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Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: VA Scandal Hits New Hospital  —  Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast.  —  Add Albuquerque, New Mexico's to the growing list of VA hospitals accused …
John Fund / National Review:
Lessons of the VA Scandal
Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems  —  President Barack Obama's job approval slump and voters' entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year's most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.
The United States Department of Justice:
U.S. Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers for Cyber Espionage Against U.S. Corporations and a Labor Organization for Commercial Advantage … A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania (WDPA) indicted five Chinese military hackers for computer hacking, economic espionage …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying
Discussion: The Verge and Shakesville
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
At F.B.I., Change in Leaders Didn't Change Focus on Terror
Discussion: Power Line and emptywheel
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What to Watch For in Three Primaries  —  Not much matters six months before a midterm election, but Tuesday's primaries are an exception.  Republicans will have an opportunity to nominate candidates in three potentially competitive Senate contests: in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon.  Here's what you need to know.
Discussion: PBS and Political Insider blog
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Al CrossThe / Courier-Journal:
Al Cross | Bevin's primary numbers important
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Post
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Cyber Monday  —  NOTABLES  — U.S. TO ANNOUNCE HACKING CHARGES …
Yahoo! News:
Marco Rubio's ‘pot’ hole  —  Why won't Sen. Marco Rubio say whether he's ever smoked pot?  —  The Florida Republican, who maintains a strict stance against the legalization of marijuana, refuses to answer whether he's ever personally smoked it.  Rubio told “Politics Confidential” …
The Intercept:
Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas  —  The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.
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The One Percent at State U  —  New report finds that student debt and low-wage faculty labor are rising faster at state universities with the highest-paid presidents.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and Gawker
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David Weigel / Slate:
Watch the Homophobic Ad That a Losing Candidate is Running in Georgia  —  The Georgia airwaves are largely full of TV ads for Republican Senate candidates (and a few for Michelle Nunn, who's sailing to a Democratic primary win), and I saw maybe eight of them while in the state last week.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
The Diane Rehm Show / The Diane Rehm Show …:
James Webb: “I Heard My Country Calling”  —  Former U.S. Sen. Jim (D-VA) is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam war.  Among his awards, he received the Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts serving as a Marine.  In a new memoir he writes of how growing up in a military family helped shape …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good  —  Military Service Top Positive, Atheism Top Negative for Potential Candidates  —  As the 2016 presidential campaign begins to take shape, Washington experience has become less of a potential asset for those seeking the White House.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Higher ed becoming a joke: Column  —  American colleges are fraught with petty politics and bad economics.  —  As college graduates around the country fling their caps into the air, college and university administrators are ending the year in a less positive state.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Power Line
BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Weddings Can Start Immediately  —  State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling.  Judge's order is effective immediately.  —  Supporters of same-sex marriage gather for a rally in Portland, Oregon April 22, 2014.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Here's How Republicans Are Trying To Solve Their Problem With Black Voters  —  The RNC picks fights with liberal media over race, while Rand Paul talks policy with black Democrats.  But mixed signals continue.  —  John Gara  —  On the morning of March 27, Jamilah Lemieux …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Bankers  —  By any normal standard, economic policy since the onset of the financial crisis has been a dismal failure.  It's true that we avoided a full replay of the Great Depression.  But employment has taken more than six years to claw its way back to pre-crisis levels …
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
In Arkansas, Obama is a Four-letter Word Hampering Democrats  —  What Bill Clinton's home state says about racial politics, control of the Senate, and Hillary Clinton in 2016.  —  Jerry Hood gives Richard Wyatt a trim while talking politics at his Little Rock barbershop.  (Ron Fournier)
David Carr / New York Times:
Abramson's Exit at The Times Puts Tensions on Display  —  Back in 2010, before she became executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson sent me a handwritten attaboy note about a big story.  It still hangs in my cubicle: “You wrote a story about the trashing of a once great American institution and people never tire of that.”
ThinkProgress:
Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay  —  Florida Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant, left, believes that increasing educational standards cause homosexuality.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Phil Coale  —  Common Core may not be a well-intentioned set …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Marc Andreessen on the Future of Silicon Valley(s), and the Next Big Technology  —  Silicon Valley is starting to feel a little less exuberant these days.  —  Some big start-ups are having trouble raising money.  Others are delaying plans to go public.  Hot new technologies like Bitcoin …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Scripting News
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
No more liberal apologies as Elizabeth Warren takes the offensive  —  BOSTON  —  Elizabeth Warren is cast as many things: a populist, a left-winger, the paladin against the bankers and the rich, the Democrats' alternative to Hillary Clinton, the policy wonk with a heart.
Discussion: Shakesville and Daily Kos
 
 
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Matt K. Lewis / The Week:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S.-Armed Syrian Rebel Group Seeks ‘All Syrian Land Occupied by Israel’
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Miss. mailers compare Cochran opponent to Akin
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney calls on N.H. police commissioner to resign
Discussion: WMUR, OnPolitics and Booman Tribune
Byron Tau / Politico:
President Obama golfs with Bain Capital lobbyist
John Tierney / The Atlantic Online:
How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Georgia Congressional Candidate Has Many Thoughts On Gays Marrying
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Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Targeted? Gun sellers say ‘high risk’ label from feds cuts off banking options, restricts business
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book
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Poverty Is Not a State of Mind
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Is This the Democrats' War on Women?
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment strikes a deal to manufacture, distribute, and market Disney's DVD, Blu-ray discs, and other physical media in the US and Canada

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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