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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's early VA response: Executive inaction  —  President Barack Obama wants to talk about flexing his administrative and executive power to do more.  Instead, he got stuck talking about a clear administrative and executive failure that, at least so far, he hasn't done much about.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems close ranks on VA  —  Senate Democrats are closing ranks behind Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and President Obama's decision to keep him in the cabinet despite Republican calls for his ouster.  —  As of Thursday afternoon, not a single Democratic senator had called for Shinseki's resignation.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
J.D. Gordon / Fox News:
Al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo treated better than our vets  —  President Obama finally addressed the nation Wednesday about the growing scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  After meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki he pledged to hold folks accountable.  —  Thanks, Mr. President.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer: Obama will act on immigration if GOP doesn't
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Shinseki pledges to fix VA's problems
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy calls on Eric Shinseki to resign
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Obama slams ‘false equivalence’ media  —  At a fundraiser last night, President Obama unleashed a surprisingly spirited and comprehensive attack on both-sides-to-blame media coverage.  While he has taken issue with Beltway coverage before, what was particularly noteworthy …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough: I've Never Heard Anyone Object To Obamacare Over Race (VIDEO)  —  Joe Scarborough said Friday that he doesn't understand what evidence Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has to back up his claim that opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law is driven by his race.
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Los Angeles Times:
Mark Cuban discusses his own prejudices in startling terms  —  It turns out, regarding race-related views among NBA owners, Donald Sterling may have company.  —  Less than a month after Sterling rocked the sports world with racist remarks, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has openly acknowledged his own prejudices.
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John Fund / National Review:
The Hard Sell on Climate Change  —  Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, was very forthright about his media priorities at a Society of Professional Journalists dinner in New York City on Monday.  —  He told Bill Carter of the New York Times: “Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about.
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Connecting the dots: Mayfield, Sager, Mary and McDaniel  —  Mark Mayfield is an attorney, Madison County Republican Party leader and officer in multiple tea party organizations.  —  Richard Sager is an elementary school physical education teacher and high school soccer coach.
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The Clarion-Ledger:
MS Tea Party vice chairman arrested in Cochran case
Ed Payne / CNN:
Tennessee brings back electric chair  —  Editor's note: CNN's original series “Death Row Stories” explores America's capital punishment system at 9 p.m. ET/PT Sundays, beginning July 13.  Join the conversation about the death penalty at facebook.com/cnn or Twitter @CNNorigSeries using #DeathRowStories.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gawker
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New York Times:
A Surveillance Bill That Falls Short  —  A year ago, it would have been unimaginable for the House to pass a bill to curtail the government's abusive surveillance practices.  The documents leaked by Edward Snowden, however, finally shocked lawmakers from both parties into action …
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Did a Pennsylvania Republican Lose Because He's Openly Gay?  —  Mike Fleck ran unopposed three times, but appears to have been beaten by a write-in candidate after coming out in 2012.  —  Pennsylvania may have become the 19th state to allow same-sex couples to marry Tuesday but did it also vote …
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
How right-wingers are amping up their war on science  —  From climate change to reproduction, Republicans are increasingly deciding “science” is whatever they say it is  —  No longer content just to claim to be “skeptical” of scientific findings they find disagreeable …
Discussion: National Review
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
They Had a Dream  —  Rule by experts comes a cropper  —  They had a dream.  For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature's noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth.
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
The One Thing Each Party Needs to Overcome by 2016  —  So far, neither side has made much progress toward solving its lingering challenge.  —  Each party emerged from the 2012 presidential election facing one key electoral challenge before the next contest in 2016.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
IRS Will Revise Proposal on Political Nonprofit Groups  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said today that it will revise proposed rules governing nonprofit groups' involvement in politics.  —  The rules, released last year, were an attempt to provide guidance for how much political …
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Sara Carter / TheBlaze.com:
$1 Million Bounty to Be Offered for ‘Smoking Gun’ in IRS Targeting Scandal
Sean Long / NewsBusters:
Alarmist Paul Ehrlich Predicts Need to ‘Eat the Bodies of Your Dead’  —  The zombie apocalypse is nigh!  The zombie apocalypse is nigh!  —  Well, no it isn't.  In fact, it's probably as likely to occur as the rest of Paul Ehrlich's predictions.  —  Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist: Washington's Most Unlikely Bromance  —  If even these political opposites can agree on a few things, is there possibly hope that Washington can still align to get things done?  —  When you think of the funniest personalities in Washington, Ralph Nader doesn't spring to mind.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
 
 
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Netanyahu Says Obama Got Syria Right
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Ex-CNN employee claims boss fired him for being gay, called him ‘flamboyant’ in $60 million suit
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