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12:50 AM ET, May 29, 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.
New York Times:
Transcript of President Obama's Commencement Address at West Point  —  Following is the full text as delivered of President Obama's commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  —  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Thank you, General Caslen, for that introduction.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Althouse
David Hudson / White Blog:
“America Must Always Lead”: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates  —  This morning, President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America's foreign policy agenda.  In the President's remarks …
Washington Post:
President Obama continues his retreat from Afghanistan
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama pivots to foreign policy, media not exactly impressed
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.
Jacob Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
VA IG finds ‘systemic’ problems
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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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
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Ralph Hall loses Texas GOP runoff
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
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?
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 …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
To Get Snowden Interview, NBC News Relied on Secrecy  —  Brian Williams met Edward J. Snowden in the Kempinski Hotel in Moscow last week after months of negotiations between NBC News and intermediaries for Mr. Snowden.  —  The conversation, which lasted more than four hours …
Tracy Connor / NBC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams the U.S. Stranded Him in Russia
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
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 …
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.
Lamar Booker / New Orleans CityBusiness:
House agrees to exempt lawmakers from gun limits  —  BATON ROUGE — A measure that would allow legislators to carry concealed weapons in all public buildings except the Louisiana Capitol is nearing final passage after receiving House approval on Tuesday.  —  The House voted 79-12 to back the bill …
Discussion: Liberaland, The Raw Story and Mediaite
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
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: The Raw Story, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Caroline Glick / carolinglick:
Pope Francis's unfriendly visit
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Kathy Stephenson / Salt Lake Tribune:
No beer for Oktoberfest? Utah board gets tough on liquor permits
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Anchor with attitude: Jorge Ramos fights for immigration reform
Discussion: Mediaite
Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel ordinance would require videotaping of gun sales
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Alex Trebek tells Salon: Humans are causing climate change!
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Pro-gay marriage professor under fire from gay marriage speech police
Ramona Shelburne / ESPN:
Donald Sterling: Proceedings a sham
Josh Encinias / National Review:
Krauthammer's Take: Obama's 2016 Timing for Afghanistan Withdawal Is ‘Personal Narcissism’
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Conservative Lead on Social and Economic Ideology Shrinking
Eric H. Cline / New York Times:
Climate Change Doomed the Ancients