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1:05 PM 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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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.
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
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
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:   Boehner stands by Shinseki
Eric K. Shinseki / USA Today:
VA secretary: I'm committed to restoring integrity
Politico:
Barack Obama still undecided on Eric Shinseki
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Kiersten Nuñez / FOX13Now.com:
Students at Utah school upset to discover yearbook photos were altered before publication  — Photos: Utah Undie Run 2012  — Photos: People of Walmart  — Mom gives bullying daughter a unique punishment  — Photos: Salt Lake Comic Con 2013
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?
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 …
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN Reporter: ‘Icy Reception’ for Obama from West Pointers During Speech  —  Obama's “philosophical” speech to the 2014 graduates of West Point about a new direction for America's foreign policy was “not a great” speech for that audience, said CNN anchor Jim Clancy on Wednesday.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and BizzyBlog
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Lays Siege to His Critics
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CNN:
MH370 search: This wasn't right area  —  (CNN) — The 850-square-kilometer swath of the Indian Ocean where officials have focused their hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably isn't the right place, the joint search agency said Thursday.  —  The area off the coast …
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CNN:
Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes
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.
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.
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.
Christina London / KNSD-TV:
Screens Smashed, Cords Cut inside DeMaio's Campaign Office  —  The vandalism came just six days before the primary election June 3  —  A break-in was reported at Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio's San Diego campaign headquarters, just six days before the primary election.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Official Google Blog:
Getting to work on diversity at Google  —  We've always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google.  We now realize we were wrong, and that it's time to be candid about the issues.  Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity …
Kristina Peterson / Associated Press:
Ralph Hall Blames Money, Not Age, for Texas Runoff Loss  —  Rep. Ralph Hall is aware that at 91 years old, he's not considered young.  But the Texas Republican made the point Thursday that he's been that way for a while.  —  Two days after losing a primary runoff, Mr. Hall told House Republicans …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Wall Street Journal
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
Bill Chappell / NPR:
‘Oh My Jesus!’:  Gun Violence Interview Gets Up-Close Example  —  An NPR report about guns in Chicago included an all-too-real example of violence, after a burst of gunfire erupted down the street from where NPR's David Schaper was conducting an interview Wednesday.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Poynter
 
 
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