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3:40 PM ET, May 30, 2014

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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans' health care  —  Eric K. Shinseki resigned Friday as secretary of veterans affairs, taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA health-care system over excessive waiting times and coverups of what he called “systemic” problems.
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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: CNN, ABC News and The Daily Banter
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Press Secretary Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is leaving his post as the public face of the administration, stepping down after shifting from two decades of reporting to politics at the highest levels, President Obama said on Friday.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sloan Gibson Joined Veterans Affairs Only 3 Months Ago
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki
New York Times:
V.A. Chief Eric Shinseki, Set to Meet Obama, Apologizes for ‘Systemic’ Crisis
Discussion: Gawker, Taylor Marsh and Samizdata
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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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter  —  Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi waved off questions Friday about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of GOP congressional investigations …
Discussion: Politico
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Hillary's Failed Benghazi Spin
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Writes a Chapter on Benghazi
Discussion: Hot Air and 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 …
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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Washington Post:
GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: May 2014
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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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 …
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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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise!  The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill  —  The United States House of Representatives just passed a small appropriation that will improve the accuracy of the national database used to conduct background checks prior to many gun sales.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House takes action on gun checks
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cutting Back on Carbon  —  Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules designed to limit global warming.  Although we don't know the details yet, anti-environmental groups are already predicting vast costs and economic doom.  Don't believe them.
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Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Business Lobby Tries to Frighten America About Clean Energy, Fails Utterly
Scott Walker / Salon:
Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can't shake  —  But that has his conservative base up in arms  —  It seems as though every presidential race in recent years offers up a Republican governor from the upper Midwest as the great white hope.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Watchdog.org
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.”
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Obama's Ad Hoc Foreign Policy
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Why Do Republicans Always Say 'I'm Not a Scientist'?  —  Well, it's true, anyway.  —  Asked by reporters yesterday if he accepts the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, John Boehner demurred on the curious but increasingly familiar grounds that he is not a scientist.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’  —  Dean Baquet sat in his new office in midtown Manhattan, the very picture of composure and precision, as he described the top-level dysfunction that led to the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times …
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: Hit & Run and Yahoo! News
 
 
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Erik Brady / USA Today:
Tribal leader turns down Redskins' invite
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Romney makes argument for Iowa's Joni Ernst: 'She didn't just sit at home needle-pointing'
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Disaster of Obamanomics, In Two Charts
Antonia Molloy / The Independent:
British middle classes will be replaced by ‘tiny elite and a huge sprawling proletariat’, says Government adviser
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Don't Let Mass Killers Hold the Culture Hostage
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