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12:30 PM ET, May 23, 2014


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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's early VA response: Executive inaction  —  President Barack Obama wants to talk about flexing his administrative and executive power to do more.  Instead, he got stuck talking about a clear administrative and executive failure that, at least so far, he hasn't done much about.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems close ranks on VA  —  Senate Democrats are closing ranks behind Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and President Obama's decision to keep him in the cabinet despite Republican calls for his ouster.  —  As of Thursday afternoon, not a single Democratic senator had called for Shinseki's resignation.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
J.D. Gordon / Fox News:
Al Qaeda terrorists at Guantanamo treated better than our vets  —  President Obama finally addressed the nation Wednesday about the growing scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  After meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki he pledged to hold folks accountable.  —  Thanks, Mr. President.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer: Obama will act on immigration if GOP doesn't
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Shinseki pledges to fix VA's problems
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy calls on Eric Shinseki to resign
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Obama slams ‘false equivalence’ media  —  At a fundraiser last night, President Obama unleashed a surprisingly spirited and comprehensive attack on both-sides-to-blame media coverage.  While he has taken issue with Beltway coverage before, what was particularly noteworthy …
Los Angeles Times:
Mark Cuban discusses his own prejudices in startling terms  —  It turns out, regarding race-related views among NBA owners, Donald Sterling may have company.  —  Less than a month after Sterling rocked the sports world with racist remarks, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has openly acknowledged his own prejudices.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough: I've Never Heard Anyone Object To Obamacare Over Race (VIDEO)  —  Joe Scarborough said Friday that he doesn't understand what evidence Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has to back up his claim that opposition to President Barack Obama's signature health care law is driven by his race.
New York Times:
A Surveillance Bill That Falls Short  —  A year ago, it would have been unimaginable for the House to pass a bill to curtail the government's abusive surveillance practices.  The documents leaked by Edward Snowden, however, finally shocked lawmakers from both parties into action …
John Fund / National Review:
The Hard Sell on Climate Change  —  Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, was very forthright about his media priorities at a Society of Professional Journalists dinner in New York City on Monday.  —  He told Bill Carter of the New York Times: “Climate change is one of those stories that deserves more attention, that we all talk about.
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
They Had a Dream  —  Rule by experts comes a cropper  —  They had a dream.  For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature's noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth.
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
IRS Will Revise Proposal on Political Nonprofit Groups  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said today that it will revise proposed rules governing nonprofit groups' involvement in politics.  —  The rules, released last year, were an attempt to provide guidance for how much political …
Sara Carter /
$1 Million Bounty to Be Offered for ‘Smoking Gun’ in IRS Targeting Scandal
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
How right-wingers are amping up their war on science  —  From climate change to reproduction, Republicans are increasingly deciding “science” is whatever they say it is  —  No longer content just to claim to be “skeptical” of scientific findings they find disagreeable …
Discussion: National Review
Sean Long / NewsBusters:
Alarmist Paul Ehrlich Predicts Need to ‘Eat the Bodies of Your Dead’  —  The zombie apocalypse is nigh!  The zombie apocalypse is nigh!  —  Well, no it isn't.  In fact, it's probably as likely to occur as the rest of Paul Ehrlich's predictions.  —  Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist famous …
Maria Jose Rendon / Contemporary Families:
CCF Research Brief: Really?  Work lowers people's stress levels  —  Credits: Evan Bench, via Wikimedia Commons  —  Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations  —  Sociology, and Women's Studies and Research Associate  —  Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University School …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Times
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist: Washington's Most Unlikely Bromance  —  If even these political opposites can agree on a few things, is there possibly hope that Washington can still align to get things done?  —  When you think of the funniest personalities in Washington, Ralph Nader doesn't spring to mind.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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.
The Clarion-Ledger:
MS Tea Party vice chairman arrested in Cochran case
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Ed Payne / CNN:
Tennessee brings back electric chair
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gawker
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Did a Pennsylvania Republican Lose Because He's Openly Gay?
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Assembly Speaker Finds Fall Guy: Another Sheldon Silver
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Netanyahu Says Obama Got Syria Right
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Ex-CNN employee claims boss fired him for being gay, called him ‘flamboyant’ in $60 million suit
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Ed Driscoll
Tom Steyer / The Huffington Post:
Climate Change Is on the Ballot
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
The Tea Party's Coming Rorschach Moment
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News's Brian Williams interviews Snowden, Greenwald
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Eric Cantor stresses support for legalization measure
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Hot Air and BuzzFeed