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8:45 PM ET, May 14, 2013


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Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks  —  This story has been updated from its original version.  —  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 …
CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks  —  CNN has obtained an email sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama, in which the aide discusses the Obama administration reaction to the attack on the U.S. posts in Benghazi, Libya.  The actual email differs …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Who doctored a White House email?  —  CNN appears to have undermined a scoop that damaged the White House  —  Was ABC News used by someone with an ax to grind against the State Department?  It looks possible.  A key email in its “scoop” that the administration's “talking points” …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Goppers and The Raw Story
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Did Someone Leak Doctored Benghazi Email?  —  In a bizarre twist in the non-scandal known as Benghazi, it appears that someone doctored an email from Ben Rhodes to make it appear that he was more interested in protecting the State Department than telling the truth of what happened during the Benghazi attacks.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Yahoo! News:
In scandal-plagued Washington, lawmaker struggles to keep track of issues
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Story on Benghazi leaks starts to unravel
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Understanding the Politics of the IRS Scandal  —  We're just at the front end of investigating the IRS scandal.  And all the standard blah blah blah about how we don't know just what we'll find.  But I think we do know pretty much exactly what the political implications will be.  And they're significant.
Discussion: The Week and Hullabaloo
Abby D. Phillip / ABCNEWS:
IRS Asks for Reading List, Tea Party Group Sends Constitution  —  (Image Credit: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)  —  When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn't know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
NAACP Chair Emeritus: ‘Legitimate’ For IRS To Target ‘Admittedly Racist’ Tea Party: ‘Taliban Wing’ Of Politics
Report finds IRS targeted conservative groups, delayed applications
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Associated Press:
Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into I.R.S. Audits  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday fielded questions about the seizure of telephone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press, which apparently came in connection with an investigation of leaks inside the executive branch.
Inside the AP: Fear, determination  —  Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department's sweeping seizure of staff phone records and say they are fearful that such an intrusion could have a chilling effect on their relationships with confidential sources.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Holder recused himself from DOJ decision to seize AP records
Washington Post:
IG report: ‘Inappropriate criteria’ stalled IRS approvals of conservative groups
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.
CBO's Publications:
Updated Budget Projections: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023  —  If the current laws that govern federal taxes and spending do not change, the budget deficit will shrink this year to $642 billion, CBO estimates, the smallest shortfall since 2008.  Relative to the size of the economy, the deficit this year …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The CBO's Projected Budget Deficits Just Shrank by Hundreds of Billions of Dollars
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Larry Conners KMOV · 4,761 like this
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Why Washington scandal-mania may save Medicare and Social Security  —  The Monica Lewinsky scandal may have helped save Social Security in the late 1990s.  Now the scandal fever currently gripping Washington — IRS, Benghazi, Associated Press phone records — may save Social Security and Medicare two decades later.
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Franklin Graham: IRS targeted us, too  —  The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.  —  Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the family's international humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse …
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 and The Daily Caller
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. -
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Reid on Gosnell: We Need ‘Clean and Sterile’ Late-Term Abortion Clinics  —  At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Senate majority leader Harry Reid blamed laws restricting abortion and pro-lifers who picket abortion clinics for pushing women to the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted Monday for murdering three infants.
Associated Press:
Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Race And IQ.  Again.  —  I should know better than to bring this up again.  But the effective firing of a researcher, Heritage's Jason Richwine, because of his Harvard dissertation should immediately send up red flags about intellectual freedom.  I am not defending the Heritage report …
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.
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