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2:40 AM ET, May 24, 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
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 …
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.
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo: ‘Shame On Us’ If Anthony Weiner Is Elected NY Mayor
Discussion: The Lonely Conservative and CNN
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Weiner: Women may come forward with more e-mails, photos
Denis Hamill / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner's mayoral gamble asks for a second chance to help New Yorkers
Discussion: Politicker and The Reaction
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  —  Fox News chief Roger Ailes has sent a memo to his subordinates at the leading cable news network.  He sent this memo to his staff today in connection with the federal investigation into an alleged leak to Fox News reporter James Rosen …
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
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 …
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  —  As the investigation into the Obama administration's handling of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi intensifies, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to conduct transcribed interviews …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.”
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Sri Srinivasan confirmed to judicial seat in unanimous Senate vote
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   Ten Potential Democratic Supreme Court Nominees Who Aren't Named ‘Sri Srinivasan’
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
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 …
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.
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton ‘Corruption Of Blood’ Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday offered legislative language that would “automatically” punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
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.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Michelle O Wants Textbooks to ‘Swap Cupcakes for Apples’ in Math Problems  —  ( - First Lady Michelle Obama's “Let's Move!” initiative is praising textbook publishers for “swapping out cupcakes for apples in math problems,” in a campaign to incorporate health information into the learning resources for kids.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
New jury to decide Jodi Arias' fate after penalty phase mistrial
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Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Fund / National Review:
The Real Voter Suppression of 2012
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Americans Sour on IRS, Rate CDC and FBI Most Positively
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Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
Measure to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Passes First Major Hurdle in Nevada
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
How Long Can House Republicans Go Before Turning On Each Other?
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
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Discussion: Doug Ross and The PJ Tatler