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12:25 PM ET, May 20, 2014

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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
D'Souza Expected to Plead Guilty to Charge  —  A federal court hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday morning in which the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza is expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from campaign finance violations, according to a notice sent out by the government.
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Joseph Ax / Reuters:
D'Souza pleads guilty to U.S. campaign finance law violation  —  (Reuters) - The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It  —  Democrats can dismiss Benghazi and the IRS as pseudo-scandals, maybe, but 40 veterans have died, and where has Obama been?  Totally absent.  —  Up to now, President Obama and congressional Democrats had thought “so-called” …
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CNN:   VA investigating Florida hospital wait lists
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Bob Dole defends Eric Shinseki
Discussion: CNN
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Arthur Sulzberger's First Interview About the Turmoil at The New York Times: “I Would Have Done It Differently”  —  A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with V.F.'s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Have Edge on Top Election Issue: the Economy  —  Democrats have advantage on Affordable Care Act and economic inequality  —  PRINCETON, NJ — American voters rate the economy as the most important issue to their vote for Congress this year, and give the Republicans in Congress …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems desperately seek an Obama midterm strategy  —  For months, President Barack Obama has been telling donors that there's nothing more important to him than the November elections.  —  But many Democrats say their biggest worry for the fall is the president himself.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Primary day: 6 states, 5 things to watch  —  Today is the closest thing to a Super Tuesday this primary season, and the results of voting in six states will set the stage for some of November's marquee races.  —  The Democrats' best hopes for Senate pick-ups are in Kentucky …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Adam Carolla: The gay mafia is real  —  The comedian and author sounds off to Salon on political correctness and why Asians prove discrimination is a lie  —  Adam Carolla, as ever, has a few things to get off his chest.  —  The comedian and podcaster, whose broadcast career began …
Discussion: Mediaite and Towleroad News #gay
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Hillary's Brain; Hillary's Brain on Drudge  —  An article linked today on Drudge:  —  http://on.wsj.com/1jOqOJR  —  Hey!  Hillary's brain is off-limits!  Leave her health records alone!  Democrats are right - scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality  —  Economic disparities aren't new.  But from Piketty to the pope, talking about them is.  —  Two years ago, I wrote, “Inequality will be the central theme of 2012.  It has always existed and is not going away …
Associated Press:
Dozens Wed After Oregon Gay Marriage Ruling  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of gay and lesbian couples are now legally married in Oregon after a judge invalidated the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.  —  Jubilant couples began applying for marriage licenses immediately …
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Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Michelle Obama Would Like Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial Insensitivity  —  First lady Michelle Obama is encouraging students to monitor their older relatives, friends and co-workers for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they're made.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Indiana's Gov. Pence taking the Obamacare money and running with it  —  For the first time since Obamacare split the country in two, the conditions for a cease-fire have begun to appear.  —  An architect of this detente — although he denies any such intent — is Mike Pence …
Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price … In Augusta, Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2.  —  In Ionia, Mich., 19-year-old Kyle Dewitt caught a fish out of season; then a judge sentenced him to three days in jail.
Ferdous Al-Faruque / The Hill:
Report: Fear of high ObamaCare premiums ‘unfounded’  —  Fears that insurance premiums will spike next year are premature, according to a new report that argues market competition will likely keep costs from rising.  —  Critics of the Affordable Care Act have long warned that premiums …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Mitch McConnell Is No Longer the King of Kentucky  —  Even as he is expected to coast past the primary on Tuesday, he no longer defines Republicanism in Kentucky.  —  Mitch McConnell(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  —  FRANKFORT, Ky.—The headquarters of the Republican Party …
Discussion: ABC News
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer: Obama Acts as if He ‘Stumbled Upon the Presidency’  —  Time after time, President Obama has reportedly learned of a number of big administration scandals in the media, from the IRS to Fast & Furious and now the VA scandal over wait times and veterans dying before receiving proper treatment …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chipotle To Customers: Please Don't Carry Your Gun Into Our Restaurants  —  Chipotle is asking its customers to leave their firearms at home after it says some gun advocates staged an “open-carry” demonstration in one of its Texas restaurants.  —  “Recently participants from an “open carry” …
Discussion: CBS Dallas, Gawker and The Raw Story
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
NYC's first lady: I was a bad mom  —  The de Blasios have a carefully crafted, close-knit family image.  Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray pose with their children, Dante and Chiara, recently and in an early family photo.  —  New York City's first lady, Chirlane McCray …
Kyle Olson / Progressives Today:
Reformed Abortion Clinic Director: ‘Our Goal Was Three to Five Abortions per Student’  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas - Abortion clinics are businesses, just like muffler shops or fast food restaurants.  —  They need a steady parade of clients to survive, so they go out and create them in public schools.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pat Dollard
 
 
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Economic Recovery Yields Few Benefits for the Voters Democrats Rely On
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Occupy Wall Street Protester Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail
Discussion: ThinkProgress and InterOccupy
Cass R. Sunstein / New York Review of Books:
The Refounding Father  —  Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
Discussion: Althouse
BBC:
Thailand army declares martial law
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Lauren French / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi criticized on Koch film
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Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Aussies To Slash 90% Of Global Warming Funding From Budget
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
U.S. may evacuate embassy in Libya
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pat Dollard
Anna Merlan / Runnin' Scared:
Truthers Plan to Hand out Fake Brochures for 9/11 Museum On Opening Day
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Thinks #BringBackOurGirls Hashtag Isn't 2nd Amendment-y Enough
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Are Aching to Run Against Jeb Bush
Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
The state of conservative media
The United States Department of Justice:
U.S. Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers for Cyber Espionage Against U.S. Corporations …