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10:30 AM ET, May 21, 2014

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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High at 55%  —  Nearly eight in 10 young adults favor gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%.  Marriage equality advocates have had a string …
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:   Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Support For Same-Sex Marriage At All-Time High
Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Puts Same-Sex Marriage On Hold In Idaho
The Hill:
Vet scandal rocks Obama  —  The White House tried Tuesday to douse flames of criticism over allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of gross mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals.  —  President Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
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New York Times:
Obama Meeting Veterans' Affairs Head Over Hospital Problems  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will meet in the Oval Office on Wednesday morning with Eric Shinseki, the secretary of veterans' affairs, to receive an update on allegations of misconduct at the agency's hospitals, White House officials said.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
When a President Learns Everything on TV  —  Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to partially walk back his statement yesterday in which he said President Obama learned about the growing scandal at the Veterans Administration by watching a report on the topic on CNN.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Mediaite
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Amid scandal, embattled VA chief visits Capitol  —  Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday visited the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee.  —  The meeting with House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama, Eric Shinseki to meet on VA
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
V.A. Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House
James Hohmann / Politico:
2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries  —  Tuesday night was great for incumbents, the GOP establishment and self-funders.  —  It was not so great a night to be a Clinton in-law.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his GOP challenger …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Payback time: GOP incumbents learn how to win  —  In 2014, the tea party insurrection is starting to look more like the Boston massacre.  —  In state after state this primary season, entrenched politicians are proving that incumbency counts for something after all, leveraging the stature …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Carl Willis / WSB-TV:
School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident  —  Sponsored Links  —  CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —  UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday.  They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation.
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Chemistry Joke That Got a Student Suspended  —  Paris Gray, upstanding vice president of her about-to-graduate high-school class in Jonesboro, Georgia, was suspended last Friday when administrators figured out what her yearbook quote meant.  It read:
Discussion: The Other McCain
ThinkProgress:
How South Florida Is Ignoring The State's Leading Politicians And Taking On Climate Change  —  Susanne Torriente remembers waking up on Thanksgiving morning in 2012 and discovering that four blocks of Florida's main coastal highway had washed away overnight.
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ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WTF?  —  I'm not sure why this isn't a bigger deal.  I hadn't heard about it other than in this brief passage tucked away in a Politico article about the House GOP agriculture bill.  But it takes a small program intended provide meals to children in the school lunch program during …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Turn up the heat on Clinton  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has characterized her place in history as akin to a runner in a relay race: taking the baton, running her laps as best she can, and then handing it off to John Kerry, her successor.  —  But the actual record indicates that …
Uzi Baruch / Arutz Sheva:
The Price of Oslo - 933 Billion Shekels and Counting  —  Victim of bus bomb, Jerusalem, 2003.  —  Flash 90  —  The failed attempt at regional peacemaking known as the Oslo Process has cost the state of Israel over 900 billion shekels - more than $250 billion - since 1993, and the costs keeps rising …
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Planned Homeland Security headquarters, long delayed and over budget, now in doubt  —  The construction of a massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, billed as critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington, is running more than $1.5 billion over budget …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
RIA Novosti / RT:
Russia and China seal historic $400bn gas deal  —  After 10 years of negotiations, Russia's Gazprom and China's CNPC have finally signed a historic gas deal which will provide the world's fastest growing economy with the natural gas it needs to keep pace for the next 30 years.
Julieta Chiquillo / Dallas Morning News:
$60M Allen football stadium deemed ‘not safe,’ will close this season  —  ALLEN — Allen ISD officials said Monday that design flaws appear to have contributed to problems with cracking of concrete at the district's new $60 million stadium, prompting them to close the stadium for the next football season.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid optimistic on David Barron  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that a controversial judicial nominee from the Obama administration is likely to win eventual confirmation from the Senate.  —  The nominee, David Barron, has drawn some criticism and scrutiny …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Sequel To Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Is Happening Tomorrow
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
AP Editor Accidentally Adds Her Buzzfeed Cover Letter to Photo Caption  —  2,884g  —  Job-hunting at work is dangerous.  Online multitasking is dangerous.  Online multitasking your work with your job hunt is deadly.  Just ask this Associated Press photo editor.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada will dump Xerox as health insurance exchange contractor  —  The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously Tuesday to end its relationship with Xerox, the vendor contracted in 2012 to build the exchange's Nevada Health Link website.
Discussion: ACASignups.net, Hot Air and Twitchy
Ladar Levison / Guardian:
Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit  —  For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup that was supposed to insure privacy for all reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don't have the right to much privacy in the first place
Discussion: Techdirt
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
No, Taking Away Unemployment Benefits Doesn't Make People Get Jobs
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Suspended Columbia athlete files federal lawsuit over campus sexual assault conviction
Discussion: Dartblog
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Does Hillary Owe It to Democrats to Run?
David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times:
GM issues more recalls, this time for 2.42 million vehicles
CNN:
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘House of Cards’ looking for NSA director, senators, reporters
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
NSA reform legislation ‘watered down’?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Ga., Ky. Primaries: Lots of Attention, Few Votes
Discussion: CNN
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How El Niño Might Alter the Political Climate
Discussion: NewsBusters and AEIdeas
Joe Miller / Salon:
Alaska's climate denial fiasco: Joe Miller's battle to be the state's biggest kook
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN President: We Won't Be ‘Shamed’ Into Covering Benghazi
 

 
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