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3:55 AM ET, May 23, 2014

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The Clarion-Ledger:
MS Tea Party vice chairman arrested in Cochran case  —  UPDATED: Madison city court officials say that Mark Mayfield will appear before a judge today.  —  Also, attorney Kevin Camp, who represents Clayton Kelly, said two more arrests either have been or will be made in addition to Mayfield.
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Scott Simmons / WAPT Channel 16:
2 more face charges in Cochran photo case  —  Kelly to appear in court  —  There have been more arrests in a case involving pictures taken without permission of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife.  —  16 WAPT's Scott Simmons has learned that two people are facing charges in connection with the case.
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.
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Jason Leopold / Guardian:
Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’  —  A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related …
Discussion: Firedoglake, emptywheel and Hot Air
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News's Brian Williams interviews Snowden, Greenwald
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NBC News To Sit Down With Snowden For First American TV Interview
Discussion: The Week and The Huffington Post
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Not long ago, the left raved about the VA.  —  The unfolding scandal at the Veterans Health Administration was enough to drive the earnest liberals at Vox.com to mild profanity, and in a headline no less: “What the Hell Is Happening at the VA?”  Here's the answer: … Damn.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Injured veterans program faces the ax
Discussion: Daily Kos
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Reid: Immigration may belong to W.H.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Obama administration will have to act alone on stemming deportations if the House doesn't move on immigration reform by this summer's end.  —  The comments from Reid appeared to be the most definitive …
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Will Probably Block Military DREAMers Measure From Defense Bill  —  “Tactically, it's not good time move it,” Sen Carl Levin says.  Democrats want to put all the pressure on House Republicans when it comes to immigration reform.  —  Sen. Carl Levin  —  Gary Cameron / Reuters / Reuters
Discussion: Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Eric Cantor stresses support for legalization measure
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says  —  A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA reform bill loses backing from privacy advocates after major revisions  —  A landmark surveillance bill, likely to pass the US House of Representatives on Thursday, is hemorrhaging support from the civil libertarians and privacy advocates who were its champions from the start.
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
House reformers claim victory over NSA
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
House Passes Restraints on Bulk Data Collection
Discussion: NPR and Hit & Run
Mike Hudack / Facebook:
Please allow me to rant for a moment about the state of the media.  —  It's well known that CNN has gone from the network of Bernie Shaw, John Holliman, and Peter Arnett reporting live from Baghdad in 1991 to the network of kidnapped white girls.  Our nation's newspapers have …
CNN:
Las Vegas, Cincinnati out of the mix for 2016 GOP convention  —  (CNN) - Las Vegas and Cincinnati withdrew bids to host the 2016 GOP convention, the Republican National Committee announced Thursday.  —  Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City are still in contention to host the convention …
Discussion: Politico
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Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati out for 2016 GOP convention
Discussion: OnPolitics, New York Times and ABC News
ThinkProgress:
Republicans' Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably  —  Mike Kopp, Scott Gessler, and Bob Beauprez at an April debate for Colorado governor.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley  —  Three of the four GOP candidates for Colorado governor took part in a debate Tuesday …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy calls on Eric Shinseki to resign  —  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 House Republican, on Thursday called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.  —  The California lawmaker is the first House Republican leader to call on the embattled former general …
Discussion: CNN
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CBS News:
Who do Americans blame for the VA scandal?
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Politico
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Creation Museum To Display Dino Skeleton It Says Proves Bible  —  The creationist Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. plans to unveil a new attraction this weekend: a world-class Allosaurus skeleton.  —  But unlike other museums, where dinosaur skeletons are used to “indoctrinate our kids …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
At baseball Hall, Obama holds 'Joltin Joe's' glove, talks tourism  —  Cooperstown, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama stopped by a Little League game earlier in the week - clearly a warm-up for his visit to the baseball shrine in Cooperstown.  —  Obama on Thursday became …
Discussion: Politico
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
50 Democratic Senators To NFL: Change The Washington Redskins' Name  —  They cite the NBA's rebuke of owner Donald Sterling.  Republicans were not asked to sign the letter.  —  Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder looks on during a rookie minicamp practice session at Redskins Park on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Ashburn, Va.
Discussion: Mediaite and Weekly Standard
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New York Times:
Seeking Balance on Mideast Visit, Pope Pleases Few
Discussion: CNN, Israel Matzav and The Week
Sara Carter / TheBlaze.com:
$1 Million Bounty to Be Offered for ‘Smoking Gun’ in IRS Targeting Scandal
Christine Rousselle / Townhall.com:
NC Restaurant With “No Weapons” Sign Robbed at Gunpoint
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Meghan McCain: ‘I hate Karl Rove’
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
China's Global Search for Energy
Discussion: DW.DE, Firedoglake and Capital New York
Jen Chung / Gothamist:
How I Got Kicked Out Of The 9/11 Museum
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Conservatives Draft Manifesto to Help Republicans Attract Middle-Class Voters
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Michael Catalini / NationalJournal.com:
Democratic Senator Says Some Oppose Obamacare Because Obama Is Black
Discussion: RedState