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3:55 PM ET, May 22, 2013


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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.
U.S. News:
Man with ties to Boston bombing suspect shot during FBI questioning  —  An FBI investigator walks to the apartment where a man was shot by an FBI agent, on May 22, in Orlando, Fla.  —  By Richard Esposito, Pete Williams and Matthew DeLuca, NBC News  —  A man with ties to the Boston Marathon …
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 …
Taking the Fifth — What It Does (& Doesn't Do) for Lerner
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  —  There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration's spying on journalist James Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case.
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 …
F. Brinley Bruton / NBC Politics:
‘I hope I get a second chance’: Anthony Weiner launches bid to become NYC mayor
Man dead in suspected Woolwich terror attack  —  A man has died and two are injured after police responded to a reported machete attack in south-east London.  —  The government is reported to be treating the attack as a suspected terrorist incident and the prime minister said it was “truly shocking”.
Shane Goldmacher /
Meet the Man Who Set Off the IRS Firestorm  —  J. Russell George once stalked the halls of the Capitol for senators' autographs.  Now he's there to testify in a scandal gripping Washington.  —  J. Russell George paused for just a moment before he took his seat at the witness table.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
A Sleeper Scandal Awakens for Obama, Post-Election
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE — PALIN: GOING ROGUE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION  —  As more information about the IRS scandal trickles out daily, the White House's involvement is becoming clearer.  Those of us who've been warning about the demise of freedom with Barack Obama's efforts to “fundamentally transform” …
Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
Atheist State Lawmaker Quotes Carl Sagan Instead of Doing Prayer Before House Session  —  An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon's session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.  —  Democratic Representative Juan Mendez …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Atheist Arizona lawmaker quotes Carl Sagan for House opening prayer
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: 'I Don't Trust The Republicans'  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday defended his objection to initiating House-Senate budget negotiations unless Democrats take a debt limit increase off the table, saying he doesn't trust his party to hold the line.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The PJ Tatler
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Bernanke to Congress: Seriously, guys, what are you doing?  —  Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress today for the first time in three months, and the Federal Reserve chairman has a message for lawmakers: You're the reason the economy isn't taking off more.  —  Of course, Bernanke is too polite to phrase things quite so bluntly.
Discussion: Business Insider
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
She Has To Go  —  Yesterday we noted that Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of the unit overseeing tax exempt groups, would apparently plead the fifth at today's hearings (here's video of her testimony today).  Rick Hasen said he thinks the issue is that she's the person who is most likely …
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Biden Praises Jews, Goes Too Far, Accidentally Thrills Anti-Semites  —  What?  What'd I say?  —  Joe Biden spoke last night in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.  Biden has long, deep ties to the Jewish community — Obama actually picked him in 2008 in part to reassure skittish Jewish Democrats.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Nominee In Virginia Called Three-Fifths Clause An ‘Anti-Slavery Amendment’  —  The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia has called the Constitution's original clause to count blacks as three-fifths of a person an “anti-slavery amendment.”
David Morgan / Reuters:
Kathleen Sebelius Fundraising Prompts Republican Scandal Accusations  —  * Obama opponents target Sebelius solicitations for group  —  * Approached H&R Block and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  —  * Health secretary: fundraising effort legal and appropriate  —  * Probes could discourage donations to Enroll America
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Paul Ryan to Write Book
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
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Ian Birrell / Guardian:
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Discussion: National Review
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Discussion: Shakesville