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8:20 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.
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Internal IRS probe cited same problems with approach to conservative groups in May 2012, House aide says  —  An Internal Revenue Service review of the agency's approach of scrutinizing conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status questioned the now-controversial policy a year ago …
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
IRS's Lois Lerner to take the Fifth
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
White House IRS timeline shifts again
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House, Treasury discussed how to present IRS story
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Fix and Booman Tribune
The DOMA Project:
Defeat of DOMA, More Critical Than Ever, as Key Senate Democrats Signal They Will Abandon LGBT …
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
‘Obama Scandals’ Could Actually Hurt Republicans  —  Republican politicians and activists can barely contain their glee at the simultaneous eruption of three major controversies about the Obama administration.  —  Conservatives are at a low boil over the administration's dissembling …
Discussion: The Dish
Washington Post:
May 2013 Post-ABC poll
Washington Post:
Obama's rating steady in face of controversies, likely buoyed by rising economic hopes
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 …
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 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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 …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Tea Party group sues IRS over inappropriate targeting  —  (Reuters) - A California-based Tea Party group sued the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Monday in what marked the first lawsuit to stem from an investigation finding the agency singled-out conservative organizations.
Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
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
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 …
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?
John Lichfield / The Independent:
Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage  —  A far-right French historian shot himself in the head beside the altar of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris today apparently in protest against the legalisation of gay marriage in France.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: Gretawire
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Virginia Republicans Panicking Over Their Choice for Lieutenant Governor
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Religious Leaders Urge Obama To Reject Pipeline On “Moral Grounds”
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Schumer and Hatch strike breakthrough deal on H-1B visas
Discussion: Right Turn and Politico
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Mr. Smith Is Vaporized in the Fire of a Thousand Suns
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Senate should apologize to Apple for ‘spectacle’ hearing on taxes
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Impossibility of Being Barack Obama
Discussion: News Desk, The Dish and Washington Wire
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The White House claim of ‘doctored e-mails... to smear the president’