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Justice Department obtained AP phone records: The Associated Press reports that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of  reporter and editor phone records. The wire service's top executive called the effort a "massive and unprecedented intrusion."

More than half of Americans support gay marriage: Yet another poll shows how public opinion has shifted on gay marriage. Fifty-three percent of Americans said same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid in a new Gallup poll, tying a historic high in the survey. In 2010, support for gay marriage stood at 44 percent.

Obama dismisses criticism: President Obama charged that Republicans are playing politics with last year's deadly attack in Benghazi. At a news conference, he dismissed criticism over talking points that underwent changes after the attack as a "sideshow." The House Oversight Committee, meanwhile, is expanding its investigation of Benghazi.

Skepticism about Benghazi response: Forty percent of Americans say the Obama administration has been dishonest about last year's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, a new Pew Research Center poll shows. Meanwhile, 36 percent said Republicans have gone too far in their hearings.

Weiner staffing up: Former congressman Anthony Weiner has tapped at least one staffer for a possible mayoral bid, Politico reports. Weiner has not yet said whether he will run, but the move appears to be a step in the direction of a campaign.

House panel schedules IRS hearing: The House Ways and Means Committee will look at the Internal Revenue Service's singling out of conservative groups at a hearing on Friday.

Thanks but no thanks: Former congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) won't run for the Senate, a big blow to Democrats' chances of winning in South Dakota.

Paulsen says no, too: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) won't run for the Senate or governor in 2014.

Headed for the West? For what it's worth, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) says former congressman Allen West (R) would make a "great" lieutenant governor. Scott's LG resigned in March amid a racketeering probe in which she had faced questions.

Capuano for governor? Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) says he has moved closer to a decision on whether to run for governor. “The clock is running, so I’m closer,” he said.


Golf ball, meet frozen lake.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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