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8:05 PM ET, May 23, 2013


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Syracuse Post-Standard:
What Gov. Andrew Cuomo has to say about Anthony Weiner  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Syracuse today to announce new tax incentives to attract businesses to state college campuses.  After that he met with the editorial board of the Syracuse Media Groupâs Post-Standard and where he explained his new tax plan in depth.
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Oops.  City in Weiner for NYC Mayor Logo is Pittsburgh  —  Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York City, but his website prominently features the Steel City.  —  The NYC Democrat, forced out of office after a scandal involving a Twitter photo of his... business …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Weiner: Women may come forward with more e-mails, photos  —  Former congressman and newly announced New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D) said in an interview Thursday morning with WNYC-FM that there could be women coming forward with more e-mails or photos from the inappropriate digital conversations …
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo: ‘Shame On Us’ If Anthony Weiner Is Elected NY Mayor
Discussion: CNN and The Lonely Conservative
Denis Hamill / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner's mayoral gamble asks for a second chance to help New Yorkers
Discussion: Politicker, The Reaction and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Drone Policy  —  Following is the text as prepared for delivery of President Obama's speech on U.S. drone policy, as provided by the White House:  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an honor to return to the National Defense University.  Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama defends drone strikes
Discussion: Politico and Pat Dollard
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Acts to Curtail Drones
Washington Post:
On IRS issue, senior White House aides were focused on shielding Obama  —  As soon as White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler heard about an upcoming inspector general's report on the Internal Revenue Service, she knew she had a problem.  —  The notice Ruemmler saw on April 24 gave …
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
The IRS scandal and Obama's culture of intimidation
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Return of the Poor Little Rich Boys
Discussion: Mother Jones
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
IRS Source: Lerner Placed On Administrative Leave  —  Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service's director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source in the agency's Cincinnati office.  —  Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
I.R.S. Official Who Refused to Testify Is Suspended
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
TIME Exclusive: President Obama's 1979 Prom Photos  —  Tucked away in someone else's shoe box of adolescent artifacts, there might be a picture of you in garish clothes and with an outdated 'do, your arm around a high school squeeze.  The President of the United States is no different.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts to Admit Openly Gay Youths as Members  —  GRAPEVINE, Tex. — In a landmark step its chief executive called “compassionate, caring and kind,” the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday ended its longstanding policy of forbidding openly gay youths to participate in its activities.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Gay Scouts, Continue Discrimination Against LGBT Leaders
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Ten Potential Democratic Supreme Court Nominees Who Aren't Named ‘Sri Srinivasan’  —  This afternoon, the Senate confirmed Sri Srinivasan to the staunchly conservative United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans already have a plan to prevent anyone else …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Appeals court limits labor board's lawlessness
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Code Pink heckler interrupts Obama counterterror speech  —  President Obama's major counterterrorism speech was going well, his delivery smooth and strong on Thursday afternoon.  —  Then, with a shout from Medea Benjamin, a member of Code Pink, the whole thing got a bit bumpier.
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
How Long Can House Republicans Go Before Turning On Each Other?  —  The divided conference unifies in the wake of Washington scandals — but how long can it really last?  “I think there's a little spring in our step these days, but the real test will be the debt limit,” says Hudson.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Impolitic and Goppers
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Boehner: House won't be ‘stampeded’ by Obama or Senate on immigration
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Nick Robinson / BBC:
One phrase and why I'm sorry I quoted it  —  It was a barbaric attack carried out in broad daylight on the streets of London.  A man hacked to death.  The attackers had been shot by the police.  An extraordinary and horrific story but not one, you might think, for the Political Editor of the BBC.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP's Chambliss: Obama speech will be ‘viewed by terrorists as victory’  —  The senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said President Obama's national security speech will be “viewed by terrorists as a victory.”  —  Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) made the remarks in a statement released moments after Obama's speech.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says  —  Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Faces First Test In Reid ‘Nuclear Option’ Push  —  Something unexpected and newsworthy happened on the Senate floor Thursday morning during an otherwise commonplace argument between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell over confirmations and the “nuclear option.”
The Sun:
Woolwich terror suspect revealed as Muslim convert known to MI5  —  Horrific ... man on camera identified as Michael Adebolajo  —  A MAN seen ranting at a video camera moments after a soldier was beheaded in the street is Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo - who was known to MI5.
The Atlantic Online:
Josh Barro, the Loneliest Republican  —  What to make of the 28-year-old columnist's contempt for the GOP—and its would-be reformers  —  A week had passed since the 2012 election when Josh Barro finally said the unsayable.  The 28-year-old Bloomberg View columnist is—or, arguably, was …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Washington Monthly
George Talbot /
BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress  —  MOBILE - U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, informed friends and supporters today that he intends to resign from Congress later this year and take a job at the University of Alabama.  —  Bonner, 53, has represented Alabama's 1st Congressional District since taking office in 2003.
Discussion: First Read, Roll Call and Post Politics
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Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Investigation Deepens: Lawmakers Seek Interviews of 13 Officials Involved
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeb Bush / The Huffington Post:
Why We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Condemns London Attack: ‘There Can Be Absolutely No Justification’
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Will C. Holden /
‘Game on’: Tom Tancredo will seek GOP nomination for Governor
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
UnitedHealth, Aetna and Cigna opt out of California insurance exchange
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