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11:05 AM ET, May 22, 2013


 Top Items: 
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 …
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:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Associate of Boston Bombing Suspects Is Killed
Natalie Tolomeo /   Friend says man killed by FBI agent knew Boston bombing suspect
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In AP, Rosen investigations, government makes criminals of reporters
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Justice Department and Fox News's Phone Records
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 22, 2013 - Quinn At 25% In New York City Dem Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Little Support For Kelly For Mayor  —  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leads the pack for the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor with 25 percent …
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.
NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner makes it official: He's running for mayor  —  After months of speculation, Weiner released a YouTube video around midnight Wednesday announcing his candidacy for mayor in an already packed field.  —  Stills taken from Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign on YouTube and his website,
New York Post:
Weiner's running for mayor: leaked video bares bid
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Weiner Announces Candidacy for Mayor in Video
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: Wonkblog, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary Committee advances immigration reform bill
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
Petraeus's role in drafting Benghazi talking points raises questions  —  The controversy over the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault.  —  It was at this informal session …
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Advisers Urged Obama Early On To Release Comprehensive Benghazi Timeline
Discussion: Main Justice and National Review
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.
Ben Swann / WXIX-TV:
Reality Check Exclusive: Cincinnati agent giving orders in IRS scandal?  —  The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart.  —  The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with words including …
Jonahan Easley / The Hill:
Rep. Cole: No ‘funding fights’ over tornado aid  —  Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Wednesday he had no interest in another funding fight in Congress over federal aid to the city of Moore, Okla. and other areas affected by the tornado that devastated the small town.
Discussion: Politico, The Maddow Blog and Goppers
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Inhofe: Tornado aid ‘totally different’ from Hurricane Sandy aid
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Dog Whistler  —  An Obama supporter's Pavlovian reaction to one of her own pet phrases.  —  Salon's Joan Walsh is spoiling for a catfight with our colleagues Kim Strassel and Peggy Noonan.  What has Walsh's back up is their observation that whether or not President Obama directly ordered …
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
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 …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Debate Aside, Number of Drone Strikes Drops Sharply
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
NOM Blog:
National Organization for Marriage Condemns the Murder of a Gay Man in New York
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Garcetti Wins Los Angeles Mayor's Race After Long Battle
Discussion: Gawker
Gay Boy Scouts Employee: I Can't Live a Lie Any Longer
Wall Street Journal:
The Apple Tax Diversion
Discussion: The Agonist and MoneyBeat
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Former Miss America considering run against Mitch McConnell
Discussion: The Fix and Jammie Wearing Fools
Courts to hear birth control mandate lawsuits
Discussion: Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Collins Slam Republicans For Budget Hypocrisy
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
As Job Flow Slows, Americans Get Stuck in Place
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’
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
How to Humble a Wing Nut
Discussion: Washington Monthly