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7:20 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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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.
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: CNN, The Daily Banter and ABC News
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, Samizdata and Taylor Marsh
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Slashing Those Crazy COBRA Premiums  —  Conservatives say the law crushes liberty.  See why this woman disagrees.  —  Conservatives like to say that Obamacare is crushing liberty.  Donielle Scherff, a 37-year-old Virginia woman with lupus, disagrees.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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, Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Gov. Steve Beshear / The Huffington Post:
The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky: It's Working
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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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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Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Panel: Baker must make cakes for gay weddings  —  DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem to Hispanic Republican: ‘We Need to Send Her Back to Wherever She Really Came From’  —  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico says of his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez, that “We need to send her back to wherever she really came from.”
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Opens The Door To Medicare-Funded Sex Reassignment Surgery
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CNN:
U.S.: Jihadi featured in suicide bombing video in Syria grew up in Florida
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Obama Says Malia's Prom Date Is ‘Classified Information’
Discussion: Jezebel and New York Magazine
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Cuomo Looks To Damage Progressive New York Party
Erik Brady / USA Today:
Tribal leader turns down Redskins' invite
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The Disaster of Obamanomics, In Two Charts [Updated with more charts from Joe]
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise! The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill
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: Vox Popoli and The Dish
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
 

 
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