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10:50 AM ET, May 22, 2014

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CBS News:
Who do Americans blame for the VA scandal?  —  Shares -  —  NEW YORK — Americans split in their thoughts over who they think is most to blame for the problems at Veterans Affairs department medical facilities, which involve allegations that VA hospitals kept delays in treatment off the books …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal … After keeping his mouth shut on that growing Veterans Affairs scandal for weeks, President Barack Obama finally acted.  —  Not with deeds.  But with words.  —  The scandal involves reports of secret admissions lists …
Discussion: Power Line and The White House
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
VA scandal is bipartisan  —  If even one American veteran has died because of inadequate treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki owe veterans an apology.  Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology.
Kevin OBrien / Associated Press:
Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien  —  The White House says Americans can't draw any conclusions yet about just how screwed up is the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care system.  —  Well, yes, Americans can.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire
Discussion: Washington Post
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   Obama, the unaccountable president
The Hill:
Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day  —  States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.  —  Democrats are bracing for grim headlines …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Nationalization of Senate Elections Poses Challenge to Democrats in 2014  —  Democrats face several challenges in trying to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm election.  In addition to the normal tendency of the president's party to lose seats in midterm elections …
Politico:
Clinton allies pressured Dems on Benghazi  —  Hillary Clinton's world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: We need backup.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Seek Issues to Lure Midterm Votes After Races Buoy G.O.P.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats for Panel on Benghazi
Joy Powell / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Fox anchor Gregg Jarrett jailed briefly after incident in MSP airport bar  —  Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was jailed Wednesday after being arrested in a bar at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.  —  Jarrett, who is a weekend co-anchor on the FOX News Channel, was arrested about 12:30 p.m …
The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Reparations  —  Two hundred fifty years of slavery.  Ninety years of Jim Crow.  Sixty years of separate but equal.  Thirty-five years of racist housing policy.  Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates … — Deuteronomy 15: 12-15
Heather Boushey / The Atlantic Online:
It Wasn't Household Debt That Caused the Great Recession  —  Why are nearly 10 million people still out of work today?  Was it because in September 2008, the U.S. government failed to bail out the insolvent investment bank Lehmann Brothers?  Was it because the two U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae …
Discussion: New York Times
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses  —  Meant to mock president's critics, the ‘Green Lantern’ theory underscores the gap between his promise and his performance.  —  In this photo taken by a government photographer for Halloween 2012, President Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and RedState
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Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Tax preparers balk at IRS education standards  —  The nation's accountants are staging a pre-emptive strike against an expected move by the Internal Revenue Service to impose voluntary education standards for tax preparers.  —  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Investor's Business Daily:
Bribery, ObamaCare Style  —  Bailouts: Last Friday, the Obama administration quietly expanded an insurance industry bailout program that it publicly insisted never existed.  In exchange, Obama wants a big political favor from insurers.  —  Last week, the administration promised insurers it would use …
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Citing N.B.A. Example, Senators Urge N.F.L. to Act on Redskins' Name  —  WASHINGTON — Fifty members of the Senate have signed a letter to the N.F.L. to urge its leadership to press the Washington Redskins to change the team name in the aftermath of tough sanctions against the owner …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, PRWeb, CBS DC and Deadspin
Sancho Panza / SOOPERMEXICAN:
More ‘War On Women’ Deleted Tweets - Democrat Congressional Candidate Asks Followers to Assail Conservative Woman With ‘C-Word’!  —  I already showed how Clay Aiken deleted a tweet advocating violence against Ann Coulter, and how Buzzfeed accidentally neglected to mention it in their post about his deleted tweets.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and NewsBusters
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Sancho Panza / SOOPERMEXICAN:
War On Women!!  Guess Which Democrat Candidate Deleted a Tweet Saying He Wanted to Punch …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Sends Troops to Chad to Aid Hunt for Nigerian Schoolgirls  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has sent 80 troops to Chad in Central Africa to support a growing international effort in neighboring Nigeria to help find and rescue the schoolgirls who were abducted by an Islamist extremist group last month …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Pundit Dinesh D'Souza's illegal campaign contributions. What was he thinking?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Seth D. Michaels / Talking Points Memo:
Moderately Anti-Democratic: The Lie Of The Political ‘Center’
RealClearMarkets:
High Frequency Hyperbole, Part Deux
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama's revamp of anti-terror policies stalls
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Still a Nation of Immigrants
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Poll: 47% of Unemployed Have ‘Completely Given Up’ Looking for a Job
Jon Clifton / Gallup:
People Worldwide Are Reporting a Lot of Positive Emotions
Discussion: NPR
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Kevin Williamson / National Review:
The Victim Presidency
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Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Jean-Marie Le Pen suggests Ebola as solution to global population explosion
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
James O'Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Larry Kramer Lives to See His ‘Normal Heart’ Filmed for TV
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
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Pat Sajak: Climate change tweet ‘parody’
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