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5:20 PM ET, May 29, 2014

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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.
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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.
Nile Gardiner / The Hill:
Obama's empty foreign policy vision falls flat at West Point
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
Laverne Cox Talks to TIME About the Transgender Movement  —  The Orange Is the New Black star on politics, happiness and why genitalia isn't destiny  —  On TIME's cover this week is an unlikely icon: Laverne Cox.  Bullied and harassed for appearing feminine while growing up in Mobile …
Edward Snowden / IC ON THE RECORD:
Edward J. Snowden email inquiry to the NSA Office of General Counsel  —  May 29, 2014  —  NSA has now explained that they have found one email inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Economy: Don't Look Now, But . . .  News has just crossed the wire this morning that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent during the first quarter of this year.  Many people will probably point to the brutal winter weather as a factor, though the Dept. of Commerce fingers …
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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 …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
What did Mitch McConnell mean when he suggested the Kentucky state exchange was ‘unconnected’ to Obamacare?
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
John Boehner: “I'm Not Qualified To Debate Science Over Climate Change”  —  John Boehner says he's not a scientist.  —  View Video ›  —  House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he's “not qualified to debate the science over climate change” while slamming the Obama Administration proposed plans …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
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 …
Campbell Brown / The Daily Beast:
Vergara v. California: The Most Important Court Case You've Never Heard Of  —  You didn't know that nine California kids were suing their state over substandard teaching at their public schools?  You should—it's an example to all who want equal access to education.
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
When Bushies blew a CIA cover, it was ‘treason’; now, it's a mistake  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CIA NATIONAL SECURITY GEORGE W. BUSH SPYING  —  Valerie Plame doesn't deny that blowing the cover of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan is a serious matter.  It's just that, discussing the issue …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Thomas Piketty Responds to Criticism of His Data  —  Six days after The Financial Times launched an attack on the data behind Thomas Piketty's much-debated tome on inequality, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” Mr. Piketty has offered his first detailed response to the newspaper's criticism.
Discussion: The Week
Centers for Disease Control:
Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high  —  CDC urges vaccination as summer travel season approaches  —  Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014.
Dennis Romboy / KSL-TV:
Sen. Hatch: Same-sex marriage inevitable, religious rights eroding  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that same-sex marriage seems inevitable as courts across the country rule against states that ban the practice.  —  At the same time, the seven-term Republican senator …
WSVN-TV:
6-year-old fatally shoots grandfather  —  HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities are investigating after a 6-year-old boy shot his grandfather during a family barbecue, Sunday.  —  Police arrested Juan Manuel Martinez, Jr. after his 6-year-old nephew discharged Martinez' unattended rifle …
Intern / Log Cabin Republicans:
LCR National & LCR Texas Join To Denounce Exclusionary Policy of TX GOP  —  Washington, D.C. & Fort Worth, TX — Today Log Cabin Republicans announced that in the wake of denial of formal participation by gay Republicans at this year's Texas State Republican Convention, they would be joining …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
A Liberal Moderate's Critique of Snowden and Greenwald  —  In a review of Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, George Packer, whose best work is superb, makes a number of dubious claims.  They are typical of liberal moderates who acknowledge …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooked Timber
Washington Post:
In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good  —  NEW ORLEANS — The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old worksheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Robert O'Leary / Newsmax.com:
Newsmax TV Signs With DirecTV, Launch Set For June  —  More ways to share...  Stumbled  —  Vine  —  Newstrust  —  Tell my politician  —  Technocrati  —  | A A  —  Focused on serving an audience of more than 80 million disenfranchised Baby Boomers, Newsmax Media …
George F. Will / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Ignoring the path to recovery  —  It is said that the problem with the younger generation — any younger generation — is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting.  Barack Obama, forever young, has convenient memory loss: It serves his ideology.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Scholar Blames UCSB Shooting On Marriage Equality  —  Blackwell blamed the “attack on natural marriage and the family” for the shooting.  Ken Blackwell is a former Republican official.  He was the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio State Treasurer, Ohio Secretary of State, and failed-U.S. Senate candidate.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Bill Salisbury / TwinCities.com:
Minnesota ‘unsession’ dumps 1,175 obsolete, silly laws
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
DHS head: Keep Secure Communities
Discussion: CNN
Agence France-Presse:
Spain sentences 'Al-Qaeda's librarian' to eight years in jail
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John O. McGinnis / City Journal:
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CNN:
Recalling own injuries, Obama calls for end to ‘suck it up’ culture in youth sports
Bill Chappell / NPR:
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