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7:45 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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
ABC, National Journal: White House fumbling VA scandal
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
White House says Obama only learned of VA wait-list scandal on TV (just like the IRS …
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Santorum Endorsed the Judge Who Just Legalized Gay Marriage in Pennsylvania
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
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
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Harry Reid optimistic on David Barron  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that a controversial judicial nominee from the Obama administration is likely to win eventual confirmation from the Senate.  —  The nominee, David Barron, has drawn some criticism and scrutiny …
Discussion: CNN
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Sequel To Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Is Happening Tomorrow
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
D'Souza pleads guilty to U.S. campaign finance law violation  —  (Reuters) - The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.
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Carl Willis / WSB-TV:
School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident  —  Sponsored Links  —  CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —  UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday.  They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation.
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90  —  Arthur Gelb, who by sheer force of personality dominated the newsroom at The New York Times for decades, lifting its metropolitan and arts coverage to new heights and helping to shape the paper in its modern era, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.
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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 …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CNN President: We Won't Be ‘Shamed’ Into Covering Benghazi
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Mediaite
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Ga., Ky. Primaries: Lots of Attention, Few Votes  —  A relatively small slice of the electorate will participate in Republican primaries in Georgia and Kentucky, despite international attention and eye-popping sums of money heaped on races that will help determine which party controls …
Discussion: CNN
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Bloomberg:
Businesses Turn Out Workers' Votes to Stomp Tea Party
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
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: CANNONFIRE and Washington Post
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.
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book  —  (CNN) - Promotion of Hillary Clinton's book “Hard Choices” will begin in earnest on Monday, June 9 when ABC's Diane Sawyer interviews her in a one-hour prime time special.  —  The prime time hour was announced …
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 …
ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss  —  Several new studies underscore scientists' concerns we're headed toward a coastline at least this flooded (20 meters or 69 feet) over many hundreds of years:  —  The worst-case scenario for sea level rise …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Extreme Weather: How El Niño Might Alter the Political Climate  —  How El Niño Might Alter the Political Climate  —  A rise in sea surface temperatures could presage a season of weather extremes, as it did in 2002 when tuna crabs washed ashore north of their usual habitat.
Discussion: NewsBusters and AEIdeas
 
 
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Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
Privacy advocates angry as NSA reforms ‘watered down’
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Big Debate  —  It's now clear that the end of the Soviet …
Joe Miller / Salon:
Alaska's climate denial fiasco: Joe Miller's battle to be the state's biggest kook
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
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Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
Video: College Students Ace Pop Music Quiz, Bomb Benghazi Question
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