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Planted question: The attorney whose question prompted IRS official Lois Lerner to reveal last week that the agency singled out conservative groups said Lerner asked her beforehand if she would pose a question on the matter.

Obama talking jobs: When the going gets tough, turn to jobs: That was President Obama's thinking Friday when he focused on middle class jobs during a stop in Baltimore. Obama's remarks came amid a trio of controversies surrounding his administration.

Gun control group hits Flake: A gun control group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) launched a hard-hitting ad against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) featuring the mother of one of the victims of last year's mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. The woman shows  a letter Flake wrote her indicating his support for expanding background checks before he voted against it.

Booker made $1.3 million on speeches: Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) made $1.3 million in speaking fees the past five years, Politico reports. He paid $476,000 in taxes and donated $620,000 to charity, leaving him with over a quarter-million dollars.

Markey hits Gomez on gun control: Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) hit the airwaves Friday with an ad comparing his record on guns with Republican Gabriel Gomez's. The ad mentions last year's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Gomez, meanwhile, went up with a positive spot.

DCCC wins April fundraising battle: House Democrats' campaign arm outraised its GOP counterpart $5.4 million to $5.1 million in April. The DCCC also has more money in the bank and a lighter debt load.

NRSC narrowly outraises DSCC: The National Republican Senatorial Committee narrowly outraised the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the month of April, hauling in $3.56 million to the  DSCC’s $3.54 million.

"Full Ginsburg" for Pfeiffer: Amid a trio of developments that have put the Obama administration on defense, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer is doing the "full Ginsburg" this Sunday, appearing on all five morning news talk shows.

Michelle Obama encourages promoting education in black community: First lady Michelle Obama encouraged graduates of Bowie State University to live up to the legacy of their university’s founders and civil rights leaders and promote the importance of education in the black community. Too often, she said, young African Americans “can’t be bothered. She added: “Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper."


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



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