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BREAKING: Acting IRS Commissioner Steps Down, Obama Announces

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: BREAKING: President Obama says Secretary Lew has requested/accepted resignation of acting IRS commissioner http://t.co/XgrXBdswcX

Acting IRS commissioner steps down, Obama announces

May 15, 2013

President Obama on Wednesday announced that acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller is stepping down amid investigations into political discrimination carried out by the IRS against conservative groups.

Miller, a career bureaucrat at the IRS, was tapped to serve as acting commissioner after commissioner Doug Shulman, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, stepped down in November.

CBS News has confirmed that Miller was informed of the IRS's targeting policy in May 2012. On July 25, 2012, Miller testified before a House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, but he did not mention the agency's heightened scrutiny for the applications of conservative groups. After learning of the controversial IRS practice, he also wrote at least two letters to Congress explaining the process for reviewing tax-exempt status applications; in neither of those letters did he mention the targeting.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57584707/acting-irs-commissioner-steps-down-obama-announces

BREAKING: White House Releases 100 Pages of Emails and Notes on Benghazi Attacks

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: White House releases 100 pages of emails and notes on Benghazi attacks.


By Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Washington Correspondent

The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The exchanges detailing discussions between top Obama administration officials from multiple agencies suggest the CIA took the lead in developing talking points to describe the attack last September 11 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Those talking points, which were requested by members of the House Intelligence Committee, were originally drafted by the CIA. The lawmakers had requested unclassified information they could use in media interviews. Following the original drafting of talking points, CIA analysts made a handful of significant changes, according to administration sources.

In the CIA’s original set of talking points, the first bullet point included a reference that the Benghazi attack was “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. consulate and subsequently its annex.”

Read more: http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/15/white-house-releases-100-pages-of-benghazi-e-mails

U.N. General Assembly adopts resolution condemning Syrian president Assad's forces

Source: Reuters / Al Jazeera

@Reuters: U.N. General Assembly adopts resolution condemning Syrian president Assad's forces in civil war, supporting opposition coalition #breaking

@BloombergNews: RT @flaviajackson: #UN resolution on #Syria passes 107-12 with 59 abstensions. Compares to 133 or 2/3 majority in similar vote last August..

UN condemns Syrian government for violence
Last updated: 42 minutes ago

General Assembly approves Qatari-drafted move condemning alleged rights abuses by government amid continued violence.
The UN General Assembly has voted to pass a resolution condemning the Syrian government for human rights violations and call for a transitional government.

The measure was approved by a vote of 107 to 12, with 59 member states abstaining. That was a tighter margin than in August of last year, when 133 states voted to approve a similar resolution. Russia fiercely opposed the resolution as a potential obstacle to peace talks.

The resolution strongly condemns the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on two points: the escalation of heavy weapons on civilian areas, and what Qatar, which drafted the statement, calls systematic violations of human rights.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/story/2013515153154534102

Breaking: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage; 12th State to Do So

Source: Associated Press

@BreakingNews: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signs bill legalizing gay marriage; 12th state to do so - @AP



— May. 14 6:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so.

Cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol for the outdoor ceremony, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze.

Dayton thanked legislators for political courage before signing the bill.

His signature came just a day after the state Senate approved it.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/minn-gay-marriage-sponsors-its-personal

Gunmen Open Fire on Liquor Stores in Iraq, 11 Dead

Source: Associated Press



— May. 14 2:57 PM EDT

HEROR, Iraq (AP) — A convoy of gunmen opened fire on a row of liquor stores in eastern Baghdad immediately after sunset on Tuesday, killing 11 people and wounding five others, officials said.

Police said the gunmen were in four cars that had stopped in the area and attacked shortly after sunset. Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

The attack in the Zayouna neighborhood came as the stores were at their peak business time, when commuters buy alcohol on the way home from work. Police say the four liquor stores hit had been rebuilt after bombers destroyed them in a previous attack last year.

Nobody claimed responsibility, although Islamic extremists have frequently targeted liquor stores in Iraq, where alcohol is available in most cities.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1st-kurdish-fighters-enter-iraq-turkey

Breaking: 2013 Deficit to Shrink to $642 Billion, Much Less Than Prior Estimate

Source: Associated Press / Reuters

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingpol: 2013 deficit to shrink to $642 billion, much less than prior estimates, Congressional Budget Office says - @AP

CBO says rising revenues shrink U.S. deficit by $203 bln

WASHINGTON | Tue May 14, 2013 2:22pm EDT

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. budget deficit this year will be $203 billion lower than previously estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, citing rising tax revenues and higher contributions from government-run mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The CBO, updating forecasts made in February, said it now forecasts a $642 billion deficit for fiscal 2013 compared with a previous estimate of $845 billion.

Read more: http://www reuters.com/article/idUSL2N0DV33V20130514

Dr. Joyce Brothers Has Died at 85

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Popular psychologist Joyce Brothers has died in New York at age 85 -RJJ


May. 13 6:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Joyce Brothers has died. She was 85.

Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died Monday in New York City.

She was a pioneer of the television advice show.

Her celebrity took off after she entered a television quiz show called "The $64,000 Question." She became the only woman to ever win the show's top prize.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/popular-psychologist-joyce-brothers-dead-85

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Newtown Panel Recommends Tearing Down Sandy Hook Elementary, Rebuilding on Same Site.

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Newtown panel recommends tearing down Sandy Hook elementary, rebuilding on same site. -MM

Sandy Hook school to be demolished, new school built on same site

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013

NEWTOWN — A taskforce in Newtown has voted to demolish the current Sandy Hook school building and build a new school on the same site.

The panel of 28 elected officials had narrowed the choices to three: renovating Sandy Hook Elementary School, tearing it down and building a new school on the same site or tearing it down and building a new school on nearby property.

The taskforce struggled last Friday to move toward a recommendation before a crowd of more than 90 people, as members discussed options that weren't among the finalists. The town consultant, Richard Harwood, president of The Harwood Institute in Bethesda, Md., said the panel will likely make a decision Friday night.

The panel's recommendation would then go to the local school board and ultimately go before voters as a referendum.

Read more: http://nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/10/news/doc518cf38355f9c515124674.txt

U.S. Embassy & Consulate Attacks Under George W. Bush (Facebook Graphic)

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