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10:35 AM ET, May 17, 2013


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Major Garrett / CBS News:
WH Benghazi emails have different quotes than earlier reported  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called Thursday for tighter security for U.S. diplomatic facilities to prevent an attack like the one in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Wow, This is Pretty Epic  —  Generally, once partisan, tendentious sources leak information that turns out to be wrong, nothing's ever done about it.  That's for many reasons, some good or somewhat understandable, mostly bad.  But on CBS Evening News tonight, Major Garrett did something …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
It's Official: Those Bogus Email Leaks Came From Republicans  —  It's not as if we didn't know this already, but today Major Garrett made it official: last week's leaks that misquoted the Benghazi emails came directly from Republicans.  Here's the report on the CBS Evening News:
Discussion: All Things Democrat
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The scandals are falling apart  —  Things go wrong in government.  Sometimes it's just bad luck.  Sometimes it's rank incompetence.  Sometimes it's criminal wrongdoing.  Most of the time you never hear about it.  Or, if you do hear about it, the media eventually gets bored talking about it (see warming, global).
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Woodward: IRS scandal ‘a big mess’ but ‘not yet’ Watergate  —  Bob Woodward on Friday said the IRS's targeting of conservative groups had “not yet” risen to the level of Watergate.  —  “It's a big mess, obviously,” Woodward said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.  “I know there have been these comparisons to Watergate.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Report Claims  —  One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text.  —  CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versions sent out by the GOP …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Weiner's Wife Didn't Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Keystone Pipeline Politics Follow Obama On Baltimore Jobs Tour
Discussion: CNN, AMERICAblog and The Daily Caller
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Benghazi auditors Mullen, Pickering refuse meeting with Issa
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office  —  The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
David Weigel / Slate:
IRS Commissioner of Non-Profits During Scandal Years Now Runs IRS Affordable Care Act Office, Of Course  —  Inspired by ABC News, a drama in three acts. … Whatever happened to Sarah Hall Ingram?  We have to go back in time for the third act, to March 29, 2013: … Of course.
Washington Examiner:
UPDATED: IRS tax exemption/Obamacare exec got $103,390 in bonuses; Did Obama OK them?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:   Second IRS Official To Leave After Targeting Scandal
Toronto Star:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal  —  A video that appears to show Toronto's mayor smoking crack is being shopped around by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade. … This photo shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with a man who, according to a source, is fatal gunshot victim Anthony Smith.
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
John Cook / Gawker:
For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine  —  Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars.  One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
This Is No Ordinary Scandal  —  Political abuse of the IRS threatens the basic integrity of our government.  —  We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.  The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous.
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Charges of secrecy, heavy-handedness dog the president  —  WASHINGTON - It would have been the unlikeliest of inquiries just days ago.  As President Obama stood Thursday amid the splendor of the Rose Garden, he was asked about comparisons between himself and one of the most notorious prior occupants of the Oval Office, Richard Nixon.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average  —  Most Americans, however, say both deserve continuing investigation  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Slim majorities of Americans are very or somewhat closely following the situations involving the Internal Revenue Service (54%) …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What Would Bulworth Do?  —  Barack Obama's bizarre movie idol.  —  A New York Times story on President Obama's plague of scandal contains this eyebrow-raising revelation:  —  Yet Mr. Obama also expresses exasperation.  In private, he has talked longingly of “going Bulworth,” …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Karen Handel Enters Georgia Senate Race  —  Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel announced her campaign for Senate on Friday morning, as the state's Republican convention was set to kick off in Athens.  —  “States, especially those with Republican governors, are doing a good job …
New York Times:
Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has shipped an advanced antiship cruise missile to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said on Thursday.
Washington Post:
FBI seeks source of prostitution, corruption allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez  —  A pair of FBI agents met on a recent weekday morning with brothers Alfonso “Alfy” and Jose “Pepe” Fanjul in the Palm Beach headquarters of their sugar and real estate empire.
Discussion: The BLT
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
‘Dumb’ house burglar shot after locking homeowner inside his own GUN CLOSET  —  The victim of an armed home invasion in Houston has turned the tables on the brazen intruders after they stuffed him into a closet that turned out to be the place where he stores his gun.
Why the GOP thinks it could blow it  —  Republicans are worried one thing could screw up the political gift of three Obama administration controversies at once: fellow Republicans.  —  Top GOP leaders are privately warning members to put a sock in it when it comes to silly calls for impeachment …
Discussion: NPR
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House Republicans: We won't repeat Lewinsky-era missteps  —  House Republicans say they will not overreach on probing the Obama administration, having learned lessons from investigating the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration.  —  GOP leaders will help coordinate various …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
G.O.P., Energized, Weighs How Far to Take Inquiries  —  WASHINGTON — The investigations ensnaring the White House have unified the Republican Party, energized a political base shattered by election losses and given common purpose to lawmakers divided over a legislative agenda.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Yahoo! News:
‘F***’ America,' Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Wrote in Boat: Officials  —  As police searched for him, and as he lay bleeding in his boat hideout, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote “F*** America” on the side panel of the boat, police in Massachusetts told ABC News.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
To Buy Bonds or Not to Buy: Fed Hawks, Doves Air Views  —  Federal Reserve officials are deeply engaged in debating when to begin dialing back an $85 billion-a-month bond buying program, but don't appear near consensus on when to pull the trigger.  —  The presidents of the Dallas …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
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Associated Press:
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