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9:40 AM ET, April 2, 2013


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Peter Applebome / New York Times:
Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws  —  HARTFORD — More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., state legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week and
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 …
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:
State Senator and City Councilman Arrested on Charges of Trying to Rig Mayor's Race  —  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 were arrested early Tuesday …
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 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
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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
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 …
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, The Raw Story and driftglass
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
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, Ballot Box and First Read
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
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 …
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: Yahoo! News and Power Line
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 far from enormous 16 million members.
Discussion: New Republic
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Rep. Matt Salmon: Gay son hasn't changed my views on gay marriage  —  In an interview aired over the weekend, Rep. Matt J. Salmon (R-Ariz.) told a local news station that his son's homosexuality has not led him to change his position on gay marriage.  —  “I don't support the gay marriage,” the congressman said.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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” …
Discussion: The Raw Story and New York Times
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
March was bloodiest month in Syria war: rights group  —  (Reuters) - March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria's two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.  —  The group opposes President Bashar al-Assad …
Discussion: BBC, Informed Comment and ThinkProgress
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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
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
Olivier Blanchard's Five Lessons for Economists From the Financial Crisis
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Yan Lianke / New York Times:
On China's State-Sponsored Amnesia
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Eve of Holiday, Muslims Hurl Rocks at Jews on Temple Mount
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lessons From a Comeback  —  Modern movement conservatism …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Ed Driscoll and The Agonist
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Perry doubles down against ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion
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
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’