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7:20 PM ET, May 17, 2013


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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Congressional Hearings on I.R.S. Scandal Begin  —  WASHINGTON — The first Congressional hearing into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny quickly turned into partisan jousting, with House Republicans pressing to expand the inquiry …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Question that revealed IRS scandal was planted, chief admits  —  Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, said Friday that last week's revelation that the IRS gave special scrutiny to Tea Party groups came from a planted question.  —  Lois Lerner, an IRS official with oversight of tax-exempt groups …
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Riehl World News
Yahoo! News:
IRS asked anti-abortion group about content of public prayers  —  While applying with the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status in 2009, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members' prayer meetings, documents sent by an IRS official to the organization reveal.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
There Was No Surge in IRS Tax-Exempt Applications in 2010  —  Fewer groups sought recognition as 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that year than in 2009, according to the Treasury Department.  —  A number of people have sought to explain the IRS targeting of Tea Party, patriot …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
IRS Official Lois Lerner Called Lawyer To Plant Targeting Question
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
IRS: ‘Please Detail the Content of Your Members’ Prayers.'
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The PJ Tatler
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“Conservative Hispanic Groups Targeted In IRS Scandal”
Discussion: Examiner and Fox News
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Officials on Benghazi: “We made mistakes, but without malice”  —  Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
GOP Sources Altered Benghazi E-Mails To Suggest A Cover-Up, Reporter Confirms
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average
Major Garrett / CBS News:
WH Benghazi emails have different quotes than earlier reported
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Woodward: IRS scandal ‘a big mess’ but ‘not yet’ Watergate
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Kinsley loves austerity because it is “spinach”  —  The liberal pundit supports a worthless international initiative  —  So the other day Paul Krugman had a long, very good piece in the New York Review of Books on the arguments and flawed research used to justify austerity measures …
Michael Kinsley / New Republic:
LGBT PC  —  Being against marriage equality doesn't make you a monster
Discussion: Shakesville
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:   Did Michael Kinsley Invent the Concept of Same-Sex Marriage?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Harry Reid eyeing July for the ‘nuclear option’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is increasingly focused on the month of July as the time to exercise the so-called “nuclear option” and revisit filibuster reform, and he has privately told top advisers that he's all but certain to take action …
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.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sarah Palin  · 3,548,133 like this  —  Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas.  Today in the Rose Garden you dismissed the idea of a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS scandal.  With that, your galling political hubris shined bright in the midst of today's dark clouds.
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Even Obama's umbrellas are a scandal now  —  Even President Obama's use of umbrellas has become a scandal in the eyes of some Republicans.  —  On Thursday, during a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, Obama signaled to two Marines and asked them to protect him and his guest from the rain.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Elizabeth Warren Slams ‘Dangerous’ Legislation That Would Weaken Wall Street Reform  —  A week after a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee overwhelmingly approved a rollback of certain financial reforms contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   Warren opposes derivatives bills with House traction
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Reporter Turned White House Spokesman Enjoys the Hot Seat  —  WASHINGTON — For the better part of a decade, Jay Carney sat slumped in his tiny chair in the White House briefing room, parsing, challenging and at times pillorying the words of an array of press secretaries.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BREAKING: The Scandals are Falling Apart!  —  So says Ezra Klein, who may turn out to be one of the stupidest people ever to be given column inches in a printed medium of any variety.  —  After reading Klein's desperate attempt to map onto reality his own desires, written in the form …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Syria Begins to Break Apart Under Pressure From War  —  CAIRO — The black flag of jihad flies over much of northern Syria.  In the center of the country, pro-government militias and Hezbollah fighters battle those who threaten their communities.  In the northeast, the Kurds have effectively carved out an autonomous zone.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rep. Issa subpoenas Benghazi auditor Thomas Pickering  —  The lawmaker leading the charge to investigate the Benghazi terror attack on Friday subpoenaed the co-author of a report that slammed the State Department but didn't interview Hillary Clinton.  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Bresnahan / Politico:
FEC fines John Ensign's family $54,000  —  The Federal Election Commission has fined former Sen. John Ensign and his parents $54,000 for improper severance payments to Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide who had an extramarital affair with the Nevada Republican.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Three life rules from Donald Rumsfeld  —  To view this content, Javascript must be enabled and Adobe Flash Player must be installed.  — Subscribe to podcast - Download audio - Embed player - Audio player assistance - Pop-Up  —  Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld published his memoir, “Known and Unknown” in 2011.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Tsarnaev's lawyer loses photo bid
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Homeland Security guidelines advise deference to pro-Shariah Muslim supremacists
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Obama: We can't get distracted
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and BuzzFeed
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
NRCC raises $5.1 million in April
Discussion: Post Politics and Roll Call
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Rewriting History: GOP Senator Pretends He Voted For Expanded Background Checks
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
Center City Job Fair For Ex-Offenders Is Canceled After 3,000 Show Up
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‘Bloodbath’ Day at Village Voice: Musto, Sietsema, Feingold Out
New York Times:
Facing Possible Expulsion, Lopez Says He Will Resign
New York Times:
New Jersey Hospital Is the Costliest in the Nation
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Justin Green / david-frum:
Jimmy Carter Endorses SAM, Opposes Marijuana Legalization
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run and The Daily Beast
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
White House counsel should resign if she knew about IRS abuses
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Stevens: Rationale for Bush v. Gore was “unacceptable”
Discussion: Addicting Info