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3:05 PM ET, May 22, 2014


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CBS News:
Who do Americans blame for the VA scandal?  —  Shares -  —  NEW YORK — Americans split in their thoughts over who they think is most to blame for the problems at Veterans Affairs department medical facilities, which involve allegations that VA hospitals kept delays in treatment off the books …
Kevin OBrien / Associated Press:
Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien  —  The White House says Americans can't draw any conclusions yet about just how screwed up is the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care system.  —  Well, yes, Americans can.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Veterans Affairs Scandal Was Decades in the Making  —  Yes, you should be angry.  But at whom?  —  It's been more than six months since CNN and then the Arizona Republic began reporting about veterans dying while they were waiting for medical services—in some cases …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Injured veterans program faces the ax  —  Hundreds of veterans with traumatic brain injuries will get kicked out of assisted living facilities this fall unless policymakers in Washington soon extend an expiring pilot program.  —  Lawmakers are in an uproar over reports that dozens of veterans …
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   VA scandal is bipartisan
Michael Kinsley / New York Times:
‘No Place to Hide,’ by Glenn Greenwald  —  “My position was straightforward,” Glenn Greenwald writes.  “By ordering illegal eavesdropping, the president had committed crimes and should be held accountable for them.”  You break the law, you pay the price: It's that simple.
The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Reparations  —  Two hundred fifty years of slavery.  Ninety years of Jim Crow.  Sixty years of separate but equal.  Thirty-five years of racist housing policy.  Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates … — Deuteronomy 15: 12-15
Michael Catalini /
Democratic Senator Says Some Oppose Obamacare Because Obama Is Black  —  Republican Sen. Ron Johnson responds, “God help you for implying I'm a racist.”  —  A senior Democratic senator suggested Wednesday that President Obama's race factored into opposition to the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: RedState
The Hill:
Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Citing N.B.A. Example, Senators Urge N.F.L. to Act on Redskins' Name  —  WASHINGTON — Fifty members of the Senate have signed a letter to the N.F.L. to urge its leadership to press the Washington Redskins to change the team name in the aftermath of tough sanctions against the owner …
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
50 Democratic Senators To NFL: Change The Washington Redskins' Name
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Thailand military seizes power in coup  —  The BBC's Jonah Fisher says the move is likely to lead to confrontation  —  Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.  —  In a TV statement, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed …
The Hill:
House votes 303-121 to curb NSA  —  The House on Thursday passed the most sweeping changes to the country's intelligence operations in over a decade, voting to limit the National Security Agency's ability to snoop on communications.  —  The USA Freedom Act, which passed 303-121 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Byers / Politico:
House curbs NSA data collection
Discussion: Techdirt
Heather Boushey / The Atlantic Online:
It Wasn't Household Debt That Caused the Great Recession  —  Why are nearly 10 million people still out of work today?  Was it because in September 2008, the U.S. government failed to bail out the insolvent investment bank Lehmann Brothers?  Was it because the two U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae …
Discussion: New York Times
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Nationalization of Senate Elections Poses Challenge to Democrats in 2014  —  Democrats face several challenges in trying to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm election.  In addition to the normal tendency of the president's party to lose seats in midterm elections …
Bryon Garrison / Big Bend Courier:
Bold witness to alleged abuse by federal agents comes forward (Thank you readers 12,000 views in one day)  —  Alpine Texas - Nicholas Branson is a 30 year old student at Sul Ross University, studying for a degree in geology.  Now this student and former Eagle Scout is afraid for his future, for his career and even for his life.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
BREAKING: Mitt Romney to stump for Joni Ernst in Iowa  —  Mitt Romney, a Republican who 731,000 Iowans hoped would become the next president, is returning for the first time since the 2012 general election.  —  The Des Moines Register has learned that Romney will be in Iowa next week to stump for GOP U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Meghan McCain: ‘I hate Karl Rove’  —  Meghan McCain was sharply critical of Karl Rove during an interview with Larry King, going so far as to say she hates him and that he needs to apologize to her family.  —  The daughter of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee showed no love …
Discussion: Mediaite
Seth D. Michaels / Talking Points Memo:
Moderately Anti-Democratic: The Lie Of The Political ‘Center’  —  We keep using some words in our political debate, but they don't really mean what we think they mean.  —  The think tank Third Way released a poll last week showing a commonplace fact about U.S. politics …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Conservatives Draft Manifesto to Help Republicans Attract Middle-Class Voters  —  WASHINGTON — Hoping to push their agenda ahead of the presidential election, a group of prominent conservatives has devised a 121-page policy manifesto aimed at giving the Republican Party a message that will attract …
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Dave Levinthal / The Center for Public …:
Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle  —  Some urge funds be put toward charity  —  As Sen. Evan Bayh prepared to quit Congress, he called on all Americans to embrace a “spirit of devotion to the national welfare beyond party or self-interest” and declared his “passion for service to our fellow citizens is undiminished.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast and OnPolitics
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Jen Chung / Gothamist:
How I Got Kicked Out Of The 9/11 Museum
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Hillary Clinton's Speaking Circuit Payday: $5 Million (And Counting)
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Warren to Raise Money for Merkley in Oregon
Discussion: bizjournals and Power Line
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor's race tied
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Tea party makes its last stand in Mississippi, targeting longtime Sen. Thad Cochran
Debbie Stabenow / CNN:
Why I'm ready for Hillary  —  Editor's note: Sen. Debbie Stabenow …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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The House Science Committee Has Held More Hearings on Aliens Than on Climate Change
Investor's Business Daily:
Bribery, ObamaCare Style
Discussion: Hot Air
Ron Fournier /
How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses
High Frequency Hyperbole, Part Deux
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Still a Nation of Immigrants
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Tax preparers balk at IRS education standards
Discussion: Hit & Run
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
The Victim Presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page