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11:45 PM ET, May 21, 2013


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Los Angeles Times:
Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment  —  A sign for the Internal Revenue Service stands in front of it's headquarters in Washington.  (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / May 15, 2013)  —  WASHINGTON - A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment …
Shane Goldmacher /
Top IRS Official to Invoke Fifth, Issa Subpoenas  —  Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House, Treasury discussed how to handle disclosure of IRS story  —  The White House said Tuesday that senior officials took part in discussions over how the IRS would disclose its targeting of conservative groups, marking the latest shift in the White House's official line on the matter.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
White House reveals new IRS details
Discussion: National Review and Yahoo! News
IRS's Lois Lerner to take the Fifth
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Internal IRS probe cited same problems with approach to conservative groups in May 2012, House aide says
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Inhofe: Tornado aid ‘totally different’ from Hurricane Sandy aid  —  In the wake of the devastating tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) rejected comparisons between federal aid for this disaster and the Hurricane Sandy relief package he voted against.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Inhofe and Coburn: Red state hypocrites  —  Apparently, we have deserving and undeserving disasters, Oklahoma senators James Inhofe and Tom Coburn explain  —  Just a week ago, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe suggested that President Obama might be impeached over the Benghazi non-scandal.
Discussion: Post Politics and Hullabaloo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems urge quick disaster aid for Oklahoma, offsets or none
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Sen. Patrick Leahy Withdraws Amendment To Include Gay Couples In Immigration Reform Bill  —  “I don't want to be the senator who asks Americans to choose between the love of their life and the love of their country,” Leahy says.  Four Democrats on the committee said they would not support the amendment.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Kristol to Rubio: ‘Walk away’  —  The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol has some advice for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on the Senate's immigration reform bill: Walk away.  —  “He should walk away from it,” Kristol said Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”  “He should say, I made a good faith effort …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell won't block immigration bill from hitting Senate floor
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Justice Department and Fox News's Phone Records  —  The Obama Justice Department has seized the phone records of numbers that are associated with White House staffers and, apparently, with Fox News reporters, according to a document filed on October 13, 2011, in the case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson's computers compromised  —  Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy-award winning CBS News investigative reporter, says that her personal and work computers have been compromised and are under investigation.  —  “I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Leaks turn to deluge for reeling White House  —  The wheels came off the Obama administration yesterday.  —  We learned of a startling assault on freedom of the press by the Department of Justice, following the revelation last week of the unprecedented information-gathering foray by that department against The Associated Press.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Fast and Furious/Benghazi investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson: Something fishy's …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Candidate Fought Against Desegregation Efforts  —  E.W. Jackson, the Virginia GOP's nominee for lieutenant governor, began his career as a minister and attorney in Boston.  While there, he lent his support to a high-profile 1988 fight against a plan to desegregate public housing developments …
Discussion: Advocate and theGrio
Beth Reinhard /
Virginia Republicans Panicking Over Their Choice for Lieutenant Governor
Charlie Cook /
Republicans' Hatred of Obama Blinds Them to Public Disinterest in Scandals  —  Republicans are so focused on their bitter battles against Obama, they can't see how little impact the “scandals” have had on public opinion.  —  Red-faced Republicans, circling and preparing to pounce …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden needles Obama on teleprompter  —  Vice President Joe Biden ribbed President Obama over his teleprompter use at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception in New York City on Tuesday.  —  Biden asked that the teleprompter in the room be taken down before his address, according to the pool report.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
The DOMA Project:
Defeat of DOMA, More Critical Than Ever, as Key Senate Democrats Signal They Will Abandon LGBT Amendments to Comprehensive Immigration Reform  —  BETRAYAL: BUT FOR THE VOTES, IT IS ALL BUT OVER.  —  Today will likely be the day many of us have long known would come.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing  —  National Public Radio reporter Ari Shapiro reports that liberal pundits were seen entering the West Wing: … The pundits include Jonathan Capehart, Josh Marshall, and Ezra Klein.
Discussion: Gretawire
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food  —  Anjan Contractor's 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea.  And indeed Contractor's company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation …
Peter J Reilly / Forbes:
Someone Claiming To Be Jamie Dimon Arrested By Homeland Security  —  After being arrested by Federal Protective Service yesterday, they were asked for their names.  Among the names that the arrested gave were Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase, Brian Moynihan of BOA, John Stumpf of Wells Fargo …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Texas Passes ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ To Fight War On Christmas  —  WASHINGTON — Christmas may be seven months away, but Texas is ready for it.  —  State lawmakers there waged their own battle against the so-called War on Christmas on Friday, passing legislation, House Bill 308 …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
GOP Aides Mock House Republicans' ‘Crazy’ Benghazi Witch-Hunt  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is leading the GOP's Benghazi witch-hunt (Credit: Reuters)  —  GOP aides are criticizing the House Republicans' partisan witch-hunt over the Obama administration's handling of the attacks …
Discussion: The Hill
Frank Oliveri / Roll Call:
House Defense Bill Aims to Implement Lessons From Benghazi Attack
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Gay marriage: Commons passes Cameron's plan
Discussion: Advocate and Outside the Beltway
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Oops! CNN's Cuomo Scolds ‘Congressman’ Over D.C. Disaster Politics, Finds Out He's Not Congressman
Strong Lobbying Helps Dimon Thwart a Shareholder Challenge
Discussion: The Week and Hullabaloo
John Lichfield / The Independent:
Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
Joseph Serna / Los Angeles Times:
Big rig carrying fruit crashes on 210 Freeway, creates jam
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Schumer and Hatch strike breakthrough deal on H-1B visas
Discussion: Politico and Right Turn
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Scandals’ Could Actually Hurt Republicans