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3:50 PM ET, May 24, 2013

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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 …
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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.
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Roger Ailes: Obama administration efforts to intimidate Fox will fail
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Leonard Downie: Obama's war on leaks undermines investigative journalism
Michael Isikoff / Open Channel:
Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says
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 …
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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) …
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Conservatives Became Targets in 2008  —  The Obama campaign played a big role in a liberal onslaught that far pre-dated Citizens United.  —  The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups.
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.
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) …
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 …
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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.
Michael Bloomberg / CNN:
Bloomberg gun group hits a Democrat  —  Washington (CNN) - A large gun advocacy group is hitting its first Democrat in their most recent campaign to increase gun control measures.  —  Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   Bloomberg anti-gun group launches $350K ad buy against Sen. Mark Pryor
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 …
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
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
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Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Woolwich attack: Suspect Michael ‘Mujahid’ Adebolajo led away in handcuffs at fanatic's trial
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Collapse Of Public Infrastructure Spending In One Chart  —  The big news today is that a bridge in Washington collapsed, throwing cars into the water.  Amazingly, nobody died.  —  This may revive debate about the need to spend more on infrastructure, which would have multiple positive effects.
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.
CNN:
First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state  —  Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters …
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
New York Times:
Huma Abedin Is an Unexpected Driving Force in Weiner's Comeback  —  When Chelsea Clinton wanted to make a low-key visit to the hurricane-stricken Rockaways last fall, she arranged to take a trip with her close friend Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Daily Mail:
Man charged with making ‘racist or anti-religious’ Facebook comments about British soldier's death  — Police say people should be careful about what they write on twitter as the ‘consequences could be serious’  —  A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments …
Timothybella / CBS DC:
McCain Accuses Tea Party Colleagues Of Pushing Dems Too Far  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and Tea Partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats …
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
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.
 
 
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Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Obama's Challenge to an Endless War
Discussion: Hot Air, The Dish and Hit & Run
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court hears ‘sensitive jobs’ fight
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Two-thirds say economy in bad shape
Discussion: CNN
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama warns sexual assaults threaten to weaken military
Discussion: Politico
Dan Lothian / CNN:
President Obama forgets to salute
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the National Defense University
Office Of The Governor:
[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Decision by the Boy Scouts of America
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Guardian
Orlando Sentinel:
New evidence in George Zimmerman case: Trayvon texted about being a fighter, smoking marijuana
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
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Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Grassley Chief of Staff David Young Set to Enter US Senate Race
Discussion: Roll Call, Ballot Box and Post Politics
Yahoo! News:
Terry McAuliffe's brother was once an abortion-clinic-protesting conservative activist.  Now he's a Democrat
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Sky News:
Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Chris Trenkmann / WFTS:
Paula Broadwell says she's sorry
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
BBC:
High court: Sally Bercow's Lord McAlpine tweet was libel
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis …