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4:30 PM ET, May 20, 2014

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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Quiz: How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?  —  The Veterans Affairs policy fiasco is magnified by an insulting-public relations strategy.  —  News quiz: President Obama and his communications team hope that Americans are: 1) Dumb; 2) Distracted; 3) Numb to government inefficiency; 4) All of above.
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Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It  —  Democrats can dismiss Benghazi and the IRS as pseudo-scandals, maybe, but 40 veterans have died, and where has Obama been?  Totally absent.  —  Up to now, President Obama and congressional Democrats had thought “so-called” …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The VA and the Limits of Liberalism
Discussion: alicublog
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Can Eric Shinseki survive the VA scandal?
Discussion: CNN
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “We now join the twelve federal district courts across the country [that] ... have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.”  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett delivers an address …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Bush-Appointed Judge Cites Scalia In Axing Pennsylania Gay Marriage Ban
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Overturned By Judge
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
D'Souza Expected to Plead Guilty to Charge
Geoff Pender / The Clarion-Ledger:
Wife, attorney say blogger was pawn  —  It's still unclear how a political blogger gained access to the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in her nursing home, but the man's wife and his attorney said he didn't sneak into the facility, and that he appears to be a pawn in a big political game.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:   Break-In Blogger's Wife: McDaniel Told Husband To Take Anti-Cochran Video Down
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR To End ‘Tell Me More,’ Eliminate 28 Positions  —  NPR announced Wednesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.  —  “These times require …
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at ‘Nuclear’ Summer Over Debate Time  —  On the morning of his Republican counterpart's primary back home in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would not change the chamber's rules in his absence.  —  But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might well be advised …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
AL.com:
Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders  —  Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving the end of his federal prison term in a Montgomery federal prison.  —  ctoner@al.com By Casey Toner |  ctoner@al.com
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana  —  Monday was a big day for the nation's cyber police.  The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Will Russell Bucklew's Execution Be the Next Death-Penalty Disaster?  —  Missouri plans to kill a convicted murderer Wednesday, but his health and the state's secrecy about lethal-injection procedures raise serious constitutional issues.  —  Aside from the fact that he is likely …
Discussion: Guardian and TalkLeft
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Jeff Zucker talks CNN's post-plane plans  —  Last night, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker gave a hint of where the network will go next now thats its two-plus-month coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is subsiding.  —  “I don't think there's any question about our commitment …
Bloomberg:
Businesses Turn Out Workers' Votes to Stomp Tea Party  —  Photographer: Joe Jaszewski/The Idaho Statesman/AP Photo  —  Ben Tarbutton has never worked so hard in a primary election to urge his company's employees to vote early or educate them on a candidate's record.
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home—And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them  —  The number of American extremists who have flocked to Syria is higher than previously understood, American intelligence sources say.  And some of the fighters are coming home.
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
As Candidate For Congress, Ted Yoho Suggested Limiting The Right To Vote To Property Owners  —  Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his candidacy for Congress in the 2012 election cycle shows the Republican politician suggesting …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems desperately seek an Obama midterm strategy  —  For months, President Barack Obama has been telling donors that there's nothing more important to him than the November elections.  —  But many Democrats say their biggest worry for the fall is the president himself.
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Adam Carolla: The gay mafia is real  —  The comedian and author sounds off to Salon on political correctness and why Asians prove discrimination is a lie  —  Adam Carolla, as ever, has a few things to get off his chest.  —  The comedian and podcaster, whose broadcast career began …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Mediaite
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: If We're Wrong on Climate Change, 'What's the Worst That Can Happen?'  —  Secretary of State John Kerry did not shy away from pejorative language when addressing “climate change” in his commencement speech at Boston College on Monday.  Kerry referred to those skeptical …
 
 
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A. J. Delgado / National Review:
Crying Rape
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Bloomberg:
Russia Close to $400 Billion Gas Pipeline Deal in Pivot to China
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Diplomat
Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
Video: College Students Ace Pop Music Quiz, Bomb Benghazi Question
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems Kill Key Pro-Israel bill to Appease White House on Iran
Discussion: Hot Air and Pat Dollard
Associated Press:
OBAMA GROUP OFA SCALES BACK STAFFING, FUNDRAISING
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Indiana's Gov. Pence taking the Obamacare money and running with it
James Hohmann / Politico:
Primary day: 6 states, 5 things to watch
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Chipotle To Customers: Please Don't Carry Your Gun Into Our Restaurants
Discussion: CBS Dallas, The Raw Story and Gawker
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Mitch McConnell Is No Longer the King of Kentucky
Discussion: ABC News
Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Krauthammer: Obama Acts as if He ‘Stumbled Upon the Presidency’
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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