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1:50 PM ET, May 15, 2013


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Gregory Korte / USA Today:
IRS approved liberal groups while Tea Party in limbo  —  WASHINGTON — In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.  —  That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
The Seven Questions That Got The IRS In Trouble  —  Tucked inside the the government report that found the IRS used inappropriate criteria to identify tax-exempt applications to review is a list of seven questions.  —  The questions appeared in letters sent in January and February of 2012 …
James Bovard / Wall Street Journal:
A Brief History of IRS Political Targeting  —  One survey found that 75% of IRS respondents felt entitled to deceive or lie to Congress.  —  Many Republicans are enraged over revelations in recent days that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofit groups with a campaign of audits and harassment.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
IRS gave liberals a pass; Tea Party groups put on hold  —  WASHINGTON — In the 27 months that the Internal Revenue Service put a hold on all Tea Party applications for non-profit status, it approved applications from similar liberal groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
IRS Sent Same Letter to Democrats That Fed Tea Party Row
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Axelrod: ‘Impossible’ for Obama to have known about IRS targeting
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Want IRS Offenders Jailed or Fired
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Top Dem tax-writer calls for IRS officials to resign
Discussion: Politico
Boehner on IRS Scandal: ‘Who is going to jail?’
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner on IRS: 'Who's going to jail over this?'
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
5 takeaways from IRS report
Discussion: NPR,, Reuters and CNN
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
U.S. Report on I.R.S. Audits Cites Failures in Management
D.C. turns on Obama  —  The town is turning on President Obama - and this is very bad news for this White House.  —  Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama - and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama, the uninterested president  —  President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.  —  Late Monday came the breathtaking news of a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by his administration: word that the Justice Department had gone …
Obama's dangerous new narrative  —  No contemporary American politician has benefited more from the power of good storytelling than Barack Obama.  He vaulted from obscurity to the presidency on the power of narrative - invoking his biography and personal values to make a larger point about how he would lead the nation.
New York Times:
Spying on The Associated Press  —  The Obama administration, which has a chilling zeal for investigating leaks and prosecuting leakers, has failed to offer a credible justification for secretly combing through the phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press in what looks …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
White House Pushes to Revive Legislation Protecting Reporters
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ambassador Stevens twice said no to military offers of more security, U.S. officials say  —  CAIRO — In the month before attackers stormed U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed four Americans, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens twice turned down offers of security assistance …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Officials say Stevens turned down extra Benghazi security
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Armed Forces Sexual Assault Crisis Reaches New Heights  —  Ahead of possible major actions from the Pentagon and Congress on sexual assault in the military, the U.S. Army is forced to confront yet another instance of a member of the armed forces involved in a shocking sexual assault scandal.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Hagel orders retraining of sex-assault prevention officers; Army sergeant investigated
Discussion: The Week
David Seifman / New York Post:
Weiner to seek erection, will announce bid for mayor  —  Anthony Weiner's bid to rise from the political dead is ready to begin in earnest — the disgraced former congressman will announce he is running for mayor as early as next week, according to sources.  —  “He's definitely running,” one Weiner ally told The Post.
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Anthony Weiner hires campaign manager
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Politicker
NY Daily News:   Anthony Weiner may enter mayoral race as soon as next week
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
CLAIM: OBAMA CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR ATTACKED ROMNEY WITH LEAKED IRS DOCS  —  One of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Joe Solmonese / The Huffington Post:
Joe Solmonese  —  Joe Solmonese is a Managing Director …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BREITBART.COM
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Top Romney Strategist: Hillary Clinton Will Lose A Democratic Primary  —  “If I was a Democratic hot-shot politician, I would primary her so fast,” says Stu Stevens.  Hickenlooper 2016?  —  Via: AP  —  WASHINGTON — The top advisor to last year's Republican nominee predicted Wednesday …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Another 2016 NH Primary poll shows Hillary Clinton leading; GOP field crowded
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Krauthammer To GOP: Stop Calling Everything A Watergate, “Be Quiet And Present The Facts”  —  CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: There are three theres and they are extremely important issues and the administration is hugely on the defensive and hasn't really answered and it's the same three we've always had.
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Mike Ciandella / CNSNews:
Soros Gave $6.1 Million to Groups Linked to Pressure on IRS to Target Conservative Nonprofits
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Tom Philpott / Mother Jones:
Mysterious Poop Foam Causes Explosions on Hog Farms
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Catholic school calls in Stonewall after boy calls pupil's shoes ‘gay’
Discussion: and Gay Star News
Daily Mail:
Document: IRS ordered conservative educational group to turn over a list of high school and college students it trained
 Earlier Items: 
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Homeland Security cuts off Dwolla bitcoin transfers
Discussion: Wonkblog, Mother Jones and Mashable
Detroit Free Press:
Former Battle Creek congressman Mark Schauer ‘strongly leaning toward putting a campaign together’ for governor
Discussion: Post Politics
Scandals could roil 2014 elections
Discussion: CNN