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4:10 PM ET, May 17, 2014


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Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Man arrested for sneaking into Thad Cochran's wife's nursing home  —  A Pearl man who runs a political blog is accused of sneaking into a nursing home where U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife is bedridden and photographing her, then posting the image in a video political “hit piece” on the internet.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Blogger Arrested For Sneaking Nursing Home To Photograph GOP Senator's Wife  —  A Mississippi political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into the nursing home where Sen. Thad Cochran's wife resides and taking her picture for an online video, the Clarion-Ledger reported Saturday.
Discussion: The Clarion-Ledger
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 …
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: Hot Air and The Dish
USA Today:
VA chief Shinseki has a lot to explain: Our view
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Imani Perry / Washington Post:
Five myths about Brown v. Board of Education  —  Imani Perry, the author of “More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States,” is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University.  —  In the 1954 Brown v. Board …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Talk about race
Discussion: CNN
Mike Zapler / Politico:
Reports: Julian Castro tapped for cabinet post  —  San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a rising star in Democratic national politics who's even been mentioned as a possible vice presidential contender in 2016, is poised to accept an offer to serve in President Barack Obama's cabinet, his hometown newspaper reported Saturday.
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
The Best Care Anywhere  —  Ten years ago, veterans hospitals were dangerous, dirty, and scandal-ridden.  Today, they're producing the highest quality care in the country.  Their turnaround points the way toward solving America's health-care crisis.  —  Phillip Longman discusses his book …
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Bresnahan / Politico:
911 call released in Monica Wehby saga  —  Andrew Miller, the ex-boyfriend of Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby, told Portland police in a 911 call in April 2013 that Wehby was “very, very upset and angry” with him and he was going to file a restraining order against her.
Eric Beech / Reuters:
Attorney general says racial equality threatened in subtle ways  —  (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday while public utterances of bigotry are roundly condemned in the United States racial discrimination persists in more subtle ways.  —  Speaking on the 60th anniversary …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Alan Grayson Ready And Willing To Serve On Benghazi Panel  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is willing to serve on the committee established by House Republicans to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a prospect that is likely causing heartburn for the GOP.
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 …
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Matt O'Brien / Washington Post:
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Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
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Discussion: Daily Dot and Gawker
Vox Popoli:
Why Brendan Eich had to go  —  It looks rather like the failure …
Discussion: RedState
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
GM suggested engineers avoid ‘judgment words’ like ‘death trap,’ ‘grenademaker’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Utah GOP Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Emily Matchar / The Atlantic Online:
Should Paid ‘Menstrual Leave’ Be a Thing?
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Lawmakers seek to kill Pentagon contracts with Russian firms
Discussion: Fox News
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Jill Abramson, ousted New York Times editor, pulls out of attending Brandeis commencement
Discussion: Mediaite and Power Line
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Obamacare Caused This Clinic To Close, And Its Doctors Couldn't Be Happier
Discussion: Daily Kos