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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
One year later, Republicans put IRS probe on the backburner  —  A year after it began, the IRS targeting controversy has been overtaken by the Benghazi attacks on the oversight agenda of House Republicans.  —  While Republicans are convinced that the Obama administration is stonewalling …
Discussion: Politico
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Lois Lerner Should Be Granted Immunity  —  In this week's episode of the Capitol Hill soap opera, Lois Lerner, the apparatchik at the center of the IRS jihad against conservative groups, was at long, long last held in contempt of Congress.  Amid the farce, the House's IRS probe is floundering.
Discussion: Power Line
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz, the reckless accuser  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, in a speech to fellow conservatives at the Federalist Society this week, provided detailed evidence of what the right calls the “lawlessness” of the Obama administration.  —  The Texas Republican, in his latest McCar­thyesque flourish …
Discussion: Althouse
Ellen Weinstein / Wall Street Journal:
How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing Themselves  —  It starts with a basic understanding of game theory and incentives  —  King Solomon built the First Temple in Jerusalem and was known throughout the land for his wisdom.  —  David Lee Roth fronted the rock band Van Halen …
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Bill Carter / New York Times:
A Successor to ‘Colbert’ Is Named  —  What comes after “The Colbert Report”?  —  On Comedy Central it will be “The Minority Report” and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from “The Daily Show” — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.  —  Comedy Central has concluded a deal …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Officers Kill Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital  —  WASHINGTON — A United States Special Operations commando and a Central Intelligence Agency officer in Yemen shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilians who tried to kidnap them while the Americans were in a barber shop in the country's capital …
Discussion: emptywheel and NPR
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Man on TV dating show reveals killing first wife, lover  —  A 62-year-old man looking for a wife on a TV dating show stunned the host and studio audience by revealing that he had murdered his first wife and later killed a lover with an ax during an argument.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Tighten Grip on Debates in 2016 Race  —  MEMPHIS — The Republican National Committee moved Friday to seize control of the presidential primary debates in 2016, another step in a coordinated effort by the party establishment to reshape the nominating process.
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Judge Chris Piazza invalidates Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban  —  Circuit Judge Chris Piazza today invalidated the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of marriages legally entered by same-sex couples in other states.  —  An appeal is expected.
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Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:   Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media  —  Monica Lewinsky's ‘Vanity Fair’ article reluctantly plunges us straight back into the frothing world of '90s gossip.  It may be painful but it answers so many questions about today's media.  —  The Monica Lewinsky confessional in Vanity Fair brings …
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Biden delivers ‘Elizabeth Warren-type speech’ at fundraiser  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a closed-door fundraiser in South Carolina Friday and delivered what one attendee called “an Elizabeth Warren-type speech” about the struggles of America's middle class …
Discussion: America Rising
Randy Holmes / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford: One wild night in March  —  Fresh from Hollywood, two months before rehab, Rob Ford and his felon pals hook up again for drink, drugs and astonishing invective  —  Mayor Rob Ford, left, receives gentle treatment from host Jimmy Kimmel during a March 3 appearance on the comedian's late-night talk show.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Africa  —  In 2005, Binyavanga Wainaina published a brilliantly sarcastic essay in Granta called “How to Write About Africa,” advising people on how to sound spiritual and compassionate while writing a book about the continent.  —  “Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title,” Wainaina advised.
 
 
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Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Forget Benghazi. Clinton's Real Problem Is Obama Fatigue.
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
POPE URGES ‘LEGITIMATE REDISTRIBUTION’ OF WEALTH
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