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9:50 AM ET, May 14, 2013


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Mark Sherman /
GOVT OBTAINS WIDE AP PHONE RECORDS IN PROBE  —  You are here  —  Home » Government and politics » Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press …
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 …
IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups  —  The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Journalists fume over DOJ raid on AP  —  Journalists on Monday called the news the Justice Department seized records from phone lines assigned to Associated Press offices and its reporters over a two month period “chilling” and a “dragnet to intimidate the media.”
Discussion: Twitchy
John Cassidy / News Desk:
A.P. Scandal Raises Spectre of Big Brother  —  If the three-strikes rule were in effect, President Obama would be heading for the dugout, bat in hand.  First the alleged Benghazi cover-up, then the kerfuffle about the I.R.S. targeting conservative groups, and now the revelation that earlier …
Fox News:
Lawmakers rip Justice Department over AP phone records grab  —  Lawmakers from both parties sharply questioned the Justice Department late Monday over its reported effort to secretly obtain two months of phone records from Associated Press journalists, with House Speaker John Boehner's office saying …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Panopticon President  —  A new critique emerges.  Fear of a narrow new government power at a scary moment.  —  Less than four months into President Barack Obama's second term, the hazy perception of a government reaching further and further into individuals' lives in an era of broad …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Under sweeping subpoenas, Justice Department obtained AP phone records in leak investigation
Justin SInk / The Hill:
White House: ‘No knowledge’ of AP phone record seizure
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
AP blasts feds for phone records search
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Israpundit
Daily Mail:
Revealed: The 55 questions the IRS asked one tea party group after more than two years of waiting …
New York Times:
Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S.
Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill
Discussion:, BuzzFeed and Mediaite
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Conflict of Interest?  —  TPM Reader SS thinks there's …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Justice Dept. secretly seized AP reporters' phone records
Discussion: Politico and The Volokh Conspiracy
Yahoo! News:
House panel to formally question IRS commissioner Friday
Discussion: Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich: IRS targeting scandal ‘huge problem’ for ObamaCare
Discussion: Blog
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.
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Pelosi: If Boehner Were A Woman, They'd Call Him ‘Weakest Speaker In History’ (VIDEO)  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has drawn no shortage of critics - even within his own party — but his predecessor thinks he's getting off easy.  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) …
The Huffington Post:   Nancy Pelosi: If John Boehner Were A Woman, People Would Call Him ‘The Weakest Speaker In History’
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.
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.
Fox News:
Doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murdering infants in late-term abortions  —  A Philadelphia doctor was found guilty Monday of murdering three babies born alive in an abortion clinic, Fox News confirms.  He was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter …
Sarah Hoye / CNN:
Doctor found guilty of first-degree murder in Philadelphia abortion case
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Yahoo! News
Jim Williams / Public Policy Polling:
Americans so over hipsters  —  Just 16% of Americans have a favorable opinion of hipsters, a new PPP poll on the much-discussed subculture shows.  42% have an unfavorable opinion of hipsters, and 43% aren't sure.  Democrats (18% favorable, 34% unfav) are twice as likely as Republicans (9% fav, 48% unfav) to have a favorable opinion.
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Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: This ain't Hell …
New York Times:
More Clients Ask Questions of Bloomberg
Discussion: DealBook and Steve Sailer
Jason Leopold Jason Leopold / Al Jazeera English:
Revised Guantanamo force-feed policy exposed
Discussion: The Raw Story, Guardian and TalkLeft
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Newseum reverses plan to honor accused terrorists
Discussion: Right Turn
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 Earlier Items: 
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
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Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
Discussion: The Verge
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Benghazi Investigation Does Not Reignite Broad Public Interest
Discussion: Guardian and Post Politics
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
In historic vote, Minnesota Senate approves same-sex marriage
Discussion: The Reaction, The Fix and News Desk