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11:25 AM ET, May 31, 2014

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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?
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sloan Gibson Joined Veterans Affairs Only 3 Months Ago
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:
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.
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CNN:
U.S.: Jihadi featured in suicide bombing video in Syria grew up in Florida
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and America Rising
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Fox News:
Backpack bans, sealed lockers latest efforts to keep schools safe
Discussion: Joe For America
Washington Post:
Police didn't search database showing Calif. shooter had bought guns
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Jezebel and Hot Air
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Obama Says Malia's Prom Date Is ‘Classified Information’
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The Disaster of Obamanomics, In Two Charts [Updated with more charts from Joe]
Discussion: International Liberty
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Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can't shake
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