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2:20 PM ET, May 20, 2013


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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe  —  When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.
Washington Post:
A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe  —  The Obama administration has pursued more such cases than all previous administrations combined, including one against a former CIA official charged with leaking U.S. intelligence on Iran and another against a former FBI contract linguist who pleaded guilty to leaking to a blogger.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder walks fine line on prosecuting journalists  —  Attorney General Eric Holder's rejection last week of the idea of prosecuting journalists for publishing classified information sounded categorical and absolute.  But was it?  —  Under questioning by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) …
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:   Chilling report: Obama's DOJ spied on Fox News' James Rosen; Criminalizes reporting; Update: Fox issues statement
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Obama DOJ accuses journalist of committing crimes
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?  —  “For me, it's about collaboration.”  — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House  —  Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal?
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Counsel Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago  —  The White House's chief lawyer learned weeks ago that an audit of the Internal Revenue Service likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups, a senior White House official said Sunday.
US News:
White House Visitor Log  —  Lobbyists, constituents, and journalists are often seen roaming the halls of Congress, but who has access to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?  The answer is a little clearer with the publication of White House visitor access records.  To date, the Obama administration …
New York Times:
I.R.S. Inquiry Status Told to White House in April  —  WASHINGTON — The chief White House lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, learned last month that a Treasury inspector general had concluded an audit of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, weeks before the matter became public …
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Impeachment Option  —  Representative Jason Chaffetz …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Top Obama lawyer told of IRS targeting in April
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Virginia GOP Nominee For Attorney General Introduced Bill Forcing Women To Report Their Miscarriages To Police  —  If a woman in Virginia has a miscarriage without a doctor present, they must report it within 24 hours to the police or risk going to jail for a full year.
Discussion: Associated Press and Hullabaloo
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Va. pick bemoaned ‘slavish devotion’
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
A bushel of Pinocchios for IRS's Lois Lerner  —  In the days since the Internal Revenue Service first disclosed that it had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, new information has emerged from both the Treasury Inspector General's report and congressional testimony Friday …
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
True Scandal  —  Catherine Engelbrecht's tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family was targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies.  —  Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded …
Matt Mullenweg:
On Yahoo-Tumblr  —  It now looks pretty certain that Yahoo has pulled off a deal to buy Tumblr for 1.1B.  The relationship between WordPress and Tumblr has always been pretty friendly: Tumblr's own blog used to be on WP, supports Tumblr as a Publicize option alongside Twitter and Facebook …
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Morehouse College Commencement Ceremony  —  Century Campus Morehouse College  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Morehouse!  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Please be seated.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!  —  THE PRESIDENT: I love you back.  (Laughter.)
Andrew Kohut / Wall Street Journal:
The Good News About Race and Voting  —  Election polling data show that few Americans of any race report any problems casting a ballot.  —  In the next several weeks the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the requirement that several states, mostly in the South …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Push For Hemp Legalization In Senate Fight  —  WASHINGTON — Kentucky's two senators, Republicans Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, have been working to include a provision that would legalize industrial hemp into the farm bill, according to Senate and Kentucky sources …
David / Tumblr Staff:
News!  —  Everyone, I'm elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.  —  Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We're not turning purple.  Our headquarters isn't moving.  Our team isn't changing.  Our roadmap isn't changing.
John Fund / National Review:
Three Signs There's a Cover-Up  —  The late columnist William Safire once said that a good clue that someone in Washington was engaged in “an artful dodge,” i.e., a cover-up, was that they used the phrase “mistakes were made.”  Safire defined it as a “passive-evasive way of acknowledging error …
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Handles Crisis  —  The handwringers and bed wetters in the D.C. punditocracy should know that Barack Obama will never be on their timeline, says his longtime speechwriter Jon Favreau.  —  Honestly, they act like it's his first crisis.  —  Sometime after the infamous Denver debate last fall …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Dish
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming ‘not as likely’  —  The impacts of rising temperature are being felt particularly keenly in the polar regions  —  Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term.
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Four key Hillary Clinton staffers from 2008 unlikely to sign on for 2016 bid  —  Howard Wolfson, the 2008 communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said he will not return for a 2016 presidential campaign.  Neither, for that matter, will Neera Tanden, the campaign's policy director.
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Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
7 Juicy Claims From A Romney Campaign Insider's New Book
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Arabs Fly Nazi Flag near Hevron
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Gay activists pressure Sen. Chuck Schumer on immigration
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Tornadoes: ‘500K square miles under gun’
Discussion: WGN-TV, The Week and KTLA 5
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Israpundit
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Congressmembers Work To Prevent Anti-Choice ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ From Misleading Women
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Columbia University Tries To Alter Scholarship Fund For Students ‘Of The Caucasian Race’
Paul Krugman's right: Austerity kills
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Union for immigration enforcement officers to oppose Senate bill
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
IRS scandal a reminder of how I learned about The Chicago Way
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon advisor's biotech firm
Discussion: CBS DC and Firedoglake
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
How Much Are Obama's Scandals Hurting Him?
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and CANNONFIRE