“I will not stand for it,” Obama told reporters in a press conference afterward. “Not as commander-in-chief, but also not as an American. None of us should.” Meanwhile, he is deploying top aides to investigate, and the New York Times unpacks the political implications of inaction:
The White House fought on Tuesday to contain the growing political furor over allegations of misconduct at the nation’s veterans hospitals as Republicans, eager to use the issue in the midterm elections, seized on the reports as new evidence that President Obama is unable to govern effectively.
Rob Nabors, the president’s deputy chief of staff, will fly to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix on Wednesday to assess the most damning reports — that government workers falsified data or created secret waiting lists to hide the long delays veterans faced before seeing doctors.
Last Night's Primary Was Good for the GOP: Several establishment Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, beat their Tea Party challengers. "Democrats were left disappointed," the WaPo explains. "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."
Why the US Sanctions on Russia Mean Little: In the context of a global economy, our country's sanctions to punish Russia for overtaking Crimea are a drop in the swimming pool when you consider that China just signed a three-decade, $400 billion contract to buy Russia's natural gas.
We're Having a Very Gay Week A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage yesterday. Your heart just breaks for anti-gay Jesus clown Rick Santorum, who endorsed the judge, does it not? With marriage equality batting 12-0 in federal court rulings on states with marriage bans—that's after a federal judge nixed Oregon's ban Monday—the Daily Beast asks, "Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?" The problem, the article explains, is the patchwork of logic applied to these decisions could make for tricky case when one (or more) of them reaches the US Supreme Court:
EBay Passwords Breached: Who knew EBay was still around?
It Was Legal to Kill Him but We Can't Tell You Why: The mysterious legal memo that the Obama administration used to justify the drone killing of an American suspected of terrorism will finally be released. After being redacted, of course.
What an Animal! "A convicted cocaine-runner and unapologetic advocate of zoophilia — sex between humans and animals — has been sent back to federal prison for again refusing to obey court orders that he stay away from animals and off the Internet."
In More Acceptable Forms of Animal Love: "Stuck duck rescued from backstop netting.