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1:15 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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Washington Post
Kevin OBrien / Associated Press:
Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   VA scandal is bipartisan
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's talking points miss point on VA scandal
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:   Obama, the unaccountable president
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Veterans Affairs Scandal Was Decades in the Making
Discussion: The Dish, CNN and Washington Post
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Tea party makes its last stand in Mississippi, targeting longtime Sen. Thad Cochran  —  After a string of humiliating defeats in Republican primaries this spring, the tea party's last best hope to oust an incumbent lawmaker is in Mississippi.  —  At first glance, the deeply conservative …
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
GM Sure Recalled A Lot Of Cars Right After The Feds Sold Their Shares
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Dave Levinthal / The Center for Public …:
Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle
Discussion: The Daily Beast and OnPolitics
Bill McKibben / Rolling Stone:
A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change
Discussion: National Review
Debbie Stabenow / CNN:
Why I'm ready for Hillary  —  Editor's note: Sen. Debbie Stabenow …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Emma Roller /
The House Science Committee Has Held More Hearings on Aliens Than on Climate Change
Investor's Business Daily:
Bribery, ObamaCare Style
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
High Frequency Hyperbole, Part Deux
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Sends Troops to Chad to Aid Hunt for Nigerian Schoolgirls
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Still a Nation of Immigrants
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Arizona police groups: Republican who compared officers to Nazis should drop out
Kevin Williamson / National Review:
The Victim Presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
James O'Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens