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9:25 AM ET, May 22, 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 …
Heads won't roll at the IRS  —  Lawmakers pressing for more heads to roll at the Internal Revenue Service are going to be disappointed.  —  “Why weren't more people fired?”  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) demanded at a hearing Tuesday on the IRS's targeting of conservative groups …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House, Treasury discussed how to handle disclosure of IRS story
Discussion: CNN and Politico
IRS's Lois Lerner to take the Fifth
Orlando man killed by FBI agent was questioned in Boston Marathon bombings, friend says  —  Man knew Boston bombing suspect, friend says  —  An FBI agent was involved in a deadly shooting overnight that could have ties to the Boston Marathon bombings.  —  Officials said the special agent …
U.S. News:
FBI agent kills man linked to Boston bombing suspects  —  An FBI agent was involved in a deadly shooting connected to the Boston Marathon bombing case.  —  The man who was shot, Ibragim Todashev, had been interviewed about his connections to the bombing suspects before by the FBI and started out cooperative, NBC sources said.
Discussion: The Hill, WXIX-TV, Mediaite and
Natalie Tolomeo /
Friend says man killed by FBI agent knew Boston bombing suspect  —  ORLANDO —  Friends of a man who was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando overnight say he is from Chechnya and knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Friends say Ibragim Todashev, 26 …
Michelle Malkin:
Who is Ibragim Todashev?  Chechen friend of Boston bomber, planning to fly back to Chechnya, killed by FBI agent  —  Via WESH this morning, check out the story of a fatal shooting involving an FBI agent and a man who knew Boston marathon jihad bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. … Here's video of Todashev on YouTube:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Twitchy
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 …
New York Times:
Another Chilling Leak Investigation  —  With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.
Fox News:
DOJ seized phone records of numbers tied to Fox News lines, documents show
Discussion: Hot Air and Gretawire
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.
New York Times:
Immigration Overhaul Wins Panel's Backing in the Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary Committee advances immigration reform bill
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Associated Press:
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
A Sleeper Scandal Awakens for Obama, Post-Election  —  WASHINGTON — The allegations had all the makings of a perfect election-year scandal that might threaten President Obama's chances for a second term and re-energize a listless Tea Party movement: an activist president …
Bill Keller:
Bring Back Ken Starr  —  Republicans are howling for President Obama to name a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of Tea Party groups.  The president should call their bluff.  —  The president should announce that he has told the Justice Department …
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: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Anthony Weiner announces N.Y.C. mayoral run  —  Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose career in public life came to an abrupt end when he sent lewd pictures to a college student on Twitter, jumped back into politics on Wednesday by announcing a bid for mayor of New York City.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Five reasons why focus on scandals is unlikely to backfire on GOP as in 1998 … As multiple scandals have simultaneously engulfed the Obama administration, a number of political observers have cautioned Republicans against overreaching.  Liberal blogger Greg Sargent writes over at the Washington Post that …
Amy O'Leary / NYT Bits:
An Honor for the Creator of the GIF  —  Among the thousands of file formats that exist in modern computing, the GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, has attained celebrity status in a sea of lesser-known BMPs, RIPs, FIGs and MIFFs.  It was honored as a “word of the year” in 2012 …
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 American Thinker
Emily Smith / New York Post:
Mike unleashes a ‘hail’ storm  —  Mayor Bloomberg went on a spitting-mad rant against a city cab-fleet boss who won a court victory over Hizzoner's planned “Taxi of Tomorrow” — vowing to “destroy your f—king industry” when he leaves office, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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.
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Inhofe: Tornado aid ‘totally different’ from Hurricane Sandy aid
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Former Miss America considering run against Mitch McConnell  —  Heather French Henry, a 2000 Miss America title holder and wife of former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry (D), is contemplating launching a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and has been contacted by officeholders in the state urging her to run.
Discussion: The Fix and Jammie Wearing Fools
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Advisers Urged Obama Early On To Release Comprehensive Benghazi Timeline  —  How Obama got tripped up by his lawyers.  —  Via: Pool photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images via Abaca Press/MCT  —  WASHINGTON — The White House Counsel's office advised senior Obama officials to keep quiet …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Collins Slam Republicans For Budget Hypocrisy
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The PJ Tatler
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
As Job Flow Slows, Americans Get Stuck in Place
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Dog Whistler  —  An Obama supporter's Pavlovian reaction …
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Petraeus's role in drafting Benghazi talking points raises questions
Berkeley Man Nearly Beaten to Death by CHP
Discussion: Truthdig and ThinkProgress
The Daily Beast:
Poverty and Growth: Retro-Urbanists Cling to the Myth of Suburban Decline
Discussion: National Review
David Ingram / Reuters:
Court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret
Discussion: American Prospect and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Oops! CNN's Cuomo Scolds ‘Congressman’ Over D.C. Disaster Politics, Finds Out He's Not Congressman
Discussion: New Republic
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing
Discussion: Gretawire
John Lichfield / The Independent:
Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Kristol to Rubio: ‘Walk away’