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12:15 PM ET, May 28, 2014


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Tracy Connor / NBC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams the U.S. Stranded Him in Russia  —  In the sit-down, Snowden also fought back against critics who dismissed him as a low-level hacker — saying he was “trained as a spy” and offered technical expertise to high levels of government.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:   Edward Snowden: ‘I was trained as a spy’
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86  —  Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies …
Maya Angelou dead at 86  —  Dr. Maya Angelou during a Dec. 2013 interview (WGHP)  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died.  She was 86.  —  Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.
Kate Milani / Wall Street Journal:
President Obama's Remarks at West Point Commencement  —  President Barack Obama is delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this morning.  Here are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:  —  Good morning.  Thank you, General Caslen, for that introduction.
Discussion: National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama jabs foreign policy critics
Discussion: Hot Air and JustOneMinute
Eric H. Cline / New York Times:
Climate Change Doomed the Ancients  —  THIS month, a report issued by a prominent military advisory board concluded that climate change posed a serious threat to America's national security.  —  The authors, 16 retired high-ranking officers, warned that droughts, rising seas and extreme weather events …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Krauthammer Calls Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan “An Act Of Personal Narcissism”  —  Charles Krauthammer needs some English classes so he can understand that keeping a promise is not an act of narcissism.  —  Predictably, conservatives have their panties in a bunch over President Obama's announcement …
Discussion: Fox News
Randall Balmer / Politico:
The Real Origins of the Religious Right  —  They'll tell you it was abortion.  Sorry, the historical record's clear: It was segregation.  —  One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Conservative Lead on Social and Economic Ideology Shrinking  —  On social issues, 34% identify as conservative and 30% as liberal  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans continue to identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals on economic and social matters.
Major Garrett /
‘This Is How Wars End in the 21st Century’  —  The new unsettling normal of victory.  —  SGT John Pacarello rests along a ridgeline following a patrol up a mountainside near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank on March 31, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Discussion: Informed Comment
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
US to keep troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico and Firedoglake
David Montgomery / Argus Leader:
Bosworth attacks misogyny, media in chaotic news conference  —  Standing in front of a profane backdrop created by her own campaign, an emotional Annette Bosworth condemned criticism of her, blasted the media, addressed her alleged scandals and even issued a book recommendation in a free-wheeling news conference Tuesday.
Lane DeGregory / Tampa Bay Times:
Beverly Young: I'm running against David Jolly in '16  —  Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican David Jolly for the congressional seat long held by the late C.W. Bill Young, but they may have one lined up for 2016: Beverly Young, the congressman's widow who campaigned for Jolly earlier this year.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Vietnam veterans call Richard Burr ‘insulting’  —  The Vietnam Veterans for America is slamming Sen. Richard Burr in a new letter, saying his comments about veterans service organizations were “insulting” and “ugly.”  —  “On behalf of the membership of Vietnam Veterans of America …
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg View:
The VA Needs a Good Marine
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Hints Reporter May Be Spared Jail in Leak  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hinted Tuesday that the Justice Department might choose not to jail a New York Times reporter for defying a subpoena forcing him to discuss his confidential sources — even as the Obama …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Feds seek extra redactions in drone memo
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: Defiant Michael Grimm lashes out at media  —  NEW YORK — A defiant Rep. Michael Grimm, in his most extensive interview since federal prosecutors accused him of rampant fraud, accused the media on Tuesday of trying to destroy him and vowed to campaign hard for reelection …
Joe Sonka / FatLip:
Mitch McConnell doubles down on lie that Kynect is unconnected to Obamacare  —  When Mitch McConnell dropped jaws last Friday by saying that the fate of Kynect — and the health insurance coverage of over 400,000 Kentuckians — is “unconnected” to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act …
Phillip M. Bailey / WFPL:
Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Daily Kos and FatLip
Washington Post:
Americans overwhelmingly side with Hillary Clinton over Karl Rove in brain flap  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove may need a different strategy to slow Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy.  —  Two-thirds of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll disapprove of the Republican strategist …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: First major TV ad on VA scandal  —  Washington (CNN) — The Veterans Affairs scandal's been a major issue on the campaign trail the past couple of weeks.  Now it's front and center in the campaign ad wars.  —  Crossroads GPS, the non-profit sister organization to American Crossroads …
Discussion: Politico
Arthur Chu / The Daily Beast:
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds  —  Nerdy guys aren't guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick as long as we work hard.  There isn't a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by getting the girl.  —  I was going to write …
Discussion: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh and Culture Desk
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
Ralph Hall loses Texas GOP runoff
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The true VA scandal is shared across the federal government
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Detroit Urged to Tear Down 40,000 Buildings
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Too close to the president for comfort
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Va. lawmaker praises Syria's Assad
Discussion: Washington Post
George Neumayr / American Spectator:
The Fourth Branch of Government
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mike Bates / NewsBusters:
CNN's Costello Claims Michelle Obama ‘Signed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act Into Law’
Discussion: CNN, The Jawa Report and Mediaite
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Should Atheists Pay for a Prayer Day? A Nebraskan Town's Crisis of Faith
Discussion: I Acknowledge
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen F. Knott / The National Interest:
Did Woodrow Wilson Destroy the American Presidency?
Discussion: Power Line
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Once Allies, Ex-Obama Aides Face Off in British Campaign
Discussion: Power Line
Ken Auletta / Comment: