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4:00 PM ET, May 6, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
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
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
U.S. Military in Tripoli Ordered Not to Go to Benghazi
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
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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BBC:
Syria crisis: UN's del Ponte says evidence rebels ‘used sarin’
Associated Press:
Germany Arrests 93-Year-Old Alleged Former Auschwitz Guard  —  BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have arrested a 93-year-old alleged former Auschwitz guard who once lived in the United States on suspicion of accessory to murder.  —  Hans Lipschis was taken into custody Monday …
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 …
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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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Justin Bieber Breaks Istanbul Concert For Muslim Call To Prayer  —  Justin Bieber has had what might be politely termed an awkward spring so far, whether he was joking about whether Anne Frank would have been a fan of his—an idea brilliantly satirized in the New Yorker by Yoni Brenner …
Discussion: New Yorker and Weasel Zippers
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
None Dare Call It Treason  —  As Brother Benen notes this morning, the National Rifle Association's new president, James Porter of Birmingham, Alabama, likes to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment as a way to ensure the American people will be able to “resist tyranny”—i.e. …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Background Checks Bill Would Get A ‘Couple More Votes’ Now: Harry Reid  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats believe that they have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, after weeks in which those who opposed the legislation faced strong political backlash at home.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Twitter is ready to be a true news operation  —  Twitter is hiring a ‘head of news’ in its bid to be even more indispensable to global media, but will it work?  —  There are fewer and fewer jobs in journalism, but last week an ultimate job was posted.  Twitter, fast becoming the basic source …
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”.
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 …
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Abortion Rights Community Has Become the NRA of the Left  —  The abortion clinic of alleged killer Kermit Gosnell was not illegal.  But any talk of more government regulation unleashes an NRA-style assault from the abortion rights contingent, says Kirsten Powers.  —  What should we learn from the Kermit Gosnell trial?
 
 
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
First lady to fundraise with Jason Collins
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Bush 4.0: George P. making rounds in D.C.
Discussion: Politico and Trail Blazers Blog
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Today We Lost a Dear Friend and Patriot - Rest in Peace, Chip Gerdes
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Vendor That Pulled ‘Obama’ Target At NRA Convention Also Sells ‘The Ex’ Target
Discussion: Feministing
Boston Herald:
Frustrated embalmer wants Deval Patrick to intervene
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
Stories behind Robin Hood's 12-12-12 concert
Discussion: Politico and PoliticusUSA
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Latino Gomez puts lie to Dems' story line
Mike Weisser / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Wayne LaPierre
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama to launch new jobs tours