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3:20 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 …
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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
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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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 …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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 …
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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 syracuse.com 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
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 …
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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.
John Fund / National Review:
The Real Voter Suppression of 2012
Discussion: Hot Air and alicublog
Nigel Atkins / Mirror.co.uk:
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.
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Wall Street Journal:   Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Youth
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
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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.”
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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
New jury to decide Jodi Arias' fate after penalty phase mistrial  —  (CNN) — An Arizona judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial Thursday after a deadlocked jury said it couldn't decide whether to sentence her to death for the murder of her ex-boyfriend.
Discussion: AL.com, Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
 
 
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Michelle O Wants Textbooks to ‘Swap Cupcakes for Apples’ in Math Problems
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton ‘Corruption Of Blood’ Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators
Gallup:
Americans Sour on IRS, Rate CDC and FBI Most Positively
Discussion: The Fix and Politico
Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
Measure to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Passes First Major Hurdle in Nevada
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
GOP's Chambliss: Obama speech will be ‘viewed by terrorists as victory’
Discussion: Pat Dollard
George Talbot / AL.com:
MOBILE - U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, confirmed today …
Discussion: First Read, Roll Call and Post Politics
The Atlantic Online:
Josh Barro, the Loneliest Republican
Discussion: AEIdeas and Washington Monthly
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
How Long Can House Republicans Go Before Turning On Each Other?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Impolitic and Goppers