Morning Must Reads: May 15

In the news: IRS, Eric Holder, the deficit, Boston Marathon bombings a month later, Pentagon furloughs, the blood alcohol limit, Texas gun laws, and "Space Oddity"

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • FBI launches a criminal probe of IRS for its treatment of Tea Party groups
  • Attorney General Eric Holder will face a barrage of questions Wednesday on Capitol Hill in the wake of his decision to recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation that has targeted media phone records.
  • The deficit is poised to shrink to its lowest level since 2008, and the projected growth in Medicare spending has fallen by $500 billion since August
  • Economic output contracted in the Euro zone for a sixth-straight quarter, as a slight recovery in Germany failed to offset recessions in France and Italy
  • Dana Milbank: Obama attempts to defeat AP and IRS scandals by doing nothing
  • By the Numbers: The Boston Marathon Bombings, one month later
  • Pentagon employees will be ordered to take unpaid furloughs of up to 11 days between July 8 and the end of September
  • In May the Texas House of Representatives passed twelve bills in a single day designed to soften gun laws
  • The government wants to drop the blood alcohol limit for being legally drunk to .05 BAC in order to avoid drunk driving fatalities.
  • David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” performed in space