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10:50 AM ET, May 24, 2013


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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
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
There's a fly in my soup
Discussion: NetRight Daily
Fox News:
Roger Ailes' letter to Fox employees
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama debates Obama  —  A heckler briefly interrupted President Barack Obama while he was arguing with himself on Thursday.  —  Days after Obama told reporters he makes “no apologies” about surveillance of Associated Press reporters, the president summoned his inner Constitutional law professor …
Stephanie Gaskell / Reuters:
DOD: Heckler pretended to be press
Discussion: Mediaite and Jammie Wearing Fools
KOMO News:
Cars, people sent tumbling into Skagit River as I-5 bridge collapses  —  By KOMO Staff & news services Published: May 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM PDT Last Updated: May 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM PDT  —  MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed Thursday evening …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Billionaire's super PAC on offense in Bay State  —  The super PAC created by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is preparing a new offensive in the Massachusetts Senate race.  —  The PAC, known as the NextGen Committee, is launching a campaign to paint Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez as a …
DAngelo Gore /
A False Claim of Blame in Mass. Senate Race  —  Republican Gabriel Gomez falsely claims his opponent in the Massachusetts Senate race blamed him for the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and compared him to Osama bin Laden:  — Democratic Rep. Ed Markey did release a TV ad saying Gomez …
Chris Trenkmann / WFTS:
Paula Broadwell says she's sorry  —  Former mistress of David Petraeus speaks out  —  CHARLOTTE, NC - The woman at the center of a scandal that helped bring down the director of the CIA said she is sorry about what happened.  Paula Broadwell told TV station WSOC in Charlotte that she regrets …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
Bubba, the weenie and a New York minute  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Just when Bubba and the missus get an opportunity to dispense experience unique in American politics, and could tutor two old friends who need help, they retire to the companionable solitude of the family hearth to reflect …
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.
Associated Press:
Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fox News:
IRS official who refused to testify placed on administrative leave  —  The IRS official who oversaw the unit responsible for the targeting of conservative groups has been placed on administrative leave with pay, a day after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing, Fox News confirms.
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
IRS Source: Lerner Placed On Administrative Leave
Afghan university students protest against women's rights  —  During yesterday's protest in Kabul, protesters called for the repeal of a decree that defines domestic violence as a crime, bans child and forced marriages and says that rape victims cannot be prosecuted for adultery.
Chris Richards / Washington Post:
White House press secretary Jay Carney discusses favorite band, Guided by Voices  —  On the walls of Jay Carney's office: a photo of the Berlin Wall being dismantled.  Snaps of his kids.  His employer, President Obama, gracing the cover of his former employer, Time magazine.
Discussion: NewsBusters and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie: 'I'll be here to welcome' Obama during visit next week  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday he will gladly welcome President Obama back to his state during the president's planned visit next week, despite criticism from some Republicans that Christie's embrace …
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Poll: Hillary Clinton tops in Iowa for 2016  —  Hillary Clinton beats Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in potential 2016 matchups in Iowa, according to a new poll Friday.  —  Clinton, a Democrat, would best Rubio 48 percent to 37 percent and she runs ahead of Paul 46 percent to 42 percent …
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Sky News:
Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane  —  RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport, a Ministry of Defence spokesman has said.  —  Essex Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested on suspicion …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Pat Dollard
The Irish Times:
Sweden riots spread to south of capital  —  Stockholm unrest spreads to south of city as violence continues into fourth night … Unrest in Stockholm's suburbs continued for a fourth night as rioters showed their anger over a police shooting a week ago by setting fire to cars and buildings and pelting emergency workers with stones.
Yahoo! News:
Terry McAuliffe's brother was once an abortion-clinic-protesting conservative activist.  Now he's a Democrat  —  Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic operative embroiled in a tight race to become Virginia's next governor, knows a thing or two about conservatives like his Republican opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
High court: Sally Bercow's Lord McAlpine tweet was libel  —  The High Court has ruled that a tweet by Sally Bercow about Lord McAlpine was libellous.  —  A subsequent hearing will determine the damages she now owes him.  —  Mrs Bercow, the wife of Commons Speaker John Bercow …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House-Senate showdown coming over border security … If there were an organized opposition to comprehensive immigration reform — and there really isn't, compared to the political/business/activist/ lobbying complex in favor of it — the opposition would pound daily on the key weakness at the heart of the Senate Gang of Eight bill.
Discussion: National Review
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis as he travelled through Germany before Second World War  — Comes one week before 50th anniversary commemorations of JFK's memorable ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech pledging US solidarity with Europe
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Three big federal agencies to close Friday
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Tim Carney: Apple becomes latest target of the Beltway Shakedown
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
California Will Be Spared the Obamacare Apocalypse
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Hacks Energy Firms, U.S. Says
Discussion: emptywheel and E2-Wire
Washington Post:
E.W. Jackson a wild card in Va. GOP campaign
DesJarlais agrees to pay $500 fine on complaints involving relationships with patients
Associated Press:
New York sheriffs voice opposition to strict gun law, seek to join lawsuit
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift
 Earlier Items: 
Shayna Jacobs / NY Daily News:
Grand jury indicts Elliot Morales for West Village anti-gay hate killing
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Homeland Security bulletin warns 3D-printed guns may be ‘impossible’ to stop
Discussion:, The Verge and TechCrunch
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Michelle O Wants Textbooks to ‘Swap Cupcakes for Apples’ in Math Problems
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton ‘Corruption Of Blood’ Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Drone Policy