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12:50 AM ET, May 28, 2014


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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.
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber To UCSB Parents: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump' My Guns  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher gave his condolences this week to the families of the victims of the mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara.  But no tragedy is going to stop “Joe The Plumber” from defending the Second Amendment.
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights'
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan  —  The United States will leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of U.S. combat forces in December, and will gradually reduce that number to zero by the end of 2016, President Obama announced Tuesday.
Discussion: Power Line and Reuters
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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: Ricochet
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Once Allies, Ex-Obama Aides Face Off in British Campaign  —  LONDON — David Axelrod stood on a stage in the Buckingham Room of the Labour Party headquarters this month, rallying British progressives who are hoping, and paying, for Barack Obama's message maven to help lead them back into power.
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 …
Maura Zurick / Chicago Tribune:
Soda tax defeated at Capitol  —  Would have added nearly $3 to case of pop  —  A panel of Illinois House lawmakers today voted down a proposal to impose a tax of one penny per ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages, saying it would have cost consumers an extra $2.88 per case of soda.  —  Clout Street
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Major Jewish Group Slams MSNBC Host Toure for Suggesting Holocaust Survivors Benefitted from ‘the Power of Whiteness’  —  A major Jewish organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and pursuing Nazi war criminals is criticizing MSNBC host Toure for suggesting that Jewish Holocaust survivors benefitted from being white.
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz blames Palestinians for failed peace talks
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
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Michelle Nunn's Lucrative Years Running a Nonprofit Organization
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: I want to return to medicine ‘at some point’
Discussion: OnPolitics
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
Mary Ann Ahern /
George W. Bush Treated at Rush University Medical Center
Discussion: Politico, OnPolitics and CNN
Heather Wilhelm / The Federalist:
Hijacking A Mass Murder To Boost Self-Esteem
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Mediaite