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9:10 AM ET, May 31, 2014

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New York Times:
Mr. Shinseki Takes the Fall  —  The resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Veterans Affairs Department was probably unavoidable, under the principle that a leader should accept full responsibility for a great scandal.  But the department's problem was not Mr. Shinseki.  It has been broken for years.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
‘No Drama’ Obama Finally Takes Charge and Sacks Shinseki  —  As usual, the president waited too long to act.  Meanwhile, let's judge Eric Shinseki on his entire record of service, like standing up to Bush and Rumsfeld, not just this.  —  It was clear Eric Shinseki had to resign, oh... two weeks ago, wasn't it?
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Sloan Gibson Joined Veterans Affairs Only 3 Months Ago
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
Discussion: BizzyBlog, Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Are Reform Conservatives Serious?  —  After Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in 1964 and during the rush of progressive legislation that followed, Republicans decided they needed to respond with some proposals of their own.  It was the high tide of Great Society liberalism …
New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Is Identified as a Florida Man  —  WASHINGTON — An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s who grew up in Florida and traveled to Syria late last year.
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CNN:
U.S.: Jihadi featured in suicide bombing video in Syria grew up in Florida
Discussion: National Review
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘Dumb’ not to elect Lamar Alexander  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a full-throated endorsement to Sen. Lamar Alexander's reelection campaign on Friday, warning voters not to do anything “dumb” by sending someone else to Washington.  —  In town to headline a GOP fundraiser …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Plans To Let Some Young Undocumented Immigrants Join The Military  —  WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, opening up a path …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Reuters:
Google launches ‘right to be forgotten’ webform for removal requests  —  Company responds to EU court ruling empowering citizens to have certain links about them deleted from search results  —  Google has launched a webpage where European citizens can request that links to information …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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 and America Rising
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
Discussion: Politico
ThinkProgress:
The 81-Year-Old Newspaper Article That Destroys The Redskins' Justification For Their Name  —  George Preston Marshall, founder and owner of the Washington Redskins, in 1935.  —  CREDIT: AP  —  As challenges against the name of the Washington Redskins have persisted for more than four decades …
Discussion: ESPN and Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Police didn't search database showing Calif. shooter had bought guns  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — With the toughest gun-control regulations in the country, California has a unique, centralized database of gun purchases that law enforcement officers can easily search.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Paul ‘Not Sure’ If State Obamacare Exchange Should Be Dismantled (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to tie himself into knots trying to explain whether Kentucky's state-based Obamacare exchange should be dismantled after his fellow Kentucky senator suggested it was “unconnected” to the law.
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Opens The Door To Medicare-Funded Sex Reassignment Surgery
Discussion: Jezebel and Hot Air
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
Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today:
Donald Sterling ruled mentally unfit, can't prevent Clippers sale
Discussion: Mediaite
Erik Brady / USA Today:
Tribal leader turns down Redskins' invite
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Journalist-Turned-Spokesman Resigns as Daily Voice of the White House
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: International Liberty
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Surprise! The House Actually Managed To Pass A Gun Safety Bill
Scott Walker / Salon:
Scott Walker is falling apart: The little corruption problem he just can't shake
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Watchdog.org
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 …
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta has held discussions with Apple to integrate its AI model with Apple Intelligence; Anthropic and Perplexity also discussed integrations with Apple

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's plans for Vision headsets and AR glasses, M4 Macs, reasons for limiting Apple Intelligence to the latest iPhones and delaying it in the EU

Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal:
Food delivery apps are contending with plunging orders and frustrated drivers, after raising fees in NYC and Seattle due to wage-increase laws for gig workers

 
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