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3:01 AM ET, May 31, 2014

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Mariah Blake / Mother Jones:
Documents Show the VA Debacle Began Under George W. Bush  —  The Bush administration was aware of the backlogs and secret waiting lists but failed to fix the problem.  —  President Barack Obama embraces former President George W. Bush after the 2013 dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
‘No Drama’ Obama Finally Takes Charge and Sacks Shinseki  —  As usual, the president waited too long to act.  Meanwhile, let's judge Eric Shinseki on his entire record of service, like standing up to Bush and Rumsfeld, not just this.  —  It was clear Eric Shinseki had to resign, oh... two weeks ago, wasn't it?
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans' health care
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
Discussion: American Prospect
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Slashing Those Crazy COBRA Premiums  —  Conservatives say the law crushes liberty.  See why this woman disagrees.  —  Conservatives like to say that Obamacare is crushing liberty.  Donielle Scherff, a 37-year-old Virginia woman with lupus, disagrees.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach
Discussion: BizzyBlog, Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Hillary's Failed Benghazi Spin  —  Hillary Clinton is right about Benghazi—or at least she's right about one thing.  —  According to a story by Maggie Haberman about the Benghazi chapter in Clinton's forthcoming book Hard Choices, the former secretary of state contends that some of her critics …
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
Discussion: Politico
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Panel: Baker must make cakes for gay weddings  —  DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Looks To Damage Progressive New York Party  —  Aide asks other top state officials to refuse Working Families endorsement.  —  Hans Pennink / Reuters / Reuters  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is responding to a rebellion from the state's progressive third party by attempting …
Discussion: NY State of Politics
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Blake Zeff / Salon:
Andrew Cuomo's battle with the left: Inside a last-minute frenzy to avoid a liberal challenge
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Plans To Let Some Young Undocumented Immigrants Join The Military  —  WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, opening up a path …
Discussion: Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘Dumb’ not to elect Lamar Alexander  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a full-throated endorsement to Sen. Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign on Friday, warning voters not to do anything “dumb” by sending someone else to Washington.  —  In town to headline a GOP fundraiser …
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
Google launches ‘right to be forgotten’ webform for removal requests  —  Company responds to EU court ruling empowering citizens to have certain links about them deleted from search results  —  Google has launched a webpage where European citizens can request that links to information …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Meg Wagner / NY Daily News:
'He didn't deserve any of this': Toddler severely burned by stun grenade during police raid on Georgia home  —  A 19-month-old boy was sleeping in a Georgia home with his parents and three older sisters when police entered, looking for a drug suspect.  Officers threw a stun grenade into the boy's crib …
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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
ThinkProgress:
The 81-Year-Old Newspaper Article That Destroys The Redskins' Justification For Their Name  —  George Preston Marshall, founder and owner of the Washington Redskins, in 1935.  —  CREDIT: AP  —  As challenges against the name of the Washington Redskins have persisted for more than four decades …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Journalist-Turned-Spokesman Resigns as Daily Voice of the White House  —  WASHINGTON — Jay Carney, the journalist-turned-press-aide who jousted daily with his former colleagues over issues from the Benghazi terrorist attack to the glitch-ridden health care website, stepped down as the White House press secretary on Friday.
Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today:
Donald Sterling ruled mentally unfit, can't prevent Clippers sale  —  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not have the authority to stop a $2 billion sale of his team because he has been determined to be mentally unfit to make decisions related to the family trust, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Paul ‘Not Sure’ If State Obamacare Exchange Should Be Dismantled (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to tie himself into knots trying to explain whether Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange should be dismantled after his fellow Kentucky senator suggested it was “unconnected” to the law.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Opens The Door To Medicare-Funded Sex Reassignment Surgery  —  Ruling from Health And Human Services review board changes the game for transgender healthcare in America, advocates say.  Update: HHS says it “will carry out this independent board's ruling.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Jezebel
 
 
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Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Obama Says Malia's Prom Date Is ‘Classified Information’
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Erik Brady / USA Today:
Tribal leader turns down Redskins' invite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Disaster of Obamanomics, In Two Charts [Updated with more charts from Joe]
Discussion: International Liberty
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Obama's Ad Hoc Foreign Policy
Discussion: Washington Post and VodkaPundit
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise! The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Autocracy Challenge  —  It's hard to remember …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’
 

 
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