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1:05 PM 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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
James Carville on Michele Bachmann: ‘Sad day’  —  Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville predicted on Wednesday that Republicans throughout the country would be “relieved” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has decided to retire.  —  “Sad day,” Carville quipped on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” …
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Michele Bachmann not running again
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Tea Party fave Bachmann won't run for Congress again
Discussion: The Agonist and NewsBusters
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
The 8 Most Outlandish Moments Of Michele Bachmann's Time In Congress
Discussion: American Prospect
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann: A Fact Checker's dream
Discussion: Mediaite, Business Insider and Poynter
Associated Press:
Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't run for re-election in 2014
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
President of Scandinavia  —  WASHINGTON — Like many others in our business, Jonathan Alter says he is “on fire” about the Justice Department's snooping on reporters and attempting to criminalize investigative journalism, including labeling the respected Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen a …
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
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 …
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.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
Breadwinner Moms  —  Mothers Are the Sole or Primary Provider in Four-in-Ten Households with Children; Public Conflicted about the Growing Trend  —  CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW  —  A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source …
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Nearly 40 percent of mothers are now the family breadwinners, report says
Discussion: The Week, WJLA-TV and
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Study: PolitiFact says Republicans lie more  —  The fact-checking organization PolitiFact has found Republicans to be less trustworthy than Democrats, according to a new study.  —  Fifty-two percent of Republican claims reviewed by the Tampa Bay Times fact-checking operation were rated …
Rukmini Callimachi /
AP EXCLUSIVE: RISE OF AL-QAIDA SAHARA TERRORIST  —  You are here  —  Home » Osama bin Laden » AP Exclusive: Rise of al-Qaida Sahara terrorist  —  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida's North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP presses Cotton to run for Senate  —  Republicans are intensifying a campaign to persuade Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to run for the Senate, believing the rookie congressman represents the GOP's best chance of defeating Sen. Mark Pryor (D).  —  Cotton has so far steadfastly refused to discuss …
Discussion: Politico
James Hohmann / Politico:
Vulnerable Democrats' 2014 Obama problem
Discussion: Washington Wire and Post Politics
Steve Kolowich / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Harvard Dean Steps Down Following Secret Searches of E-Mail Accounts  —  Less than three months after Harvard University administrators admitted to signing off on secret searches in the e-mail accounts of more than a dozen resident deans as part of a cheating investigation …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek confirms it is eyeing sale  —  Newsweek CEO Baba Shetty and editor-in-chief Tina Brown have sent a memo to staff confirming earlier reports that parent-company IAC is exploring a sale of the now online-only magazine.  —  In the memo, Shetty and Brown attributed the exploration …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rubio: The ‘Only Answer’ To IRS Scandal Is To Repeal Obamacare (VIDEO)  —  Calling the Internal Revenue Service's role in the implementation of the new federal health care law “chilling,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued in a video posted online Wednesday that the only appropriate response …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Sources: Lincoln Chafee to switch parties  —  Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has notified senior Democratic Party officials that he intends to switch his party registration and join the Democratic Party, multiple sources familiar with Chafee's decision told POLITICO.
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
Fire Eric Holder: Column  —  Top lawyer doesn't have credibility to investigate anyone, let alone himself.  —  Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the administration's sweeping surveillance of journalists with the Associated Press.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Get a Job  —  Underneath the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to 9 percent during the recession, there's been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America.  Anyone who's been looking for a job knows what I mean.  It is best summed up by the mantra …
Discussion: Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Curious IRS Timing  —  Did the tax agency also target groups that support Israel?  —  The IRS has admitted targeting groups that wanted to speak on issues during the 2012 election season.  But did the agency also target tax-exempt groups that opposed Administration policy priorities?
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Oval Office is no classroom  —  No doubt: Barack Obama has what it takes to be a terrific law student.  It's less clear those are the ingredients of a successful president.  —  A great law student excels at reading the fact pattern on an exam and spotting the legal issues.
Discussion: Althouse and Firedoglake
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 …
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
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Biden Tells Trinidad and Tobago: ‘11 Million Undocumented’ in U.S. ‘Required to Constantly Live in Fear’
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Karla Navarrete / KPHO-TV:
Arpaio says he'll change immigration enforcement, appeal court
Discussion: Reuters and The Raw Story
Olympia Meola / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
McDonnell to speed rights process for nonviolent felons
Discussion: ThinkProgress, WJLA-TV and Colorlines
David Nather / Politico:
GOP learns to love individual mandate — for immigrants
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alan K. Ota / Roll Call:
Portman Seeks Path to Break Impasse on Cordray Nomination
Associated Press:
U.S. reps urge end to ‘Redskins’
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Most Americans Say Religion Is Losing Influence in U.S.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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Jeff Zeleny / ABCNEWS:
McConnell Campaign Ad Uses IRS Scandal Against Obama
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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French Police Arrest Suspect in Attack on Soldier
Jibran Ahmad / Reuters:
U.S. drone kills Pakistan Taliban number 2: security officials
Discussion: The People's Record and emptywheel
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Liberal hawks were vocal on involvement in Iraq but have been quiet on Syria
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