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2:41 AM ET, April 2, 2013


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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’  —  “Obamacare” looks increasingly inevitable, but one lawsuit making its way through the court system could pull the plug on the sweeping federal health care law.  —  A challenge filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Perry doubles down against ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
This Blood Libel Brought to You by the West  —  Following a rash of criticism from U.S. Jewish groups, a Palestinian nonprofit funded by Western governments has apologized for accusing Jewish people of using “Christian blood” during the Passover holiday.  —  Miftah, a Palestinian nonprofit group founded …
Discussion: MIFTAH and Elder of Ziyon
Zach Pontz /
ADL, Wiesenthal Center Slam MIFTAH for Defending Publication of Passover Blood Libel Article
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Casey: I support gay marriage  —  Sen. Bob Casey has announced his support for gay marriage in an interview with The Morning Call.  (AFP/GETTY IMAGES / April 1, 2013)  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Casey told The Morning Call on Monday he now supports same-sex marriage.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
It Took Obama 15 Tries To Sink A Basket On White House Court Monday  —  “Oh man,” Obama said.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama did not have a great day on the White House basketball court Monday.  —  During the White House Easter Egg Roll …
Discussion: The Impolitic, TIME and Hot Air
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
‘Kid President’ pulls April Fools' prank at White House
Discussion: CNN
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Congressman Opposes His Own Son's Marriage Equality  —  Matt Salmon and his boyfriend Kent Flake (2010)  —  When Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) came out for marriage equality last month, he largely attributed his change of position to his gay son and his desire to support him.
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Rep. Matt Salmon: Gay son hasn't changed my views on gay marriage
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pol with gay son: No gay marriage
Discussion: The Hill and
World News:
US Navy shifts destroyer in wake of North Korea missile threats  —  The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula in the wake of ongoing rhetoric from North Korea, U.S. defense officials said.  —  The USS McCain is capable of intercepting …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at RNC … Not even a million dollars could convince Lady Gaga to perform at last summer's Republican National Convention.  —  The snub by the pop star is included in a lawsuit filed by a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon  —  Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing.  Yet last week it shelled out a reported $150 million to buy up Goodreads, a social network for book nerds with a devoted but smallish 16 million users.
Discussion: New Republic
James Hohmann / Politico:
Justin Amash: The House's new Ron Paul  —  When it comes to the House of Representatives, Justin Amash is the new Ron Paul.  —  The Michigan congressman, only 32, sees himself as a leader of “the second generation” of Paulites in the lower chamber.  Sen. Rand Paul moved quickly to present himself …
Discussion: Power Line
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Choice of Plans Under Health Law Delayed for Small Firms  —  WASHINGTON — Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation.
Discussion: Hot Air
Judge: Stockton, Calif., Can File for Bankruptcy  —  A judge accepted the California city of Stockton's bankruptcy application on Monday, making it the most populous city in the nation to enter bankruptcy.  —  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the bankruptcy declaration was needed …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Ed Driscoll
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
James E. Hansen Retiring From NASA to Fight Global Warming  —  James E. Hansen, the climate scientist who issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming, will retire from NASA this week, giving himself more freedom to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases.
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bill tying student performance to welfare benefits advancing in Legislature  —  NASHVILLE — Legislation to cut welfare benefits of parents with children performing poorly in school has cleared committees of both the House and Senate after being revised to give the parents several ways to avoid the reductions.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lessons From a Comeback  —  Modern movement conservatism, which transformed the G.O.P. from the moderate party of Dwight Eisenhower into the radical right-wing organization we see today, was largely born in California.  The Golden State, even more than the South, created today's religious conservatism …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Ed Driscoll and The Agonist
Fred Sainz /
Human Rights Campaign Statement on March 27 Events  —  In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community.  In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove …
Yan Lianke / New York Times:
On China's State-Sponsored Amnesia  —  IN March 2012 I met Torbjorn Loden, the Swedish professor of Chinese language and culture, in Hong Kong.  He told me that while briefly teaching at Hong Kong's City University he asked the 40 students from China in his class what they knew about the June 4 Incident …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Environmentalists to news networks: cover climate change more, skeptics less  —  Invoking news coverage of recent extreme weather events, environmentalists are urging the public to sign a petition to pressure major television networks to do more coverage of climate change.
Moneyrunner / The Virginian:
NPR's First Person Shooter Fantasy  —  Before your read this story keep in mind that the killer at Sandy Hook was addicted to violent video games.  So of course NPR decides that violent first-person shooter video games are great art.  Well .... this one is because it's irresistible to the NPR producers.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Clay Waters / NewsBusters blogs:
The NY Times' Mortifying Easter Error: ‘Resurrection Into Heaven of Jesus, Three Days After He Was Crucified’  —  Who says the New York Times is ignorant of religion?  —  Elisabetta Povoledo is a Rome-based reporter for the paper's international edition, but either she or her copy editor …
Nicko Margolies / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch Cleans Her (Twitter) House Before Special Election  —  Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the Democratic nominee for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, deleted more than 500 tweets from her campaign Twitter account this morning.  Colbert Busch will face the winner …
Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit  —  MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT  —  You won't find anyone willing to dare say it much in the media, but a good percentage of the white men who oppose gun control of any sort …
Associated Press:
Connecticut lawmakers agree on tough gun control bill  —  Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines …
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NBC News:
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New York Times:
More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. in New C.D.C. Data
Discussion: and Guardian
Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
BREAKING: HiViz Says Adios to Colorado
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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Senators warn that immigration bill still needs work
Discussion: NY Daily News and Washington Times
Mitch McConnell / USA Today:
ObamaCare fails to keep promises
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Political Scientist as Blogger
Tim Huelskamp / Washington Times:
The war on marriage and motherhood
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Bill O'Reilly vs. Rush Limbaugh
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia GOP Chair Warns That Straight People Will Enter Sham Gay Marriages For Benefits