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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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Injured veterans program faces the ax
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal
The Clarion-Ledger:
MS Tea Party vice chairman arrested in Cochran case  —  UPDATED: Madison city court officials say that Mark Mayfield will appear before a judge today.  —  Also, attorney Kevin Camp, who represents Clayton Kelly, said two more arrests either have been or will be made in addition to Mayfield.
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Washington Post:
Tea party makes its last stand in Mississippi, targeting longtime Sen. Thad Cochran  —  After a string of humiliating defeats in Republican primaries this spring, the tea party's last best hope to oust an incumbent lawmaker is in Mississippi.  —  At first glance, the deeply conservative …
Michael Kinsley / New York Times:
‘No Place to Hide,’ by Glenn Greenwald  —  “My position was straightforward,” Glenn Greenwald writes.  “By ordering illegal eavesdropping, the president had committed crimes and should be held accountable for them.”  You break the law, you pay the price: It's that simple.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News To Sit Down With Snowden For First American TV Interview
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
House reformers claim victory over NSA  —  Lawmakers worried about protecting civil liberties said they had scored a win on Thursday with the passage of the USA Freedom Act.  —  The bill had to overcome opposition from members on both sides of the aisle who worried it was too weak to curb …
Discussion: Politico
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The Hill:
House votes 303-121 to curb NSA
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Votes to Limit N.S.A.'s Collection of Phone Data
Discussion: NPR
Alex Byers / Politico:
House curbs NSA data collection
Discussion: Techdirt
CNN:
Las Vegas, Cincinnati out of the mix for 2016 GOP convention  —  (CNN) - Las Vegas and Cincinnati withdrew bids to host the 2016 GOP convention, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday.  —  Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City are still in contention to host the convention …
Discussion: Politico
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Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati out for 2016 GOP convention … WASHINGTON—Cincinnati officials withdrew the city's bid to host the 2016 GOP convention because the U.S. Bank Arena does not meet the necessary specifications, the city's host committee announced on Thursday.  —  John Barrett, president and CEO …
Discussion: New York Times, OnPolitics and ABC News
Michael Catalini / NationalJournal.com:
Democratic Senator Says Some Oppose Obamacare Because Obama Is Black  —  Republican Sen. Ron Johnson responds, “God help you for implying I'm a racist.”  —  A senior Democratic senator suggested Wednesday that President Obama's race factored into opposition to the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: RedState
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The Hill:
Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day
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 …
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Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
50 Democratic Senators To NFL: Change The Washington Redskins' Name
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Creation Museum To Display Dino Skeleton It Says Proves Bible  —  The creationist Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. plans to unveil a new attraction this weekend: a world-class Allosaurus skeleton.  —  But unlike other museums, where dinosaur skeletons are used to “indoctrinate our kids …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Meghan McCain: ‘I hate Karl Rove’  —  Meghan McCain was sharply critical of Karl Rove during an interview with Larry King, going so far as to say she hates him and that he needs to apologize to her family.  —  The daughter of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee showed no love …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jen Chung / Gothamist:
How I Got Kicked Out Of The 9/11 Museum  —  The National 9/11 Museum opened to the public yesterday, with dozens of museum employees on hand to assist visitors through exhibits, numerous Red Cross workers and chaplains eager to help those who needed comfort, and at least three security guards …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Bryon Garrison / Big Bend Courier:
Bold witness to alleged abuse by federal agents comes forward (Thank you readers 12,000 views in one day)  —  Alpine Texas - Nicholas Branson is a 30 year old student at Sul Ross University, studying for a degree in geology.  Now this student and former Eagle Scout is afraid for his future, for his career and even for his life.
BBC:
Thailand military seizes power in coup  —  The BBC's Jonah Fisher says the move is likely to lead to confrontation  —  Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.  —  In a TV statement, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed …
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 …
 
 
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Warren to Raise Money for Merkley in Oregon
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Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor's race tied
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Conservatives Draft Manifesto to Help Republicans Attract Middle-Class Voters
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Mitt Romney to stump for Joni Ernst in Iowa
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
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Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle
Discussion: The Daily Beast and OnPolitics
Debbie Stabenow / CNN:
Why I'm ready for Hillary  —  Editor's note: Sen. Debbie Stabenow …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Investor's Business Daily:
Bribery, ObamaCare Style
Discussion: Hot Air
Seth D. Michaels / Talking Points Memo:
Moderately Anti-Democratic: The Lie Of The Political ‘Center’
RealClearMarkets:
High Frequency Hyperbole, Part Deux
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Heather Boushey / The Atlantic Online:
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