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12:10 PM ET, May 12, 2013


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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Taxman vs. the Tea Party  —  AS a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don't want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” I.R.S. employees who decided to single out Tea Party groups …
Discussion: TIME, Daily Kos and Weekly Standard
Stephen Ohlemacher /
AP EXCLUSIVE: IRS KNEW TEA PARTY TARGETED IN 2011  —  You are here  —  Home » Mitch McConnell » AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011 …
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.
Discussion: Post Politics
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Pro-Israel Group Sees “Same Conduct” In IRS's Tea Party Campaign  —  Z Street charged in 2010 that the Obama Administration was persecuting it for its policy views.  Does Israel activism “contradict the Administration's public policies?” an IRS agent allegedly asked.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
IRS anti-Tea Party scandal gets real …
Fox News:
House Republicans swiftly announce hearing on IRS targeting conservative groups
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Watchdog report says senior IRS officials knew tea party groups targeted in 2011
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Tears Into Fox News Host For Obsessing Over Benghazi Talking Points  —  Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) tore into Fox News' Chris Wallace and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) for obsessing over the talking points U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used when talking to the media …
Kristin Wartman / New York Times:
Pay People to Cook at Home  —  THE home-cooked family meal is often lauded as the solution for problems ranging from obesity to deteriorating health to a decline in civility and morals.  Using whole foods to prepare meals without additives and chemicals is the holy grail for today's advocates of better eating.
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Will Obama suffer the ‘second-term curse’?  —  Recent events suggest that the 44th president may not be immune to the phenomenon that historians call the “second-term curse.”  —  Not four months after his ambitious inaugural address, President Obama finds himself struggling to move his legislative agenda through an unbudging Congress.
Bloomberg Execs Knew Journalists Were Tracking Clients In 2011  —  An anchor made on-air comments about tracking log in information more than a year ago.  A big deal internally — but handled quietly.  —  Executives at the financial information company Bloomberg have known about journalists using …
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Fed, Treasury Examining Bloomberg Use of Terminal Data
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Sanford: No hard feelings with GOP  —  Rep.-elect Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said Sunday he was looking forward to working with House Republican leaders in Congress, even after their campaign arm abandoned his comeback political bid.  —  Sanford said he has always had an “independent streak,” …
Discussion: Politico
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Dem veteran: Military ‘incapable’ of fixing sexual assault problem  —  Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq war, said Sunday that the Pentagon has shown it can't be trusted to handle the problem of sexual assault in the military.  —  Duckworth (D-Ill.) said on CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: CNN
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Mrs. Obama: Seek out those with different beliefs  —  RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Delays on Nominees Raise Tension  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's latest cabinet-level nominees are running into deep resistance in the Senate, pitching Democrats and Republicans into another tense standoff over White House appointments.  —  Just days after Republicans used Senate rules …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Rand Paul: Obama is working with ‘anti-American globalists plot[ting] against our Constitution.’
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