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10:10 AM ET, May 19, 2014

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Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems  —  President Barack Obama's job approval slump and voters' entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year's most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Bankers  —  By any normal standard, economic policy since the onset of the financial crisis has been a dismal failure.  It's true that we avoided a full replay of the Great Depression.  But employment has taken more than six years to claw its way back to pre-crisis levels …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Geithner, Staying on Script
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner's big reform decision  —  It's up to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  —  Republican and Democratic advocates see one final, long-shot chance to pass immigration reform this summer, and its fate rests with a Speaker stuck between his party's resistance and his search for a career-defining legacy.
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Cyber Monday  —  NOTABLES  — U.S. TO ANNOUNCE HACKING CHARGES AGAINST CHINA: The United States government is set to file charges against government officials in China for allegedly hacking U.S. business interests, marking the first time ever that the U.S. government has formally accused another nation …
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
CNN:
Political Chatter: Hillary Clinton is talk of the town
Susan Snyder / Philly.com:
Haverford College commencement speaker lambastes students  —  In a surprising move, a commencement speaker at Haverford College on Sunday used the celebratory occasion to deliver a sharp rebuke to students who had mounted a campaign against another speaker who had been scheduled to appear but withdrew amid the controversy.
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Associated Press:
Graduation speaker blasts students
Discussion: Progressives Today
John Fund / National Review:
Lessons of the VA Scandal  —  If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces.  But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans' hospitals …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Abramson's Exit at The Times Puts Tensions on Display  —  Back in 2010, before she became executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson sent me a handwritten attaboy note about a big story.  It still hangs in my cubicle: “You wrote a story about the trashing of a once great American institution and people never tire of that.”
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
No more liberal apologies as Elizabeth Warren takes the offensive  —  BOSTON  —  Elizabeth Warren is cast as many things: a populist, a left-winger, the paladin against the bankers and the rich, the Democrats' alternative to Hillary Clinton, the policy wonk with a heart.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
In Arkansas, Obama is a Four-letter Word Hampering Democrats  —  What Bill Clinton's home state says about racial politics, control of the Senate, and Hillary Clinton in 2016.  —  Jerry Hood gives Richard Wyatt a trim while talking politics at his Little Rock barbershop.  (Ron Fournier)
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Higher ed becoming a joke: Column  —  American colleges are fraught with petty politics and bad economics.  —  As college graduates around the country fling their caps into the air, college and university administrators are ending the year in a less positive state.
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. to Charge Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Monday will announce charges it has filed against several individuals in China's People's Liberation Army, accusing them of stealing trade secrets from American companies and marking …
Discussion: The Verge and NPR
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Is This the Democrats' War on Women?  —  In 2013, an ex-boyfriend called the cops on Monica Wehby—and four days before her GOP primary, the police report resurfaced.  To blame for the leak?  A Democratic attack, say Republicans.  —  Republicans are crying foul over an eleventh-hour flurry …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Chinese ships reach Vietnam to extract thousands of citizens after deadly attacks  —  Hong Kong (CNN) — Two Chinese ships arrived at the coast of Vietnam on Monday to begin efforts to collect thousands of Chinese citizens who are fleeing the country after deadly attacks last week.
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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
China evacuates thousands of citizens from Vietnam after deadly attacks
Discussion: NPR
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Prisons Ban Magazine For Article Critical Of The Death Penalty  —  Missouri's Attorney General Chris Koster (D) once suggested reviving the gas chamber as a method of execution due to legal uncertainty over whether his state could execute prisoners through lethal injection.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What to Watch for in Three Primaries  —  Not much matters six months before a midterm election, but Tuesday's primaries are an exception.  Republicans will have an opportunity to nominate candidates in three potentially competitive Senate contests: in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon.  Here's what you need to know.
Discussion: PBS and Political Insider blog
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
The 9/11 museum's absurd gift shop  —  The museum at Ground Zero tells the dark story of the 9/11 terror attacks with spectacular artifacts and exhibits.  It pays heart-wrenching tribute to the innocents and heroes killed that day.  —  It also has a gift shop.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The Great Society at 50  —  LBJ's unprecedented and ambitious domestic vision changed the nation.  Half a century later, it continues to define politics and power in America.  —  One day shortly after starting his new job as presidential adviser and speechwriter, Richard N. Goodwin was summoned to see the boss.
 
 
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Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
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How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South
Chad Stanton / Washington Monthly:
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