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4:00 PM ET, May 30, 2013


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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 30, 2013 - American Voters 4-1 Want Special Prosecutor For IRS, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Fixing Economy Is More Important, Voters Say 3-1  —  American voters say 76 - 17 percent, including 63 - 30 percent among Democrats, that a special prosecutor …
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
I THINK I KNOW WHAT MIGHT SAVE MSNBC  —  There's a lot of talk about the fact that MSNBC's ratings have been way down for the past couple of months.  A number of factors seem to be responsible for this: people are turning instead to CNN and HLN for real news (the Boston bombings) and fake news …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama's poll numbers hold up despite the storm of scandal  —  Obama's 7 percentage-point positive margin in Gallup is better than where he stood before the IRS scandal broke.  —  President Obama's approval ratings have increased since a trio of controversies involving his administration began dominating the news cycle.
Discussion: The Week and Prairie Weather
Carol Cratty / CNN:
Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks  —  Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Attorney General Holder on the ropes
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING>>> Lois Lerner Told Republican in 1996: “Promise me You Will Never Run Again, and We'll Drop This (FEC) Case”  —  Lois Lerner, the controversial director of the tax-exempt organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service, has a long sordid history of targeting conservatives.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Lois Lerner state
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Washington ‘Spends’ More on Tax Breaks Than on Medicare, Defense, or Social Security
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Tax breaks benefit rich households the most, report says
Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
IRS's Shulman had more public White House visits than any cabinet member  —  Publicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama administration, more recorded visits than even the most trusted members of the president's Cabinet.
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Conference Call Features Threat To Assassinate U.S. Senator Because She Supports Immigration Reform  —  In a Tea Party-sponsored conference call held on Wednesday night, a participant called for the assassination of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) over her support for immigration reform.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Did the FBI Kill an Unarmed Man and Clam Up?  —  Law enforcement can't get its story straight in the worrisome case of Ibragim Todashev.  —  What led an FBI agent, or some other law enforcement official, to shoot and kill an unarmed man in Orlando, Florida?
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
McCain Wasn't Posing With Rebel Kidnapper, Spokesman Says  —  “Regrettable” if true, McCain spokesman says.  —  Via: Handout/Reuter / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain's office is pushing back against reports that while visiting Syria this week he posed in a photo with rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Partying Strip Club Mogul: The IRS Targeted Me, Too  —  Meet Selim “Sam” Zherka.  New York City strip club proprietor.  Westchester county newspaper owner.  And the self-described “loudest voice” for the Tea Party in New York state.  —  In the weeks since the revelation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Moe / First Read:
Cruz touts new generation leading conservative movement
Josh Kraushaar /
Republican Red Flags All Over in Bellwether States  —  The GOP's recruitment struggles in Virginia and Colorado don't bode well for the party's long-term health.  —  For all the lip service given by Republicans to the party's efforts to modernize its image, a quick look at the GOP's standing …
Rick Madonik / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford video scandal: Mayor Ford said he knew where video was, sources say  —  The mayor cited “our contacts” as the source of his information, according to insiders familiar with an unusual May 17 session in his office. … Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks during a press conference at City Hall …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Meet The Most Powerful Man In The White House You've Never Heard Of  —  Deputy White House Chief Of Staff Mark Childress, the man with all the plans.  —  With the Obama administration coping with a whole new sort of challenge — a wave of scandals and allegations that threaten to disrupt …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC Lands In Fourth Place In May; Maddow Hits Ratings Lows  —  MSNBC got some very tough ratings news on Wednesday.  —  Another month of big crime and disaster news saw the network struggle to keep up with rivals CNN, HLN and Fox News.  MSNBC was presumably expecting some dropoff from its 2012 numbers …
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
One Way Obamacare May Already Be Working  —  There was a time when all anyone in Washington wanted to talk about was “bending the health-care cost curve.”  Forget covering the uninsured — the ultimate test of the Affordable Care Act would be the trajectory of health-care costs.
Discussion: National Review
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Icon Calls GOP's Need To Court Hispanics A ‘Great Myth’  —  Phyllis Schlafly of the pro-family group Eagle Forum called the GOP's need to reach out to Hispanic voters a “great myth” during a conservative radio program Wednesday.  —  “The Hispanics who have come …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Harvard 1, Strawman 0  —  To the delight of NY Times headline writers, some politicized Harvard scholars (from the Warren School?) provide an answer to a question nobody is asking:  —  For Medicare, Immigrants Offer Surplus, Study Finds  —  Medicare?  I thought the controversy …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vote for nuclear option in Senate would be extremely close  —  If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggers the nuclear option to break the logjam of President Obama's nominees, it would be a very close vote.  —  At the start of the year, Reid did not have the votes to implement …
CBS News:
What's going on between the IRS and True the Vote?  —  Texas businesswoman Catherine Engelbrecht says she never had trouble with the government.  That is, until she founded two groups with conservative causes.  Now, she's telling a fascinating story of alleged harassment not only by the IRS …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
Jason Lange / Reuters:
First quarter GDP revised slightly lower; austerity bites  —  (Reuters) - A drop in government spending dragged more on the U.S. economy than initially thought in the first three months of the year, a sign of increasing pain from Washington's austerity drive.
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Grumpy Cat Gets Garfield-Like Movie Deal
Discussion: Guardian, Gawker, The Verge and Jezebel
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
John Kerry's misfire on U.S. performance on Kyoto emissions targets
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Kyle Munzenrieder / Riptide 2.0:
Miami-Dade Police Choke Black Teenager Because He Was Giving Them “Dehumanizing Stares”
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gawker and Shakesville
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe Blamed Bush Election For His Father's Death
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Sun-Times cuts entire photography staff
 Earlier Items: 
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's ‘Chicago Way’  —  The scandals swirling around …
Keith Koffler / Politico:
Why Dems might reject Hillary Clinton in 2016
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
With campaign in rearview, Ann Romney says there were mistakes
Discussion: Taking Note and Politico
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The new Anthony Weiner, same as the old
Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
Sequester not biting District yet
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Annals of the Security State: ‘Is Puerto Rico in America?’