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9:50 AM ET, May 22, 2014

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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.
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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
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.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Real Clear Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA VETERANS AFFAIRS IRAQ IRAQ WAR GEORGE W. BUSH VETERANS ERIC SHINSEKI  —  Some Washington insiders expected President Obama to announce the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama, the unaccountable president  —  ANALYSIS / OPINION  —  “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.”  — Will Rogers  —  Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama?
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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New York Times:
Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats for Panel on Benghazi
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
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 …
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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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) …
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
The Victim Presidency  —  As many have remarked here, Barack Obama has a strange habit of acting like somebody else has been president these past years.  It's really odd.  —  In his speech on the VA, the president said that he would not stand for things that he clearly and undeniably …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Still a Nation of Immigrants  —  The American melting pot appears to be heating up again, and its ingredients have grown ever more varied.  —  In 1908, when a play called “The Melting Pot” was first staged in New York City, helping to popularize the term, New York had a foreign-born population …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
FBI reverses no-recording policy for interrogations  —  Since the FBI began under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, agents have not only shunned the use of tape recorders, they've been prohibited by policy from making audio and video records of statements by criminal suspects without special approval.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama's revamp of anti-terror policies stalls  —  A year after President Obama announced a major new counterterrorism strategy to take the country beyond the threats that flowed directly from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the agenda he outlined remains unfinished or not even begun.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
James O'Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens  —  There are advantages to being a video guy rather than an ink-stained wretch.  James O'Keefe is currently in Cannes, where he is premiering his latest video prank.  O'Keefe's targets are Josh and Rebecca Tickell, producers of environmental documentaries including “Fuel.”
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, A Republican, Will Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling  —  A sign of the times.  —  Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks in Harrisburg, Pa.  —  The Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will not be appealing Tuesday's …
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Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and Daily Kos
Ed Kilgore / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia Isn't Out Of The Teapot Just Yet  —  According to the “Year of the Republican Establishment” narrative, it was the finest of nights for Mitch McConnell and his GOP elite friends.  He crushed his own tea party opponent, Matt Bevin and the “Establishment” candidate for Senate …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Thunder Down Ballot
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