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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: VA Scandal Hits New Hospital  —  Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast.  —  Add Albuquerque, New Mexico's to the growing list of VA hospitals accused …
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Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Obama warned about VA wait-time problems during 2008 transition  —  The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care …
John Fund / National Review:
Lessons of the VA Scandal
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: House of Debt and Mediaite
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Geithner, Staying on Script
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
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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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: Politico and Progressives Today
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: Shakesville and Daily Kos
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Monday announced it has filed charges against several individuals in China's People's Liberation Army, accusing them of stealing trade secrets from American companies, the first time the United States …
Discussion: The Verge
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ABC News:
US to Announce Hacking Charges Against China
Discussion: Politico, NBC News, Gawker and Mediaite
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
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Courier-Journal:
Bluegrass Poll | McConnell pounding Bevin, tied with Grimes
New York Times:
Workers at N.Y.U.'s Abu Dhabi Site Faced Harsh Conditions  —  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The strike had entered its second day when construction workers at Labor Camp 42 got word that their bosses from the BK Gulf corporation had come to negotiate.  Mohammed Amir Waheed Sirkar …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities With Highest-Paid Leaders, Study Finds  —  At the 25 public universities with the highest-paid presidents, both student debt and the use of part-time adjunct faculty grew far faster than at the average state university from 2005 to 2012 …
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)
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 …
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
Yahoo! News:
Marco Rubio's ‘pot’ hole  —  Why won't Sen. Marco Rubio say whether he's ever smoked pot?  —  The Florida Republican, who maintains a strict stance against the legalization of marijuana, refuses to answer whether he's ever personally smoked it.  Rubio told “Politics Confidential” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Targeted? Gun sellers say ‘high risk’ label from feds cuts off banking options, restricts business
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book
Tampa Bay Times:
Jeb Bush, looking more seriously like a 2016 contender, hits the road
Discussion: Washington Post
Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
Swiss Voters Defeat $24.65 Minimum Wage by a Wide Margin
Discussion: Smartertimes.com and Cafe Hayek
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Prisons Ban Magazine For Article Critical Of The Death Penalty [Updated]
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The Great Society at 50  —  LBJ's unprecedented and ambitious …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Poverty Is Not a State of Mind
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The American spirit is breaking
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Christie calls for more aggressive foreign policy
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Science Standards Divide a State Built on Coal and Oil
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Grading Obama's Foreign Policy
Discussion: The Dish
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South
Becky Pallack / Arizona Daily Star:
AZ congressional candidate says mass shooters are Democrats (with audio)
 

 
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