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12:15 PM ET, May 19, 2013

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Margaret Brennan / CBS News:
Evidence emerges that Obama administration official knew of IRS targeting during 2012 campaign  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - There were new questions Saturday night concerning if anyone in the White House was aware of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa: 'You Don't Accuse The IRS Until You've Had A Nonpartisan, Deep Look'  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said earlier this week in a little-noticed interview that he knew “approximately” what the IRS inspector general would report about selective targeting of conservative groups …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BuzzFeed and Reuters
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Pfeiffer defends White House handling of IRS targeting scandal  —  White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday defended the White House handling of the Internal Revenue Service scandal, saying the legality of the political targeting was “irrelevant” and vowing the administration would ensure it “never happens again.”
Discussion: Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dem: Ex-IRS chief lied to Congress
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Complaints of IRS targeting by religious groups on the rise
Discussion: Religion News Service
CNN:
CNN Poll: Have new controversies hurt Obama?  Has GOP overreacted?  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama comes out of what was arguably the worst week of his presidency with his approval rating holding steady, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey …
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Obama puts Marines on umbrella duty, irking conservatives
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Aide: ‘Irrelevant Fact’ Where President Was During Benghazi Attacks  —  Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer said it's an “irrelevant fact” where the president physically was during the Benghazi terror attack on September 11, 2012:  —  Host Chris Wallace reminds Pfeiffer that Obama didn't really talk …
The Sunday Times:
Google insider exposes ‘immoral’ tax scam  —  Former Google executive Barney Jones has a cache of 100,000 emails and documents (Paul Vicente)  —  A FORMER Google executive has blown the whistle on a massive and “immoral” tax avoidance scheme that has “cheated” British taxpayers out of hundreds …
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge and Vox Popoli
New York Times:
Killing in Greenwich Village Looks Like Hate Crime, Police Say  —  The violence took place just blocks from the Stonewall Inn, perhaps the most important landmark of the gay liberation struggle.  A young man screamed antigay slurs at another man on a street in Greenwich Village on Friday night …
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New York Times:
Climate Warnings, Growing Louder  —  The news that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years increases the pressure on President Obama to deliver on his pledges to limit this country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Virginia Lt. Governor Nominee: Obama Sees World “From A Muslim Perspective”  —  “Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities.  He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective.  —  The Virginia Republican Party picked conservative minister E.W. Jackson as their nominee for lieutenant governor Saturday night.
New York Times:
At I.R.S., Unprepared Office Seemed Unclear About the Rules  —  During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager.  A growing number of organizations identifying themselves …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Washington Post:
At Cincinnati IRS office, surprise over claims of partisan villainy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
President Obama exercises a fluid grip on the levers of power  —  President Obama's professed ignorance of the targeting of conservatives by one government agency and his support of tracking journalists' sources by another highlight one of the great paradoxes of his presidency …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys and CNN
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