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6:00 PM ET, April 6, 2013

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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan.  —  The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee …
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Reid Hints at Using ‘Nuclear Option’ on Judges  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that unless nominations start moving swiftly through the Senate, another round of dramatic rules changes may be in the offing.  —  The Nevada Democrat said that while he was “happy” …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
NRA tactics erode post-Newtown support for gun-control measures  —  Sen Mark Begich declared a “sea change” in the politics of gun control immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., telling his local newspaper that he would not hesitate to buck the powerful National Rifle Association.
Chris Joseph / The Daily Pulp:
Obama Got It All Wrong With California Attorney General; Florida Attorney General Is Way Hotter  —  President Barack Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday night to apologize for calling her “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country” …
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart Ask OFAC About Beyonce and Jay-Z Trip to Cuba  —  (WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and her South Florida Congressional colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to Adam Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department …
AJ Delgado / Mediaite:
Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: ‘They Want Me To Shut Up’  —  On Friday, Sean Hannity brought Pat Smith, mother of the late Sean Smith, on his radio program.  The 34-year-old information management officer was one of four Americans murdered in the Benghazi embassy attack on September 11, 2012.
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RT:
Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas  —  Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week.  —  Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans prepare contingency plan for debt hike  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republicans on Friday that the House would soon pass legislation that prioritizes federal payments in the event the U.S. hits the debt ceiling later this year.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Scott Malone / Reuters:
Gun shop that sold to mother of Newtown shooter loses license  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said on Friday it had revoked the federal license of a Connecticut gun retailer that sold a weapon to the mother of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people at an elementary school in December.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
USA Today:
FBI interviews Petraeus as part of probe  —  Petraeus resigned last year as head of the CIA when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.  —  WASHINGTON — FBI agents interviewed David Petraeus, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency …
Discussion: The Hill and msnbc.com
The Presidency:
Madiba discharged  —  Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital today, 6 April, following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition.  —  The former President will now receive home based high care.  —  President Zuma thanks the hard working medical team …
Rebecca Schuman / Slate:
Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor.  —  Who wouldn't want a job where you only have to work five hours a week, you get summers off, your whole job is reading and talking about books, and you can never be fired?
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