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10:50 AM ET, May 29, 2014

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New York Times:
President Obama Misses a Chance on Foreign Affairs  —  President Obama and his aides heralded his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday as a big moment, when he would lay out his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term and refute his critics.
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Nile Gardiner / The Hill:
Obama's empty foreign policy vision falls flat at West Point  —  It was billed as President Obama's comeback speech on foreign policy, a response to mounting criticism — both foreign and domestic — that his international leadership has been a failure.  A “big picture” address …
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cheney: Obama ‘weakest’ president of my lifetime  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted President Obama as the weakest president of his lifetime on Wednesday, following the president's speech defending his foreign policy approach at the West Point commencement ceremony.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Lays Siege to His Critics  —  At West Point, President Obama defends a foreign policy vision based on more than U.S. military might.  —  President Obama's speech at West Point on Wednesday morning could be called a tribute to common sense, except that the sense it made is so uncommon.
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse and Guardian
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama ‘very weak’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama revamps his foreign policy baseball metaphor
Discussion: Power Line and Taylor Marsh
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN Reporter: ‘Icy Reception’ for Obama from West Pointers During Speech
Discussion: VodkaPundit and BizzyBlog
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Warns U.S. Faces Diffuse Terrorism Threats
Eric K. Shinseki / USA Today:
VA secretary: I'm committed to restoring integrity  —  IG findings are reprehensible, and we are not waiting to set things straight.  —  The findings of the interim report of VA's Office of Inspector General on the Phoenix VA Health Care System are reprehensible to me and to this department …
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Support for Shinseki crumbling
Washington Post:
‘Troubling’ report sparks new wave of calls for VA chief's resignation
New York Times:
Severe Report Finds V.A. Hid Waiting Lists at Hospitals
Kiersten Nuñez / FOX13Now.com:
Students at Utah school upset to discover yearbook photos were altered before publication  —  WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Female students at a Utah high school want to know why their yearbook photos were altered to show less skin without them knowing about it.  —  The students who were surprised …
NBC News:
Edward Snowden's Motive Revealed: He Can ‘Sleep at Night’  —  In the wide-ranging and provocative interview, Snowden:  — Suggested that a deal could be reached with the U.S. government for him to come home, either through a clemency, an amnesty, or an agreement to serve a short prison term.
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Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Despite Enrollment Success, Healthcare Law Still Unpopular  —  Affordable Care Act is most popular among blacks, least among whites  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans' attitudes toward …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown  —  They've given John Boehner constant headaches during his three years as speaker.  —  Now, Boehner's friends are trying to make sure that a small pocket of tea-party-aligned Republicans won't have a chance to derail his speakership next year.
CNN:
Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes  —  (CNN) — The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN.
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Mark Tower / MLive.com:
Paul Ryan on being mistaken for Anthony Weiner: 'I don't know how this keeps happening'  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — During his address to a group of Republicans gathered for an event at Bucks Run Golf Club Wednesday, May 28, in Isabella County, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's main message was that of praise …
Discussion: OnPolitics
Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
The Transgender Tipping Point  —  Nearly a year after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs  —  In the beaux-arts lobby of the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, men in deep V-necks and necklaces walk by women …
Michelle Obama / New York Times:
Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms  —  WHEN we began our Let's Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy.  —  To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works.
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Conservatives stung by talk of John Doe settlement with Scott Walker  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  A legal civil war broke out Wednesday among targets of a John Doe probe, as a conservative group sought Wednesday to block prosecutors …
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
AP SOURCE: WALKER IN TALKS TO END CAMPAIGN PROBE
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Harwood / New York Times:
Betting on a Brand When Politics Is the Family Business  —  Three business school professors recently set out to discover what accounts for regional differences in product choices by consumers.  —  Although about 60 percent of it had to do with regional sales and marketing …
Chavie Lieber / New York Magazine:
Meet the Men Who Drink Breast Milk  —  Anthony, who lives in Queens, is an athlete, and he has a secret fuel for keeping his stamina up.  A friend suggested he try it; a lot of guys he's met at different gyms use it.  —  “It gives me incredible energy I don't get from other food and drinks,” he said.
Discussion: The Week
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable  —  I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS.  —  Soylent is a drink mix invented by a group of engineers who harbor ambitions of shaking up the global food business.
 
 
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