MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

IRS takes some responsibility
The Washington Post’s Lisa Rein reports that the commissioner of the IRS small business and self-employed division Faris Fink, apologized Thursday for “many of the expenses that were incurred” at an IRS conference.

Finally a real scandal?
Mother Jones’ David Corn says there may finally be a true scandal for the White House, but that the administration may try to push some of the blame on congress for not knowing and telling.

Christie appoints Chiesa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to serve as the interim senator in wake of the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey reports.

One out of eight says no to Cornyrn
The Washington Examiner’s David M. Drucker reports an unnamed Democratic member of the “Gang of Eight” has rejected Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to the immigration reform bill.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Boehner lays down hard accusations 
On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused Obama of trying to shut down the government, The Hill's Erik Wasson and Russell Berman report.

Senate Intelligence Committee knew about NSA phone sweeping 
The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports leaders of Senate Intelligence Committee said senators were aware of the administration's phone sweeping and that it has been occurring since 2007.