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2:45 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 and ABC News, more at Mediagazer »
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.
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks announcing the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at the White House on May 30.  Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.
New York Times:
V.A. Chief Eric Shinseki, Set to Meet Obama, Apologizes for ‘Systemic’ Crisis
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
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
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Writes a Chapter on Benghazi
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Clinton to talk Benghazi, ‘Hard Choices’
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
Washington Post:
GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Autocracy Challenge  —  It's hard to remember …
Discussion: The Dish and Vox Popoli
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Obama's Ad Hoc Foreign Policy
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise! The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill
Congressman Mike Thompson:
BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM PASSES HOUSE
Discussion: Guns.com
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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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
Antonia Molloy / The Independent:
British middle classes will be replaced by ‘tiny elite and a huge sprawling proletariat’, says Government adviser  —  David Boyle, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation think tank, said that soaring house prices would destroy the traditional middle classes
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
 
 
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Scott Walker / Salon:
Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can't shake
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Don't Let Mass Killers Hold the Culture Hostage
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