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12:20 PM ET, June 4, 2013


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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bob Woodward criticizes IRS ‘fiction’  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward says the Obama administration has explaining to do on the IRS scandal and needs to answer questions about who knew what, when.  —  “This fiction that somehow [The IRS is] totally an independent agency is absurd,” …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Accuse first and ask questions later  —  A third House committee joined the stampede to examine the IRS on Monday, and its chairman did exactly what you would expect somebody to do before launching a fair and impartial investigation: He went on Fox News Channel and implicated the White House.
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Emails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bush Administration Appointees Also Used ‘Secret E-mail Addresses’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Report: Obama appointees using secret email accounts
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Erick Erickson Shows Everything That's Wrong With The GOP  —  Conservative pundit Erick Erickson doesn't like me.  This morning he wrote 900 words about why.  —  But the main thing his post reveals is what's wrong with Erickson - and with a Republican party that is built to appeal to people like Erickson.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Brad DeLong
Erick Erickson / RedState:
On Conservative Reformers  —  There is a lot of back and forth chatter …
The Atlantic Wire:
The Latest Navy SEAL Book Could Impact the Military's Transgender Rules  —  In every Navy SEAL is a memoir, it seems lately.  Retired SEAL Kristin Beck's new memoir, published on Tuesday and titled Warrior Princess, is a bit different, though.  In it, Beck describes how …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
SEAL Team 6 Vet Comes Out As Transgender In New Memoir
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Raw Story
Brandon Webb / SOFREP:
Breaking: Meet The First Female Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Court's DNA Ruling Brings U.S. a Step Closer to ‘Gattaca’  —  The day that DNA cheek swabs officially became the new fingerprints deserves to be marked and remembered — and not just because of the inevitable march of technology.  —  No, the Supreme Court's 5-4 holding today in Maryland v. King …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court OKs DNA swab of people under arrest
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Christie Can Maximize the G.O.P.'s Chances in New Jersey  —  The death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, creates a confusing electoral situation in the state.  There are conflicting interpretations of exactly what New Jersey's law requires — whether a special election …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats' 2014 strategy: Own Obamacare  —  Scarred by years of Republican attacks over Obamacare, with more in store next year, Democrats have settled on an unlikely strategy for the 2014 midterms: Bring it on.  —  Party strategists believe that embracing the polarizing law …
Dr. Keith Ablow / Fox News:
Is Obama waging psychological warfare on Americans?  —  I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans.  Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country …
Valerie Strauss / The Answer Sheet:
Mississippi governor: Educational troubles began when ‘mom got in the workplace’  —  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that America's educational troubles began when women began working outside the home in large numbers.  —  Bryant was participating in a Washington Post Live event focused …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Citing Stand Your Ground, Jury Acquits Man Who Killed Wife's Lover  —  As trial approaches for the man who generated national controversy over Stand Your Ground laws when he shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Florida street, a jury has acquitted another man under Florida's controversial law …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama to Name 3 to Top Appeals Court in Challenge to Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama set a confrontation with Senate Republicans in motion on Tuesday morning by naming a slate of judges to a top appeals court and daring his rivals to block their confirmations.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury IG official compares IRS scandal to Nixon  —  The Treasury Inspector General who uncovered the improper targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service said Monday he was stunned by what his investigation uncovered.  —  Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Six conservative groups to appear before Ways and Means on Tuesday
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans broken into fighting factions  —  On New Year's Day, in a cramped room in the Capitol basement, House Republican leaders faced an angry caucus.  Democrats had negotiated them into a corner — virtually every American would be hit with a massive tax increase unless …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Military brass oppose removing sexual assault cases from chain of command  —  Military leaders on Tuesday expressed unified opposition to stripping commanders of the power to decide where sexual assault cases are prosecuted.  —  In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee …
Discussion: CNN
Kirby Dick / New York Times:
Don't Trust the Pentagon to End Rape
Sheera Frenkel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. publishes details of missile base Israel wanted kept secret  —  TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel's military fumed Monday over the discovery that the U.S. government had revealed details of a top-secret Israeli military installation in published bid requests.  —  The Obama administration …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street Buyers  —  The last time the housing market was this hot in Phoenix and Las Vegas, the buyers pushing up prices were mostly small time.  Nowadays, they are big time — Wall Street big.  —  Large investment firms have spent billions of dollars …
Discussion: The Week and Calculated Risk
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Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Baby boomers are killing themselves at an alarming rate, raising question: Why?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Don't help your child to get a job, says new social mobility tzar James Caan
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Charlotte Cowles / New York Magazine:
Hillary Clinton Made a Pantsuit Joke at the CFDA Awards
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
U.N. Panel Reports Increasing Brutality by Both Sides in Syria Conflict
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Fighting education fanatics: Column
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Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary in fresh vile rant: 'Lee Rigby will burn in hellfire because he …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
North Korean officers join Assad's forces
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Survey Of Young People Reveals They Support Progressive Policies
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fans resent lack of public Obama events
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Woman embroiled in Petraeus scandal sues gov't agencies