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2:05 PM 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.
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%) …
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:
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
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Weiner's Wife Didn't Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.
Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Report Claims
Discussion: and News Desk
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
White House counsel should resign if she knew about IRS abuses  —  I've been told today by several reporters that President Obama's White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days — perhaps weeks —that some Internal Revenue Service officials were engaging in political targeting …
Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:   Charges of secrecy, heavy-handedness dog the president
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, Gawker, Guardian, Fox News and BBC
Washington Post:
House panel opens hearing on IRS targeting of conservative groups  —  A House committee grilled the outgoing acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service on Friday about the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, eliciting an admission that the agency …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Congressional Hearings on I.R.S. Scandal Begin
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Stevens: Rationale for Bush v. Gore was “unacceptable”  —  The former Supreme Court justice speaks out on John Roberts and the case that decided the 2000 election  —  Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday night that he's come to the realization that the rationale behind …
Discussion: Addicting Info
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Dish
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 …
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Karen Handel announces for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Raises Stakes in Syria
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 …
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Hofstra student shot dead during home invasion: police  —  UNIONDALE — A Hofstra University student and an armed suspect were fatally shot during a break-in at a Long Island home early this morning.  —  A man armed with a handgun and wearing a ski mask busted into a home on California Ave …
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: Weekly Standard
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Warren opposes derivatives bills with House traction
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Kinsley / New Republic:
LGBT PC  —  Being against marriage equality doesn't make you a monster
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Ohio Republicans Push Law To Penalize Colleges For Helping Students Vote
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Cory Booker Raked In $1.3 Million From Speeches Since 2008
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
North Korea condemns media freedom but praises two U.S. reporters
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Allen West hired as Fox News contributor
 Earlier Items: 
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought - as one in 10 under-25s is a Muslim
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House Republicans: We won't repeat Lewinsky-era missteps
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Plum Line
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What Would Bulworth Do?  —  Barack Obama's bizarre movie idol.
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
FBI seeks source of prostitution, corruption allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The BLT
Why the GOP thinks it could blow it