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10:45 AM ET, April 2, 2013


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New York Post:
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, city Councilman Halloran arrested in ‘bribery plot’ to rig mayor race  —  State Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested at his home in Queens today.  —  State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they were plotting …
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot  —  State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, a contractor and real estate developer who rose to become the first black president of the State Senate, and City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran III were arrested early Tuesday on charges of trying …
Greg B. Smith / NY Daily News:
FBI busts Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran in mayoral election bribery plot  —  Smith and Halloran were arrested on charges they schemed to rig the 2013 mayoral election by buying Smith a spot on the GOP ballot.  Agents were also rounding up 4 others, including GOP party leaders.
Washington Post:
Firearms advocates target gun-control measures  —  Gun-control measures that seemed destined to become law after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., are in jeopardy amid a fierce lobbying campaign by firearms advocates.  —  Despite months of negotiations, key senators have been unable …
Peter Applebome / New York Times:
Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week, and The Fix
Associated Press:
Connecticut lawmakers agree on tough gun control bill
Discussion: Guardian
Adam Beam / The State:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to keynote S.C. GOP's Silver Elephant Celebration in May  —  COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant Celebration on May 3, according to a source close to the state party.
Discussion: Roll Call, First Read and Ballot Box
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Cruz to test 2016 waters with South Carolina trip
Discussion: Post Politics
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Donor Says He Sought Menendez on Medicare Without Breaking Law  —  Salomon Melgen, the Florida political donor at the center of a criminal probe, said he and Senator Robert Menendez are “like brothers” who spoke weekly, yet his companies never benefited and he broke no laws.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Politico
New York Post:
Outrage 101: Radical jailed in slay now Columbia prof  —  Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University's School of Social Work, The Post has learned.
New York Times:
Obama to Unveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain  —  President Obama on Tuesday will announce a broad new research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand the human brain, senior administration officials said Monday.
Discussion: CBS DC
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Obama to announce new research initiative to map the human brain
Kate Brumback / Talking Points Memo:
Guns Are Now Required For Citizens Of Nelson, Georgia  —  NELSON, Ga. (AP) — Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights.  —  The ordinance in the city of Nelson …
Discussion: Mediaite, driftglass and The Raw Story
What Marco Rubio is thinking  —  Immigration reform is alive and kicking because Sen. Marco Rubio was there at conception.  It will likely die if Rubio bolts in the end.  —  The possibility that Rubio could walk away, more than any other dynamic, is shaping the final details of new immigration laws, participants tell us.
David M. Drucker / GOPpers:
Rubio Says Process Counts in Immigration Overhaul
Discussion: The Week, The Plum Line and Hot Air
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton 2016 starts with McAuliffe race  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign begins this year in Virginia.  —  She hasn't said anything about 2016, but Terry McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign is serving as a testing ground for Clinton's clout, operatives and donors.
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Schumer proposes federal grants to tap maple syrup on private land  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday proposed a new federal grant program aimed at encouraging the development of maple syrup production on privately held land, including land in upstate New York.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kevin Diaz /
‘Man of mystery’ is behind Michele Bachmann campaign cases  —  From a Ugandan jail cell to the Iowa presidential campaign, secretive evangelist Peter Waldron is no stranger to conflict.  —  Peter Waldron's journey from a jail cell in Uganda to the inner circle of Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sequestration Effects: Cuts Sting Communities Nationwide  —  WASHINGTON — It's now an article of faith that dire sequestration warnings were overblown.  —  New studies downsize potential job losses because of the federal budget cuts.  Agencies have figured ways to ensure that the more alarming effects …
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: Hit & Run, Yahoo! News and Power Line
Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Ex-Chief Lands at Consultant  —  Schapiro Is Latest Former U.S. Regulator to Join Promontory Financial; ‘No Revolving Door’  —  Less than four months after stepping down as the top U.S. securities regulator, Mary Schapiro is joining a consulting firm that has built a reputation …
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.
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Stewart Destroys Pres. Morsi For Going After 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' After Vowing To ‘Welcome Every Opinion’  —  On Monday night, Jon Stewart took to defending Bassem Youssef, who's often known as Stewart's Egyptian counterpart.  Youssef recently spoke out to CNN about Egypt's “fascist” …
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 …
Zach Pontz /
ADL, Wiesenthal Center Slam MIFTAH for Defending Publication of Passover Blood Libel Article
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Elder of Ziyon
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 …
David Jolly / New York Times:
Unemployment in Euro Zone Reaches a Record High  —  PARIS — Unemployment in the euro zone rose to yet another record high in the first two months of the year, official data showed Tuesday, providing confirmation that the economy remains in a deep freeze.  —  The jobless rate reached 12 percent …
David Rogers / Politico:
Big Agriculture flexes its muscle  —  Yet for all the anger — and belated legal reviews — no one can truly be surprised by the packers' success nor Monsanto's.  Indeed the collapse of the traditional appropriations process in Congress may magnify the power of single-interest lobbies …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
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.
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Allison Sherry / The Spot:
Campaign: Sen. Mark Udall raises $1.5 million in first quarter for re-elect bid
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
New York Times hit with sexism accusations after obit of scientist Yvonne Brill leads with her cooking ability
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
Olivier Blanchard's Five Lessons for Economists From the Financial Crisis
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
March was bloodiest month in Syria war: rights group
Discussion: BBC, Informed Comment and ThinkProgress
Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit
Yan Lianke / New York Times:
On China's State-Sponsored Amnesia
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon
Discussion: New Republic
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Choice of Plans Under Health Law Delayed for Small Firms
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
Nicko Margolies / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch Cleans Her (Twitter) House Before Special Election