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11:50 AM ET, May 26, 2013

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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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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 …
 
 
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Hagel Calls Sex Assaults in Military a ‘Scourge’
Discussion: The Reaction
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Amid turmoil, J. Warner worries about GOP's ‘competitive strength’
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Hezbollah Commits to an All-Out Fight to Save Assad
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
A Farmers' Rebellion Lifts the California GOP
Discussion: Via Meadia and americanthinker.com
The Local:
Stockholm riots spread west on sixth night
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Mary Carole McCauley / Baltimore Sun:
One-year-old fatally shot Friday night in Cherry Hill
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Alex Jones Responds To Maddow's Take Down: 'I'm Attracted To Mr. Maddow, And That Really Conflicts My...'
Jason Dick / Roll Call:
The Macks Are Getting Divorced