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6:15 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 …
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
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
CNN:
Obama to discuss VA controversy with Shinseki
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?
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
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
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
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 …
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
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'
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
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.
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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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 …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. deploys 80 troops to Chad to help find kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls  —  The United States has deployed 80 troops to Chad to augment efforts to find Nigerian schoolgirls who were taken hostage by a militant Islamist group, the White House announced Wednesday, in a significant escalation …
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
The Chipotle Anti-Gun ‘Scandal’ Has the Right Up in Arms
David Weigel / Slate:
Todd Akin a Tea Partyer? Not So Much.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Taxing a Professor's Privilege
Discussion: Althouse
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Clinton Magic Fades in Philadelphia
Discussion: US News, CNN, msnbc.com and Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Extraordinary Elite Delusions and the Madness of Commissions
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Glass Ceiling  —  With Republicans trying to shake …
Discussion: KPTV-TV and The Moderate Voice
Mitch McConnell / Salon:
GOP's quiet election scandal: What Tuesday's results really mean for workers
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
AP Editor Accidentally Adds Her Buzzfeed Cover Letter to Photo Caption
ThinkProgress:
How South Florida Is Ignoring The State's Leading Politicians And Taking On Climate Change
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Turn up the heat on Clinton
Discussion: Politico
 

 
From Mediagazer:

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”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

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

 
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