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2:40 PM ET, May 14, 2013


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Washington Post:
IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups  —  Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
KMOV anchor: The IRS is targeting me  —  Larry Connors, a veteran local news anchor at KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis, says that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting him since an April 2012 interview he conducted with President Obama — a fact that he dismissed as coincidence until …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Uneven I.R.S. Scrutiny Seen in Political Spending by Big Tax-Exempt Groups  —  Over the last two years, government watchdog groups filed more than a dozen complaints with the Internal Revenue Service seeking inquiries into whether large nonprofit organizations like those founded …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
The Real I.R.S. Scandal
Lauren French / Politico:
IRS head Steven Miller: ‘Mistakes were made’
Discussion: Reuters
Steven T. Miller / USA Today:
IRS: ‘We should have done a better job’
Larry Conners KMOV · 4,761 like this
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Congress Put Pressure on the IRS to Investigate Conservative Tax-Exempt Groups
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks  —  CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs …
CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House stuck on IRS scandal response
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, The Hill and Sister Toldjah
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Obama knee-deep in Nixon-esque scandal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Angelina Jolie / New York Times:
My Medical Choice  —  MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56.  She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms.  But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: Eric Holder Recuses Himself From Leak Investigation  —  Attorney General Eric Holder has recused himself from the Associated Press leak investigation.  He will officially announce his recusal at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.  Fox News is reporting his recusal comes partially …
Associated Press:
Dems vow: ‘Hell to pay’ if IRS allegations ring true
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
New York Times:
Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.
FLNation / The Florida Nation:
RNC FL Hispanic Director is Now a Democrat  —  I've known Pablo Pantoja for years.  We were both in the same graduate program at Florida State University.  We bonded because we were both also state employees at the time.  However, Pantoja had another, another job.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
RNC Director Of Hispanic Outreach Quits Party And Registers As A Democrat
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post:
Pablo Pantoja Turns Democrat: RNC Florida Hispanic Director Cites GOP ‘Intolerance’ In Making Party Switch
Discussion: Rumproast and
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Fed up, RNC's Fla Hispanic outreach director becomes Democrat
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's claim he called Benghazi an ‘act of terrorism’  —  “The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”  —  Once again, it appears that we must parse a few presidential words.  We went through this question at length during the 2012 election, but perhaps a refresher course is in order.
CIA agent trying to recruit Russian intelligence officer detained in Moscow - FSB  —  Russia's counterintelligence agency has detained a CIA agent in Moscow trying to recruit an officer of the Russian secret service, the Federal Security Service (FSB) announced.  The agent was operating under guise of career diplomat.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Russia to Expel American, Saying He Is a C.I.A. Officer
M.L. Johnson /
7-year-old boy gets handwritten letter from Biden  —  MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin boy wrote Vice President Joe Biden with an unusual suggestion for making the nation safer: Create guns that shoot chocolate bullets.  —  On Monday, he got an unusual response: A handwritten note from Biden on vice presidential stationery.
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World  —  They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.  —  Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Nobody's Laughing Now  —  How pervasive is the Obama IRS scandal?  —  David Plouffe had an intriguing comment yesterday on the scandal involving selective tax-law enforcement against Tea Party groups.  The manager of the 2008 Obama campaign who served as a top White House aide until this January …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Hader to Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’  —  With just one departure, “Saturday Night Live” is losing its excitable “Weekend Update” city correspondent, Stefon; its frenetic incarnations of James Carville, Al Pacino, Vincent Price and Julian Assange; and any number of unctuous, self-satisfied game-show hosts.
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
‘Weakest speaker in history’?  —  Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her GOP successor would be considered the “weakest speaker in history” if he were a woman.  —  “I will say this about John Boehner, and I have a good relationship with him,” Pelosi, now the House minority leader …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union  —  Overview  —  The European Union is the new sick man of Europe.  The effort over the past half century to create a more united Europe is now the principal casualty of the euro crisis.  The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Dick Cheney: Benghazi ‘One Of The Worst Incidences I Can Recall In My Career’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in on Benghazi last night, saying the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya was “one of the worst incidences” he could recall.
Janine Stanwood / WPLG-TV:
North Miami mayoral candidate touts endorsement from Jesus Christ  —  Anna L. Pierre is one of seven candidates vying to replace Andre Pierre  —  Author: Steve Owen, Assistant News Director,  —  Benjamin Candea, Senior Web Producer, … NORTH MIAMI, Fla. -
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Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Navy Successfully Launches Drone
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Brazil judicial panel clears way for gay marriage
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ThinkProgress
Saki Knafo / The Huffington Post:
Moms Working At Walmart Earn Less Than They Need To Feed Their Kids
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rubio ‘disappointed’ by Judiciary panel's rejection of biometric tracking for visas
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Lamar Alexander: Sebelius fundraising ‘arguably an even bigger issue’ than Iran-Contra
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon cuts furloughs to 11 days
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: ‘How dare’ Obama say he can fairly investigate IRS scandal
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
Jessica Farris /
Aurora PD: Student suffers ‘significant injury’ in accidental shooting at Rangeview High parking lot
Discussion: The Raw Story, Sick Horses and Gawker
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats: Nuclear option for filibuster is back on the table
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Rumsfeld: IRS also retaliates against outspoken business leaders
Discussion: This ain't Hell …

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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