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6:35 PM ET, May 30, 2014

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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans' health care  —  Eric K. Shinseki resigned Friday as secretary of veterans affairs, taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA health-care system over excessive waiting times and coverups of what he called “systemic” problems.
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Politico:
Dems help upend Obama's scandal playbook  —  President Barack Obama tried to handle the Veterans Affairs scandal like he had all the others.  —  He couldn't.  —  Democrats wouldn't let him.  —  There's a well-worn Obama playbook: Let conservative critics burn hot, put off decisions during …
Discussion: The Daily Banter, ABC News and CNN
Mariah Blake / Mother Jones:
Documents Show the VA Debacle Began Under George W. Bush  —  The Bush administration was aware of the backlogs and secret waiting lists but failed to fix the problem.  —  President Barack Obama embraces former President George W. Bush after the 2013 dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sloan Gibson Joined Veterans Affairs Only 3 Months Ago
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Eric Shinseki: ‘I think he has to go’
Washington Post:
Transcript: President Obama's remarks on resignation of VA secretary Eric Shinseki
Discussion: American Prospect
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Shinseki Resigns as Veterans Affairs Chief Amid Furor Over Hospitals
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
V.A. Chief Eric Shinseki, Set to Meet Obama, Apologizes for ‘Systemic’ Crisis
Discussion: Gawker, Taylor Marsh and Samizdata
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton's Benghazi chapter  —  Hillary Clinton offers a detailed account of the deadly attack on the American embassy in Benghazi — and a pointed rebuttal to Republican critics who've laced into her over the incident — in a much-anticipated chapter of her forthcoming book, “Hard Choices,” obtained by POLITICO.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Hillary's Failed Benghazi Spin  —  Hillary Clinton is right about Benghazi—or at least she's right about one thing.  —  According to a story by Maggie Haberman about the Benghazi chapter in Clinton's forthcoming book Hard Choices, the former secretary of state contends that some of her critics …
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
Discussion: Politico
WSB-TV:
Toddler critically burned during SWAT raid  —  ATLANTA —  A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.  —  Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2's Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit …
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Washington Post:
GOP candidates show signs of retreat on full Obamacare repeal as midterms approach  —  Republican candidates have begun to retreat in recent weeks from their all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act in favor of a more piecemeal approach, suggesting they would preserve some aspects of the law while jettisoning others.
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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Gov. Steve Beshear / The Huffington Post:
The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky: It's Working  —  For months, critics of the Affordable Care Act boldly vowed to eradicate what they insisted was a failed health reform plan — vows they repeated even as thousands, then tens of thousands and now hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians began …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Slashing Those Crazy COBRA Premiums
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Why Do Republicans Always Say 'I'm Not a Scientist'?  —  Well, it's true, anyway.  —  Asked by reporters yesterday if he accepts the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, John Boehner demurred on the curious but increasingly familiar grounds that he is not a scientist.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senate Candidate: UCSB Shooting An ‘Unfortunate Accident’  —  Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), a candidate for U.S. Senate, said Thursday that the recent mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara was an “unfortunate accident.”  —  During a televised primary debate …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Press Secretary Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is leaving his post as the public face of the administration, stepping down after shifting from two decades of reporting to politics at the highest levels, President Obama said on Friday.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
House Blocks DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana  —  WASHINGTON — Reflecting growing national acceptance of cannabis, a bipartisan coalition of House members voted early Friday to restrict the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to go after medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws.
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Scott Walker / Salon:
Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can't shake  —  But that has his conservative base up in arms  —  It seems as though every presidential race in recent years offers up a Republican governor from the upper Midwest as the great white hope.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Watchdog.org
Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today:
Donald Sterling ruled mentally unfit, can't prevent Clippers sale  —  Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not have the authority to stop a $2 billion sale of his team because he has been determined to be mentally unfit to make decisions related to the family trust, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
Discussion: Mediaite
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’  —  Dean Baquet sat in his new office in midtown Manhattan, the very picture of composure and precision, as he described the top-level dysfunction that led to the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Disaster of Obamanomics, In Two Charts [Updated with more charts from Joe]  —  Apologists for the Obama administration sometimes argue that the nation's declining rate of labor force participation is largely a function of baby boomers retiring from the labor force.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Discussion: International Liberty
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Looks To Damage Progressive New York Party  —  Aide asks other top state officials to refuse Working Families endorsement.  —  Hans Pennink / Reuters / Reuters  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is responding to a rebellion from the state's progressive third party by attempting …
 
 
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CNN:
U.S.: Jihadi featured in suicide bombing video in Syria grew up in Florida
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Panel: Baker must make cakes for gay weddings
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Obama Says Malia's Prom Date Is ‘Classified Information’
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Erik Brady / USA Today:
Tribal leader turns down Redskins' invite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise! The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill
 Earlier Items: 
Antonia Molloy / The Independent:
British middle classes will be replaced by ‘tiny elite and a huge sprawling proletariat’, says Government adviser
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Don't Let Mass Killers Hold the Culture Hostage
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Autocracy Challenge  —  It's hard to remember …
Discussion: The Dish and Vox Popoli
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
Libertarianism 3.0; Koch And A Smile
Washington Post:
Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials
New York Times:
The Arms Struggle in Chicago
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week