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10:15 PM ET, May 23, 2013


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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 …
New York Times:
The End of the Perpetual War  —  President Obama's speech today was the most important statement on counterterrorism policy since the 2001 attacks, a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America.  For the first time, a president stated clearly and unequivocally that the state of perpetual warfare …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Seeks to Narrow Terror Fight
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama defends drone strikes
Discussion: Politico and Pat Dollard
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
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo: ‘Shame On Us’ If Anthony Weiner Is Elected NY Mayor
Discussion: The Lonely Conservative and CNN
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Youth
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.'s Lois Lerner, Who Refused to Testify, Is Suspended
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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.”
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   Ten Potential Democratic Supreme Court Nominees Who Aren't Named ‘Sri Srinivasan’
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Sri Srinivasan confirmed to judicial seat in unanimous Senate vote
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.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state  —  President Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department official involved in the editing of the administration's talking points on Benghazi, to be the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Investigation Deepens: Lawmakers Seek Interviews of 13 Officials Involved
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Erik Wemple:
Fox News's Roger Ailes responds to Justice Dept. investigation
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.
Stephanie Gaskell / Reuters:   DOD: Heckler pretended to be press
Nigel Atkins /
Woolwich attack: Watch shocking video of terrorists charging at police car in attempt to kill WPC  —  The footage obtained by the Daily Mirror reveals how, after beheading the soldier, they hatched a plot to ambush and murder the first police officers to come to his aid
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
King blames Reagan for Obama presidency  —  The Iowa Republican said immigrants that Ronald Reagan legalized by signing a 1986 “amnesty” bill were responsible for Obama's election.  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Thursday that President Obama would not be president if it weren't for the 1986 amnesty bill …
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 …
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.
Daniel W. Drezner:
Sometimes a factual error is just a factual error  —  I've spent a rather alarming portion of this week wading into intellectual pissing matches, so I'm loath to respond to Michael Kinsley's response to last week's brouhaha over austerity policies.  But one paragraph does merit some pushback.
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