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9:20 AM ET, May 22, 2014


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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
VA scandal is bipartisan  —  If even one American veteran has died because of inadequate treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki owe veterans an apology.  Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal … After keeping his mouth shut on that growing Veterans Affairs scandal for weeks, President Barack Obama finally acted.  —  Not with deeds.  But with words.  —  The scandal involves reports of secret admissions lists …
Discussion: Power Line and The White House
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama, the unaccountable president  —  ANALYSIS / OPINION  —  “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.”  — Will Rogers  —  Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama?
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.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Real Clear Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA VETERANS AFFAIRS IRAQ IRAQ WAR GEORGE W. BUSH VETERANS ERIC SHINSEKI  —  Some Washington insiders expected President Obama to announce the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki …
Clinton allies pressured Dems on Benghazi  —  Hillary Clinton's world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: We need backup.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel …
New York Times:
Pelosi Picks 5 Democrats for Panel on Benghazi
Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
FBI reverses no-recording policy for interrogations  —  Since the FBI began under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, agents have not only shunned the use of tape recorders, they've been prohibited by policy from making audio and video records of statements by criminal suspects without special approval.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Sends Troops to Chad to Aid Hunt for Nigerian Schoolgirls  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has sent 80 troops to Chad in Central Africa to support a growing international effort in neighboring Nigeria to help find and rescue the schoolgirls who were abducted by an Islamist extremist group last month …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Tax preparers balk at IRS education standards  —  The nation's accountants are staging a pre-emptive strike against an expected move by the Internal Revenue Service to impose voluntary education standards for tax preparers.  —  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) …
War On Women!!  Guess Which Democrat Candidate Deleted a Tweet Saying He Wanted to Punch the Face of a Conservative Woman!!  —  MEXCLUSIVE!!  It's so funny how liberals look the other way when a Democrat is caught advocating violence on women that I thought I'd give them another chance …
More ‘War On Women’ Deleted Tweets …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and NewsBusters
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
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Still a Nation of Immigrants  —  The American melting pot appears to be heating up again, and its ingredients have grown ever more varied.  —  In 1908, when a play called “The Melting Pot” was first staged in New York City, helping to popularize the term, New York had a foreign-born population …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Pat Sajak: Climate change tweet ‘parody’  —  “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak returned to Twitter to let his follower know his recent comment on global warming was just “hyperbole.”  —  “As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
KY. DEMOCRAT MUM ON QUESTION OF ‘OBAMACARE’ VOTE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Ky. Democrat mum on question of ‘Obamacare’ vote  —  BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Wednesday twice refused to say whether …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Joy Powell / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Fox anchor Gregg Jarrett jailed briefly after incident in MSP airport bar  —  Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was jailed Wednesday after being arrested in a bar at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.  —  Jarrett, who is a weekend co-anchor on the FOX News Channel, was arrested about 12:30 p.m …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
James O'Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens  —  There are advantages to being a video guy rather than an ink-stained wretch.  James O'Keefe is currently in Cannes, where he is premiering his latest video prank.  O'Keefe's targets are Josh and Rebecca Tickell, producers of environmental documentaries including “Fuel.”
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 …
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Case
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
The Victim Presidency  —  As many have remarked here, Barack Obama has a strange habit of acting like somebody else has been president these past years.  It's really odd.  —  In his speech on the VA, the president said that he would not stand for things that he clearly and undeniably …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Arizona police groups: Republican who compared officers to Nazis should drop out  —  Arizona police associations are calling on Republican Gary Kiehne to disband his campaign for Congress over remarks he made comparing police officers carrying out a wildfire evacuation to Nazi SS agents.
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
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Jon Clifton / Gallup:
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Discussion: NPR
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
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Discussion: Eschaton
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
White House ‘strongly supports’ NSA bill
Discussion: Politico
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
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Joseph Shapiro / NPR:
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