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11:00 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 …
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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  —  “Horrible customer service.”  That's what the newly fired IRS commissioner averred was the agency's only sin in singling out conservative political groups for discriminatory treatment.  —  In such grim proceedings one should be grateful for unintended humor.
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 …
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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 …
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DAngelo Gore / FactCheck.org:
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 …
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 …
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Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Oops. City in Weiner for NYC Mayor Logo is Pittsburgh
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
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Grassley Chief of Staff David Young Set to Enter US Senate Race  —  TheIowaRepublican.com 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
Asianews.it:
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.
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 …
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, Mother Jones and Weasel Zippers
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Benghazi Investigation Deepens: Lawmakers Seek Interviews of 13 Officials Involved
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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
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 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
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
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
BBC:
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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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
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
Tennessean.com:
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
Shayna Jacobs / NY Daily News:
Grand jury indicts Elliot Morales for West Village anti-gay hate killing
 Earlier Items: 
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Homeland Security bulletin warns 3D-printed guns may be ‘impossible’ to stop
Discussion: Wired.co.uk, The Verge and TechCrunch
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Michelle O Wants Textbooks to ‘Swap Cupcakes for Apples’ in Math Problems
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis …
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton ‘Corruption Of Blood’ Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators
Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
Sri Srinivasan confirmed to judicial seat in unanimous Senate vote
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Drone Policy