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11:55 AM ET, May 30, 2014

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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.
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Writes a Chapter on Benghazi
Discussion: 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’
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.
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Politico:
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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: Samizdata
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Shinseki resigns after VA scandal
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and Mashable
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Barack Obama to meet Friday with Eric Shinseki
Discussion: Daily Kos
WSB-TV:
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: May 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Majority Says They Haven't Been Impacted By ACA; Partisan Divide In Who Reports Being Helped And Hurt  —  With open enrollment closed and the first year of the ACA's coverage expansions underway …
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.
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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
Congressman Mike Thompson:
BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM PASSES HOUSE  —  WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan amendment authored by U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Pete King (R-NY), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Joe Heck (R-NV), Mike Fitzpatrick …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guns.com
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:   House takes action on gun checks
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 Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
No Point at West Point  —  A foreign policy of cliché and equivocation.  —  Even the New York Times found President Obama's speech at West Point yesterday wanting: “The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left.”
 
 
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