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5:50 PM ET, May 25, 2015


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Fort Smith/Fayetteville News:
Senator: Springdale Police Chief Should Be Fired Over Child Sex-Crime Report … SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - A state senator from Northwest Arkansas is calling for the Springdale police chief to be fired over the recent release of a 2006 police report detailing accusations that Josh Duggar as a teenager molested five underage girls.
Stephanie McNeal / BuzzFeed:
A Homeschooling Program Promoted By The Duggars Has Troubling Advice On How To Handle Sexual Abuse  —  A homeschooling program promoted by the Duggar family has distributed documents in the past that offer troubling advice about how to handle sexual abuse in the home.  —  Via Facebook: duggarfamilyofficial
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Wants Police Chief Who Released Duggar Offense Report To Be Fired  —  A Republican lawmaker on Saturday called for the termination of the police chief who released a 2006 offense report alleging that Josh Duggar, of TLC's “19 Kids and Counting,” molested five underage girls when he was a teenager.
Discussion: Raw Story
Los Angeles Times:
SPECIAL REPORT U.S. MILITARY AND CIVILIANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED  —  Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Meh  —  Remember Douglas Adams's 1979 novel “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”?  It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life-forms “are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Suspends Troll Chuck Johnson — Are Its New Guidelines Actually Working?  —  Notorious Twitter troll Chuck Johnson was placed in time-out Sunday — at least temporarily — and it looks like the company's new policy on violent threats was the reason.  —  Twitter suspended Johnson …
Bloomberg Business:
Charter Near Deal for Time Warner Cable at $195 a Share  —  Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $55.1 billion in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Charter will pay about $195 a share, with $100 in cash …
Gabriella Morrongiello / Campus Reform:
Student vet with PTSD suspended, labeled ‘threat’ to peers after requesting to meet with non-Muslim counselor  — Jeremy Rawls, a former active-duty Marine and senior at Mississippi College was recently suspended and labeled a threat to himself and other students after requesting to meet with a non-Muslim counselor.
Nigel Farndale / Telegraph:
Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: ‘I created a monster’  —  Forty-five years after Simon & Garfunkel split up, the singer is still consumed with bitterness  —  I hear Art Garfunkel before I see him, singing to himself as he drifts across the hotel lobby in a blue T-shirt, heading for the lifts.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The 2016 political report: Walker emerges from Southern confab as GOP front-runner  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference provided a glimpse into the state of the Republican base and the presidential field.  —  The conference revealed a Republican base that is …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books  —  John Scalzi, a best-selling author of science fiction, has signed a $3.4 million, 10-year deal with the publisher Tor Books that will cover his next 13 books.  —  Mr. Scalzi's works include a series known as the …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Whatever
Hartford Courant:
Pastor Shot Outside Hartford Church  —  HARTFORD —The Rev. Dr. Augustus Sealy, who leads the First Church of the Nazarene on Capitol Avenue, was injured at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a drive-by shooting, police said.  —  Sealy, 54, was planting small flags in the church's lawn at 932 Capitol Ave. in honor of Memorial Day.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: America is More Liberal Than Politicians Think
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
ABC News:
Obama Honors Troops on Memorial Day
Discussion: Politico
Matt Viser /
Forging identity but also joining the family line
Protesters target Oakland policy on street demonstrations
Jay Korff / WJLA-TV:
Capitol Police bomb squad blows up pressure cooker from ?suspicious? car near Capitol, Memorial Day Concert
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press, ABC News and The Week
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New York Times:
Afghans Form Militias and Call on Warlords to Fight Taliban
Discussion: Moon of Alabama and Eschaton
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP turns to Tea Party to win trade powers for Obama
Discussion: Instapundit and Hullabaloo
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
No pay, no play! Poor kids banned from school carnival
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Driving Uber Mad