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10:45 AM ET, May 28, 2014

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Tracy Connor / NBC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams the U.S. Stranded Him in Russia  —  In the sit-down, Snowden also fought back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker — saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government.
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Edward Snowden: ‘I was trained as a spy’  —  Edward Snowden wants you to know that he is no low-level administrator, but a well-trained spy.  —  “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word — in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job …
Erin McClam / NBC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams: ‘I Was Trained as a Spy’
Discussion: NPR, The Week, Gawker, The Raw Story and Mashable
CNN:
Obama wants to turn page on foreign policy  —  Ahead of President Obama's foreign policy remarks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday morning defended U.S. policy for Syria, including the deal struck to get chemical weapons out of the country.
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
US to keep troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico and Firedoglake
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: emptywheel, Reuters, Power Line and CNN
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016
Discussion: The Verge and Outside the Beltway
Fox News:
Obama announces plan to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after 2014
Eric H. Cline / New York Times:
Climate Change Doomed the Ancients  —  THIS month, a report issued by a prominent military advisory board concluded that climate change posed a serious threat to America's national security.  —  The authors, 16 retired high-ranking officers, warned that droughts, rising seas and extreme weather events …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Randall Balmer / Politico:
The Real Origins of the Religious Right  —  They'll tell you it was abortion.  Sorry, the historical record's clear: It was segregation.  —  One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists …
Lane DeGregory / Tampa Bay Times:
Beverly Young: I'm running against David Jolly in '16  —  Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican David Jolly for the congressional seat long held by the late C.W. Bill Young, but they may have one lined up for 2016: Beverly Young, the congressman's widow who campaigned for Jolly earlier this year.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Vietnam veterans call Richard Burr ‘insulting’  —  The Vietnam Veterans for America is slamming Sen. Richard Burr in a new letter, saying his comments about veterans service organizations were “insulting” and “ugly.”  —  “On behalf of the membership of Vietnam Veterans of America …
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Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg View:
The VA Needs a Good Marine
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: Defiant Michael Grimm lashes out at media  —  NEW YORK — A defiant Rep. Michael Grimm, in his most extensive interview since federal prosecutors accused him of rampant fraud, accused the media on Tuesday of trying to destroy him and vowed to campaign hard for reelection …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Conservative Lead on Social and Economic Ideology Shrinking  —  On social issues, 34% identify as conservative and 30% as liberal  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans continue to identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals on economic and social matters.
Discussion: Politico
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Hints Reporter May Be Spared Jail in Leak  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hinted Tuesday that the Justice Department might choose not to jail a New York Times reporter for defying a subpoena forcing him to discuss his confidential sources — even as the Obama …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Feds seek extra redactions in drone memo
David Montgomery / Argus Leader:
Bosworth attacks misogyny, media in chaotic news conference  —  Standing in front of a profane backdrop created by her own campaign, an emotional Annette Bosworth condemned criticism of her, blasted the media, addressed her alleged scandals and even issued a book recommendation in a free-wheeling news conference Tuesday.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Covers Room In Vulgar Words To Make A Point About Sexism (VIDEO)
Discussion: Jezebel
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: First major TV ad on VA scandal  —  Washington (CNN) — The Veterans Affairs scandal's been a major issue on the campaign trail the past couple of weeks.  Now it's front and center in the campaign ad wars.  —  Crossroads GPS, the non-profit sister organization to American Crossroads …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Should Atheists Pay for a Prayer Day?  A Nebraskan Town's Crisis of Faith  —  In La Vista, Nebraska, a day of ‘faith and freedom’ hasn't exactly brought everyone together.  Atheists asked why the town was holding a state-sponsored day of faith.  La Vista's mayor railed that ‘minorities’ weren't running his city.
Discussion: I Acknowledge
Stephen F. Knott / The National Interest:
Did Woodrow Wilson Destroy the American Presidency?  —  You make the call.  —  Robert W. Merry's recent post, “The Six Best U.S. Presidents of All Time,” posed some provocative questions as to how one should define “greatness in the presidency.”  Unfortunately, in scholarly circles …
Discussion: Power Line
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO  —  “Henry.  A SWAT team from Homeland Security just raided our factory!” … “No this is really serious.  We got guys with guns, they put all our people out in the parking lot and won't let us go into the plant.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, insisted the deaths of innocent people “don't trump” his constitutional rights in an open letter to the families of victims in Friday's shooting rampage near …
Discussion: New York Times and Booman Tribune
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Joe The Plumber To UCSB Parents: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump' My Guns
Cliff Schecter / The Daily Beast:
How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They're All Wrong  —  The firearms fanboys have been more creative than usual, scrambling to defend their precious weapons in the wake of the massacre in Santa Barbara.  It's only made their excuses lamer.
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Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Culture Desk
Mike Bates / NewsBusters:
CNN's Costello Claims Michelle Obama ‘Signed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act Into Law’
Discussion: CNN, The Jawa Report and Mediaite
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Once Allies, Ex-Obama Aides Face Off in British Campaign
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz blames Palestinians for failed peace talks
Maura Zurick / Chicago Tribune:
Soda tax defeated at Capitol
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson to address Republican Leadership Conference
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Meet the Texas Democratic Senate candidate who wants to impeach Obama
Ken Auletta / Comment:
SUMMING UP THE FIRING OF JILL ABRAMSON
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Federal Judge Who Halted Walker Dark Money Criminal Probe Attended Koch-Backed Judicial Junkets
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
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