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”
— The Congressional Budget Office's latest estimate for the fiscal year 2013 federal deficit, down from $845 billion three months ago and $1.087 trillion last year, amid higher than expected tax revenues and dividend payments from federally-owned mortgage-finance companies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
In the news: the IRS, Benghazi, Obamacare, Angelina Jolie, the US drone economy, and “Bitter Pill”
— President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference Monday on reports that the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny. "I've got no patience with it," Obama said. "I will not tolerate it."
— President Barack Obama, arguing that the controversy over the Benghazi attack has been politically motivated. The "political circus" surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks, Obama added, has "dishonor[ed]" the victims
In the news: IRS, China, Heritage Foundation, Pakistan’s election, David Cameron, and Seth Myers
— Amount of the dividend to be paid to the U.S. Treasury by mortgage financier Fannie Mae, which was seized by regulators in 2008 as the housing market collapsed but has now returned to profitability
In the news: Texas, Benghazi, immigration reform, Syria, Hispanics, Wall St. five years later, E-Bay, and Prince Harry.
— Number of American babies born in 2012 who were named Romney, according to data released today by the Social Security Administration
— Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, responding to a question at a House hearing today about whether the FBI shares enough information with local police, particularly when there's a potential terrorist threat
In the news: Benghazi, Syria, Wall Street, 2014, Timelapse pictures, and what’s prettier in print this week