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4:55 PM ET, May 21, 2014

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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High at 55%  —  Nearly eight in 10 young adults favor gay marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%.  Marriage equality advocates have had a string …
The Hill:
Vet scandal rocks Obama  —  The White House tried Tuesday to douse flames of criticism over allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of gross mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals.  —  President Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill …
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Obama on Allegations of VA Misconduct: ‘I Will Not Stand for It’
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and CNN
New York Times:
Obama Vows a Forceful Response to Veteran Care Issues
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
When a President Learns Everything on TV
Discussion: RedState
CNN:   Obama to discuss VA controversy with Shinseki
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Thunder Down Ballot  —  In one more observation about the Georgia primary, some interesting things happened in GOP U.S. House races.  One of the most common Twitter-memes early last night was that no matter who won the ultimate Senate prize, Congress would be rid of Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:   Narrow Path to Senate for Michelle Nunn in Georgia
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, A Republican, Will Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling  —  A sign of the times.  —  Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks in Harrisburg, Pa.  —  The Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will not be appealing Tuesday's …
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WTF?  —  I'm not sure why this isn't a bigger deal.  I hadn't heard about it other than in this brief passage tucked away in a Politico article about the House GOP agriculture bill.  But it takes a small program intended provide meals to children in the school lunch program during …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Snowden's First Move Against the NSA Was a Party in Hawaii  —  It was December 11, 2012, and in a small art space behind a furniture store in Honolulu, NSA contractor Edward Snowden was working to subvert the machinery of global surveillance.  —  Snowden was not yet famous.
Discussion: Techdirt and Poynter
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Bucking Deputies, Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats for Benghazi Panel  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, disregarding some of her closest lieutenants in the Democratic leadership, appointed a full slate of House Democrats on Wednesday to a special committee investigating …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi ‘Leaning Toward’ Full Participation In New Benghazi Probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Joe Garcia gets in America Rising's crosshairs (again) with ‘Communism works’ line  —  Beware, Joe Garcia, America Rising PAC is watching.  —  When the Democratic Miami Congressman appeared to eat earwax during a committee hearing (he didn't, he says), the political action committee was quick to catch it and post the video.
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Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Dem Congressman: 'We've Proved That Communism Works'
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence  —  The last eight months have battered the Obama administration.  From the botched rollout of the health-care website to the VA scandal, events are now cementing certain impressions about Mr. Obama.  Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent.
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll
ThinkProgress:
Pope Francis Makes Biblical Case For Addressing Climate Change: ‘If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us’  —  Pope Francis made the religious case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on his fellow Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire warning …
Discussion: The Week
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
U.S. utility's control system was hacked, says Homeland Security  —  (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Planned Homeland Security headquarters, long delayed and over budget, now in doubt
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
Bluegrass Politics:
Mitch McConnell challenges Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates  —  By Sam Youngman syoungman@herald-leader.com U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, fresh off his primary win against challenger Matt Bevin, is challenging Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors' Prisons … Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago.  And more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear: Judges cannot send someone to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
‘Over My Dead Body’: Spies Fight Obama Push to Downsize Terror War  —  The Obama administration concluded in 2012 that al Qaeda posed no direct threat to the U.S.—and has sought to scale back the fight ever since, over intel officials' rising objections.  —  In 2012, the Obama administration produced …
Discussion: NewsBusters and CANNONFIRE
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Team Romney Thinks It's Winning The GOP Civil War  —  Mitt's biggest fans celebrate the triumph of Romney Republicanism in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Idaho.  “The Romney brand has had a real resurgence,” says O'Brien.  —  Steve Marcus / Reuters / Reuters  —  For the small orbit of friends …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
ThinkProgress:
The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill  —  When roughly 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into a West Virginia watershed this January, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency.  Officials shut down schools …
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’  —  Just days after Iran's president denounced Internet censorship as “cowardly,” six young Iranians were arrested and forced to repent on state television Tuesday for the grievous offense of proclaiming themselves to be “Happy in Tehran …
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
AP Editor Accidentally Adds Her Buzzfeed Cover Letter to Photo Caption  —  2,884g  —  Job-hunting at work is dangerous.  Online multitasking is dangerous.  Online multitasking your work with your job hunt is deadly.  Just ask this Associated Press photo editor.
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Federal funds earmarked to offset Affordable Care Act insurer losses  —  The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.
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Lydia DePillis / Washington Post:
How to get people saving in America again? Obamacare for retirement accounts.
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Get Ready for a National Debate About Slavery Reparations
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce funnels $100K to back Thad Cochran
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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Taxing a Professor's Privilege
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Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Clinton Magic Fades in Philadelphia
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Extraordinary Elite Delusions and the Madness of Commissions
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Glass Ceiling  —  With Republicans trying to shake …
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ThinkProgress:
How South Florida Is Ignoring The State's Leading Politicians And Taking On Climate Change
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The Price of Oslo - 933 Billion Shekels and Counting
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Dick Morris / The Hill:
Turn up the heat on Clinton
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