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9:40 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.
Nile Gardiner / The Hill:
Obama's empty foreign policy vision falls flat at West Point  —  It was billed as President Obama's comeback speech on foreign policy, a response to mounting criticism — both foreign and domestic — that his international leadership has been a failure.  A “big picture” address …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama revamps his foreign policy baseball metaphor  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is retooling the foreign policy metaphor that caused his critics to claim he was taking a passive stance abroad.  —  Instead of hitting singles and doubles, Obama now says he's focused on swinging at the right pitch.
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama ‘very weak’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Barack Obama is the “weakest” president of his lifetime.  —  “I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative but I think the main focus is on our president,” Cheney said in an interview with FOX's “Hannity.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Support for Shinseki crumbling
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
New York Times:
Severe Report Finds V.A. Hid Waiting Lists at Hospitals
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Richard Burr: No apology to veterans' groups
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Despite Enrollment Success, Healthcare Law Still Unpopular  —  Affordable Care Act is most popular among blacks, least among whites  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans' attitudes toward …
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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.
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 …
Seth Lipsky / New York Post:
A chance for an ally: Conservative rising in Britain  —  UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage  —  Well, well.  Opportunity knocks — and with the broad smile of Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party: The UKIP has stunned just about everyone by eclipsing both Labor …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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Discussion: The Week
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Capital Field Notes: A Do-Nothing Congress? Well, Pretty Close
Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes
Roll Call:
Isla Vista Shooting Prompts Consideration of Mental Health Bills
Lamar Booker / New Orleans CityBusiness:
House agrees to exempt lawmakers from gun limits
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite and The Raw Story
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kathy Stephenson / Salt Lake Tribune:
No beer for Oktoberfest? Utah board gets tough on liquor permits
Kurtis Lee / Denver Post:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
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