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11:05 PM ET, April 4, 2013


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Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer  —  Except for those he hated.  —  For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film …
Jim Cheng / USA Today:
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana  —  OVERVIEW  —  For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana.  A national survey finds that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pew poll first: Most say legalize marijuana
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Bill Nelson reverses opposition to gay marriage  —  Sen. Bill Nelson has reversed his opposition to gay marriage, becoming the latest senator to do so.  Now, only six Democrats in the chamber are opposed to gay marriage.  —  In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, he wrote:
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With ‘Fully Automatic Weapon’  —  At a fundraiser last night in San Francisco, President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a “fully automatic weapon.”  From the official transcript, provided by the White House:
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’  —  DENVER (CBSDC/AP) — Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that recent steps by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn't have to be a conflict” …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Obama: “I am constrained... by a system that our Founders put in place.”
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Most don't want same-sex marriage decision left to states, poll finds
Discussion: CNN
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Jeremy Irons claims gay marriage laws could lead to a father marrying his son
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Home  —  Today we're introducing Home - a new way to turn your Android phone into a great, living, social phone.  —  We all want to share and connect.  That's how we discover new information and build meaningful relationships.  But today, phones are built around tasks and apps.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication  —  FACEBOOK  —  Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication  —  As caretaker of a service with a billion users, Mark Zuckerberg is used to sparking protest.
Discussion: The Verge and The Daily Caller
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
The 13 Hottest Attorneys General  —  Weird thing to say, President Obama .  —  Delaware AG Beau Biden  —  Image by Harry E. Walker/MCT  —  Kentucky AG Jack Conway  —  Image by The Gleaner, Darrin Phegley / AP  —  Texas AG Greg Abbott  —  Image by Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
He Wears the Mask  —  The present darling of the right wing, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is a distinguished neurosurgeon who went from the depths of Detroit poverty to the heights of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  But his current status among conservatives isn't so much rooted …
The Atlantic Online:
The Conservative Black Hope
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
As Senate Prepares To Take Up Background Checks, NRA Warns Of Outright Gun Confiscation  —  As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider a package of gun violence prevention proposals next week, the National Rifle Association has moved into full campaign mode, fighting against reforms backed by 91 percent of the American public.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Did Obama tell a Democratic audience that a “fully automatic weapon” was used at Newtown?  —  Either (a) O's referring to a different shooting, which I doubt, (b) I missed a major update to the Newtown story, (c) he knows something we don't, or (d) he has roughly the same mastery of gun fundamentals as magazine expert Diana DeGette.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Reagan Daughter Says He'd Have Backed Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — As Republican politicians wrestle with same-sex marriage, the daughter of a party icon — former President Ronald Reagan — said in an interview this week that she believes her father would have “been puzzled” …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance  —  Internal document from the Drug Enforcement Administration complains that messages sent with Apple's encrypted chat service are “impossible to intercept,” even with a warrant.  —  Encryption used in Apple's iMessage chat service …
Discussion: The Verge and TechCrunch
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
McAuliffe Tight-Lipped on Child Sodomy Case  —  Liberal blogs have been ridiculing Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for prosecuting a 47-year-old man named William Scott MacDonald under Virginia's anti-sodomy law.  While the prosecution is an obvious sign …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
PAC launches to support bearded political candidates  —  A Political Action Committee (PAC) launched this week to support bearded candidates, according to paperwork filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  —  The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Jason Beattie /
George Osborne parks in disabled bay: Tory Chancellor causes outrage by ignoring restrictions  —  He was branded selfish and arrogant after allowing his chauffeur to park his £50,000 Land Rover in a space reserved for the disabled  —  Dozy parker: Mr Osborne returns to his car
Discussion: BBC
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Michelle Obama mistakenly calls herself a “busy single mother”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  First lady Michelle Obama mistakenly called herself a “busy single mother” in an interview on Thursday with Burlington, Vt. CBS affiliate WCAX, before quickly catching herself and identifying instead as “busy working mom.”
Discussion: Post Politics
John Wright / Dallas Voice:
BREAKING: Texas A&M Student Senate passes anti-gay bill in 35-28 vote  —  After three hours of emotional debate, the Texas A&M Student Senate voted 35-28 Wednesday night to approve an anti-gay measure that would allow students to opt out of funding the campus GLBT Resource Center if they have religious objections.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Tens of thousands Obamacare ‘navigators’ to be hired … Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as “navigators” to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Judge Who Sent Racist, Anti-Obama Email Will Retire From Bench  —  Last year, former Chief Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal district court in Montana, admitted to sending a racist email forward comparing President Obama's conception to sex with a dog:
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
$423,500 Stimulus Program on ‘Correct Condom Use’ Yields Zero Jobs  —  The details of a stimulus grant awarded to Indiana University to study condom use have now been released on a government website.  The study, titled “Barriers to Correct Condom Use,” is now completed, according to the website …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why 2012 Postmortems Overstate Republican Woes  —  Since the 2012 elections, there's been an extended debate over the strength of the current Democratic majority and the future viability of the Republican Party.  I've long argued that these postmortems are overwrought, and nothing about the results altered that.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Cutest boy leaving ‘Girls’  —  Christopher Abbott — who plays Allison Williams' boyfriend Charlie on Lena Dunham's HBO series “Girls” — has abruptly left the show, we've exclusively learned.  The move comes just as his character seemed to be gaining prominence, with Charlie …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Siren: Eric Cantor Will Consider Higher Taxes  —  I don't even know what I'm saying!  —  Republicans have insisted so often and so convincingly that they absolutely will not agree to higher taxes that all of us have assumed that a deal on the budget can't happen, that sequestration is simply the new normal.
Diane Clehane / FishbowlNY:
Matt Blank, Dennis Basso and the Story Behind Meghan McCain's Latest TV Project  —  Last week, it was all about authors and agents, and today it was television titans' turn in the rotating cast of characters that is Wednesdays at Michael's.  Tonight when Liz Smith hosts her annual kick-off …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Obama Administration Seeks to Change International Food Aid
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Caitlin McDevitt / Associated Press:
Washington: Bill Clinton watches ‘Scandal’
Discussion: PopWatch
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Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Did the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Just Scare a U.S. Attorney Into Quitting a Major Case?
Discussion: Gawker
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Assemblyman Eric Stevenson Arrested for Alleged Corruption
Discussion: Joe. My. God.