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11:30 AM 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 …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   VA scandal is bipartisan
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire
Discussion: Washington Post
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   Obama, the unaccountable president
The Hill:
Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day  —  States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.  —  Democrats are bracing for grim headlines …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 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
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
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 …
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 …
Ron Fournier /
How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses  —  Meant to mock president's critics, the ‘Green Lantern’ theory underscores the gap between his promise and his performance.  —  In this photo taken by a government photographer for Halloween 2012, President Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man's web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3.
Debbie Stabenow / CNN:
Why I'm ready for Hillary  —  Editor's note: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, has been in the Senate since 2001.  She is chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and serves on the Energy, Budget and Finance committees.  You can follow her on Twitter @stabenow.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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) …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Investor's Business Daily:
Bribery, ObamaCare Style  —  Bailouts: Last Friday, the Obama administration quietly expanded an insurance industry bailout program that it publicly insisted never existed.  In exchange, Obama wants a big political favor from insurers.  —  Last week, the administration promised insurers it would use …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
More ‘War On Women’ Deleted Tweets - Democrat Congressional Candidate Asks Followers to Assail Conservative Woman With ‘C-Word’!  —  I already showed how Clay Aiken deleted a tweet advocating violence against Ann Coulter, and how Buzzfeed accidentally neglected to mention it in their post about his deleted tweets.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and NewsBusters
War On Women!!  Guess Which Democrat Candidate Deleted a Tweet Saying He Wanted to Punch …
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
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
New York Times:
With New Bill, Abortion Limits Spread in South  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that could force three of the state's five abortion clinics to close, echoing rules passed in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas and raising the possibility …
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Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone:
A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change
Discussion: National Review
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The House Science Committee Has Held More Hearings on Aliens Than on Climate Change
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Pundit Dinesh D'Souza's illegal campaign contributions. What was he thinking?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Seek Issues to Lure Midterm Votes After Races Buoy G.O.P.
Discussion: Washington Post
High Frequency Hyperbole, Part Deux
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama's revamp of anti-terror policies stalls
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Sends Troops to Chad to Aid Hunt for Nigerian Schoolgirls
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Poll: 47% of Unemployed Have ‘Completely Given Up’ Looking for a Job
Jon Clifton / Gallup:
People Worldwide Are Reporting a Lot of Positive Emotions
Discussion: NPR
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Arizona police groups: Republican who compared officers to Nazis should drop out
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Jean-Marie Le Pen suggests Ebola as solution to global population explosion
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
James O'Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Pat Sajak: Climate change tweet ‘parody’
Discussion: CBS DC and BizPac Review