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11:30 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 …
Fox News:
Roger Ailes' letter to Fox employees  —  The recent news about the FBI's seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
There's a fly in my soup
Discussion: NetRight Daily
Erik Wemple:
Fox News's Roger Ailes responds to Justice Dept. investigation
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Medea Benjamin Surprised Obama Drones Speech Protest Worked  —  WASHINGTON — Even Medea Benjamin was surprised she managed to get into President Barack Obama's major national security address at National Defense University on Thursday.  The long-time Code Pink protestor (and HuffPost blogger) …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:   Obama debates Obama  —  A heckler briefly interrupted President …
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 …
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 …
DAngelo Gore /
A False Claim of Blame in Mass. Senate Race
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 …
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 …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo's Attack on Weiner? It's Now Called a Joke
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: 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.
'They don't want to integrate': Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm
Discussion: Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Governor Finally Remembers He Has One Latino On His Staff  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) remembered the one Latino in his administration on Thursday, one day after ThinkProgress highlighted an exchange in which he said “we do not have any staff members” who are Latino.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Budget Cuts Get Personal; Those Who Are Hurt, Holler  —  The federal budget sequester may be dampening a rise in economic optimism: Nearly four in 10 Americans now say sequestration has hurt them personally, up substantially since it began in March - and they're far less sanguine than others about the economy's prospects overall.
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Grassley Chief of Staff David Young Set to Enter US Senate Race  — has learned that David Young, Sen. Chuck Grassley's Chief of Staff, has submitted his resignation and plans to officially enter Iowa's U.S. Senate race sometime in June.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Post Politics
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Three big federal agencies to close Friday  —  Three of the largest federal agencies will close to the public on Friday, the first time since the government shutdowns of the 1990s that large corners of the government have ceased operations on a weekday.  —  The mass furlough of 115,000 employees …
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Says Syria Will Attend Geneva Peace Talks
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Charlie Cook /
No Wonder Republican Criticism of Obama Isn't Working
Discussion: Washington Wire
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A mission on climate change
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Paul Tudor Jones: In macro trading, babies are a ‘killer’ to a woman's focus
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Tim Carney: Apple becomes latest target of the Beltway Shakedown
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House-Senate showdown coming over border security
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
E.W. Jackson a wild card in Va. GOP campaign
DesJarlais agrees to pay $500 fine on complaints involving relationships with patients
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: The BLT
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Homeland Security bulletin warns 3D-printed guns may be ‘impossible’ to stop
Discussion:, The Verge and TechCrunch
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
King blames Reagan for Obama presidency
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …