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9:10 AM ET, May 29, 2013


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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Bachmann Won't Seek Re-election Next Year  —  Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Tea Party fave Bachmann won't run for Congress again  —  Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced that she is not running for another term in Congress.  Bachmann, tea party Republican favorite, says she was not concerned about being re-elected, or any inquiries into her 2012 Presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Agonist
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Hot Dish Politics:
Bachmann announces she won't seek re-election  —  With an early morning video message to supporters, embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she would not run for re-election next year.  —  “My dear friends, after a great deal of thought and deliberation …
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in 2014  —  WASHINGTON — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.  —  Bachmann, who ran …
Alison Harding / CNN:
Rep. Bachmann looks forward to ‘limitless’ future, but not in the House  —  (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand whose bid for president last year ended after the Iowa caucuses, will not seek re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat in 2014.
Bachmann's fall  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — the tea-party firebrand facing investigations and a daunting reelection race — abruptly announced on Wednesday morning that she will not seek reelection to a fifth term.  —  Her move marked a spectacular fall for a congresswoman …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and PoliticusUSA
Mike Allen / Politico:
Michele Bachmann not running again
Discussion: Reuters
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann 2014: Minnesota Congresswoman Will Not Seek Re-Election (VIDEO)
Discussion: Firedoglake, Gawker and The Raw Story
Facebook Safety / Facebook:
Controversial, Harmful and Hateful Speech on Facebook  —  Recently there has been some attention given to Facebook's content policy.  The current concern, voiced by Women, Action and The Media, The Everyday Sexism Project, and the coalition they represent, has focused on content that targets women …
New York Times:
The Wisdom of Bob Dole  —  Bob Dole no longer recognizes the Republican Party that he helped lead for years.  Speaking over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” he said his party should hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors until it comes up with a few positive ideas …
Discussion: and PoliticusUSA
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   President of Scandinavia
Larry King joins RT with brand new politics show  —  Award-winning interviewer Larry King will host a mold-breaking political talk show on RT from next month, speaking to both leading establishment figures, and those who are not afraid to go against the grain.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Larry King joins Russian channel RT
Discussion: Mediaite
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cantor says Obama ‘disconnected,’ has ‘lost focus’ in office  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday said that President Obama had become “disconnected” and “lost focus,” citing a trio of controversies which threaten to derail his second-term agenda.
Discussion: Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Vulnerable Democrats' 2014 Obama problem  —  As Democrats try to keep their lock on the Senate next year, some of their most vulnerable incumbents have a problem with President Barack Obama: They can't win with him, but they probably can't win without him, either.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP presses Cotton to run for Senate
Discussion: Politico
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Circling the media wagons  —  When will journalists take responsibility for what they do without circling the wagons and shouting that the First Amendment is under attack?  —  I'm talking about the case of Fox News correspondent James Rosen.  —  The case should be described …
Detroit Free Press:   Candice Miller: The press finally wakes up to the Obama nightmare
Open Channel:
IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show  —  Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations' activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency's Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath  —  The House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on the Justice Department's (DOJ) surveillance of reporters, an aide close to the matter told The Hill.
Lawmakers question whether Holder gave false testimony
Derek Hunter /
Taking A Little “Crony” Out Of Capitalism  —  Current scandals aside, when the history of the Obama Administration is written the topic of crony capitalism will need a section to itself.  From the high profile failures of green energy projects to the bailouts of Wall Street and Detroit …
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Obama Asks Pentagon For Syria No-Fly Zone Plan  —  Along with no-fly zone plans, the White House is considering arming parts of the Syrian opposition and formally recognizing the Syrian opposition council, reports Josh Rogin.  —  The White House has asked the Pentagon to draw …
Suspended sentences for 20 who attacked US embassy in Tunisia … TWENTY people have received a two-year suspended prison sentence for their part in a deadly attack on the US embassy in Tunisia last year, their lawyer said.  —  “They all got a two-year suspended sentence,” said lawyer Anouar Ouled Ali.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Joe Miller files papers for Senate  —  It looks like it's time to stop calling Joe Miller a former Senate candidate.  —  The Alaska conservative activist who lost a 2010 bid for the Senate after besting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a GOP primary, has filed a form indicating he intends …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
President Obama wanted to make clear Tuesday that a lipstick stain on his shirt collar came from a woman he greeted at a reception.  —  “Where's Jessica Sanchez?  It wasn't Jessica, this is her aunt,” Obama said at the Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room, pointing to lipstick on shirt collar.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Associated Press:
Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty in Hazardous Waste Case  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems.
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Lauren French / Politico:
IRS moves to manage scandal  —  The new head of the IRS is moving quickly to reshape the scandal-plagued agency.  —  Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel is creating a new position at the agency — chief risk officer — to improve internal controls.  In a note to agency employees today …
Discussion: CNN and The PJ Tatler
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Arrested Development Explains the Obama Presidency  —  Now, the story of a president whose promise was abruptly cancelled, and the dysfunctional opposition that can't seem to keep it together.  —  This is Barack Obama.  —  He rose — from humble beginnings in the Hawaii-based marijuana …
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Reports: Former EPA Administrator Jackson heading to Apple  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the technology giant has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to head its environmental efforts.  —  Cook broke the news at the D11 Conference …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Politico
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
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Agence France Presse:
Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Senate GOP asks High Court to invalidate recess appointments
Discussion: Politico and RH Reality Check