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8:45 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
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Fox's Erick Erickson: It's ‘Anti-Science’ To Not Believe Men Should ‘Dominate’ Women  —  Appearing on a Fox Business panel Wednesday evening, Fox contributor Erick Erickson suggested it is “anti-science” to reject the biological claim that men should be in the “dominant” role in the nuclear family.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Fox Contributor Says Men Should Dominate Women
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Watch the Men of Fox News Freak Out Over Female Breadwinners
Discussion:, Hullabaloo and AMERICAblog
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.
Aaron Katersky / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Images of Possibly Ricin-Laced Letter to Bloomberg  —  Images obtained exclusively by ABC News of one of the threatening letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg show the substance authorities suspect is the poison ricin.  —  The images show globs of a pinkish …
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:   Letters To Bloomberg And Obama Contained Threats About Shooting People In The Face Over Gun Control
CBO's Publications:
The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System  —  Tax expenditures—which provide financial assistance to specific activities, entities, or groups—are generally distributed unevenly across the income scale.  Among the 10 largest that CBO examined are exclusions …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Harvard 1, Strawman 0  —  To the delight of NY Times headline writers …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Washington ‘Spends’ More on Tax Breaks Than on Medicare, Defense, or Social Security
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
John B. Judis / New Republic:   Documented Flaws  —  The immigration bill's disturbing fine print
Illinois Review:
EXCLUSIVE: LERNER INTRIGUE GOES BACK TO '96 DURBIN/SALVI U.S. SENATE RACE  —  CHICAGO - The IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics.  Specifically, the 1996 U.S. Senate race between Democrat Congressman Dick Durbin and conservative Republican State Rep. Al Salvi.
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”
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean  —  Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families.  I said, in a statement reflecting the view of three quarters of those surveyed in a Pew Research Center poll, that more women being the primary …
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare to Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums by 64-146%  —  One of the most serious flaws with Obamacare is that its blizzard of regulations and mandates drives up the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own.
White Blog:
Affordable Care Act Increases Insurance Choices
The Biggest Supreme Court Ruling You Haven't Heard Of  —  The Supreme Court has yet to decide this year's attention-grabbing cases on same-sex marriage, affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.  But last week, a divided court decided Arlington v. FCC, an important victory …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
George W. Bush Bikes With Injured Vets, Reflects On White House Decisions, Life After The Presidency  —  CRAWFORD, Texas — George W. Bush had been riding his mountain bike for almost four hours, and he was out of gas.  —  I was 12 riders behind the former president as we cycled, single file …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Dana Bash / CNN:
First on CNN: House investigators questioning IRS Cincinnati workers  —  Washington (CNN) - House investigators are interviewing two front-line Internal Revenue Service employees from the Cincinnati tax exempt office this week in Washington, and plan to interview two others next week …
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.
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Oprah talks gun control, immigration  —  Oprah Winfrey fired some political shots during a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday.  —  “In our political system and the media, we often see the reflection of a country that is polarized, that is paralyzed, that is self-interested.
CBS Pittsburgh:
State Rep. White Accused Of Attacking Shale Supporters Online  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Janice Gibbs is a grandmother and was born and raised in Washington County.  Although she has no drilling lease on her land, she believes that shale gas drilling is great for the local economy.
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 …
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