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2:30 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
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 …
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: Washington Monthly
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Jake Sherman / Politico:   John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner stands by Shinseki
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Politico:
Steve Scalise to push GOP leaders on Obamacare alternative
Discussion: Daily Kos
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?  —  Reporter: “Should Kynect be dismantled?”  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): “I think that's unconnected to my comments about the overall question here.”
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
Discussion: Hollywood Life, LightBox and Colorlines
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 …
Annalyn Kurtz / CNNMoney.com:
U.S. economy shrinks, but it's not a big deal  —  Brace yourself.  The U.S. economy looks like it went on a roller-coaster ride at the start of the year.  —  Revised numbers released Thursday show the economy shrank in the first quarter, marking the first downturn since early 2011.
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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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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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Washington Post:
Obama makes his mark on the appeals courts
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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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.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Lays Siege to His Critics
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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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.
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.
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 …
CNN:
Recalling own injuries, Obama calls for end to ‘suck it up’ culture in youth sports  —  (CNN) - Saying he wants to change a culture in youth sports where kids are encouraged to “suck it up” after sustaining head injuries, President Barack Obama on Thursday said it was time coaches …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
 
 
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