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8:30 AM ET, May 21, 2013


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New York Times:
Vast Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91  —  MOORE, Okla. — A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 91 people, 20 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon, flattening homes, flinging cars through the air and crushing at least two schools.
LIVE UPDATES: Crews switch to recovery at Plaza Towers elementary  —  Live updates from the 4Warn Storm Team on severe weather, tornadoes and damage.  —  B. White  —  Facilities opening up their doors for storm-displaced residents:  —  University of Oklahoma - student housing (Norman)
Emily Pierce / The World's Greatest Deliberative Body:
Coburn Wants Tornado Disaster Aid to Be Offset  —  The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.
Tracy Connor / U.S. News:
Children pulled from rubble at Oklahoma school flattened by tornado
Erin McClam / U.S. News:
‘Major damage’ as huge tornado rips through neighborhoods south of Oklahoma City
Discussion: The Huffington Post and
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
The White House's shifting IRS account  —  The White House on Monday once again added to the list of people who knew about the IRS investigation into its targeting of conservative groups — saying White House chief of staff Denis McDonough had been informed about a month ago.
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air, Twitchy and Viking Pundit
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Went Off Script To Address Gay Grads Directly At Morehouse College  —  A slight change in the language, but a significant change in meaning.  Instead of a veiled reference to same-sex couples, Obama made the language direct.  —  Via: Jason Reed / Reuters
Discussion: Advocate
Associated Press:
As GOP weighs how best to profit from Obama's problems, Democrats hope it overplays its hand
Discussion: The Reaction
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Says It Didn't Loop Obama In on I.R.S. Inquiry
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Senior W.H. staff knew of IRS investigation, did not tell Obama
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Secret Service Looking Into Radio Host's Graphic Violent Comments About Obama, Hillary Clinton  —  The Secret Service is following up on recent comments by right wing radio host Pete Santilli, who claimed to want to shoot former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the vagina and see President Obama tried and shot for treason.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Clintons to stay out of N.Y.C. race
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief  —  WASHINGTON — As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes …
Talking Points Memo:
Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn Will Seek To Offset Tornado Aid  —  Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will seek to offset federal aid to victims of a massive tornado that blasted through Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday with cuts elsewhere in the budget.  —  “That's always been his position …
Discussion: The Reaction and Rumproast
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Apple's Web of Tax Shelters Saved It Billions, Panel Finds  —  WASHINGTON— Even as Apple became the nation's most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and surprised experts …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tony Romm / Politico:
Senate investigators: Apple sheltered $44 billion from taxes
Discussion: Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Avoids Most Income Taxes, Panel Finds
Discussion: AllThingsD
Washington Post:
Obama's rating steady in face of controversies, likely buoyed by rising economic hopes  —  Majorities of Americans believe that the Internal Revenue Service deliberately harassed conservative groups by targeting them for special scrutiny and say that the Obama administration is trying to cover …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP bill would suspend IRS audits
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Hillary's Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out  —  Raymond Maxwell, the only official at the State Department's bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to lose his job after the attacks, tells Josh Rogin that he's been scapegoated by Hillary Clinton's team.  —  Following the attack in Benghazi …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge ruled feds need not notify Fox reporter of search  —  A federal judge in Washington ruled in 2010 that the Justice Department was not required by law to notify Fox reporter James Rosen that prosecutors had obtained his emails in connection with an investigation into a leak about North Korean plans to test a nuclear weapon.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The D.O.J. Versus James Rosen
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
IRS's Lerner Had History of Harassment, Inappropriate Religious Inquiries at FEC  —  Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency's growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division.  Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds …
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
4 dead, 44 hurt in Dagestan bombing, security officials say  —  Makhachkala, Dagestan (CNN) — At least four people are dead and 44 are injured after two bombs exploded Monday in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the Ministry of Health's website says.  —  Thirty-one of the injured were hospitalized, it says.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors: Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure  —  During recent deficit reduction discussions, policymakers have debated whether to increase Medicare beneficiaries' contributions toward their medical care and reduce the cost …
Discussion: Politico, Wonkblog and Hullabaloo
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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Multinational CEOs tell David Cameron to rein in tax avoidance rhetoric
Discussion: Spectator and The Raw Story
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Bearing Witness at Terrorism Trials
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Senior Tories to warn No 10 of declining confidence in David Cameron
Discussion: BBC
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politico and The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans Under New Law
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Wonkblog
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