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1:15 PM ET, May 11, 2013


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Alex Koppelman / News Desk:
Spinning Benghazi  —  It's a cliché, of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup.  The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration's response to it, is no exception.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Libya protests prompt U.S. to evacuate diplomats, put troops on alert  —  Growing concerns over protests roiling Libya prompted the State Department to begin evacuating some diplomats from Tripoli, as the Pentagon put troops stationed at nearby European bases on high alert.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Benghazi E-Mails Put White House on the Defensive  —  WASHINGTON — A long-simmering dispute over the White House's account of the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, flared up on Friday, with a disclosure of e-mails that show the White House was more deeply involved …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Guests: Benghazi Scandal Makes White House ‘Look Terrible,’ Possibly An ‘Impeachment Issue’  —  After examining all the details that emerged on Friday relating to the efforts by members of President Barack Obama's administration to remove references to Islamic terrorism when explaining …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
An alternative explanation for the Benghazi talking points: Bureaucratic knife fight
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Moby Ben, or, The Washington Super-Whale: Hedge Fundies, the Federal Reserve, and Bernanke-Hatred  —  In February 2012, a number of hedge fund traders noted one particular index—CDX IG 9—that seemed to be underpriced.  It seemed to be cheaper to buy credit default protection on the 125 companies …
Discussion: Business Insider and Paul Krugman
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: 9/11, Benghazi Were God's ‘Judgment,’ So We Must Hold Day Of Prayer On Sept. 11  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continued to promote a right-wing Sept. 11 “National Day of Prayer and Fasting” on Thursday, telling an audience gathered at a Capitol Hill event that such actions …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi Were God's Judgment
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The IRS was wrong to target the tea party.  They should've gone after all 501(c)4s.  —  Let's be very clear: because the Internal Revenue Service holds so much private data, and because it can make people's lives absolutely miserable, it is of paramount importance in our political system that it both is …
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare  —  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is asking private industry executives to help fund Obamacare's implementation.  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Maher, Joy Reid Clash With Glenn Greenwald Over Benghazi: 'Obama's Supposed To Micromanage' The World?  —  On his Friday night show, Bill Maher invited his panel to discuss this week's developments about Benghazi — debating whether the story is as scandalous as Republicans are making it out to be.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
West Wing briefly evacuated due to smoke, Secret Service says  —  (CNN) — The West Wing of the White House, including the press area, was evacuated Saturday out of an abundance of caution as authorities investigate the source of smoke coming out of what is believed to be a mechanical closet, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael O'Brien / NBC Politics:
Rand Paul challenges Hillary Clinton in key Iowa speech  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Presidential elections start in Iowa.  —  On Friday, Sen. Rand Paul put his stake in the ground for a possible run in 2016 by mocking the Obama administration and delivering a blistering critique of former Secretary …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Elon Musk and David Sacks Depart, Mark Zuckerberg's Political Action Group  —  Elon Musk and David Sacks, two of the Silicon Valley stars behind, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's political action committee, have left the group, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Daniel Winn / Local News:
Movie theater publicity stunt triggers officers to respond to active shooter situation  —  Movie theater publicity stunt triggers police response  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -  —  Management at the Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters is defending what it calls a publicity stunt at the movie theaters this past weekend.
David Weigel / Slate:
Jason Richwine Resigns from the Heritage Foundation  —  The Heritage Foundation tells without much more detail.  The full explanation: … Some background: I'd been asking whether Heritage read Richwine's dissertation, or talked about any of the potentially explosive IQ research, before hiring him.
Guatemala court jails ex-leader  —  A court in Guatemala has found former military leader Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.  —  A three-judge tribunal sentenced the 86-year-old to 80 years in prison.  —  Rios Montt was convicted of ordering the deaths …
Discussion: Corey Robin and Booman Tribune
Reuters:   Former Guatemala Dictator Rios Montt Found Guilty of Genocide
Josh Eidelson /
Fast Food Strike Wave Spreads to Detroit  —  Two updates appear below.  —  Hundreds of Detroit fast food workers plan to walk off the job beginning at 6 AM today, making the motor city the fourth in five weeks to see such strikes.  Organizers expect participants from at least 60 stores …
Discussion: Colorlines, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Ned Resnikoff /
Largest fast food strike yet as workers walk out in Michigan
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
'I'm not good at math': The IRS's public relations disaster  —  About a half-hour into a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, senior Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner said something she will regret.  —  “I'm not good at math,” she confessed as she tried to summon a statistic.
Washington Post:
IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election
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Peter Dominiczak / Telegraph:
Shaun Bailey, the Prime Minister's only black aide, was 'frozen out by David Cameron's clique'
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and Daily Mail
Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
State records show Tsarnaevs quick to grab EBT cash
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Susan Rice Barely Discussed The Possibility That Al-Qaeda Was Involved In Benghazi When She Was On Sunday Shows
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Drop His Order Allowing Morning-After Pill for All Ages
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Pakistan Orders Times Reporter to Leave
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and TalkLeft
Nick Budnick / Oregonian:
Two Oregon insurers rethink 2014 premiums as state posts first-ever rate comparison