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6:45 PM ET, May 26, 2013


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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: CNN, Taegan Goddard's … and
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Bob Dole: GOP, Senate both in trouble  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) on Sunday sharply criticized both his own party and the Senate he served in for close to three decades.  —  Asked on “Fox News Sunday” if the Senate was broken, Dole responded that “it is bent pretty badly.”
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bob Dole Scolds GOP: Reagan Wouldn't Make It In Today's Republican Party  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) told Fox News Sunday this week that the Senate Republicans are abusing the filibuster and that he doubts he, Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan could make it in today's Republican Party.
Victoria Benning / Post Politics:
Bob Dole: GOP should be ‘closed for repairs’  —  The Republican Party has changed so drastically in recent years, the current GOP wouldn't welcome the likes of Ronald Reagan, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said Sunday.  —  The current GOP ought to be “closed for repairs” …
Michael A. Walsh / New York Post:
How does Holder survive?  —  Because AG is Obama's alter-ego — his fall would be a defeat and an insult  —  If you want to see the true face of the Obama administration, you need look no further than the president's embattled attorney general, Eric Holder.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Sen. Coburn: Holder investigating DOJ a ‘total conflict of interest’
Discussion: Doug Ross and CNN
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman ‘Offended’ By Moral Questions Obama Addressed In Counterterror Speech  —  The House Homeland Security Committee chairman said on Sunday that he was “offended” that President Obama considered moral questions about U.S. counterterrorism policy in his major speech on national security last week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Sheryl Stolberg / The Caucus:
Wind Down the War on Terrorism? Republicans Say No
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Sen. Rand Paul On IRS Scandal: Obama Is ‘Losing The Moral Authority To Lead This Nation’  —  Appearing on This Week on Sunday morning, Rand Paul challenged President Barack Obama's moral standing in the wake of multiple controversies.  —  “The constellation of these three scandals ongoing …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Robert Burns /
OBAMA REFOCUSES TERROR THREAT TO PRE-9/11 LEVEL  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama refocuses terror threat to pre-9/11 level  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Some call it wishful thinking, but President Barack Obama has all but declared an end to the global war on terror.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obamacare's Other Surprise  —  LISTENING to the debate about President Obama's health care plan, some critics argue that Obamacare is going to need Obamacare — because it's going to be a “train wreck.”  Obama officials insist they're wrong.  We'll just have to wait and see whether the Affordable Care Act …
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.
Dominic Evans / Reuters:
Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah vows Syria victory  —  (Reuters) - Two rockets hit a Shi'ite Muslim district of Beirut on Sunday, driving home the risk of spillover from Syria's civil war, after the head of Lebanese Shi'ite militant Hezbollah said it would keep fighting on the Syrian government's side until victory.
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hezbollah Commits to an All-Out Fight to Save Assad
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Andrew Sullivan, terrorism, and the art of distortion
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The Independent:
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Amid turmoil, J. Warner worries about GOP's ‘competitive strength’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Discussion: Daily Kos
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