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2:25 PM ET, May 17, 2014


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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
Mike Zapler / Politico:
Report: 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
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 …
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: The Raw Story and Mediaite
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: Althouse and New York Magazine
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.
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
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Lawmakers seek to kill Pentagon contracts with Russian firms
Discussion: Fox News
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Talk about race
Discussion: CNN
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
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Poll: 70 percent support voter ID laws