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Morning Must Reads: May 21

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the News: Obama to meet with VA Secretary; GOP establishment wins big; Drone memos to be released; Russia makes deal with China on gas; and gay marriage support at a new high

  • GOP incumbents learn how to win [Politico]
  • On Tuesday, the most consequential day of voting so far this year, Democrats were left disappointed. GOP Senate candidates prone to making controversial statements lost to better-financed, more disciplined rivals with the potential to capi­tal­ize on Obama’s unpopularity and the troubles with his signature health-care law.” [Washington Post]
  • “David Perdue will face Rep. Jack Kingston (R., Ga.) in a July runoff election for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss.” [WSJ]
  • Mitch McConnell would face biggest challenge yet in Allison Lundergan Grimes [CNN]
  • “Facing the potential defeat of an appeals court nominee, the Obama administration decided Tuesday to publicly release much of a classified memo written by the nominee that signed off on the targeted killing an American accused of being a terrorist.” [NYT]
  • President Obama and VA Secretary to meet Wednesday morning [Politico]
  • Cold Calculations: How a backlogged VA determines the true cost of war [Washington Post]
  • “Almost half of ER doctors say they are seeing more patients since key provisions of the health law took effect Jan. 1, while more than a quarter say their patient volume has remained the same, according to a survey to be released Wednesday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.” [WSJ]
  • Russia signs deal to supply China with natural gas [Bloomberg]
  • Gallup: gay marriage support hits 55% [The Hill]
  • Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is gay marriage unstoppable? [The Daily Beast]
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice halts execution at the 11th hour [CBS News]




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