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12:45 PM ET, May 30, 2014


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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Shinseki resigns after VA scandal  —  President Obama said Friday he accepted the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.  —  He made the announcement shortly after Shinseki apologized publicly Friday for what he called an “indefensible” lack of integrity among …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Eric Shinseki: ‘I think he has to go’  —  Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Veterans Affairs official who lost both of her legs while serving in combat during the Iraq war, said Friday that her former boss Eric Shinseki should resign.
Dems help upend Obama's scandal playbook  —  President Barack Obama tried to handle the Veterans Affairs scandal like he had all the others.  —  He couldn't.  —  Democrats wouldn't let him.  —  There's a well-worn Obama playbook: Let conservative critics burn hot, put off decisions during …
New York Times:
V.A. Chief Eric Shinseki, Set to Meet Obama, Apologizes for ‘Systemic’ Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, apologized to veterans and lawmakers on Friday for the agency's mismanagement of the nation's veterans hospitals as he prepared …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Gawker and Samizdata
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Shinseki Resigns as Veterans Affairs Chief Amid Furor Over Hospitals
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Barack Obama to meet Friday with Eric Shinseki
Discussion: Daily Kos
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton's Benghazi chapter  —  Hillary Clinton offers a detailed account of the deadly attack on the American embassy in Benghazi — and a pointed rebuttal to Republican critics who've laced into her over the incident — in a much-anticipated chapter of her forthcoming book, “Hard Choices,” obtained by POLITICO.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Writes a Chapter on Benghazi
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton's Benghazi chapter
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Clinton to talk Benghazi, ‘Hard Choices’
Toddler critically burned during SWAT raid  —  ATLANTA —  A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.  —  Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2's Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit …
Helen Pow / Daily Mail:
SWAT team throws a stun grenade into a toddler's CRIB during drugs raid leaving him in a coma with severe burns  — Wisconsin mother Alecia Phonesavanh and her 19-month-old son, Bou, were visiting her sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia  — Phonesavanh said officers threw a grenade …
Washington Post:
Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials  —  Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden responded to questions from The Washington Post following the release of an e-mail he had sent while working for the National Security Agency.  —  Q: How do you respond …
Washington Post:
U.S. officials, Snowden clash over e-mail records
Gov. Steve Beshear / The Huffington Post:
The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky: It's Working  —  For months, critics of the Affordable Care Act boldly vowed to eradicate what they insisted was a failed health reform plan — vows they repeated even as thousands, then tens of thousands and now hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians began …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: May 2014
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
House Votes To End DEA Raids On Legal Medical Marijuana Operations  —  “Marijuana does not make people commit crime.  It makes them overeat,” Rep. Steve Cohen said.  The amendment passed 219-189.  —  WASHINGTON — The House passed an amendment late Thursday night to restrict …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy Clippers for $2 billion  —  Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with his $2-billion offer setting a record price for an NBA team, The Times has learned.
John Cherwa / Los Angeles Times:
Shelly Sterling: Trust agrees to sell Clippers to Steve Ballmer
Discussion: Business Insider and NPR
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
Libertarianism 3.0; Koch And A Smile  —  The visionary brothers' new paradigm will frustrate the left and alter the right by fusing social tolerance with fiscal responsibility.  —  As a libertarian, I'm always slow to tell people what they should do.  But if you care about politics …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hit & Run
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House takes action on gun checks  —  The House on Thursday approved a funding increase for the national background check system in response to last week's mass shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif.  —  Adopted 260-145, the amendment to a 2015 appropriations bill provides an additional $19.5 million …
Discussion: Politico
Congressman Mike Thompson:
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senate Candidate: UCSB Shooting An ‘Unfortunate Accident’  —  Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), a candidate for U.S. Senate, said Thursday that the recent mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara was an “unfortunate accident.”  —  During a televised primary debate …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Autocracy Challenge  —  It's hard to remember …
Discussion: The Dish and Vox Popoli
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’
William Alden / New York Times:
To Get an A in Philanthropy Class, Give Away $50,000
New York Times:
The Arms Struggle in Chicago
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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