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10:15 AM ET, May 29, 2014


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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: Hinterland Gazette
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
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 Taylor Marsh
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama ‘very weak’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Obama Lays Siege to His Critics
Discussion: Guardian
David Hudson / White Blog:
“America Must Always Lead”: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates
New York Times:
Transcript of President Obama's Commencement Address at West Point
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 …
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.
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Support for Shinseki crumbling
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Washington Post:
‘Troubling’ report sparks new wave of calls for VA chief's resignation
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 …
NBC News:
Edward Snowden's Motive Revealed: He Can ‘Sleep at Night’  —  In the wide-ranging and provocative interview, Snowden:  — Suggested that a deal could be reached with the U.S. government for him to come home, either through a clemency, an amnesty, or an agreement to serve a short prison term.
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.
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Kiersten Nuñez /
Students at Utah school upset to discover yearbook photos were altered before publication  —  WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — Female students at a Utah high school want to know why their yearbook photos were altered to show less skin without them knowing about it.  —  The students who were surprised …
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.
Chavie Lieber / New York Magazine:
Meet the Men Who Drink Breast Milk  —  Anthony, who lives in Queens, is an athlete, and he has a secret fuel for keeping his stamina up.  A friend suggested he try it; a lot of guys he's met at different gyms use it.  —  “It gives me incredible energy I don't get from other food and drinks,” he said.
Discussion: The Week
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Conservatives stung by talk of John Doe settlement with Scott Walker  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  A legal civil war broke out Wednesday among targets of a John Doe probe, as a conservative group sought Wednesday to block prosecutors …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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