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10:40 AM ET, May 30, 2013


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USA Today:
War on leaks threatens your right to know: Our view … Intimidation tactic serves to hide all manner of government secrets.  —  When President Obama talked about reporters and reporting last week, he struck a conciliatory chord.  Obama said he was troubled “that leak investigations may chill …
Discussion: Guardian and PoliticusUSA
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Obama to Pick Former Bush Official to Lead F.B.I.  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive and a former senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as the director of the Federal Bureau …
New York Times:
Holder Faces New Round of Criticism After Leak Inquiries  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., a lightning rod of Republican attacks during President Obama's first term, is now contending with a new round of criticism over the Justice Department's campaign against leaks to the news media.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Attorney General Holder on the ropes  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is in the midst of perhaps the most serious challenge of his career over his department's investigation of government leaks to journalists.  —  The battle-scarred head of the Justice Department (DOJ) …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder To Meet With Washington Bureau Chiefs Amid Leak Investigation Criticism (UPDATE)  —  NEW YORK — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet this week with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department's guidelines for dealing with journalists in leak investigations.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
ACLU Defends News Organizations For Rejecting Off-The-Record Meeting With Attorney General
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Right Turn and Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times will not attend DOJ session, citing opposition to off-the-record provision
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NYT Will Not Attend Holder Meeting With Media
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Too dumb to check: Holder's huddle with media on press freedoms will be ... off the record …
Washington Post:
Comey in line to become FBI director, officials say
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama to nominate Comey as next FBI director, sources say
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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: Prairie Weather
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.
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.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Bobby Rush rips Mark Kirk's mass gang arrests proposal as ‘elitist white boy solution’  —  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is highly critical of a proposal by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for mass arrests of 18,000 Gangster Disciples, telling the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Kirk's approach is …
New York Times:
Salvadoran Court Denies Abortion to Ailing Woman  —  MEXICO CITY — El Salvador's highest court on Wednesday denied an appeal from a woman with a high-risk pregnancy to be allowed to undergo an abortion, upholding the country's strict law banning abortion under any circumstances.
Katie McDonough / Salon:
El Salvador Supreme Court denies critically ill woman lifesaving abortion
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Lois Lerner state  —  It is appropriate that the worst scandal of the Obama administration— the IRS targeting of conservatives — is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free of serious oversight from elected officials.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Annals of the Security State: ‘Is Puerto Rico in America?’  —  Here are two more, from people willing to go on the record under their real names.  Previous entries here, here, here. … Now, from David Rivera, who runs a small business in San Diego: … No more “analysis” at the moment.
Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
Sequester not biting District yet  —  In the months since the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester took effect, the Washington area has added 40,000 jobs.  Income-tax receipts have surged in Virginia, beating expectations.  Few government contractors have laid off workers.
Washington Post:
Officials: Man who knew Boston bombing suspect was unarmed when shot  —  A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.  —  An air of mystery has surrounded …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz opens up on immigration … What, exactly, is Ted Cruz's position on comprehensive immigration reform?  There's no doubt the outspoken and still very new Texas senator opposes the Gang of Eight proposal.  From that, some Democrats and commentators on the left have concluded that Cruz …
CBO's Publications:
The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System  —  A number of exclusions, deductions, preferential rates, and credits in the federal tax system cause revenues to be much lower than they would be otherwise for any given structure of tax rates.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Los Angeles Times
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mounting legal woes spurred Democratic leader's resignation  —  The head of Georgia's Democratic Party said Wednesday that he would resign amid mounting legal problems and growing pushback from fellow Democrats who feared his leadership could complicate the party's comeback bid.
Joe Muto / Salon:
I was a liberal mole at Fox News: From Bill O'Reilly to Roger Ailes, here's all the inside dope  —  Inside the beast: O'Reilly hates Hannity.  Producers know what's acceptable.  Everyone fears a call from Roger Ailes  —  Excerpted from “An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Threatening letters to Bloomberg test positive for ricin  —  (CNN) — Preliminary tests indicate ricin was found in letters sent this past weekend to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York deputy police commissioner Paul Browne said Wednesday.  —  Browne said the letters to Bloomberg contained …
John Flesher / Associated Press:
Jeb Bush laughs off mom's ‘enough Bushes’ remark  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he's undecided about running for president but didn't appear to agree with his mother that enough members of their family have occupied the White House.
Discussion: The Hill
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Rick Madonik / Toronto Star:
Rob Ford video scandal: Mayor Ford said he knew where video was, sources say
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The new Anthony Weiner, same as the old
Discussion: First Read, Politicker and BuzzFeed
Mike Spector / Wall Street Journal:
Petraeus Reboots With Private-Equity Giant
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Fortune
Diane Katz / The Heritage Foundation:
The Rich and Famous at the Farm Bill Trough
Rand Paul / CNN:
Helping Syrian rebels a dangerous risk
Discussion: Hit & Run
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York City Wants to Revive Old Voting Machines
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Michelle Obama's new ‘baller’ motto
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Kerik, now out, gave tips in jail
Discussion: and Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Alex Wagner Debuts In Racially Charged ‘Lean Forward’ Ad Mocking Border Security Proponents
Eric Russell / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage renews claims of State House censorship
Miranda / Right Wing Watch:
Schlafly Encourages GOP to Ignore Latinos, Focus on White Turnout