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4:05 PM ET, May 21, 2013


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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.
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.
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 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Senator uses Okla. tornado for anti-GOP rant over global warming  —  While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Oklah.  GOP Senator takes own constituents hostage, demands budget cuts or no tornado aid  —  You have to give Oklahoma Republican US Senator Tom Coburn high marks for consistency, if not compassion.  —  In the face of a major tornado disaster in his home state, that has taken the lives …
New York Times:
Vast Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91
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 …
Washington Post:
May 2013 Post-ABC poll  —  Poll Questions
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Scandals’ Could Actually Hurt Republicans
Discussion: The Dish
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is the Economy Saving Obama's Approval Ratings?
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.
Roger L Simon / Roger L. Simon:
PJM EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton and Obama  —  More whistleblowers will emerge shortly in the escalating Benghazi scandal, according to two former U.S. diplomats who spoke with PJ Media Monday afternoon.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Benghazi witness points finger at Clinton on lapses in consulate security
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Turn and The Daily Beast
Washington Examiner:
Byron York: Lawmakers dig into life-and-death issues of Benghazi
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Scott Friedman /
Accused Fort Hood Shooter Paid $278,000 While Awaiting Trial  —  Injured soldier outraged suspected shooter receives salary while his family financially struggles in recovery  —  The Department of Defense confirms to NBC 5 Investigates that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
David Sirota / Salon:
Anyone regret slashing National Weather Service budget now?  —  With GOP-backed cuts to forecasting agency, experts warn future storms will go undetected and more lives lost  —  Was the severe weather system culminating in yesterday's Oklahoma City tornado intensified - or even created - by climate change?
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Why are tornadoes so hard to predict?
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The White House claim of ‘doctored e-mails... to smear the president’  —  (CHRIS USHER/AP) “That's a very serious offense that happened where Republicans on the Hill, we voluntarily provided these e-mails to, took one of them, doctored it and gave it to ABC News in an attempt to smear the president.”
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press  —  Much of the Fourth Estate shrugged when the Obama administration attacked Fox News, writes Kirsten Powers.  But now it's coming for them, too.  —  First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News.
Dominic Patten /
Obama Scandals Bring MSNBC 7-Year Low While Fox News Rises
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Mr. Smith Is Vaporized in the Fire of a Thousand Suns  —  It hasn't gotten too much attention given the other things that are going on, but there is a battle looming this summer over the filibuster, one that could be a significant milestone in the already poisonous relationship between the parties on Capitol Hill.
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 …
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Religious Leaders Urge Obama To Reject Pipeline On “Moral Grounds”
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House, Treasury discussed how to present IRS story
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Martin O'Malley Using Fundraising, Agenda To Explore 2016 Run
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Boruch Spiegel, Fighter in Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Dies at 93
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Schumer and Hatch strike breakthrough deal on H-1B visas
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea Clinton keeps faith at NYU
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Urban Dictionary Finds a Place in the Courtroom
Discussion: The Verge
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Unions break ranks on ObamaCare
Antonio Planas / Boston Herald:
Tea party gaining steam in protests
Michael Muskal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Vermont governor signs ‘death with dignity’ measure
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakesville