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Morning Must Reads: May 27

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

In the news: Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's foreign policy vision; The Nigerian military and Boko Haram; Major moves at the EPA; Elliot Rodger's rampage; The case for reparations

  • Ukrainian separatists report heavy losses in Donetsk airport battle [WaPost]
    • ‘Ukraine Is Run by a Guy Who Makes Chocolate’ [Atlantic]
  • “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out an assertive foreign policy agenda, saying he hoped to accelerate maritime aid to Vietnam amid its territorial standoff with China and host Vladimir Putin this year despite the Russian president’s isolation from the West.” [WSJ]
  • Pomp and Circumstance: Narendra Modi is sworn in as India P.M. [Economist]
  • “United States Special Operations troops are forming elite counterterrorism units in four countries in North and West Africa that American officials say are pivotal in the widening war against Al Qaeda’s affiliates and associates on the continent, even as they acknowledge the difficulties of working with weak allies.” [NYT]
  • “The Nigerian military says it know where the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are but will not attempt a rescue.” [BBC]
  • “The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama.” [Guardian]
  • “The Obama administration will next week unveil a cornerstone of its climate-change initiative with a proposed rule aimed at allowing states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to meet aggressive goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants.” [WSJ]
  • “If an Alabama law and others like it stick, abortion clinics will disappear from swaths of the U.S. map.” [Slate]
  • Texas conservatives are hoping to win two major Republican run-off elections on Tuesday, for lieutenant governor and attorney general, underscoring the Tea Party’s enduring influence in the state.” [Reuters]
  • “A deadly attack by a gunman obsessed by grievances toward women near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has touched off an anguished conversation here and on social media about the ways women are perceived sexually and the violence against them.” [NYT]
  • The Case for Reparations [Atlantic]

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