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7:50 AM ET, May 23, 2014

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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.
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Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
Shinseki pledges to fix VA's problems  —  WASHINGTON — VA Secretary Eric Shinseki issued a message to veterans Thursday defending his leadership and promising to fix delays in care that have rocked his agency and the Obama administration in recent days.  —  The 71-year-old head of the Department …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Kevin McCarthy calls on Eric Shinseki to resign
Discussion: CNN
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.
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 …
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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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who made the pivot to Asia?  Putin.  —  On Wednesday, it finally happened — the pivot to Asia.  No, not the United States.  It was Russia that turned East.  —  In Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a spectacular energy deal …
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
 
 
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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
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
At baseball Hall, Obama holds 'Joltin Joe's' glove, talks tourism
Discussion: Politico
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