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11:55 PM ET, May 24, 2013


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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen's Warrant Secret  —  The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen's private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Sharyl Attkisson approach  —  Sharyl Attkisson has problems.  —  The Obama administration won't answer the CBS News correspondent's questions because her investigations — into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra — often reflect negatively on it.  Some colleagues at CBS News …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Eric Holder lie in Congressional testimony last week?  —  That's the question asked by Katie Pavlich and Jim Hoft after the revelation that Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved the application for a warrant on Fox News' James Rosen as a potential co-conspirator in espionage.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Justice asked judge to keep Fox reporter in the dark over tracked email
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Fewer Americans Identify as Economic Conservatives in 2013  —  Thirty percent say they are liberal on social issues, a new high  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-one percent of Americans now characterize their economic views as “conservative,” or “very conservative,” the lowest since President …
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rubbing alcohol as scotch?  N.J. officials release details of ‘Operation Swill’  —  TRENTON — In one case, a New Jersey bar allegedly mixed rubbing alcohol with caramel food coloring and served it as scotch.  —  In another, a bar is accused of pouring dirty water into an empty bottle and passing it off as liquor.
Discussion: The Week
Daily Mail:
Scores of TGI Fridays in New Jersey 'busted for selling caramel-colored rubbing alcohol …
Discussion: Riehl World News and Joe. My. God.
Dan Lothian / CNN:
President Obama forgets to salute
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Nearly a Quarter of People in Greece and the U.S. Can't Afford Food  —  Hunger has grown dramatically in Europe since 2007  —  No matter where you're from, not having enough to eat is the ultimate signifier of economic distress.  Food is the base of Maslow's hierarchy.  It's the first concern in disaster zones.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Menendez: Immigration bill doesn't have votes to pass Senate  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill doesn't have enough votes to pass the Senate.  —  The bill won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote …
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Senate Republicans Oppose Budget Blockade By Tea Party In Growing GOP Feud  —  WASHINGTON — A tea party rebellion by several U.S. senators blocking progress on the federal budget may be working for them, but not for their fellow Republican lawmakers — even ones who mostly agree with them.
Timothybella / CBS DC:
McCain Accuses Tea Party Colleagues Of Pushing Dems Too Far
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has engaged in racial profiling and must not use Hispanic ancestry as a factor when making law-enforcement decisions, a federal judge has ruled.  —  U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued the ruling Friday, more than eight months after a seven-day trial on the subject concluded.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Michelle Nunn actively preparing for Senate campaign in Georgia  —  Businesswoman Michele Nunn is actively preparing for a Senate campaign in Georgia and Democrats there expect an announcement early this summer, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Daily Mail:
Man charged with making ‘racist or anti-religious’ Facebook comments about British soldier's death  — Police say people should be careful about what they write on twitter as the ‘consequences could be serious’  —  A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Conservatives Became Targets in 2008  —  The Obama campaign played a big role in a liberal onslaught that far pre-dated Citizens United.  —  The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside IRS Unit Under Fire  —  Office at Center of Controversy Rankled Other Groups With Its Aggressive Tactics  —  The Internal Revenue Service unit under fire for its reviews of conservative organizations has a long history of targeting groups with extra scrutiny, including foreclosure …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Congressman: Women Should Be Forced To Give Birth To Fetuses With No Brain Function  —  At a congressional committee hearing to discuss a proposed measure to criminalize abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a Texas lawmaker told a woman who made the difficult choice to terminate …
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
California Will Be Spared the Obamacare Apocalypse  —  No sticker shock here—just affordable insurance premiums  —  Predictions of an Obamacare apocalypse seem a little less credible today, thanks to California.  —  On Thursday, officials in that state offered the first detailed glimpse …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Secret recording: Mark Shurtleff offers $2 million to silence critic  —  Scandal » Utah businessman says 2009 meeting with ex-A.G. was “like an episode in ‘Bizarro World.’ ”  —  On the breakfast table at Mimi's Cafe, Darl McBride had eggs and potatoes served in a fried tortilla …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
U.S. News:
Cars, drivers plunge into river after Wash. I-5 bridge collapse  —  Three people were rescued from water after a bridge along Interstate-5 in Washington State collapsed on Thursday evening, plunging cars into Skagit River below, according to Washington State Patrol.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama met privately with Friedman, Ignatius, etc.  —  President Obama held a private meeting with top national security journalists on Thursday afternoon following his national security policy address at the National Defense University in Washington, POLITICO has learned.
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Laying Down My Pen  —  When an opportunity comes to do something good, one must grab it.  —  At 2 p.m. central time Thursday afternoon in Mobile, word spread that U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, a six-term Republican from a dark red district, would announce that he is resigning mid-term (Aug. 15) …
Jana Eschbach / WPEC:
EXCLUSIVE: Parents Of Underage Victim In Kate Hunt's Case Defend Actions  —  SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A local teen's family says she is being unfairly prosecuted for a same-sex relationship.  But now a new twist in the case that has gripped the nation.  —  The parents of the underage victim speak …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Battering Ram Becomes a Stonewall  —  The IRS's leaders refuse to account for the agency's corruption and abuse.  —  “I don't know.”  “I don't remember.”  “I'm not familiar with that detail.”  “It's not my precise area.”  “I'm not familiar with that letter.”
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Michael Bloomberg / CNN:
Bloomberg gun group hits a Democrat  —  Washington (CNN) - A large gun advocacy group is hitting its first Democrat in their most recent campaign to increase gun control measures.  —  Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Ballot Box
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg guns group targets Mark Pryor
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Gabriel Gomez calls Ed Markey ‘pond scum’  —  Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez called his opponent, longtime Rep. Ed Markey, “pond scum” during an interview with an NPR reporter on Thursday.  —  “I don't think there's anything more offensive,” Gomez said …
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Daily Mail:
Two more Angels of Woolwich revealed: Mother and daughter comforted murdered soldier …
Discussion: BBC and National Updates
Douglas Murray / Wall Street Journal:
The London Terror Attack Was More Than ‘Unforgivable’
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and The Gateway Pundit
Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
Video: Close Cuccinelli Aide, RPV Treasurer: “I'm not a big fan of contraception, frankly”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Tells North Korea to Return to Nuclear Talks
Wall Street Journal:
The Other Government Motors
Discussion: National Review
John Hechinger / Bloomberg:
Overdue Student Loans Reach Record as U.S. Graduates Seek Jobs
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yet Another Hulu Bidder! Yahoo Is In, Too.
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Leonard Downie: Obama's war on leaks undermines investigative journalism
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Obama's Challenge to an Endless War
Discussion: Hot Air, The Dish and Hit & Run
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court hears ‘sensitive jobs’ fight
New York Times:
Huma Abedin Is an Unexpected Driving Force in Weiner's Comeback
Charlie Cook /
No Wonder Republican Criticism of Obama Isn't Working
Discussion: The Plum Line and Washington Wire