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8:50 AM ET, May 29, 2014


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New York Times:
President Obama Misses a Chance on Foreign Affairs  —  President Obama and his aides heralded his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday as a big moment, when he would lay out his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term and refute his critics.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cheney: Obama ‘weakest’ president of my lifetime  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney blasted President Obama as the weakest president of his lifetime on Wednesday, following the president's speech defending his foreign policy approach at the West Point commencement ceremony.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Lays Siege to His Critics
Discussion: Guardian
New York Times:
Transcript of President Obama's Commencement Address at West Point
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Althouse
Washington Post:
Full transcript of President Obama's commencement address at West Point
Washington Post:
President Obama continues his retreat from Afghanistan
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.
Eric K. Shinseki / USA Today:
VA secretary: I'm committed to restoring integrity  —  IG findings are reprehensible, and we are not waiting to set things straight.  —  The findings of the interim report of VA's Office of Inspector General on the Phoenix VA Health Care System are reprehensible to me and to this department …
Washington Post:
‘Troubling’ report sparks new wave of calls for VA chief's resignation  —  An independent report released Wednesday by the Department on Veterans Affairs concluded that a Veterans Administration health clinic in Phoenix used inappropriate scheduling practices to conceal chronically high wait times …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Richard Burr: No apology to veterans' groups
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
VA IG finds ‘systemic’ problems
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air, Fox News and Mediaite
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says
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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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown  —  They've given John Boehner constant headaches during his three years as speaker.  —  Now, Boehner's friends are trying to make sure that a small pocket of tea-party-aligned Republicans won't have a chance to derail his speakership next year.
John Harwood / New York Times:
Betting on a Brand When Politics Is the Family Business  —  Three business school professors recently set out to discover what accounts for regional differences in product choices by consumers.  —  Although about 60 percent of it had to do with regional sales and marketing …
Michelle Obama / New York Times:
Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms  —  WHEN we began our Let's Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy.  —  To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works.
Discussion: Althouse, Guardian, Bloomberg View and NPR
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: Hot Air, CNN 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 …
Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes  —  (CNN) — The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN.
Christie: ‘I am much smaller now’  —  (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie is getting some compliments about his shrinking waist line.  —  After filing a complaint with Christie at a town hall Wednesday in Ocean County, New Jersey, one woman told the Republican governor he looks a lot “smaller.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Lamar Booker / New Orleans CityBusiness:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: RedState
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Discussion: and Mediaite
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
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