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1:20 PM ET, May 31, 2014

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Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Are Reform Conservatives Serious?  —  After Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in 1964 and during the rush of progressive legislation that followed, Republicans decided they needed to respond with some proposals of their own.  It was the high tide of Great Society liberalism …
New York Times:
Mr. Shinseki Takes the Fall  —  The resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Veterans Affairs Department was probably unavoidable, under the principle that a leader should accept full responsibility for a great scandal.  But the department's problem was not Mr. Shinseki.  It has been broken for years.
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
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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?
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman  —  The world is abuzz with news that actor Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.  If I understand the current state of the ever-shifting ethic and rhetoric of transgenderism, that is not quite true …
Discussion: Mediaite
Mercury News:
Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan: Why we're committing $120 million to Bay Area schools  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan for the Bay Area News Group  —  Helping improve the quality of public education in this country is something we both really care about.
Associated Press:
Chuck Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region  —  SINGAPORE — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. “will not look the other way” when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.
Discussion: Vermont Public Radio
African American Policy Forum:
Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in “My Brothers Keeper”  —  Posted here is the Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls to the President's “My Brother's Keeper” Initiative.  The open letter questions …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Is Identified as a Florida Man  —  WASHINGTON — An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s who grew up in Florida and traveled to Syria late last year.
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Legacy at State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings  —  As secretary of state, Clinton was more hawkish than the White House, and at key moments was ineffectual at swinging policy her way.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Wall Street Journal:
FBI, SEC probe trading of Carl Icahn, Billy Walters and Phil Mickelson  —  Federal investigators are pursuing an insider-trading probe into whether golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports bettor William “Billy” Walters traded on nonpublic information from Carl Icahn.
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 …
Washington Post:
Police didn't search database showing Calif. shooter had bought guns  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — With the toughest gun-control regulations in the country, California has a unique, centralized database of gun purchases that law enforcement officers can easily search.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Fox News:
Backpack bans, sealed lockers latest efforts to keep schools safe
Discussion: Joe For America
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘Dumb’ not to elect Lamar Alexander
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
Google launches ‘right to be forgotten’ webform for removal requests
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Opens The Door To Medicare-Funded Sex Reassignment Surgery
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Slashing Those Crazy COBRA Premiums
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Panel: Baker must make cakes for gay weddings
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Looks To Damage Progressive New York Party
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Why Do Republicans Always Say 'I'm Not a Scientist'?
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