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national lead

May 30th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Is this the next VA Secretary?

(CNN) – The reaction from both Democrats and Republicans to the growing scandal involving sometimes deadly waits for care at VA hospitals was pretty universal: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had to go. Gen. Shinseki resigned Friday.

"I've been speaking for a number of years about the backlog in the VA ... It's got to be fixed, and it's a leadership issue," said Jim Webb, U.S Marine veteran, former U.S. senator, and author of "I Heard My Country Calling."

Webb's name has been floated for the job of Veterans Affairs Secretary.

"I care a lot about it," said Webb, who comes from a family with a long history of military service; his son left college and enlisted in the Marines and fought in Iraq.

But Webb isn't exactly lobbying for the job.

"I'm here to help if they want advice, but I'm not particularly interested in the position," said Webb.

For more of our interview with former Sen. Jim Webb, check out the video above.

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sports lead

May 30th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

'Mentally incapacitated': Is it fair to force Sterling to sell the Clippers?

(CNN) – LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been deemed "mentally incapacitated," sources tell CNN. That would make his estranged wife the sole trustee of the NBA team.

While Sterling's comments were abhorrently racist, at the end of the day, the recording that captured them appears to have been illegally taped, leaked to the media, and now he is being forced to sell the team.

"There's always going to be a big argument about a person losing a ... $2 billion entity over a private conversation, I think that's always going to be out there. The fact is, the moment it was made public, I don't think they had any other choice," says Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise.

Under the law, "he has a claim, perhaps, against V. Stiviano, if in fact this was illegally taped, " says CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin.

"But the NBA was dealing with a situation where they were losing advertisers, they were losing players, and they had to get rid of him," says Toobin.

For more analysis, check out the video above.


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pop lead

May 29th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Ben Stein: The 1960s were 'a lot of sex, a lot of drugs'

CNN's original series "The Sixties" starts tonight at 9 p.m. Get a sneak peek at the 10-part series here.

(CNN) – Actor, writer, and President Richard Nixon campaign staffer Ben Stein described what the 1960s meant to him without hesitation, and with that infamous deadpan delivery.

"A lot of sex, a lot of drugs," Stein said.
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world lead

May 29th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Was MH370 search a waste of time?

(CNN) – Today would be day 83 in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Except right now no one's searching, and that's because investigators need to figure out where to search next, and whether or not the last month of searching was a complete waste.

The Bluefin 21, the underwater drone that has been searching for signs of wreckage for weeks, has completed its mission.

And while Australia says they're still confident that the plane is somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, they're making a stunning admission about what was previously called their most promising lead, saying the underwater pings were likely not from the plane's black boxes.

Have searchers basically wasted a month searching the area with these pings? Sea operations and submersible expert Captain Tim Taylor joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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national lead

May 29th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Bloomberg: Universities becoming bastions of intolerance

(CNN) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at Thursday's commencement speech at Harvard University, criticized what he described as a disturbing trend of liberals silencing voices "deemed politically objectionable."

"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded - after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said.

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