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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?  —  The Veterans Affairs policy fiasco is magnified by an insulting-public relations strategy.  —  News quiz: President Obama and his communications team hope that Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.
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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” …
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Can Eric Shinseki survive the VA scandal?
Discussion: CNN
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The VA and the Limits of Liberalism
Discussion: alicublog
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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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country [that] ... have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.”  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers an address …
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Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Overturned By Judge
Associated Press:   Dozens Wed After Oregon Gay Marriage Ruling
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions  —  NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.  —  “These times require …
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Wife, attorney say blogger was pawn  —  It's still unclear how a political blogger gained access to the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in her nursing home, but the man's wife and his attorney said he didn't sneak into the facility, and that he appears to be a pawn in a big political game.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:   Break-In Blogger's Wife: McDaniel Told Husband To Take Anti-Cochran Video Down
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time  —  On the morning of his Republican counterpart's primary back home in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would not change the chamber's rules in his absence.  —  But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might well be advised …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Will Russell Bucklew's Execution Be the Next Death-Penalty Disaster?  —  Missouri plans to kill a convicted murderer Wednesday, but his health and the state's secrecy about lethal-injection procedures raise serious constitutional issues.  —  Aside from the fact that he is likely …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Guardian
AL.com:
Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders  —  Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving the end of his federal prison term in a Montgomery federal prison.  —  ctoner@al.com By Casey Toner |  ctoner@al.com
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
As Candidate For Congress, Ted Yoho Suggested Limiting The Right To Vote To Property Owners  —  Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his candidacy for Congress in the 2012 election cycle shows the Republican politician suggesting …
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana  —  Monday was a big day for the nation's cyber police.  The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Verge
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.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home—And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them  —  The number of American extremists who have flocked to Syria is higher than previously understood, American intelligence sources say.  And some of the fighters are coming home.
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Jeff Zucker talks CNN's post-plane plans  —  Last night, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker gave a hint of where the network will go next now thats its two-plus-month coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is subsiding.  —  “I don't think there's any question about our commitment …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Banter
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: Towleroad News #gay and Mediaite
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 …
Kim Janssen / Chicago Sun Times:
Lawsuit: Chicago cops physically, verbally abuse woman on video  —  A Chicago police officer hit a handcuffed, kneeling woman in the head, while another shouted racially charged comments at her and threatened she'd be murdered during a raid of a West Side tanning salon.
 
 
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
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Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Kill Key Pro-Israel bill to Appease White House on Iran
Discussion: Hot Air and Pat Dollard
Associated Press:
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Mitch McConnell Is No Longer the King of Kentucky
Discussion: ABC News
Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality
Ferdous Al-Faruque / The Hill:
Report: Fear of high ObamaCare premiums ‘unfounded’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Have Edge on Top Election Issue: the Economy
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer: Obama Acts as if He ‘Stumbled Upon the Presidency’
 

 
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