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4:00 PM ET, May 3, 2013

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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Part-time Nation: Was the April jobs report really the Obamacare jobs report?  —  US job growth in April beat economist expectations as nonfarm payrolls rose 165,000, and the jobless rate fell to a four-year low of 7.5%.  But the report contained worrisome signs that President Obama's health care reform law …
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Jobs Data Ease Fears of Sharp Slowdown in U.S. Economy
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Economy adds 165,000 jobs, unemployment falls to 7.5 percent
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Wake up America
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Markey starts general with 4 point lead  —  PPP's first poll of the general election in the Massachusetts Senate special finds a close race, with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a 44-40 margin.  —  Gomez is starting out as a pretty popular candidate, with 41% of voters rating him favorably to 27% with an unfavorable opinion.
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Michelle Obama to headline fundraiser for Democratic US Senate nominee, Edward Markey
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box, theGrio and Post Politics
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Ed Markey up by only 4 over Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts
Discussion: Ballot Box and Outside the Beltway
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)  —  The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the “Liberator.”  Click to enlarge.  (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)  —  Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world's first entirely 3D-printable handgun.  —  Now he has.
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Leading From Below  —  Memo to everyone lambasting Obama for not getting along with Congress: The president is not all powerful.  And he needs help from his supporters.  By Jon Favreau.  —  He added the words in one of the later drafts.  The announcement speech had been missing something …
The Daily Currant:
Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was denied a second slice of pizza today at an Italian eatery in Brooklyn.  —  The owners of Collegno's Pizzeria say they refused to serve him more than one piece to protest Bloomberg's proposed soda ban …
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The Atlantic Wire:
The Drudge Report Fell Hard for This Fake Bloomberg Pizza Revenge Story
Politico:
The Howard Kurtz saga  —  At the height of his influence, Howard Kurtz was widely regarded as the most influential media reporter and critic in the country.  But in recent years, erroneous reporting and careless errors reduced him to fodder for the media reporters and critics who followed in his footsteps.
New York Times:
Boston Plot Said to Initially Target July 4  —  WASHINGTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told F.B.I. interrogators that he and his brother considered suicide attacks and striking on the Fourth of July as they plotted their deadly assault, according to two law enforcement officials.
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CNN:
Family claims shunned bombing suspect's body
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Joe Biden hasn't told Obama about new gun plans  —  Vice President Joe Biden is planning a new gun control offensive - he just hasn't told the president yet.  —  Biden told a group of law enforcement officials Thursday that he is planning even more travel, with trips around the country …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP … After six months of mulling over November's election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party's only path to future victory is to improve the GOP's appeal to Hispanic voters.  But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need …
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush Official Praises Nazis' Respect For Laws Of War In Defending Gitmo  —  A former Bush White House official on Thursday made the case that Nazi Germany had adhered to the laws of war during World War II when defending the Bush administration's decision to open the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Hullabaloo and CNN
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Washington Post suffers 85% earnings drop  —  The Washington Post Co. on Friday reported bad news for its newspaper division, with revenue totaling $127.3 million for the first quarter of this year — down four percent from 2012 — and an operating loss of $34.5 million.
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Bulks Up ‘Bunker Buster’ Bomb to Combat Iran  —  U.S. Upgrades Weapon to Penetrate Key Nuclear Site; Push to Persuade Israelis … A 2009 satellite image shows a suspected nuclear facility being built in Iran.  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: About Those Conservative ‘Squishes’  —  The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz recently gave a speech to some FreedomWorks activists, delivering a fascinating retelling of the Senate gun-control fight.
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Ukip is a very British revolution  —  The results aren't all in yet, but it's obvious what's happening: Ukip are the moral victors in yesterday's local elections.  A party that was just two men on a golf cart ten years ago has placed second in South Shields and won county seats across the country.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Guardian, BBC and National Review
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
The Immigration Reform Opportunity  —  Several Senate colleagues and I drew up a reform bill, and now Americans' input will help us improve it.  —  Next week, the Senate will begin making changes to and, hopefully, improve the immigration-reform legislation I introduced with several colleagues last month.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence:
Letter to Catholics on the Approval of “Same-Sex Marriage” in RI  — 05, 02, 2013 - / Category Uncategorized - / Posted By admin - / No Comments. … My dear Brothers and Sisters,  —  Since the legislative approval of “same-sex marriage” in Rhode Island, a number of people …
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Gavin Lesnick / ArkansasOnline.com:
Pelosi says she ‘prays’ Hillary Clinton will run for president  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she “prays” Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president.  —  Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking in Little Rock about current affairs in American politics …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Benghazi Talking Points  —  ADVANCE ARTICLE from the May 13, 2013 issue.  —  Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled …
 
 
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Washington Wire:
Text of Obama's Speech in Mexico City
Discussion: Power Line
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor promises House vote to repeal ObamaCare soon
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Schumer Walks Back Claim That Obamacare Could Raise Insurance Premiums
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
CBS News:
1 killed in Houston airport shooting
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg's Next Movie: ‘American Sniper’ (Exclusive)
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Business Insider
Marie Saavedra / KASW-TV:
Company behind ‘My First Rifle’ under fire for child's shooting death
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass Before It Ever Gets Off the Ground
Discussion: Guardian, Business Insider and The Week
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
OFA's first foray falls short
Discussion: Hot Air
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