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12:35 PM 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
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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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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 …
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: 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
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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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 …
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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 …
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
House Blocks DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana
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
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 …
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 …
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Congressman Mike Thompson:
BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM PASSES HOUSE
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guns.com
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Autocracy Challenge  —  It's hard to remember …
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’
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