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1:25 PM ET, May 21, 2014

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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 …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Fox News and Prairie Weather
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Obama on Allegations of VA Misconduct: ‘I Will Not Stand for It’
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   Obama to discuss VA controversy with Shinseki
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 and Ed Driscoll
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Amid scandal, embattled VA chief visits Capitol
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
President Obama, Eric Shinseki to meet on VA
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
V.A. Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House
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 …
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania.  Oregon.  Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?  —  Same-sex marriage seems to be on a roll in the state courts, with a judge throwing out Pennsylvania's ban Tuesday.  But what about when one of these cases ends up in the Supreme Court?  —  The cascade of same-sex marriage rulings is now a torrent …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Support For Same-Sex Marriage At All-Time High
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
2014 primary election results: Establishment, self-funders win big in primaries  —  Tuesday night was great for incumbents, the GOP establishment and self-funders.  —  It was not so great a night to be a Clinton in-law.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his GOP challenger …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Payback: GOP incumbents learn how to win
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Narrow Path to Senate for Michelle Nunn in Georgia
ThinkProgress:
How South Florida Is Ignoring The State's Leading Politicians And Taking On Climate Change  —  Susanne Torriente remembers waking up on Thanksgiving morning in 2012 and discovering that four blocks of Florida's main coastal highway had washed away overnight.
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ThinkProgress:
Biggest Loser: Thawing Greenland Competes With Collapsing Antarctic For Fastest Ice Loss
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.
Danny Johnston / Associated Press:
GOP Candidate Thwarted By Arkansas Voter ID Law At Polls  —  BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor supports the new voter ID law, but he was left waiting after he forgot his identification.  —  Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press …
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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Mitch McConnell / Salon:
GOP's quiet election scandal: What Tuesday's results really mean for workers  —  It's the morning after a primary Election Day, the smoke has cleared and the pundits have spoken.  They tell us that the portent for November is obvious and the 2016 election will be shaped by what happened in places like Kentucky and Georgia.
ebay inc:
eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords  —  eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data.
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Chemistry Joke That Got a Student Suspended  —  Paris Gray, upstanding vice president of her about-to-graduate high-school class in Jonesboro, Georgia, was suspended last Friday when administrators figured out what her yearbook quote meant.  It read:
Discussion: The Other McCain
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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 …
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: CANNONFIRE
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi ‘Leaning Toward’ Full Participation In New Benghazi Probe  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “leaning toward” fully participating in the GOP-led select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012, a senior Democratic aide said.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
 
 
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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and KPTV-TV
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Team Romney Thinks It's Winning The GOP Civil War
Discussion: The Week
Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Dem Congressman: 'We've Proved That Communism Works'
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Federal funds earmarked to offset Affordable Care Act insurer losses
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ThinkProgress:
No, Taking Away Unemployment Benefits Doesn't Make People Get Jobs
RIA Novosti / RT:
Russia and China seal historic $400bn gas deal
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Planned Homeland Security headquarters, long delayed and over budget, now in doubt
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Suspended Columbia athlete files federal lawsuit over campus sexual assault conviction
Discussion: The Other McCain and Dartblog
Uzi Baruch / Arutz Sheva:
The Price of Oslo - 933 Billion Shekels and Counting
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Does Hillary Owe It to Democrats to Run?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Turn up the heat on Clinton
Julieta Chiquillo / Dallas Morning News:
$60M Allen football stadium deemed ‘not safe,’ will close this season
CNN:
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different
Jennifer Robison / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada will dump Xerox as health insurance exchange contractor
Discussion: ACASignups.net, Hot Air and Twitchy
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘House of Cards’ looking for NSA director, senators, reporters
Discussion: Politico and The Hill