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8:15 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
Matthew DeLuca / U.S. News:
Pastor Rick Warren's son, Matthew, commits suicide, church says  —  Pastor Rick Warren's son, 27, has committed suicide after struggling with mental illness for some time.  Pastor Warren delivered the invocation at President Obama's 2008 inauguration.  MSNBC's Craig Melvin reports.
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” …
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
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 …
Associated Press:
6 Americans, doctor killed in Afghan attacks  —  KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - Six American troops and civilians and an Afghan doctor were killed in attacks on Saturday in southern and eastern Afghanistan as the U.S. military's top officer began a weekend visit to the country, officials said.
Discussion: BBC and Scared Monkeys
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 …
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Nuclear Talks With Iran End Without Advances or Plans for Another Round  —  ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program broke off Saturday with scant signs of incremental progress, much less an agreement on tighter controls and tougher international oversight demanded …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Larry Henry / 5NEWSOnline.com:
Pryor Says He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage  —  U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Saturday (April 6) clarified his view on same-sex issues, saying he is opposed to same-sex marriage.  —  “I am opposed to gay marriage,” he said in an e-mail.  “In the interview with KFSM done on April 5 …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The strange alliance between John Boehner and liberals  —  Has the news that President Obama will include significant entitlement cuts in his budget thawed relations in Washington?  Not so much.  —  Maybe they're in cahoots!  (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
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Scott Malone / Reuters:
Gun shop that sold to mother of Newtown shooter loses license
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AJ Delgado / Mediaite:
Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: ‘They Want Me To Shut Up’
Discussion: BizPac Review
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Ben Carson Apologizes to Johns Hopkins Community
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Fix
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Rubio, Amid Planning, Is Yet to Commit on Immigration Bill
Discussion: Politico and The Caucus
Rebecca Schuman / Slate:
Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor.
Discussion: Althouse and ParaPundit
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama budget to take aim at wealthy IRAs
Discussion: Hot Air and Viking Pundit