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2:10 PM ET, May 6, 2013

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Fox News:
Clinton sought end-run around counterterrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say  —  On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut …
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told “you can't go” to Benghazi during attacks  —  The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Behind the Scenes at Fox  —  A few days before the presidential election last November, Roger Ailes, the chief executive of Fox News, ordered that Geraldo Rivera's microphone be cut off after Mr. Rivera angrily defended the Obama administration against charges levied by others on Fox.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
They've Lost Fox And Friends: GOP Claims Of Benghazi ‘Cover Up’ Collapses  —  Fox News' morning show, Fox & Friends, is taking a surprisingly skeptical approach to GOP claims that the Obama administration and the entire U.S. government engaged in a massive cover-up of the attacks …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Chaffetz: We were ‘misled every step of the way’ on Benghazi
Discussion: Hit & Run
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator  —  (Reuters) - U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Syria Is Not Iraq  —  IN the search for an American response …
BBC:
Syria crisis: UN's del Ponte says evidence rebels ‘used sarin’
Washington Post:
Syria threatens Israel, says airstrikes near Damascus open door to ‘all options’
Bloomberg:
Gore Is Romney-Rich With $200 Million After Bush Defeat  —  In 1999, Al Gore, then U.S. vice president and a Democratic candidate for president, sold $6,000 worth of cows.  —  The former senator, who spent most of his working life in Congress, had a net worth of about $1.7 million and assets …
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Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
Al Gore's Golden Years  —  The almost president has become the ultimate Davos Man, a moral entrepreneur and richer than Mitt Romney.  —  The house in Nashville is gleaming white, with symmetrical wings and four twenty-foot-high Victorian columns.  Under the soaring portico stands Al Gore …
Discussion: TVNewser and E2-Wire
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Who Will Run Al Jazeera America? Who's In, Who's Out, Who Passed (Exclusive)
Heritage Foundation:
The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer  —  By Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D.  —  Executive Summary  —  Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh may leave Cumulus  —  The Rush Limbaugh Program is considering ending its affiliation agreement with Cumulus Media at the end of this year, a move that would bring about one of the biggest shakeups in talk radio history, a source close to the show tells POLITICO.
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David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Rush Limbaugh: Don't blame me for WABC's declining ad sales
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sanford has momentum in SC-1  —  PPP's final poll of the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District finds a race that's too close to call, with Republican Mark Sanford leading Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch 47-46.  The 1 point lead for Sanford represents a 10 point reversal …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Meet The ‘Liberator’: Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun  —  “Alright.  One...two...”  —  Before “three” arrives, a shot reverberates across the overcast central Texas landscape.  A tall, sandy blond engineer named John has just pulled a twenty-foot length of yellow string tied …
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Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
Schumer: U.S. needs to block 3D plastic guns like ‘The Liberator’ from Defense Distributed
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Joe. My. God.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Chutzpah Caucus  —  At this point the economic case for austerity — for slashing government spending even in the face of a weak economy — has collapsed.  Claims that spending cuts would actually boost employment by promoting confidence have fallen apart.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Kentucky Town Rejects Girl's Gun Death as a Symbol  —  BURKESVILLE, Ky. — Last Monday, Kristian Sparks and his sister, Caroline, visited a Fred's Super Dollar store here.  A store manager recalled that it was an ordinary shopping trip, saying that the boy was outgoing and energetic …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
German euro founder calls for ‘catastrophic’ currency to be broken up  —  Oskar Lafontaine, the German finance minister who launched the euro, has called for a break-up of the single currency to let southern Europe recover, warning that the current course is “leading to disaster”.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Gang of Eight plots path to Senate supermajority  —  Senate immigration negotiators are targeting as many as two dozen Republicans for a show-of-force majority — which they believe may be the only way a reform bill will have the momentum to force the House to act.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
5 players who could stop immigration reform
Discussion: msnbc.com and ABCNEWS
 
 
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Vendor That Pulled ‘Obama’ Target At NRA Convention Also Sells ‘The Ex’ Target
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Twitter is ready to be a true news operation
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Boston Herald:
Frustrated embalmer wants Deval Patrick to intervene
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Justin Bieber Breaks Istanbul Concert For Muslim Call To Prayer
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Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Abortion Rights Community Has Become the NRA of the Left
CBS News:
Stories behind Robin Hood's 12-12-12 concert
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How Social Networks Drive Black Unemployment
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Washington Post:
Virginia governor popular with voters, Post poll finds
Discussion: Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
None Dare Call It Treason
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Latino Gomez puts lie to Dems' story line
Mike Weisser / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Wayne LaPierre
Discussion: The Reaction
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama to launch new jobs tours