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11:30 AM ET, May 17, 2014


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Would Democrats amend Constitution to stop the Koch brothers?  —  HARRY REID CAMPAIGN FINANCE 2014 ELECTIONS FREEDOM OF SPEECH KOCH BROTHERS CONSTITUTION  —  It's no longer news when Majority Leader Harry Reid takes to the floor of the Senate to denounce the Koch brothers.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Tens Of Millions Somehow Fail To Turn Out For ‘Operation American Spring’  —  It's still early, but it appears safe to say that tens of millions of people will not be turning out to participate in “Operation American Spring - Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning,” which kicked off Friday in Washington, D.C.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki needs to go  —  Eric Shinseki has served his country honorably as a twice-wounded officer in Vietnam, as Army chief of staff and finally as President Obama's secretary of veterans affairs.  —  But his maddeningly passive response to the scandal roiling his agency suggests …
Discussion: The Dish
USA Today:
VA chief Shinseki has a lot to explain: Our view  —  To save his job, he'll need to act more decisively.  —  Barry Coates, a 44-year-old Army veteran, visited VA hospitals and clinics in South Carolina seven times starting in 2010, complaining of severe stomach pain and rectal bleeding …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
SunTrust Reverses Decision On Conservative Benham Brothers  —  After an uproar from conservative customers, SunTrust Banks announced Friday afternoon that the decision to end its relationship with real estate entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham had been reversed.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked
The Daily Caller:   Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Don't Want A Torture Facilitator to Get $35K for a Bad Speech?  Why Are You A Bigot?  —  The only way I can explain Timothy Egan's column yesterday is that he was pitching two or three different columns about the commencement speech issue that all the pundits are talking about this week …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Commencement Bigots  —  It's commencement season …
Washington Post:
Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans  —  The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
What ‘Hard Work U’ Can Teach Elite Schools  —  'We don't do debt here,' says College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis.  —  Point Lookout, Mo.  —  Looking for the biggest bargain in higher education?  I think I found it in this rural Missouri town, 40 miles south of Springfield, nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
Emily Matchar / The Atlantic Online:
Should Paid ‘Menstrual Leave’ Be a Thing?  —  Some countries mandate a legal right to leave for women during their periods.  Is that reverse sexism or the right thing to do?  —  For most American women beyond the age of high school gym class, “I've got my period” isn't considered much of an excuse for anything.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Jill Abramson, ousted New York Times editor, pulls out of attending Brandeis commencement  —  WALTHAM, Mass. — Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis (BRAN'-dys) University's commencement.
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
The NYT's Game of Thrones: How the Top Journalism Job Was Dangled at Guardian Editor
Associated Press:
Utah GOP Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution.  And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Lawmakers seek to kill Pentagon contracts with Russian firms  —  The Pentagon would be forbidden from using U.S. tax dollars on contracts with the Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport under a new, bipartisan bill.  —  The Russian Weapons Embargo Act of 2014 is the latest of several efforts …
Discussion: Fox News
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Talk about race  —  Marking the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, First Lady Michelle Obama said on Friday that racial and other prejudices still plague the nation and she called on young people to lead the way forward.
Discussion: CNN
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP war revived in Georgia  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  ROME, Ga. — The once-peaceful Georgia GOP Senate primary has devolved into an all-out brawl in its final days, ripe with charges of sexism, arrogance, lying, distortion and even …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Caused This Clinic To Close, And Its Doctors Couldn't Be Happier
Discussion: Daily Kos
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Eric Cantor won't allow immigration on NDAA
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Poll: 70 percent support voter ID laws
NextGen Climate Action to run ads in D.C. and Wichita
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Simon Maloy / Salon:
One Percent's latest crybaby shtick: Why Koch brothers can't whine about Harry Reid
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / The New Republic:
Somehow, Activists Have Put Protecting Net Neutrality Back on the Agenda
Daily Dot:
These companies spend the most money to kill net neutrality
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Dem Senator: Boko Haram Is Not Islamist