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Maybe Ike was right
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey recalls Dwight Eisenhower's final presidential address in which he warned the nation that the "military-industrial complex" may endanger the democratic process. In light of the recent NSA controversy, Morrissey argues that it is time to take Eisenhower's warning seriously.



Plan B and the end of innocence


The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez argues that young females should be legally banned from independently making the decision to obtain the "morning after pill," citing medical, emotional, and moral implications.

Ted Cruz gives away the game


The Washington Post's Greg Sargent criticizes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for wanting to eliminate the path to citizenship, which he says is not an area of concern for most members of the GOP.



You call this insurance?


The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn uncovers the fallacies behind Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor's recent statements about projected insurance "rate shock."



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Rubio aims to add stricter language requirement to immigration bill


The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports on Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) plans to offer a new amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would make English proficiency a requirement for permanent residency.



Carney refuses to label Snowden before investigation


The Hill's Justin Sink reports on Jay Carney's hesitation toward using the word "traitor" when describing Edward Snowden. The administration will wait to comment on the Snowden until the investigation is under way.


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Tea Party shouldn't assault Common Core standards 
The Washington Post's John Markell says the Tea Party should stop criticizing the Common Core state standards, objectives that have been adopted by 45 states to help guarantee American students receive the academic skills needed to reach their full potential. 

Snowden worship should hold off 
The Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan thinks Americans should "take a few breaths" and resist worshiping Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker. 

Sebelius has too much power 
The Washington Times' Jane M. Orient says the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should not have the power to deny a child with cystic fibrosis a lung transplant. 

GOP split between support and opposition with NSA and Obama
The American Conservative's W. James Antle III thinks there is a civil war brewing within the GOP and that the next few elections are important in discovering whose party it really is. 

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President aware of whistle-blower, White House declines to make comment 
The Hill's Justin Sink reports that the President has been briefed on Edward Snowden's claim to have leaked the National Security Agency surveillance programs, but the White House declines to make a comment. 

Quinnipiac poll has Booker far ahead of competition in Dem. primary
A Quinnipiac University poll has Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker leading in the Democratic primary for New Jersey's special Senate election, claiming 53 percent The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports.

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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.

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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. 




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Mortgage rates are rising.  Will the housing recovery falter?
The Daily Beast's Megan McArdle thinks that although housing prices have recently risen at a time of historically low interest rates, the connection between interest rates and housing prices is actually not that strong.

Christie splits the difference
The National Review's Daniel Foster says New Jersey Governor Christie's decision to hold a special Senate election in October is sure to displease Republicans but may not have such bad ramifications on Christie himself.

Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit will be hard to obstruct
Sam Kleiner argues in The New Republic that criticizing President Obama's recent nominees to the second most powerful court individually will only strengthen the prospects for the other nominees.

Neck n' neck
Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall says that Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is well ahead in the polls over Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts Senate race, despite many analysts saying it is 'neck and neck.'

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The DOJ defends not telling AP of subpoenas in letter to lawmakers
Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik argued that informing The Associated Press of the subpoenas in advance could allow the leaker to become aware of the investigation, The Hill's Jordy Yager reports.

Influential Senate Republicans weigh in against immigration reform measure
The four Senate Republicans argue that the current legislation would not help to protect the border, The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports.

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SAMHSA 'flying under the radar'

National Review’s E. Fuller Torrey and Sally Satel think the programs in place to aid the severely mentally ill are making the problem worse.

Lautenberg was the last of the 'New Deal liberals'
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on Monday, was the last of the so-called "New Deal" Democrats, The Nation's John Nichols writes.

Blood boiling over “paid liar” comment

The Washington Times’s Dave Boyer reports on tension between White House press secretary Jay Carney and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) over IRS scandal.

Deceased senator was ahead of his time in the health sector

Wonkblog’s Brad Plumer writes on Lautenberg's impact on public health in the United States, including raising the national minimum drinking age.

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Obama administration unveils new mental health initiatives

The Obama administration introduced new initiatives to combat mental illness, reports The Hill's Elise Viebeck.

Wall Street powerhouses swarm, and sting, government agencies

The Hill’s Ben Goad reports that the “swarming” of Wall Street lobbyists on government agencies is overpowering less powerful groups who want tighter regulations.

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Regulations can’t falter banks
Despite increasingly harsh regulations, The Daily Beast’s Daniel Gross reports that banks are finding success.

High hopes for Comey
The Fix’s Paul Kane thinks James Comey is a shoe-in to be confirmed director of the FBI, due to a testimony given in 2007 that made people listen.

Iran terror support echoes 1990s
The Washington Times' Guy Taylor reports that the State Department believes support for terrorism is growing in the nation to levels comparable the the 1990s

Republicans can’t bag swing states
The Atlantic’s Josh Kraushaar thinks Republicans need to solve their swing-state slump, because the environment in Washington is pro-GOP.


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Off-the-record Holder receives rejections
Major news outlets declined the attorney general's offer to hold a private meeting on press freedoms, The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Jordy Yager report.

Bloomberg and crew target senators to vote for gun bill
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is targeting three senators to back a bill preventing people on terrorist watch lists from passing gun background checks, The Hill's Jordy Yager reports.

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Naming the nameless war
Mother Jones’ Andrew Bacevich says the war on terror needs a new name.

Reforming healthcare reform
Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner looks at three changes the healthcare law has already undergone.

The Jason Furman effect
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein looks at Jason Furman, Obama’s nominee to replace CEA chief Alan Krueger.

Holder feeling regrets
The Daily Beast’s Daniel Klaidman
reports on Eric Holder's remorse over the Fox News investigation.

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Pentagon defends cybersecurity in light of Chinese hacking report
The Hill’s Jennifer Martinez
reports that the Pentagon is defending itself from allegations that Chinese hackers breached the designs for U.S. weapons systems.

Issa subpoenas State Dept docs on Benghazi
The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper reports that the most recent release of State Department emails wasn't enough for 
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

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The IRS hunger games

The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber thinks conservatives are picking on a mundane agency with too few resources.

Did a YouTube video spark Benghazi?
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones gives a brief primer on whether an Internet video of the Cairo protests sparked the Benghazi fighters.

Is the IRS the real voter suppression of 2012?
The National Review’s John Fund thinks a significant amount of political activity was curbed by fear of IRS targeting.

RIP Charlie Reese
The American Conservative’s Daniel McCarthy remembers one of the first conservative columnists to speak against Iraq.

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Holder reviewing DOJ probe guidelines
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports that Attorney General Eric Holder will review Justice Department guidelines on leak investigations.

Senate lowers subsidies for wealthy farmers
The Hill’s Ramsey Cox reports that the Senate has voted to reduce crop insurance subsidies for farmers.



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Republican congressmen explain why you shouldn't thank the fiscal-cliff tax hike for the falling deficit

Dave Weigel reports on House Republicans' plans for negotiating a debt ceiling increase and how the falling national deficit factors into their strategizing.

Pro-internet-tax groups get the facts wrong

At The Heritage Foundation's The Foundry blog, James Gattuso and Curtis Dubay push back on the think tank's assessment of an internet tax.

The attorney general's letter to Congress on Anwar al-Awlaki

John Bellinger at Lawfare blog reacts to Attorney General Eric Holder's letter to top Senate Judiciary Committee members on the president's drone policies.

Community organizing, ObamaCare style

Paul Mirengoff at the Power Line blog argues that oversight of "outreach" of the Obama administration's healthcare reform law appears to be highly necessary.

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Issa may haul IRS's Lerner back

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) may require Lois Lerner, a top official at the IRS, to come back to testify before Issa's committee on the agency's conduct, The Hill's Bernie Becker and Peter Schroeder report.

Obama reflects on Oklahoma tornado victims during tribute to Carole King

During a tribute to singer Carole King on Wednesday, Obama paused for a moment to acknowledge the victims of a tornado that hit Oklahoma, according to The Hill's Emily Goodin.

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Destabilizing Syria in the name of stability
The American Conservative's Daniel Larison describes Rebeccah Heinrichs' demand for more meddling in Syria as 'wonderfully incoherent.'

IRS scandal goes nationwide
Kaylin Bugos of The American Spectator reports on Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to make the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS a nationwide criminal investigation.

Ex-IRS Director: Tea Party groups deserved scrutiny, but IRS bungled the job
Mother Jones' Andy Kroll discusses his interview with lawyer Marcus Owens.

Notes on a trumped up scandal
The New Republic's Noam Schreiber says the only real sin the IRS committed is the sin of political incorrectness — that is, of not even pretending it needed to vet all the new groups that wanted tax-exempt status.

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Obama summons top Treasury officials to discuss IRS scandal
President Obama will meet Wednesday afternoon with leaders from the Treasury Department to discuss the administration's response to the IRS scandal, reports The Hill's Justin Sink.

Senate panel to vote on arming Syrian rebels
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel is expected to vote next week on arming vetted Syrian rebel groups - the first time lawmakers have voted to approve arming Syrian rebels, reports The Hill's Julian Pecquet.




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