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11:40 AM 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.
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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: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Reid: Immigration may belong to W.H.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and abc30.com
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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 …
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Sara Carter / TheBlaze.com:
$1 Million Bounty to Be Offered for ‘Smoking Gun’ in IRS Targeting Scandal
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 …
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.
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 …
Ed Payne / CNN:
Tennessee brings back electric chair  —  Editor's note: CNN's original series “Death Row Stories” explores America's capital punishment system at 9 p.m. ET/PT Sundays, beginning July 13.  Join the conversation about the death penalty at facebook.com/cnn or Twitter @CNNorigSeries using #DeathRowStories.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Gawker
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
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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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Eric Cantor stresses support for legalization measure  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday stressed his support for a legalization measure for young undocumented immigrants in the military, after he was criticized by advocates who see him as the main obstacle to immigration reform.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Will Probably Block Military DREAMers Measure From Defense Bill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
 
 
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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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
The Tea Party's Coming Rorschach Moment
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
At baseball Hall, Obama holds 'Joltin Joe's' glove, talks tourism
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News's Brian Williams interviews Snowden, Greenwald