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10:35 AM ET, May 26, 2013


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New York Times:
Sweeping Leak Inquiries Reveal How Wide a Net U.S. Has Cast  —  WASHINGTON — Even before the F.B.I. conducted 550 interviews of officials and seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters in a leak investigation connected to a 2012 article about a Yemen bomb plot …
Yahoo! News:
The Justice Department Investigated a New York Times Reporter, Too  —  The New York Times reports the Department of Justice investigated national security leaks given to Times reporter David Sanger over his story last year about the Stuxnet virus by pulling all the email and phone records …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Press Sees Chilling Effect in Justice Dept. Inquiries
Washington Post:
The press must have the ability to ask questions
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can 44 Subtract 43 From the Equation?  —  DALLAS — DO we dare to hope that the Bush administration is finally at an end?  —  After four years of bending the Constitution, the constitutional law professor now in the White House is trying to unloose the Gordian knot of W.'s martial and moral overreaches after 9/11.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Okla. Gov. Fallin fears ‘red tape’ will slow tornado recovery  —  Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Sunday said she was worried about bureaucratic “red tape” slowing down the recovery from a deadly tornado in her state.  —  Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” Fallin said she has had a …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Daily Mail:
Eleven people across UK arrested for making ‘racist or anti-religious’ comments on Facebook and Twitter about British soldier's death  — Benjamin Flatters, 22, appeared in court today charged with making ‘malicious comments’ on the social networking site  — Faith Matters …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
‘A’ Is for Avoidance  —  Even before last week's Senate hearing on Apple, it was clear that the aggressive use of tax havens and other tax avoidance tactics had become standard operating procedure for global American companies.  —  Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard were the focus …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Dole: ‘I doubt’ I could make it in today's GOP  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole says he doesn't believe he could make it in the modern Republican Party.  —  “I doubt it,” he said in an interview aired on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if his generation of Republican leaders could make it in today's GOP.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Franken gets last laugh  —  Republicans promised to make funnyman Al Franken a one-term senator, but look who's laughing now.  —  The Minnesota Democrat looked to be a top GOP pickoff target next year after his agonizing seven-month recount and legal battle put him in the Senate in 2009 by a mere 312 votes.
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
In Praise of Slow Learners
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
In North Carolina, unimpeded GOP drives state hard to the right  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Backed by throngs of chanting supporters, dozens of liberal demonstrators are subjecting themselves to arrest each Monday at the state legislature here to protest a flurry of bills that could transform North Carolina …
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.
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Amid turmoil, J. Warner worries about GOP's ‘competitive strength’  —  In retirement after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, John W. Warner chooses his words carefully when speaking of the Republican Party.  —  But he clearly is concerned about the recent tumult in Virginia's GOP.
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
A Farmers' Rebellion Lifts the California GOP  —  An election upset could send a pro-business Republican to Sacramento and give hope to the moribund state party.  —  Democrats were writing obituaries for California's GOP after winning a supermajority in the state legislature last November, thus gaining veto-proof power to raise taxes.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Faces a New Quandary, Too Much Money  —  LOS ANGELES — After years of grueling battles over state budget deficits and spending cuts, California has a new challenge on its hand: too much money.  An unexpected surplus is fueling an argument over how the state should respond to its turn of good fortune.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
States' Policies on Health Care Exclude Poorest
Mary Carole McCauley / Baltimore Sun:
One-year-old fatally shot Friday night in Cherry Hill
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
GOP Governor Shuts Down Lawmaking Until Her Party Agrees To Expand Medicaid
Discussion: Mediaite and Arizona Republic
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Hagel: Sexual assault ‘a profound betrayal’
Discussion: Politico and CNN