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6:10 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.
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Holder media backlash intensifies  —  Major news outlets lined up to reject Attorney General Eric Holder's offer of an off-the-record meeting Thursday as his conflict with the press corps escalated.  —  The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Huffington Post and CNN were the first major outlets …
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
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
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:   Letters To Bloomberg And Obama Contained Threats About Shooting People In The Face Over Gun Control
Aaron Katersky / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Images of Possibly Ricin-Laced Letter to Bloomberg
Discussion: The Reaction
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”
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Katha Pollitt /
Will El Salvador's Anti-Choice Government Let a Pregnant Woman Die?  —  Protesters rally outside the Supreme Court in San Salvador in support of Beatriz and her family.  (Reuters/Ulises Rodriguez)  —  Yesterday, after a long delay, El Salvador's Supreme Court voted 4-1 to deny a young woman the abortion she needs to save her life.
Illinois Review:
LEGAL EXPERTS CONCLUDE ILLINOIS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL WORST IN U.S. IN PROTECTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  —  Experts in the law have concluded that the pending Illinois same-sex marriage bill would be the worst in the U.S. in protecting religious liberty.  —  Writing on behalf of legal experts …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Capital Flows / Forbes:
Obamacare's Slush Fund Fuels A Broader Lobbying Controversy  —  A little-noticed part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act channels some $12.5 billion into a vaguely defined “Prevention and Public Health Fund” over the next decade-and some of that money is going for everything …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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 …
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
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
America's China mistake  —  As Beijing becomes more bellicose, Washington clings to the hope that military-to-military relations will somehow relieve tensions.  They won't.  —  China's navy has been invited to participate in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific naval exercise to be held off Hawaii.
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 …
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 …
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Dana Bash / CNN:
First on CNN: House investigators questioning IRS Cincinnati workers
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Runs Away From Reporters
Andy Newman / New York Times:
New York Challenges a Coffee Shop Logo
Discussion: Above the Law and Boing Boing
Mary Beth Marklein / Associated Press:
Universities bolster MOOCs for online learning
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Unfogged
Mike Fleming Jr /
Grumpy Cat Gets Garfield-Like Movie Deal
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
John Kerry's misfire on U.S. performance on Kyoto emissions targets
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Terry McAuliffe Blamed Bush Election For His Father's Death
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Sun-Times cuts entire photography staff
CBS News:
What's going on between the IRS and True the Vote?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Strata-Sphere
Jim O'Sullivan / Boston Globe:
Chafee's party switch reflects broader regional trends
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Partying Strip Club Mogul: The IRS Targeted Me, Too
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
Sequester not biting District yet
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Lois Lerner state