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5:00 PM ET, May 25, 2013


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Jonathan Turley / Washington Post:
The rise of the fourth branch of government  —  Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University.  —  There were times this past week when it seemed like the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party had returned to Washington.
Discussion: National Review
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
In Praise of Slow Learners  —  There's this much to be said in praise of Jonathan Turley, professor of “public interest law” at George Washington University Law School, and frequent bobblehead on cable TV shows: at least he isn't a supercilious smug-mugger like Jeffrey Toobin.
Jason Dick / Roll Call:
The Macks Are Getting Divorced  —  Former Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and Connie Mack, R-Fla., are getting divorced.  —  Bono Mack and Mack served together in Congress as a married couple.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  The couple said in a joint release Friday …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Alex Jones Responds To Maddow's Take Down: 'I'm Attracted To Mr. Maddow, And That Really Conflicts My...'  —  Alex Jones responded to Rachel Maddow's skewering of his special tornado-weather-machine-conspiracy theory on his radio show Friday by saying she looks like a man.
Woolwich attack: Michael Adebowale's mother ‘tried to prevent radicalisation’  —  The mother of a suspected Islamic terrorist who allegedly hacked a British soldier to death tried desperately to turn him away from extremism but “could not get through”, according to friends.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Globe and Mail:
Globe investigation: The Ford family's history with drug dealing  —  This investigative report reveals that:  — Another brother, Randy, was also involved in the drug trade and was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping.  —  In the 1980s, anyone wanting to buy hashish had to know where to go.
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
GOP Governor Shuts Down Lawmaking Until Her Party Agrees To Expand Medicaid  —  Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) has a message for her party: expand Medicaid — or else.  —  The combative GOP governor is sticking by a threat she made to veto all legislation until lawmakers resolve the 2014 state budget and pass Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
Discussion: Mediaite
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  Gov. Jan Brewer sent five bills to the scrap heap Thursday …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
‘Alice in Wonderland’ coercion  —  Barack Obama, vowing to elevate Washington to the level of his fastidiousness, came from Chicago, where the political machine inoculates itself from scandals by the proliferation of them: Many scandals mean merely cursory scrutiny of most.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
GOP: Energy high on IRS  —  GOP lawmakers home for the Memorial Day recess predict they won't have to do anything to further fan the flames over the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.  —  Two weeks after the IRS's first apology on the matter, Republicans say they've only scratched …
Daily Mail:
‘Why are you standing so close to me?’:  Snooki and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie clash as they come together to reopen storm ravaged Shore  — Gov. Christie and Snooki had an angry exchange of words Friday morning at the reopening of Seaside Height's boardwalk
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Washington Post:
The press must have the ability to ask questions  —  A FREE press in a democracy demands a delicate balance.  The First Amendment means the media must have the right to inquire without hindrance.  The government has a legitimate interest in keeping some national security information secret.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mary Carole McCauley / Baltimore Sun:
One-year-old fatally shot Friday night in Cherry Hill  —  Two people, including a child, were shot at 7 p.m. Friday in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood, police say  —  A 1-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday in the early evening in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood and an adult man …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Inhofe: Okla. thanks the nation for its support  —  Oklahoma will bounce back from this week's tornado just as strongly as it has from previous disasters, the state's senior senator said Saturday in this week's Republican address.  —  Sen. Jim Inhofe, on the ground in Moore, Okla. …
Discussion: CNN
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
The unflagging spirit of Moore, Okla.: 'It's about hope'
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Why Undocumented Immigrants Should Have Access To Taxpayer-Funded Health Care
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Hagel: Sexual assault ‘a profound betrayal’
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Secret recording: Mark Shurtleff offers $2 million to silence critic
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …