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10:55 PM ET, May 28, 2014


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Washington Post:
Full transcript of President Obama's commencement address at West Point  —  President Obama delivered the following remarks at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., commencement ceremony on May 28, 2014.  Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.
Washington Post:
President Obama continues his retreat from Afghanistan
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama pivots to foreign policy, media not exactly impressed
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Krauthammer Calls Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan “An Act Of Personal Narcissism”
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Reuters
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
VA investigators: Delayed care is everywhere  —  Delaying medical care to veterans and manipulating records to hide those delays is “systemic throughout” the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, the VA's Office of Inspector General said in a preliminary report Wednesday.
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Richard Burr: No apology to veterans' groups  —  Sen. Richard Burr said on Wednesday that he isn't backing down from his recent attack on veterans' groups and even stepped up his assault, charging the organizations are more upset by his comments than they are by the scandal at the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says  —  For years, employees at a Texas VA complained that their bosses were cooking the books.  For years, the VA insisted there was no widespread wrongdoing.  —  Editor's Note: This story has been updated with new information.
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
VA IG finds ‘systemic’ problems
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Vietnam veterans call Richard Burr ‘insulting’
Tim Cavanaugh / National Review:
R.I.P., Maya Angelou, Proud Gun Owner and User  —  Poet, author and personality Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.  Angelou was found dead this morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. No cause of death has been announced.  —  Angelou gained literary fame with her 1969 literary memoir …
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 …
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Is it Ted Cruz's Texas now?  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wasn't up for reelection this year, but his presence was felt up and down the GOP primary ballot in the Lone Star State.  —  The only candidate Cruz endorsed won her primary fight on Tuesday, while incumbent candidates he ignored went down to defeat.
Jose DelReal / Politico:
David Dewhurst loses another Texas GOP runoff
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.
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Say again, Senator, ACA unkynected?  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell has some explaining to do.  —  What in the world did he mean last week when he told reporters that repeal of the Affordable Care Act — “root and branch,” as he has demanded many times — is “unconnected” to the future of Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance exchange?
Hillary Clinton allies mobilize on Benghazi  —  A broad array of Democrats — including Hillary Clinton's allies — are meeting this week to hammer out a united front on national security issues, including a clear response to Republicans over the Benghazi controversy.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
The Ten Most Asinine Things About #YesAllWomen  —  Four men and two women were killed by a clearly disturbed individual whose deranged and evil rants indicated he hated humanity in general and women in particular.  University of California at Santa Barbara students Cheng Yuan Hong, George Chen …
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
Scientists: Florida's congressional map is ‘partisan gerrymander’  —  TALLAHASSEE — The coalition of groups trying to prove Florida's congressional map was intentionally gerrymandered to help Republicans turned to experts Tuesday who testified it was “virtually impossible” to have drawn the maps without political bias.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
AP SOURCE: WALKER IN TALKS TO END CAMPAIGN PROBE  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A person close to an investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and other conservative groups said Wednesday that Walker's attorney is talking with the lead investigator about a possible settlement that would end the probe.
Duke student, expelled after sex assault claim, sues for degree  —  DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke student is suing the university after he was banned from the May 10 graduation ceremony because of another student's claim of sexual assault.  —  Lewis McLeod, a psychology major from Australia …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
The Blaze Mocks Sexual Assault With A Series Of ‘RAPE!’  Skits (VIDEO)  —  With the recent emphasis on the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses by the White House and Congress, conservatives have pounced on the definition of sexual assault and the statistics cited when discussing the issue.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Christie: ‘I am much smaller now’  —  (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie got some compliments Wednesday about his shrinking waist line.  —  After filing a complaint with the governor at a town hall in Ocean County, New Jersey, one woman told the Republican governor he looks a lot “smaller.”
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Orrin Hatch: Gay marriage inevitable  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later.  —  Hatch said people who can't see what's happening aren't living in the real world.  He made the remarks Wednesday on KSL-Radio's Doug Wright Show.
Discussion: RedState
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Alex Trebek tells Salon: Humans are causing climate change!  —  Trebek clears up his political beliefs in an exchange with Salon  —  Last week, I wrote about “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, a climate-change denialist, and his cohort of conservative game-show hosts.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Pope Francis's unfriendly visit
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Kathy Stephenson / Salt Lake Tribune:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Anchor with attitude: Jorge Ramos fights for immigration reform
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Pro-gay marriage professor under fire from gay marriage speech police
Discussion: Overlawyered
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Donald Sterling: Proceedings a sham
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Detroit Urged to Tear Down 40,000 Buildings
Discussion: National Review and The Week
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Climate Change Doomed the Ancients
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO