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  1. NOT AGAIN! Army Abuse Watchdog Accused of Assault Jack Plunkett / AP Photo

    1. Army Abuse Watchdog Accused of Assault

    There goes another one: a soldier who was responsible for coordinating an Army sexual-assault-prevention program has been placed under investigation for “abusive sexual contact” and other alleged misconduct, the Army said Tuesday. The announcement came days after the director of a similar program in the Air Force was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in a Virginia parking lot. The soldier, whose program was based at Fort Hood, Texas, is accused of pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault, and maltreatment of subordinates. He has been suspended from all duties, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Army to investigate.

    May 14, 2013 8:12 PM

  2. ‘BOLO’ Report: IRS Used ‘Inappropriate Criteria’ Susan Walsh/AP

    2. Obama: IRS Probes ‘Inexcusable’

    A Treasury inspector general’s report on the widening political-targeting scandal at the IRS leaked Tuesday, revealing that the tax agency used “inappropriate criteria” to single out tax-exempt applications by conservative groups for special scrutiny. The report says IRS officials had a list of criteria for targeting applications that included names with the words “tea party,” “9/12 project,” and “patriot.” The targeted applications were placed into a special folder marked “BOLO” (Be on the Lookout). The IRS responded to the report saying that the targeting was not motivated by political bias, but because of “insufficient sensitivity” caused by a spike in the number of applications they received. In a statement Tuesday night, President Obama said the report’s findings were “intolerable and inexcusable,” and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called them “deeply troubling.”

    Former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer weighs in on the IRS scandal.

    May 14, 2013 9:30 PM

  3. What Deficit? U.S. Posts $113B April Surplus Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

    3. U.S. Posts $113B April Surplus

    What’s that? The government’s finances aren’t in the toilet? The U.S. posted a rare surplus for the month of April, adding $113 billion to the federal coffers and signaling that the country’s financial outlook is improving. The surplus was the largest in five years, and the government is on track to post the smallest annual deficit since 2008. Over the first seven months of the current budget year, the U.S. deficit was $488 billion, down from $720 billion in the same period last year. Higher tax rates and economic growth are responsible for improving the picture.

    May 14, 2013 8:55 PM

  4. Revolt! Press Grills White House on AP Scandal Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    4. Press Grills White House on AP Scandal

    AP? IRS? Benghazi? How does it feel to be compared with Nixon? White House spokesman Jay Carney fielded questions from a rowdy group of reporters today on the bevy of controversies facing the administration. For the most part, he tried to bat them down. He refused to answer questions on the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records, saying he couldn’t comment on an investigation. “The president is a strong defender of the First Amendment,” he told reporters. (He used the word “unfettered” an awkward number of times.) Carney also called Benghazi a “political sideshow and a political effort to exploit a tragedy.” Anyone comparing Obama with Nixon “needs to check their history,” he announced.

    May 14, 2013 2:00 PM

  5. Hard at Work Anthony Weiner Hires Campaign Manager Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images

    5. Anthony Weiner Hires Campaign Manager

    The hour approaches: Anthony Weiner has hired a campaign manager for his budding New York City mayoral bid, sources close to him say. He hired Danny Kedem, who worked on a failed congressional campaign for Staten Island's 11th District last year. Weiner has already hired a press secretary and several other staffers after he recently revealed he was testing the waters in a New York Times Magazine profile. Sources say he is likely to announce his run next week.

    May 14, 2013 10:47 PM

  6. House of Horrors Gosnell Sentenced to Life in Prison Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, via AP)

    6. Gosnell Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies, has been sentenced to life in prison. The 72-year-old Gosnell gave up his right to appeal his conviction in exchange for being spared the death penalty. Gosnell, who was convicted yesterday, delivered babies alive and then cut their spinal cords with scissors. Gosnell was arrested two years ago, when police raided his clinic looking for evidence of prescription drug trafficking and found fetuses in bottles and severed feet in jars.

    May 14, 2013 4:28 PM

  7. SECRET OPERATIONS Russia Detains American ‘CIA Agent’ Person claimed by FSB to be Ryan Fogle. (FSB Public Relations Center/AP)

    7. Russia Detains American ‘CIA Agent’

    Russia has reportedly captured a CIA agent who was trying to recruit a Russian Federal Security Service agent. Ryan Christopher Fogle was reportedly acting as a secretary in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Russian news sites ran pictures of Fogle tackled on the ground while wearing a blond wig and with a baseball hat and later sitting at desk after his capture. Other photos show Fogle’s possessions: several wigs, glasses, 500-euro notes, and an embassy ID. Text of a letter detailing how the Russian recruit should start a Gmail account for the covert communication and an offer of $100,000 (and up to $1 million per year for more cooperation) was also released. Fogle is being held at the American Embassy.

    May 14, 2013 10:04 AM

  8. TRAGIC KINGDOM Moms Hire Disabled Disney Tour Guides Kent Phillips / Disney via Getty Images

    8. Moms Hire Disabled Disney Tour Guides

    Warning: heartless humans included. According to sources at The New York Post, a subset of wealthy Manhattan moms have unlocked the secret to cutting lines at Disneyworld: disabled people. Hiring “black-market Disney guides” for a rate of $130 per hour (or $1,040 for the whole day) the moms give their entitled tots a free ride to the front of any line. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney," bragged one mom, who hired a disabled person through the company Dream Tours Florida. Disney, who has declined to comment on the scheme, allows each disabled person to bring six guests with them to the front of the line.

    May 14, 2013 6:03 PM

  9. HEAVENS! ‘Downton’ to Return in January Giles Keyte/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

    9. ‘Downton’ to Return in January

    What is a weekend (without a little Downton Abbey)? Delighting upstairs and downstairs fans alike, PBS announced the official air date for the British period drama's fourth season Tuesday. Speaking to the audience at PBS’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, executive producer Rebecca Eaton set the Masterpiece Classic series return for January 5. “Masterpiece fans will not be disappointed: Julian [Fellowes] has done another brilliant job,” Eaton told The Daily Beast. The fourth installment of the show will run for eight weeks—from January 5 to February 23.

    May 14, 2013 10:36 AM

  10. Bye Stefon! Bill Hader Leaving ‘SNL’ Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Entertainment

    10. Bill Hader Leaving ‘SNL’

    Here’s hoping Stefon will come visit sometime soon to recommend some more of New York’s hottest clubs. That’s right: Bill Hader announced Tuesday that he’s leaving Saturday Night Live, robbing “Weekend Update” viewers of much-beloved “City Correspondent” Stefon. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader said. Lorne Michaels told The New York Times that he recognized Hader’s talent immediately after seeing him perform at a comedy club, saying that Hader “gradually found his voice, and that became a huge thing.” It has certainly been a turbulent week for SNL: head writer Seth Meyers, who hosts “Weekend Update,” announced on Sunday that he would be taking over for Jimmy Fallon at Late Night after Fallon replaces Leno on The Tonight Show. Saturday night’s episode, this season’s finale, will be Hader’s last one.

    Watch the best of Stefon.

    May 14, 2013 11:27 AM

  11. SUPPORT Brad Pitt: ‘This Is a Happy Day for Our Family’ JOE KLAMAR / AFP

    11. Brad Pitt: ‘This Is a Happy Day for Our Family’

    This isn’t exactly a shocker, but it’s sweet nonetheless. Brad Pitt hailed his fiancée, Angelina Jolie, as “heroic” after she opened up about her double mastectomy. “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as [that of] so many like her, absolutely heroic,” Pitt told London’s Evening Standard on Tuesday. “All I want for her is to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.” Jolie, 37, said she underwent a double mastectomy after finding out she had a defect in her BRCA1 gene, meaning she had an estimated 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer. Jolie powerfully wrote that she wants women “to know you have options.” “I do not feel like any less of a woman,” she wrote.

    May 14, 2013 12:40 PM

  12. FAST FRIENDS Prince Harry Tours Sandy-Ravaged NJ Pool

    12. Prince Harry Tours Sandy-Ravaged NJ

    The Jersey Shore was atwitter Tuesday when Prince Harry toured the hurricane-ravaged region with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Harry and Christie shook hands with police and residents during a half-hour visit to the town of Mantoloking early in the day, where  more than 500 homes were destroyed during the storm. Next, the two headed to Seaside Heights where they surveyed the rebuilding efforts of the boardwalk and played games at a few booths. Before Harry departed for New York City, Christie presented him with his very own navy fleece, after vowing to make sure Harry kept his clothes on in a cheeky reference to the prince’s nude saga in Las Vegas.

    Chris Christie gives Prince Harry a guided tour of the Jersey Shore.

    May 14, 2013 1:31 PM

  13. SWITCHING TEAMS RNC Outreach Dir. Goes Democrat Pete Marovich/Getty

    13. RNC Outreach Dir. Goes Democrat

    Nothing like switching political parties to hit ’em where it hurts. In an email Tuesday, Puerto Rico native Pablo Pantoja—appointed by the Republican National Committee to head Hispanic outreach in Florida—announced that he's joined the Democratic Party. "It doesn't take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today," he writes. To accurately illustrate what he calls the “racist innuendo" in the GOP, Pantoja cites a recent example of a researcher's dissertation, which focused on the likelihood that Hispanic immigrants' low IQs will lead to more Hispanic children with low IQs. "When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose." 

    May 14, 2013 11:18 AM

  14. IRONY Cheney Calls Benghazi a Cover-Up After attack on U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty)

    14. Cheney Calls Benghazi a Cover-Up

    Dick Cheney might not be the best guy to deliver this message. Cheney is accusing the Obama administration of lying about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to boost chances of reelection. “They lied. They claimed it was because of a demonstration video, that they wouldn’t have to admit it was really all about their incompetence,” Cheney said on Fox. “I think it’s one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.” Cheney claimed the administration covered up the fact that it was a terrorist attack because it would “destroy the confidence that was the basis of his campaign for reelection.”

    May 14, 2013 9:59 AM

  15. MANHUNT NOLA Police ID First Shooting Suspect Akien Scott. (Bill Haber/AP)

    15. NOLA Police ID First Suspect

     New Orleans police on Monday identified the first suspect in the shooting on Mother’s Day that injured 19 people, including two 10-year-olds. Akein Scott, 19, has been positively identified by more than one witness, police said. Police searched two locations for Scott, both of which are just blocks from the shooting site. Ronal Serpas, New Orleans’s police superintendent, said Scott has been arrested before on charges of firearms possession, narcotics possession, and resisting arrest. Serpas said it was too early to know if Scott was the only shooter.

    May 14, 2013 7:15 AM

  16. SPOILER ALERT ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Mom Revealed Richard Cartwright/CBS

    16. ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Mom Revealed

    There’s still one more season to go on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, but the show started its final countdown Monday night with the introduction of the now famous “mother” after eight seasons and 184 episodes. Spoiler alert: she’s a totally new character, so all those Robin-Ted fans should start crying now. “The whole idea is that Ted’s never seen this woman before, so it better feel that way to the audience,” said series co-creator Craig Thomas. On Monday night’s episode, Ted met the future love of his life, played by Cristin Milioti, at a Long Island Rail Road station as she purchased a ticket to the fictional Farhampton.

    May 14, 2013 7:28 AM

  17. PSYCHOLOGY TV Personality Joyce Brothers Dies Nick Ut/AP

    17. TV Personality Joyce Brothers Dies

    Dr. Joyce Brothers, pioneer of the television advice show, died Monday of natural causes. Once considered the world’s most famous psychologist, the 85-year-old became famous upon winning TV game show The $64,000 Question in 1955. She later appeared in movies and TV shows, but became a nationwide celebrity as the host of a series of shows. Her publicist confirmed her death.

    May 13, 2013 7:34 PM

  18. DELUGE Justice Dept. Investigating IRS J. Scott Applewhite

    18. Justice Dept. Investigating IRS

    The U.S. Justice Department and FBI are conducting a criminal investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. The IRS revealed last Friday that officials had scrutinized certain groups with the names “tea party” and “patriot” that had applied for tax exempt status, a move that Holder called “certainly outrageous and unacceptable,” if not criminal. The IRS has since apologized for its actions, but sorry may not be enough in this case. Regarding the Justice Departent’s seizure of the AP’s phone records, Holder told reporters it was part of an investigation into a “very serious leak,” but that he had recused himself from the investigation last year.

    May 14, 2013 3:19 PM

  19. MIXED SIGNALS Pakistan’s Sharif: End the Drone Strikes Pakistan's incoming P.M. Nawaz Sharif on Monday in Lahore. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty)

    19. Pakistan’s Sharif: End the Drone Strikes

    Nawaz Sharif hasn’t even been officially declared Pakistan’s prime minister, and he’s already criticizing the U.S. drone strikes. Sharif, poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan after this weekend’s election, said Monday that U.S. drone strikes are a violation of his country’s sovereignty—although he insisted he wanted a good relationship with Washington. Sharif, 63, frequently criticized the U.S. while on the campaign trail, and he had criticized the former government of pandering to Washington in exchange for aid. The U.S. drone strikes are hugely unpopular in Pakistan, where many believe they kill innocent civilians. But Sharif insisted he would “extend full support” to the U.S. in the military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

    May 14, 2013 7:08 AM

  20. 12th state MN Senate Passes Marriage Equality Jim Mone/AP

    20. MN Senate Passes Marriage Equality

    Twelve down, 38 to go. Minnesota’s Senate voted 37–30 to allow same-sex couples to wed on Monday. It will become the 12th state to do so once Gov. Mark Dayton signs the bill, which he’s expected to do on Tuesday. The bill was passed by the House last week and will go into effect on August 1. “God made gays. And God made gays capable of loving other people of the same gender. Who are we to quibble with God’s intentions?” Judiciary Committee Chair Ron Latz said to the opposition.

    May 13, 2013 5:24 PM

  21. DENY DENY DENY AP: ‘Unprecedented Intrusion’ by Govt. AP President and CEO Pruitt on April 15 in Orlando, Fla., (Julie Fletcher/AP)

    21. AP: ‘Unprecedented Intrusion’ by Govt.

    Excuse us, we have to go check our phone records right now. The Associated Press on Monday slammed the government for the “massive and unprecedented intrusion” of seizing the news agency’s phone records, while the White House insisted it had “no knowledge” of the Justice Department’s operation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington confirmed Monday that it had issued subpoenas of the AP’s phone records in an effort to track down a source who had disclosed an alleged Yemeni terrorist plot. The White House tried to distance itself from the latest public-relations disaster, with Press Secretary Jay Carney insisting that it is not involved. The Justice Department, for its part, said it values press freedoms, but that the public interest outweighed them. Well, that’s not really comforting.

    May 14, 2013 6:49 AM

  22. TRAGEDY Nearly 200 Killed in Burma Boat Wreck Monks wait for ferry in Yangon on Monday. (Khin Maung Win/AP)

    22. Nearly 200 Killed in Burma Boat Wreck

    A boat capsized off the coast of Burma late Monday, killing nearly 200 people on board—although United Nations officials said there was one survivor. Burmese authorities said the vessel struck rocks off the coast, although other reports indicated that one big boat was towing two smaller boats without engines. The passengers were fleeing the oncoming Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to hit Thursday and Friday and the U.N. has warned could lead to “life-threatening conditions.” Burmese authorities reportedly moved over 5,000 people from low-lying areas to Sittwe, the capital of the western Rakhine province. Nearly 20,000 Rohingya Muslims are living in Pauktaw in Rakhine after fleeing last year’s ethnic violence.

    May 14, 2013 6:47 AM

  23. COURAGEOUS Angelina Jolie: I Had Double Mastectomy Actress Jolie in London on April 11. (Oli Scarff/Getty)

    23. Angelina Jolie: I Had Double Mastectomy

    Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy because she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, she writes in a powerful op-ed in Monday’s New York Times. Jolie’s mother died of breast cancer at age 56, and the actress writes that her children had “asked if the same thing could happen to me.” She carries a “faulty” gene, or BRCA1, which means she not only had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer, but also has a 50 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer. “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and minimize the risk as much as I could,” Jolie writes. On April 27 she had the last medical procedure as part of the mastectomies—and her chance of developing breast cancer dropped to under 5 percent.

    May 14, 2013 6:40 AM

  24. JUSTICE Two Arrested for Murder of Malcolm X’s Grandson Arrested in connection of Malcolm Shabazz killing in Mexico City. (PGJDF/AP)

    24. Two Arrested for Murder of Malcolm X’s Grandson

    Mexican authorities on Monday arrested and charged two men with the murder and robbery of Malcolm X’s grandson Malcolm Shabazz, who died after a bar fight in Mexico City. David Hernández Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Pérez de Jesús are both waiters at the Palace Club, a bar in downtown Mexico City where Shabazz ended up with fatal skull, jaw, and rib fractures. Authorities are also seeking two other bar employees. Shabazz reportedly went to the bar with Miguel Suárez, a friend, a fight broke out over the tab, and the two men were separated. What happened next is still unclear, prosecutors said. Shabazz’s body is still in a morgue in Mexico City as the American Consulate works to have him returned to the U.S.

    May 14, 2013 7:18 AM

  25. RUNAWAY JUROR Caroline Kennedy Picked for NYC Jury Duty Caroline Kennedy on March 26 in New York City. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

    25. Caroline Kennedy Gets Jury Duty

    “My name is Caroline Kennedy. I live on the Upper East Side. I’ve lived at my current address for 25 years.” And with those simple statements Monday, Kennedy was selected for jury duty in New York City in a third-degree drug-possession case. She skipped past a question about whether she or any member of her family had been a victim of a crime. When asked if she had any connections to law enforcement, she answered simply, “My brother, years ago, worked as an assistant district attorney.” Asked if she had knew anyone with a drug problem, she answered with another understatement: “I know ... a few people.” For anyone who thinks it’s simple to get out of jury duty, guess again: Kennedy was chosen, despite her family history—and that she even campaigned for District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in 2009.

    May 14, 2013 7:25 AM