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4:05 PM ET, April 2, 2013


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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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Sen. Mark Kirk Endorses Marriage Equality  —  “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage.”  —  Image by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk came out in support of marriage equality Tuesday shortly after the Supreme Court heard …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Working Majority Of United States Senate Now Supports Marriage Equality
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kirk becomes second Republican senator to support gay marriage
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Delaware Sen. Tom Carper Endorses Marriage Equality
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Academia hearts the Weather Underground: Kathy Boudin at Columbia and NYU
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Fox News Insider
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.
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
NRA plan: Let teachers carry guns
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.
Zoe Schlanger / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Blames Ivy League Schools For Lack Of Miracles In America  —  It may have been April 1st yesterday, but televangelist Pat Robertson wasn't kidding when he told a viewer that Americans aren't experiencing God's miracles because they are too “sophisticated.”
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Cruz to test 2016 waters with South Carolina trip  —  Cambridge, Massachusetts (CNN) - He's been in Washington only three months, but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is already planning a pilgrimage to a critical presidential primary state.  —  The outspoken Cruz, a conservative attorney …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama: ‘This Is Your House, Too’  —  At a “workshop” for the film 42 in the State Dining Room of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama told the assembled guests that “this is your house, too.”  —  “I want to make sure that you all know how welcome you are here in this house …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Jolly / New York Times:
Unemployment in Euro Zone Reaches a Record 12%  —  PARIS — While the euro zone has been transfixed lately by the Cyprus meltdown, another and potentially bigger European crisis has continued to simmer: record-high unemployment.  —  Spending cuts and tax increases aimed at trimming debt …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Austerity Pushes European Unemployment To New Record High
Discussion: Bloomberg and Hullabaloo
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Broad Support  —  Continuing Partisan Divide in Views of Global Warming  —  OVERVIEW  —  As the Obama administration approaches a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a national survey finds broad public support for the project.
Charlie Cook /
Tennessee's Colossally Bad Plan to Change Its Primary System  —  You can hear bad ideas almost every day.  But only occasionally do you hear a colossally bad, ill-conceived idea, one that leaves you wondering who dreamed it up.  —  Tennessee state Sen. Frank Nicely, a Republican from Strawberry Plains …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
U.N. passes sweeping international arms regulation viewed by some as Second Amendment override  —  The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday signed off on a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty to regulate the international arms trade, brushing aside worries from U.S. gun rights advocates …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Keyes: Marriage Equality is the ‘Archetype of all Crimes Against Humanity’  —  Alan Keyes once again appeared on Stan Solomon's talk show, this time to discuss their stringent opposition to marriage equality.  —  After host, Steve Davis, claimed that just because they “oppose homosexual marriage …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Begin iPhone Production This Quarter  —  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.
Discussion: Business Insider and TechCrunch
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Latest N. Korean threats ‘not the path’ to resolving conflicts
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Fannie Mae posts record profit, repays taxpayers $11.6 billion
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
US has lost 2m clerical jobs since 2007
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Democratic Senator Touts Bill To Allow Patients Involuntarily Committed For Mental Illness To Purchase Guns
Discussion: The Reaction
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Arianna Huffington trashes fancy Chelsea loft: lawsuit
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gawker
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan Shifting Further Away From Pacifism
Discussion: Sense of Events and IHT Rendezvous
Kevin Diaz /
‘Man of mystery’ is behind Michele Bachmann campaign cases
Discussion: First Read
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Stewart Destroys Pres. Morsi For Going After 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' After Vowing To ‘Welcome Every Opinion’
David Rogers / Politico:
Big Agriculture flexes its muscle
Discussion: Yahoo! News