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Morning Must Reads: May 22

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

In the News: Thai army stages military coup; Women are winning Senate primaries, but aren't running; Tech companies drop support for USA Freedom Act; and TIME's new issue

  • It’s time for some perspective on the VA [TIME]
  • Anatomy of a Veterans’ Affairs scandal [Politico]
  • Thai army declares military coup: “In order for the situation to return to normal quickly and for society to love and be at peace again … and to reform the structure of the political, economic and social structure, the military needs to take control of power,” [Thailand’s Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha] said in the televised announcement.[Reuters]
  • With new bill, abortion limits spread in the South [NYT]
  • House Democrats join select committee on Benghazi to “defend the truth” [CBS News]
  • By agreeing to join the House GOP’s Benghazi investigation after contemplating a boycott, Democrats are taking a serious risk. The benefit is that Democrats will have a (limited) say over the investigation and an opportunity to defend Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others during the committee’s hearings. The risk — and it’s a major one — is that Republicans can now tout the “bipartisan” nature of the inquiry and any of its findings.” [TIME]
  • White House threatens veto over Guantanamo limits: “If this year’s Defense Authorization bill continues unwarranted restrictions regarding Guantanamo detainees, the President will veto the bill,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Wednesday evening. [Politico]
  • Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer auditions as Hillary Clinton’s populist challenger [WSJ]
  • Women are winning Senate primaries this year—but not many of them are running [Washington Post]
  • House to vote on “watered-down” surveillance limits [The Hill]
  • “The Reform Government Surveillance coalition—whose members include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Apple, Twitter, LinkedIn, DropBox, and Yahoo—issued a statement Wednesday announcing it was pulling its support of the USA Freedom Act….’The latest draft opens up an unacceptable loophole that could enable the bulk collection of Internet users’ data,” the coalition said. “While it makes important progress, we cannot support this bill as currently drafted and urge Congress to close this loophole to ensure meaningful reform.'” [National Journal]
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