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9:15 PM ET, April 2, 2013


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‘Illegal immigrant’ no more  —  The AP Stylebook today is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally.  —  Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains the thinking behind the decision:  —  The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term …
Cristina Costantini / ABCNEWS:
Associated Press Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ From Stylebook  —  The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”  —  The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
The AP drops ‘illegal immigrant’  —  The Associated Press on Tuesday announced it will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal” to describe a person — but did not say which term, if any, should take its place.  —  The AP Stylebook has been updated to state that it no longer sanctions …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Associated Press declares: We will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant”; Update: NYT rethinking too?
Discussion: National Review
Mark Kirk:
Statement from Senator Kirk on Same-Sex Marriage  —  When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.  —  Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage.  Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most.
Senator Tom Carper  · 2,803 like this  —  As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public's opinion on gay marriage - and so has mine.  I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right.  Through my prayers and conversations with my family …
Jim Williams / Public Policy Polling:
Conspiracy Theory Poll Results  —  On our national poll this week we took the opportunity to poll 20 widespread and/or infamous conspiracy theories.  Many of these theories are well known to the public, others perhaps to just the darker corners of the internet.  Here's what we found:
Tim Hanrahan / Washington Wire:   Poll: Americans' Top Conspiracy Theories, Revealed
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ben Carson blasts ‘vicious,’ white liberal critics as ‘the most racist out there’  —  Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday blasted his critics for heat he's taken recently over controversial remarks on gay marriage, calling his white liberal detractors “the most racist out there.”
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Ben Carson To Levin: White Liberals Are ‘The Most Racist People,’ They Don't Want Me To Leave ‘Plantation’  —  On his radio show last night, Mark Levin had on newfound conservative “hero” Dr. Ben Carson to discuss all the lashings he's received from the “left-wing media” over his views on gay marriage and religion.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mofo Politics
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Names Himself ‘Scientist-in-Chief’  —  At a speech this morning at the White House to outline a new science initiative, President Barack Obama named himself “Scientist-in-Chief.”  —  “I'm glad I've been promoted Scientist-in-Chief,” Obama said to laughter at the White House.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah to perform at White House
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama: ‘This Is Your House, Too’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Freedom Loses One  —  I don't think we've paused sufficiently to celebrate the wonderful recent defeat for the cause of personal freedom.  After all, these sorts of defeats don't happen every day.  —  Over the past 40 years, personal freedom has been on a nearly uninterrupted winning streak.
Discussion: The Reaction and rubber hose
Rolling Stone:
Same-Sex Marriage Makes David Brooks Crazy
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Freedom to Marry Blog:
Uruguay Senate Passes Freedom to Marry Legislation
Lauren Skowronski /
KAREN FINNEY NAMED MSNBC WEEKEND HOST  —  Karen Finney has been named host of a new MSNBC program to air on weekends from 4-5 p.m. ET.  More details about the program, including the launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.  —  “Karen's rich background in both education policy …
Karen Finney named new MSNBC weekend host  —  MSNBC has tapped Karen Finney as the host for a new afternoon program airing weekends from 4-5 p.m.  —  Finney, who served as the first African-American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Ben Carson's next misstep: Catering to extreme Illinois Family Insitute  —  Readers who have followed my coverage of the Illinois marriage debate know how over-the-top the Illinois Family Institute is.  The IFI—one of the few state-level anti-gay groups, I should note upfront …
Carlos Maza / Equality Matters:
Ben Carson Scheduled To Give Keynote Address To Notorious Anti-Gay Hate Group
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert Opposes Gun Control Because Gay Marriage Leads to Bestiality  —  Earlier this year, Rick Scarborough of Vision America launched a new organization called Tea Party Unity, which seeks to become a “unique clearinghouse and town hall forum where various existing Tea Party leaders …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preps iPhones  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
Tight gun laws ahead for Connecticut  —  Newtown parents, including Mark Barden, spoke at the state capitol building on Monday to call for a complete ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines  —  Lawmakers in the state of Connecticut will vote on a sweeping set of gun restrictions, including a ban on new high-capacity magazines.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRA plan: Let teachers carry guns
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's continued use of the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks  —  “Why wouldn't we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases to take place without a background check?”  —  “FACT: Nearly 40% of all gun sales don't require a background check under current law.
Nina Karnikowski / Sydney Morning Herald:
Airline to charge overweight passengers more  —  Samoa Air has become the world's first airline to implement “pay as you weigh” flights, meaning overweight passengers pay more for their seats.  —  “This is the fairest way of travelling,” chief executive of Samoa Air, Chris Langton, told ABC Radio.
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
Chuck Hagel to give back some of his salary to DOD  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will give back a portion of his salary this fiscal year in solidarity with his department's workers who are facing 14 days of furloughs, the Pentagon said Tuesday.  —  As a political appointee …
Discussion: CNN
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Who will be the next Fed chair?  Here are Wonkblog's odds.  —  Ben Bernanke has another ten months in his term as Federal Reserve chairman, but that hasn't stopped the economic punditocracy from beginning an obsession over who will take charge of monetary policy for the world's largest economy come February 1, 2014.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Renee Dudley / Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart Customers Complain Bare Shelves Are Widespread  —  Wal-Mart Customers Complain About Bare Shelves  —  More than 1,000 e-mailed complaints signal that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s (WMT) restocking challenges are more widespread than the world's largest retailer has said.
Discussion: Daily Kos and naked capitalism
Lauren McGaughy / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Nearly half of Louisianians give Jindal a failing grade in new poll  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives a speech at the Governor's West Bank Luncheon at the Alario Center in Westwego on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  (Photo by Chris Granger, |  The Times-Picayune)
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