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11:35 PM ET, May 12, 2013


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Jake Miller / CBS News:
Gates: Some Benghazi critics have “cartoonish” view of military capability  —  Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration on Sunday against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS' “Face the Nation” …
Jordan Chariton / Mediaite:
McCain Defends Obama Against Impeachment For Benghazi, Will ‘Give President Benefit Of The Doubt’  —  Senator John McCain, who famously defended his then presidential opponent Barack Obama against an islamaphobic supporter during a 2008 campaign rally, defended President Obama once again …
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and Nice Deb
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Gates defends W.H. on Benghazi
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Pickering defends Benghazi report, says criticisms not based in fact
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Rep. Rogers: Expect more whistleblowers to testify on Benghazi
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When Myths Collide in the Capital
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The Coming Attempt to Impeach Obama  —  The idea of impeaching Obama is industrial-strength insane.  Republicans will probably try anyway, predicts Michael Tomasky.  —  When the histories of this administration are written, I hope fervently that last Friday, May 10, does not figure prominently in them.
Wall Street Journal:
Wider Problems Found at IRS  —  Probe Says Tax Agency Used Sweeping Criteria to Scrutinize Conservative Groups  —  WASHINGTON—The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those that had “tea party” or “patriot” in their names—as the agency admitted Friday …
IRS Mess  —  The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups is outrageous.  Those who did this should be fired immediately.  That's obvious.  —  It continues a slovenly week for Barack Obama.  The President has been very proud of the absence of scandal in his administration, and rightly so.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Collins says IRS revelations will fuel government distrust  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama should personally condemn the Internal Revenue Service for putting extra scrutiny on conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday.
Discussion: Politico and Scared Monkeys
Washington Post:
Will Obama suffer the ‘second-term curse’?
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
Smitten teen girls stir up #FreeJahar mania for Boston Marathon bombings suspect  —  This love is terrifying.  —  Thousands of American teen girls are crushing on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, 19 — and leading a social-media movement to exonerate him.
Dana Ford / CNN:
19 injured in New Orleans parade shooting  —  (CNN) — Abdul Aziz believes he was standing right next to a shooter Sunday when gunmen opened fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, injuring 19 people.  —  “Everyone around me, except me, was shot,” he said.  “I was pretty fortunate to get away.”
17 people injured in Mother's Day shooting  —  New Orleans, La.- The NOPD is investigating a shooting near the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere Streets that left 17 people injured during a Mother's Day second line.  —  Chief Serpas announced in a press conference that the youngest victim …
Discussion: Mediaite and protein wisdom
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Dennis Kucinich Slams Obama Administration On Benghazi: “I'm Offended By This”  —  The progressive former Congressman hit the Obama Administration for their Libyan policy and for their response to the attack.  —  View Video ›  —  Via:  —  Progressive former Congressman Dennis Kucinich …
Pope creates 800 Italian saints  —  Pope Francis has proclaimed the first saints of his pontificate in a ceremony at the Vatican - a list which includes 800 victims of an atrocity carried out by Ottoman soldiers in 1480.  —  They were beheaded in the southern Italian town of Otranto after refusing to convert to Islam.
Discussion: The Agonist and Jihad Watch
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
Obamacare: Taxpayers Must Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS  —  When Obamacare's individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form.  —  The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer's personal identifying health information …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Obama hails Pakistan election as ‘significant milestone’ for nation  —  President Obama hailed Pakistan on its election this weekend, calling it a “significant milestone” for the nation's democracy.  —  In a statement released Sunday, the president congratulated the Pakistani people …
Discussion: Politico
Pakistan election: Nawaz Sharif set for victory
Discussion: Guardian
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Issa: IRS apology for targeting Tea Party groups not sincere
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
3 Arrested in Plot to Bomb Egyptian Cities and Embassy
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Atlas Shrugs
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Dem veteran: Military ‘incapable’ of fixing sexual assault problem
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN and Politico
Kristin Wartman / New York Times:
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