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Magnifying Glass

By Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung
Published: May 15 E-mail the writers

The Obama administration released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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WashPost: Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta

Barack Obama

President Obama addressed the IRS controversy Wednesday evening, announcing that the acting commissioner of the IRS has resigned. Obama reiterated that he “would not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

By Karen Tumulty
Published: May 15 E-mail the writer

The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre­existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon.

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Politico: WikiLeaks reveals U.S. diplomatic secrets

Julian Assange ignored an 11th-hour plea from the State Department to withhold publication. | AP Photo Close


WikiLeaks has dropped its bombshell cache of U.S. diplomatic cables, ripping the cloak off scores of secret deals and duds, including clandestine North Korean support for Iran and the Bush administration’s failed attempt to remove nuclear material from Pakistan.

The release — more than a quarter-million back-channel cables that include brutally candid assessments of world leaders and previously undisclosed details of nuclear and antiterrorism activity — represents the most embarrassing and potentially damaging disclosure of American diplomatic material in decades.

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