to ask a federal appeals court to delete additional material from a drone-related legal opinion before it's made public—redactions that would go beyond those the court approved last month, a government lawyer said in a legal filing Tuesday night.
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They're All Wrong  —  The firearms fanboys have been more creative than usual, scrambling to defend their precious weapons in the wake of the massacre in Santa Barbara.  It's only made their excuses lamer.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson to address Republican Leadership Conference  —  Phil Robertson, the controversial star of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” will address the upcoming Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday.  —  Robertson will talk to the annual confab in the evening of its opening day …
Stephen F. Knott / The National Interest:
Did Woodrow Wilson Destroy the American Presidency?  —  You make the call.  —  Robert W. Merry's recent post, “The Six Best U.S. Presidents of All Time,” posed some provocative questions as to how one should define “greatness in the presidency.”  Unfortunately, in scholarly circles …
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Covers Room In Vulgar Words To Make A Point About Sexism (VIDEO)  —  It was clear that Annette Bosworth's Tuesday morning press conference would be unusual when she said it was intended for a “mature audience” only. … It got even more so when the long-shot candidate for U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Jezebel
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO  —  “Henry.  A SWAT team from Homeland Security just raided our factory!” … “No this is really serious.  We got guys with guns, they put all our people out in the parking lot and won't let us go into the plant.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - Wife set to hang for marrying Christian U.S. citizen gives birth to baby girl in squalid jail  —  A doctor who is facing execution in Sudan for marrying a Christian gave birth to a baby girl in prison today.  —  Meriam Ibrahim, who has spent the past four months shackled …
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
White guy killer syndrome: Elliot Rodger's deadly, privileged rage  —  It's time for America to admit what it's long resisted: White male privilege kills  —  Welp.  Another young white guy has decided that his disillusionment with his life should become somebody else's problem.
Joe Sonka / FatLip:
Mitch McConnell doubles down on lie that Kynect is unconnected to Obamacare  —  When Mitch McConnell dropped jaws last Friday by saying that the fate of Kynect — and the health insurance coverage of over 400,000 Kentuckians — is “unconnected” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act …
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Federal Judge Who Halted Walker Dark Money Criminal Probe Attended Koch-Backed Judicial Junkets  —  The federal judge who ordered a halt to Wisconsin's “John Doe” criminal investigation into spending during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections has regularly attended all-expenses paid …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Black Republican Congressional Candidate Defends Cliven Bundy  —  “I don't consider Cliven or his wonderful family racist at all,” says Niger Innis.  Period, end of story.  —  A Republican congressional candidate running to represent the district where rancher Cliven Bundy's …
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?  —  The marriage equality fight is all but won.  Will the future of marriage be boring as hell, or a Bible-thumper's idea of Sodom and Gomorrah?  —  Same-sex marriage is becoming a national inevitability.
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Once Allies, Ex-Obama Aides Face Off in British Campaign
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz blames Palestinians for failed peace talks
Maura Zurick / Chicago Tribune:
Soda tax defeated at Capitol
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Meet the Texas Democratic Senate candidate who wants to impeach Obama
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Everyday Economics: Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Extends Curbs on the Death Penalty in a Florida Ruling
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce goes up for Joni Ernst in Iowa primary
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / PJ Media:
Lord Obama  —  If we were living in normal times …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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George W. Bush Treated at Rush University Medical Center
Discussion: Politico, OnPolitics and CNN