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7:20 PM ET, May 24, 2013

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Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen's Warrant Secret  —  The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen's private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The Sharyl Attkisson approach  —  Sharyl Attkisson has problems.  —  The Obama administration won't answer the CBS News correspondent's questions because her investigations — into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra — often reflect negatively on it.  Some colleagues at CBS News …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Eric Holder lie in Congressional testimony last week?  —  That's the question asked by Katie Pavlich and Jim Hoft after the revelation that Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved the application for a warrant on Fox News' James Rosen as a potential co-conspirator in espionage.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Justice asked judge to keep Fox reporter in the dark over tracked email  —  The Justice Department pleaded with a federal judge to keep a Fox News reporter indefinitely in the dark as it tracked his email in a national security leaks case.  —  A new set of exhibits unsealed and made public …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
There's a fly in my soup
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Roger Ailes: Obama administration efforts to intimidate Fox will fail
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News and The Moderate Voice
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Fewer Americans Identify as Economic Conservatives in 2013  —  Thirty percent say they are liberal on social issues, a new high  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-one percent of Americans now characterize their economic views as “conservative,” or “very conservative,” the lowest since President …
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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 …
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Billionaire's super PAC on offense in Bay State
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Daily Mail:
Scores of TGI Fridays in New Jersey ‘busted for selling caramel-colored rubbing alcohol as top-shelf scotch’ in statewide crackdown dubbed Operation Swill  —  At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch.  In another, premium liquor bottles …
Discussion: Riehl World News and Joe. My. God.
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Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rubbing alcohol as scotch? N.J. officials release details of ‘Operation Swill’
Discussion: The Week
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) …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama debates Obama  —  A heckler briefly interrupted President …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Nearly a Quarter of People in Greece and the U.S. Can't Afford Food  —  Hunger has grown dramatically in Europe since 2007  —  No matter where you're from, not having enough to eat is the ultimate signifier of economic distress.  Food is the base of Maslow's hierarchy.  It's the first concern in disaster zones.
U.S. News:
Cars, drivers plunge into river after Wash. I-5 bridge collapse  —  Three people were rescued from water after a bridge along Interstate-5 in Washington State collapsed on Thursday evening, plunging cars into Skagit River below, according to Washington State Patrol.
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Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Senate Republicans Oppose Budget Blockade By Tea Party In Growing GOP Feud  —  WASHINGTON — A tea party rebellion by several U.S. senators blocking progress on the federal budget may be working for them, but not for their fellow Republican lawmakers — even ones who mostly agree with them.
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Timothybella / CBS DC:
McCain Accuses Tea Party Colleagues Of Pushing Dems Too Far
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Laying Down My Pen  —  When an opportunity comes to do something good, one must grab it.  —  At 2 p.m. central time Thursday afternoon in Mobile, word spread that U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, a six-term Republican from a dark red district, would announce that he is resigning mid-term (Aug. 15) …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Michelle Nunn actively preparing for Senate campaign in Georgia  —  Businesswoman Michele Nunn is actively preparing for a Senate campaign in Georgia and Democrats there expect an announcement early this summer, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama met privately with Friedman, Ignatius, etc.  —  President Obama held a private meeting with top national security journalists on Thursday afternoon following his national security policy address at the National Defense University in Washington, POLITICO has learned.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg guns group targets Mark Pryor  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-control group is following through with its pledge to air ads against Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who Democrats see as one of their most vulnerable incumbents in a tough 2014 climate.
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Michael Bloomberg / CNN:
Bloomberg gun group hits a Democrat
Discussion: Ballot Box and Weasel Zippers
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Battering Ram Becomes a Stonewall  —  The IRS's leaders refuse to account for the agency's corruption and abuse.  —  “I don't know.”  “I don't remember.”  “I'm not familiar with that detail.”  “It's not my precise area.”  “I'm not familiar with that letter.”
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
No Wonder Republican Criticism of Obama Isn't Working  —  They're attacking the president where he's least vulnerable at a time when they have minimal credibility.  —  Henny Youngman, the late borscht belt comedian, told hundreds of politically incorrect jokes.  One of them was his response when asked, “How's your wife?”
Discussion: The Plum Line and Washington Wire
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yet Another Hulu Bidder!  Yahoo Is In, Too.  —  Add one more name to the Hulu bidding derby: Yahoo, which just announced plans to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, has made an offer on the video website as well.  —  The Web giant submitted a bid for the video site this morning, according to a person familiar with process.
Jana Eschbach / WPEC:
EXCLUSIVE: Parents Of Underage Victim In Kate Hunt's Case Defend Actions  —  SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A local teen's family says she is being unfairly prosecuted for a same-sex relationship.  But now a new twist in the case that has gripped the nation.  —  The parents of the underage victim speak …
 
 
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Lowkell / Blue Virginia:
Video: Close Cuccinelli Aide, RPV Treasurer: “I'm not a big fan of contraception, frankly”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Tells North Korea to Return to Nuclear Talks
Wall Street Journal:
The Other Government Motors
Discussion: National Review
John Hechinger / Bloomberg:
Overdue Student Loans Reach Record as U.S. Graduates Seek Jobs
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Daily Mail:
Man charged with making ‘racist or anti-religious’ Facebook comments about British soldier's death
CNN:
First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Leonard Downie: Obama's war on leaks undermines investigative journalism
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court hears ‘sensitive jobs’ fight
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Lothian / CNN:
President Obama forgets to salute
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Office Of The Governor:
[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Decision by the Boy Scouts of America
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Huma Abedin Is an Unexpected Driving Force in Weiner's Comeback
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Grassley Chief of Staff David Young Set to Enter US Senate Race
Chris Richards / Washington Post:
White House press secretary Jay Carney discusses favorite band, Guided by Voices
Chris Trenkmann / WFTS:
Paula Broadwell says she's sorry
Discussion: Politico and The Hill